27 Ways To Be A Better PHP Developer

Last weekend I was at the PHPBenelux 2011 conference in Antwerp. As conferences go it was pretty awesome, completely surpassing my expectations in many ways! The schedule was published in advance but I somehow forgot how many friends I have in that part of the world and what a wonderful crowd there is at this event. My hearty congratulations to all the organisers and my thanks to everyone who attended - they used joind.in for the feedback and there are plenty of comments on there too, which I now consider a metric of how engaged a community is!

I was at the conference to give a keynote with ex-colleague and good friend Ivo Jansch. We gave our new talk "27 Ways To Be a Better Developer" in the opening keynote slot, which was a lot of fun (even if I did freak out slightly and hide in the middle). Ivo and I have lots of experience of working with developers, recruiting, running teams, and we had a great time working out *which* 27 items to include and how to tell the story. It was a little bit hectic since we had about 50 minutes to give the talk but we had some generous reviews and so many people have come and told me about one or two points that have made a big impact on them. These are the slides:

Thanks again to all who made this event what it was - organisers, sponsors, speakers and attendees!

5 thoughts on “27 Ways To Be A Better PHP Developer

  1. Thanks for a great slide and article, and a very good slide! Page 21 was a very interesting quote which I absolutely will bring with me for future projects.

    I just found your blog yesterday through Planet PHP. Subscribed and following on Twitter.

    Best regards,
    Ole

  2. LornaJane posted on her blog today a great 46 page slide covering 27 essential ways on how to be a better php developer. It’s not a “best practice” coding style article, but it has focus on the higher aspects on how to be better. Some...

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