International PHP Conference 2008

Last week I attended the International PHP Conference 2008 in Mainz in Germany. The conference was well prepared and I would like to say thanks to organizers. There was just one thing, which could be better. It was raining for all my stay, but this nobody can influence:).

As I expected, almost nobody from the attendees knew the PHP support in NetBeans or NetBeans itself. PHP support in NetBeans is still new and the first version of the PHP support will be released with NetBeans 6.5, probably next week. Because our tool is still new for PHP developer, no surprise for me. I met probably less people than I have fingers, who knew NetBeans. Sun was one of the Gold sponsors and during opening ceremony the audience was asked whether there is someone who knows the PHP support in NetBeans. I think that there was  6 people who put up hand.

On Wednesday I had one session, where I did demonstration of features that are available in NetBeans for PHP IDE. I demonstrate not only the PHP specific features, but also database support on MySQL database, JavaScript editor and debugger etc. I think that the presentation had success, because some people came and told me that they were surprissed, what NetBeans can offer to PHP developers.  During whole conference I did many demos in our booth. It was nice to see that people are trying NetBeans on corridors. Some of them came to visit me more times and asked me how to do this or this. At Wednesday's midnight I was still siting with a few people around a table and we were discussing their problems and also we opened their projects in NetBeans and trying to configure debugger etc.

I met during the conference few well known people in the PHP community. I talked with Johannes Schl├╝ter, who is PHP 5.3 release manager. We talked mainly about when PHP 5.3 will be release and about obstacles, which prevent to release it now, like the namespace delimiter story. I have talked with Sebastian Bergmann about PHP Unit support. Sebastian is the author of PHP Unit. I met Wolfram Kriesing, who is well known in Dojo comunity and we talked about integration Dojo in NetBeans etc. I met many PHP developers and it was very useful for me to talk with them.

At the end I have good feeling from the conference. At the beginning of the conference very few people knew about NetBeans and when I leaved Mainz many people have tried NetBeans and expressed good feeling from the support. The time will show whether NetBeans will be used with PHP developers.


Comments:

I have been trying out PHP Netbeans for a few weeks, and so far it has surprised me with its capabilities. I am soon planning to make it my primary IDE for PHP development. I am sure more and more PHP developers will join the bandwagon soon.

Nice job guys! :)

Posted by Ahsan on November 03, 2008 at 01:24 AM CET #

I was at Zendcon in September and I found the same thing. Not many people knew of Netbeans or that it had PHP support.

Glad you were out there spreading the word.

-Kevin

Posted by Kevin on November 03, 2008 at 05:53 AM CET #

Indeed, great job! It already became my main PHP IDE for a month or so. Eclipse will soon vanish out of my computer ;)

Posted by soso on November 03, 2008 at 07:04 AM CET #

I really liked your presentation and share your opinion that it did really good job presenting the power of NetBeans to people.

I have now converted almost all my current PHP projects to use with NetBeans and I really enjoy writing code in this IDE. It really helps to speed up coding.

So, thank you again for the talk and keep up good work!

Posted by Jan Brucek on November 03, 2008 at 11:02 AM CET #

Hi Petr,

Glad to hear that the conference went very well.

Very soon we will see more and more users starting to use NetBeans.

Btw, just tried 6.5RC2 and found one problem. See:
http://www.netbeans.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=152164

I'm using Windows with NetBeans running inside VirtualBox but the auto-complete performance is sluggish.

Posted by raymond on November 03, 2008 at 11:45 AM CET #

Hi there,

in my work I have to maintain both a Java EE and a PHP application.

Integrating PHP support in NetBeans was a big relief for me cause now I can use only one IDE for all my work.

A big THANK YOU keep up the good work!

Posted by cvasilak on November 03, 2008 at 12:13 PM CET #

Hi Petr,

can you share the slides for your presentation? I think it will be helpful to most of us who couldn't attend :)

Posted by Ahsan on November 03, 2008 at 02:28 PM CET #

Thanks to all for nice feedbacks.

To Raymond, how much memory did you assign to the VirtualBox? Have you seen the same behavior with RC1 and with the same configuration or does it look like an regresion? And one more question. Do you use the same userdir for RC2 as you used for RC1? Could you try to run NB with different userdir?

Thanks,
Petr

Posted by Petr on November 03, 2008 at 02:59 PM CET #

To Ahsan,

the slides I put here: http://blogs.sun.com/netbeansphp/resource/article_images/PHPFeatures_NB65_v2.odp . But I think that the slides are not very important and useful. I think that the demos was the main and most interesting parts of the presentation. Probably I can create screencasts if you are interested.

Regards,
Petr

Posted by Petr on November 03, 2008 at 03:12 PM CET #

Thanks for the presentation link.
Screencasts are always welcome :)

Posted by Ahsan on November 04, 2008 at 12:16 AM CET #

Hi Petr,

I'm using a new installation of RC2. My virtual machine is assigned 1GB of Ram.

Thanks

Posted by raymond on November 04, 2008 at 11:17 AM CET #

Petr, it was great meeting you at the conference. You guys are doing an incredible job with Netbeans in general and the PHP support.

I'll promote Netbeans in Germany and inside Optaros, the company I'm working for right now. It's amazing to see how well PHP support works in Netbeans, given the fact that you didn't have much time to implement support for the language.

Keep up the good work, and thanks to the whole Netbeans team and Sun!

Posted by Raju Bitter on November 09, 2008 at 06:20 AM CET #

Raju, thanks for the comment.

Posted by Petr on November 10, 2008 at 07:15 AM CET #

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