Monthly Archives: May 2010

Magento Roundtable

Next week’s Burlington, VT PHP Users Group meeting will be a Magento Roundtable discussion. From the meeting description: Over the last year, Magento has increased in popularity as a viable open source eCommerce platform for the mid to large scale online retailer. This rapid growth has lead to many questions on what has been fixed, what [...]

TEK·X Day Three

Sadly, today was the final day of TEK·X. However, there was plenty of information and networking packed into the last few days. Marco Tabini and the rest of the team put on a top-notch conference. Being the last day, there were only three sessions. I started out with Jason Austin’s Lean Mean PHP Machine session [...]

TEK·X Day Two

It’s hard to believe tomorrow is the last day of TEK·X. Where did the time go? Today started with Matthew Schmidt’s 10 Developer Trends in 2010. He talked about agile development, browser standards, AJAX, security vulnerabilities, RIAs, touch interfaces, key/value stores, version control, cloud computing, and dynamic languages. While not a bad keynote, the topics [...]

TEK·X Day One

Day one of TEK·X here in Chicago got off to a great start with Josh Holmes’ Lost Art of Simplicity keynote. I agreed with pretty much everything that Josh had to say. As software developers, we’re often all too eager to start building a complex solution to what may be a simple problem. Following are [...]

TEK·X Arrival and Day Zero

Yesterday I arrived in Chicago for my first TEK·X PHP conference. After getting in, I had an interesting conversation with Bill Karwin over dinner. Bill is the author of  SQL Antipatterns and is presenting on SQL Injection Myths and Fallacies as well as Models for Hierarchical Data with SQL and PHP here at TEK·X. I [...]