I went to the International PHP 2006 conference in Frankfurt this week and gave a presentation on "Service Component Architecture for PHP". I have uploaded my slides to this blog but have had to split them into two parts, since the PDFs are otherwise too large to upload. I split them into the beginning and end and a block of 10 slides from the middle
I went into Frankfurt for a few hours on the Sunday afternoon. I expected it to be full of skyscrapers, but I was very very wrong; it has instead a pleasant city centre ringed with a few thrilling skyscrapers in the distance. I put a few of my photos up on Flickr.I was struck once again by the contrast between English and German cities: in Germany the public spaces are so much better cared for and more pleasant than they are in England.
The team that ran the conference did a splendid job, as did the hotel itself. I had not realised what an ordered little world I ws living in until I got to Frankfurt airport on a busy Wednesday evening and had to tussle with the real world.
Graham also gave a presentation on SCA for PHP at the Zend conference last week. Once again, despite presenting on the same topic, our presentations are quite different. He does architecture really well; I like to get grubby with hello world in the debugger.
I enjoyed every talk I went to at the conference. I especially enjoy hearing people who know their subject forwards and backwards and who probably wrote the code too, even if I may never need to use what they are talking about, so most of all I enjoyed Tim Bray's talk and the talks by Derick Rethans and Sara Golemon.