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This week in Baltimore PHP events, conferences, and webcasts

From: Chris S.
Sent on: Monday, October 18, 2010 11:36 AM
Baltimore PHP is meeting this week! Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 6:30!
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Baltimore PHP
Wednesday - 10/20/2010 @ 6:30 - Refactoring w/ Xdebug, KCacheGrind, PhpUnit and the Kitchen Sink with Owen Byrne

Baltimore WordPress Group
Monday - 10/18/2010 (TODAY!) @ 7:15 - 20 Things a New WordPress User Should Know

SimpleCloud Storage APIs - Write Once, Deploy on Any Cloud
October 18, 2010 - October 18, 2010: 9:00 am PDT

Of all the common cloud services, cloud storage is the simplest for most people to understand. A virtually limitless "hard drive in the sky" is an extremely powerful idea. Unfortunately, different cloud vendors have different APIs. If you need to write a single application that backs up your data to multiple cloud storage vendors, you don't want to have a separate code base for each one.

This webinar covers the Simple Cloud API's Storage Service interface, showing you how to write applications that work with multiple vendors. We'll cover the basics of storing and retrieving files as well as how to copy, move, rename and delete items. We'll also look at how to work with the metadata each cloud vendor associates with items stored in its system. Finally, we'll cover the more advanced case of how to handle situations in which a particular cloud vendor doesn't support an operation you need. At the end of the webinar you'll know how to use the Simple Cloud API to make the most of cloud storage while keeping your applications as flexible as possible.

PHP Development on Mobile
October 19, 2010 - October 19, 2010: Your computer - 2.00pm UK time (GMT+1), 9.00am EDT

Mobile is becoming big area of developer focus and so does Web. One needs to be able to access the web site, and its data, in a manner that makes it useful to other applications and can be displayed on different devices. Come and learn the possibilities that Adobe Flex and PHP bring together to the mobile and Web world.

Presenters - Kevin Schroeder and Mihai Corlan

Write Once, Deploy on Any Cloud! Simple Cloud API - an Overview
October 19, 2010 - October 19, 2010: Online - 3.30pm UK time (GMT+1), 10.30am EDT

Most cloud services require developers to think about wire formats instead of business data. An open source project supported by Zend, Go Grid, IBM, Microsoft, Nirvanix and Rackspace, Simple Cloud lets you write elegant, flexible code that works with multiple cloud providers.

Whether you're working with files, queues or tables, you focus on your data, not the specific APIs of each vendor. The Simple Cloud API simplifies application development for the cloud, letting programmers focus on what matters. Join IBM's cloud evangelist Doug Tidwell to learn the basics of the Simple Cloud API.

Microsoft and Zend: Pushing PHP to the Cloud
October 20, 2010 - October 20, 2010: 9:00 am PDT

Join a webinar on Cloud Computing with Zend Framework and Windows Azure. In this session, we’ll take a technical overview of Windows Azure Data Storage which can be used both inside and outside of your cloud application and the Windows Azure computing which can be leveraged to scale your application horizontally. We’ll write a small application with the Zend Framework and get it up and running in Azure so that we can dive deep into the individual parts in future webinars.

Join this webinar to learn how to take your application to the next level.

How to Increase Your Development Efficiencies with Zend Studio
October 21, 2010 - October 21, 2010: 9:00 am PDT

In 45 minutes, learn how to create efficiency gains up to 22% in your project development cycle.

Join Bill Salvucci, CEI America's Open Source Thought Leader, for an insightful online seminar and discussion on using Zend Studio within CEI’s Global Agile Software Development process. Hear Bill discuss key strategies for development processes as they relate to the targeted areas for improvement.

Scaling Out CouchDB with BigCouch
Friday, October 22, 2010 @ 10am PT

A common complaint raised by CouchDB skeptics is that "it doesn't scale," by which they mean it does not scale horizontally across many servers. This feature is necessary if CouchDB is to be used for Big Data problems. Cloudant has recently released BigCouch, its native horizontal scalability layer for CouchDB, as an open source project. BigCouch allows you to create clusters of CouchDBs that are distributed over an arbitrary number of servers. This talk will cover the basics of BigCouch, including deploying and managing your first CouchDB cluster, as well as some advanced features like quorum reads/writes and design patterns for distributed couchdb. Finally, for the erlang hackers out there, we'll discuss the internals of BigCouch, which will hopefully allow you to start contributing back to the project.


ZendCon 2010
Day Camp 4 Developers : Soft Skills- Cal Evans is organizing the event
  • Online
  • November 6 - 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
  • Use coupon code BALTIMOREPHP for a $5 discount!
  • Most programmers these days can rock their chosen language. There are, however, skills that programmer's need that aren't easy to just pick up. These "soft skills" are as important to your career as the languages in which you program. This day camp teaches developer the soft skills they need in their career. Invest a Saturday in your career.
CodeWorks 2010
  • Baltimore - Charles Commons facilities, hosted by Johns Hopkins University at 3400 North Charles Street.  (Same place as WordCamp Mid-Atlantic 2010)
  • November 15
  • Codeworks X is a series of technical, in-depth one-day seminars for PHP developers brought to you by the fine folks at php|architect Magazine.
  • Washington D.C.
  • November 18
  • Early bird Admission until 10/28
  • MongoDC will explore development with the open source, non-relational, document-oriented database MongoDB. The conference will feature 20 different sessions, on schema design, indexing, administration, replication, sharding,and more. In addition to these topics, attendees can learn about MongoDB in the real world through a series of presentations about production deployments at companies like the Sunlight Labs and Totsy.

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Chris Stone
E-Moxie Data Solutions, Inc.
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