FrOSCon 2008: Review of a marvelous conference - Blog - Open Source - - php, photography and private stuff

FrOSCon 2008: Review of a marvelous conference

To make it short: FrOSCon 2008 was as expected - fantastic. :)

I'll try to summarize the best things during the last weekend in following.

The PHP Usergroup Dortmund arrived on Friday evening at Thomas' place, who invited us for Papaya ;) Cocktails. We had a quite funny evening and stayed at Thomas' and Bastians home to be at FrOSCon early on Saturday morning. Thanks for the cocktails and accommodation, guys!

The start of FrOSCon was absolutely fluent and problem less. We reveived our auditorium through the VIP entrance and got started with our talks immediately. The room even had a rear exit to the courtyard, where the drinking fountain was placed later that day. All talks on that day were well crowded. Sebastians OOP talk and Johannes' (PHP 5.3) were even so packed, that several people stood in the gangway.

The Saturday highlight for me personally was the keynote by Andrew S. Tanenbaum. I bet every computer science student in the world has heard about this guy and most open source people probably have, too. Andrew wrote some of the most famous books on operating systems: Modern Operating Systems, Operating System Design and Implementation, Distributed Systems. Principles and Paradims. Andrew presented the new version 3 of his educational, micro kernel, operating system Minix. I felt a bit like honored to listen to that talk and did not expect him to be such a great speaker. If the FrOSCon people put it online, I'd definitely recommend watching the recording.

A nice side effect of seeing Andrew was, that my copy of Modern Operating Systems now has a personal signature. :)

Saturday evening was extremly funny, but the K├Âlsch-Flatrate was extremly dangerous. ;) Therefore I was quite a bit borked on Sunday, but since I did not have to give any sessions, that was ok.

The second day keynote was held by Rasmus, who bashed on all kinds of PHP frameworks in terms of performance (no, he did not say PHP is slow, rather he said it's amazingly fast by default!). I do not completely share his attitude direction raw speed, but learned quite a bit from his performance analysis. The talks in the PHP track were again crowded, although people tent to leave early so that Garvin did not have the attention he deserved for his Serendipity talk. Sorry for that, Garv! As expected, the most packed sessions was Dericks 7 (or more) PHP Myths defused. Most interesting for myself, I found Dominik Bonschs talk on model driven development. If our recorded talks come online, don't miss to watch this one.

All in all one can say it was a usual FrOSCon: A perfectly organized, highly technical, large but also cosy conference. We all enjoyed the weekend so much and are really sad that it is already over for this year. But there's already a light on the horizon: The next FrOSCon will be in August 2009. :)

So long, a large bucket of thanks to the FrOSCon organizers, all the voluntary helpers (there were soooo many), the project exhibitors and speakers!

P.S. Thanks to Darren for flickring his photos!

If you liked this blog post or learned something, please consider using flattr to contribute back: .



Add new comment

Fields with bold names are mandatory.