Lead programmer and all-around good guy, Tim Wilson, attended the 2017 Midwest PHP Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Tim spent two days attending seminars and breakouts ranging from testing to apps to redevelopment. Being that Stellar Blue is a PHP programming shop, this conference is right in our wheelhouse. Below are some of the notes that Tim shared with our team albeit notes that have been ‘decoded’ for your reading pleasure.
It was a pleasure to head back to Minneapolis for this conference. From good keynotes and in-depth sessions, there was a lot to take in. The sessions I attended included:
- Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
- Principles of Unit Testing
- Bringing Old Legacy Apps To PHP 7 and Beyond
- Software Management Lessons from the 1960s
- TypeScript in Action
- The Mindful Developer: Being Less Busy & More Productive
- DevOps For Small Teams
- Practical PHP Deployment with Jenkins
- Kickass Development Environments with Docker
- Status Change: Now Using Event Sourcing
- WordPress as a 12 Factor app
- Using our Superpowers for Good
So not only did it include the cutting edges of PHP versions and programming languages, it went as far back as management lessons learned from the 1960s of Brooks experiences at IBM and based off of his book, “The Mythical Man-Month” written in 1975 that many ideas and lessons still apply to today’s programming teams – a quote I liked from it includes Brooks’s Law of “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”; summed up as that it takes more time to bring new people up to speed on the project as they need to get caught up on all the programming done before them to even become productive to the project.