We work to a hectic schedule here at S&S Media. As I write this, I’m sitting in a conference room in Victoria’s Park Plaza Hotel, lending a hand at this year’s JAX Days training event. The bacon and egg sandwiches are out, the orange juice is flowing and the coffee’s strong – just what’s needed after a 6 a.m. start and an hour or so on London’s decidedly un-Olympics-ready suburban rail system. I’m here for the full two days, covering a total of seven in-depth Java sessions from Ted Neward, Russel Winder, Ian Robinson, Adam Bien and Jim Webber. Yet in five short weeks, I’ll be back in Victoria for our next event – PHP Summit, three days of training for everyone from hardcore LAMP veterans to fresh-faced newbies making their first steps with PHP. It’s quite a feat of organisation, but somehow we manage to get it done.
While we’re all great fans of the Park Plaza (particularly their sandwiches), we’ll be switching to Regus’s Victoria Business Centre for PHP Summit – it’s just down the road in the landmark Portland House, offering much more space and a lighter, airier atmosphere. More importantly, it’s right next to Victoria Station, providing easy access to the District, Circle and Victoria underground lines, as well as mainline trains to South East England and an express train to Gatwick Airport. With any luck, the great weather that London has been blessed with for the past few weeks will continue, and attendees will be able to enjoy crisp mornings and unseasonably balmy evenings on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of May. West London certainly isn’t short of swanky watering holes at which to soak up the sun, and, for the pastorally-inclined, the beautiful Battersea Park is just across the river.
But enough of the surroundings. I spoke to S&S Media’s Managing Director of International Operations, Mark Hazell, for a run-down of what’s actually going on. So what’s behind PHP Summit? “PHP Summit is part of S&S Media’s Developer.Class programme,” explains Mark. “It sits somewhere between a full-blown conference and a simple one-day training session, offering a range of in-depth workshops from three different speakers over three days.” PHP Summit will be dominated by three big names in the worldwide PHP community: Sebastian Bergmann, Stefan Priebsch and Arne Blankerts. Together, Sebastian, Stefan and Arne form thePHP.cc, a PHP-focused consultancy firm based in Bavaria, and they work in three interlinked specialist areas.
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