Call for webinars

Just wrapped up a call working on our webinar schedule for the year.  We’ve got a bunch of ideas but we’d like to also get your input as well.  Yes, I know y’all want ZF2 webinars.  We have that down.  I would also like to do an HTML5 and mobile webinar but I need an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for that.  If you know anyone I’d love to hear about it.

I would also love to have webinars on how to use various API’s, even if there is not native PHP support.  So, what kinds of webinars do you want?  Put your suggestions in the comments and let’s see if we can get some good ideas going.

Also, if you have a great topic, or know someone who would give a good one, let me know about that too!

14 Thoughts to “Call for webinars”

  1. I’m trying to answer a question for my bosses. The most common answer is wrong. (I mentioned this on Twitter to @Zend .) The question is “Why PHP? Why not ___?” the most common answer one hears from PHP developers is “Because it’s what I know.” (with the usually unspoken meaning “It would cost too much to learn ___ or hire someone who already knows ____.”) This answer is wrong. I am trying to research what the right answers are. If I find out before you guys can host a webinar on it, I’ll gladly volunteer. But right now, I don’t have the right answer.

    1. @sprunka My first response is that PHP is the first popular language that was built FOR the web. Java is a great language (IMHO) (among other languages) but it was not built for the web. Newer languages may be built for the web but they don’t have near the number of applications or programmers nor will they have been through as many trials as PHP. Few environments are as easy to manage as a PHP-based one. Few languages have a barrier to entry that is so low while also having a level of ability that is so high.

      1. @kschroeder I think the real question my bosses want answered is “Which projects are best done in PHP, and which are best done in Java/Python/Ruby/C++/Whatever else?” It’s more “Why choose PHP for *this* task, are you sure we’re using the best choice?”

        1. @sprunka I would start by asking if the project is HTTP-based. Because PHP was specifically built for the web, has a strong developer base and tons of existing apps it should automatically be in the top three at that point. At that point, I believe you need to dig deeper into the different options and it becomes a pros and cons discussion… which there isn’t room for in this text box. Sorry to pass the buck 🙂

        2. @kschroeder We (I? Zend? PHP Community?) should come up with a good “checklist” of these pros and cons… To make the question simpler to answer… 😉

        3. @sprunka A good idea, but I’ve been in a number of those discussions before and a checklist approach will probably not buy you much.

        4. @kschroeder Probably true… but it would make the boss stop asking. So it might be worth it. My raise may ride on giving it to him before Sept.

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  3. How about S.O.L.I.D. principles, flexible code, Ioc with various examples. In case you don’t have enough information/examples I can talk on this topic(s).

      1. @[email protected] S.O.L.I.D is acronym of acronyms. It stands for SRP, OCP, LSP, ISP, DIP.SRP stands for Single responsibility principleOCP stands for Open/closed principleLSP stands for Liskov substitution principleISP stands for Interface segregation principle

        DIP stands for Dependency inversion principleBasically the goal of this principles is to write flexible code, that can be easily extended (usually with a single change), and easy to support/implement new features.

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