ZendCon 2008 wrapped up last week. This was my first time going to ZendCon and it was definitely worth it. There were over 650 people and over 60 sessions at the Santa Clara conference. I’ll try to post summaries and highlights from the sessions I attended. It was a great opportunity to attended presentations from some of the most well respected people in the PHP community including Vermont’s own Matthew Weier O’Phinney (Zend Technologies), Mike Naberezny (Maintainable Software), Sebastian Bergmann (eZ Systems), Derick Rethans (eZ Systems), Ben Galbraith (Ajaxian.com) , Marcus Boerger (Google), and Ben Ramsey (Schematic).
Last Tuesday during the opening keynote Zend announced the new Zend Framework certification. I was fortunate enough to get a testing slot on Thursday morning. After reading the 214 page study guide on Wednesday I passed the test, so am now a Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) in Zend Framework! If you plan on taking the test, I definitely recommend reading the study guide. I’ve been using Zend Framework since 1.0 and I’m not sure I would have passed if I hadn’t read the study guide.