I attended the PHPNW conference for the fifth year running this year, back in the Manchester Conference Centre. The conference really seems to have stepped up a gear this year, delivering great quality talks throughout, and tackling content that is not always down the beaten PHP track.
From the opening keynote, Lorna Mitchell (presenting with Ivo Jansch across two rooms connected by video link that worked surprisingly well) highlighted that as software engineers we’re not defined by the language we write and should always endeavour to learn, even at a cursory level, other programming languages. Different languages tackle the same problems in different ways, and it’s good to understand the ways in which those problems can be tackled, even if that’s looking at how we can bring the approach into PHP. Read more →