Small country, big in PHP
April 27th, 2008 by Ivo
PHP is still growing in The Netherlands (according to nexen.net, 46% of Dutch domains use PHP). A good indicator of PHP's growth is the number of conferences and other events that are organized this year. About 4 years ago, there was only one major event, the International PHP Conference. For some reason however, they moved their 'spring edition' from Amsterdam to Frankfurt. Since then, many other events have been organized over here.
This year alone, there are already 6 major (>50) events; 3 done, 3 to go. Here's an overview:
Dutch Joomla Days
2-day conference on the Joomla CMS.
When: April 4 + 5
Presentations: 36 (both Dutch and English)
Price: € 65
Reviews: Joomladays site, various authors (Dutch), Danny Peeters (English)
Conference organized by the Dutch PHP usergroup phpFreakz.
When: April 12
Presentations: 4 (Dutch)
Price: € 17.50
Reviews: Dimitri van Hees (Dutch), Peter Paul Koch (English), Rool Paap (Dutch), Ruud Alberts (English)
PHP Business Seminar
Seminar targeted at promoting PHP to businesses and enterprises.
When: April 22
Attendees: 120 (70 main seminar, 50 tech-evening)
Presentations: 6 (5 Dutch, 1 English)
Reviews: Cal Evans, Stefan Koopmanschap, Christiaan Lam, Remi Woler (all in English)
Kings of Code
When: May 27
Presentations: 6 (English)
Price: € 160 (early bird discount of € 30 before May 1st)
Dutch PHP Conference
2-day PHP conference (1 tutorial day, 1 main conference day)
When: June 13 (tutorials) + 14 (conference)
Attendees: 400 (conference day) / 150 (tutorial day)
Presentations: 17 (English)
Price: € 150 (main conference day, tutorial day sold out)
Eduvision PHP Conferentie 2008
Afternoon PHP conference on various topics.
When: October 23
Presentations: 4 (Dutch)
Price: € 99
(if I forgot an event, feel free to post it in the comments.)
It is interesting to note that we also see a growth of PHP usage at the larger IT corporations. The PHP Business Seminar for example, was an event jointly organized by us and Sogeti. Sogeti is one of the largest IT companies in the Netherlands. When we first talked to them 2 years ago, they had a campaign called 'From now on, only do Java', and now for the second time they've organized a PHP event with us. This growth in big companies is a nice accomplishment for PHP.
P.S. The program for DPC is now complete, see the post on our company blog.
P.P.S. Ibuildings is on twitter now. For blog, conference and other event updates, follow us.