The web’s foremost experts come together in Buenos Aires for the first ever PHP Conference Argentina.

Conference preview: PHP Conference Argentina
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The Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires will be the home to the first ever PHP Conference Argentina, a large-scale community-run event taking place 4-5 October 2013. With several talks that cover a wide range of topics related to web development, PHP Conference Argentina is an event that no programmer should miss (whether or not they use PHP).

Although software development is a huge growth industry in Argentina and South America, it is quite unusual to attend events of such magnitude. After some years of local events, the PHP Group decided that it was time to face the great challenge of organising a large-scale international conference.

At the beginning, we knew that the risk was high because the difference in verbal languages and distance could affect the interest of speakers and delegates. But we were proved wrong, and right now we can be proud and assured that we have achieved our first goal of gathering interest. The immediate response of the most prestigious PHP speakers in the world was, to us, a signal that this event will be one of the most important in the PHP conference arena.

We’ve so far announced two keynote speakers: Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP, and Igor Sysoev, creator of NGINX. Stay tuned for more details on their talks.

On Friday morning, Andrei Zmievski will be responsible for opening the event, speaking about Small Data Machine Learning. He will explain how he used machine learning and a couple of other tricks to build a program that sanitizes his Twitter mentions (@a, the best Twitter handle in the world!) and will hopefully inspire you to use machine learning in your own projects.

Andrei will also be speaking the next day about Regular Expressions in Regex Clinic. It’s a journey that will take you all the way from your first steps into the world of regular expressions to complete mastery of this most useful of tools. A must for everyone who’s ever wondered what on earth /(?=d+)bar/ means.

The leader of CakePHP, Mark Story, will be discussing some of the tooling around the project that you may not have considered but is vitally important for a successful project like CakePHP.

GitHub’s VP of marketing, Brian Doll, wants to tell us a story about the mechanics of storytelling. He want to inspire us the next time we describe our product, or start writing our own README. We’ll look at popular software projects and take what we’ve learned to help tell their stories more effectively (pull requests included).

Composer is becoming an essential tool for PHP developers. In Jordi Boggiano’s session, he’ll be explaining how to use Dependency management with Composer to easily manage the libraries and other packages you use. He’ll be going through the basics of dependency management and then move on toward publishing your own packages, be it open source ones or closed company code that is used by multiple projects.

It’s very exciting to have Sara Golemon speaking at the conference. She works on HipHop, the Open Source PHP language compiler and runtime designed and used by Facebook. Her session will provide an introduction to how and why to use HipHop over PHP, and the benefits it offers. Not to be missed!

Benjamin Eberlei is the ORM & DBAL Team Leader of Doctrine. He’ll be talking about how the second major version of Doctrine includes a fast and extendable ORM built on top of a flexible database-access layer (DBAL).

Born deep within Google’s laboratories, the Go language attempts to offer a high availability alternative with performance in mind, and concurrency as a first class citizen. Mariano Iglesias will be showing us how it’s an ideal complement to developing web applications that are expected to offer high availability, performance, and are looking to take advantage of its concurrency features, by showing how it is an ideal companion for PHP applications.

As our web applications become increasingly more complex, deployment is not just transferring files with FTP anymore. Pablo Godel will go over the different challenges on how to deploy our PHP applications effectively, safely and consistently with the latest tools and techniques.

How do you design a scalable notification system with Redis with 400,000,000 daily notifications?! Rodolfo Gómez Sirimarco, core developer of Taringa!, one of the highest-traffic PHP site in Latin America, will explain how.

And that’s not all! We’ll also be hearing from César Rodas on PHP micro optimization; Luis Cordova on Specing Interactors with BDD PHPSpec2 and the YOLO framework; Matías Paterlini on scalability in PHP with sharding and Amazon Web Services; Ezequiel Golub on Hadoop, Hive and ElasticMapreduce in Amazon; Daniel Rabinovich on how MercadoLibre developed their API; and Ángel “Java” López on integrating Node.js with PHP.

The full, up-to-date schedule of events can be found on the website.

The PHP Conference Argentina will be taking place in the Centro Cultural San Martín, located right in the center of Buenos Aires. Only four blocks away from the Obelisco, it is noticeably surrounded by hotels, restaurants, bars, and other entertainment venues.

For attendees, it’s also a perfect opportunity to enjoy Buenos Aires and the city’s famed nightlife, theaters and shopping centers. The Argentinian capital is one of the 20 largest cities in the world, is the most visited city in South America and has been ranked as the most competitive marketplace of Latin America. It is also known as the Paris of South America due to its European style architecture and rich cultural life, with the highest concentration of theaters in the world.

Early bird tickets are just $150, and Web & PHP Magazine readers can get 20% off by using the promotional code webandphp at the checkout. So don’t miss out – make sure to book your place at PHP Conference Argentina now!

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