Next week South Africa’s local PHP developer community will descend on the Blandford Manor in Randburg to host the fifth annual PHP South Africa conference.

Designed as a meet up to exchange ideas and skills, here’s what you can expect from the three-day long conference, happening from 26th to 28th September.

Building the community

Next week’s conference marks the fifth year that PHP developers have been meeting in an official capacity like this, with the number of attendees growing significantly in that time.

While PHP South Africa is aimed at skills sharing and enhancing among developers, a large part of why the conference first began and continues to grow, is the desire to help the community foster more talent to send out into the industry.

“Collaboration has always been a focus for these meetups, as we’re actively looking to upskill future generations that will hopefully enter the workforce,” explains Zander Janse van Rensburg, lead cloud architect at Tangent Solutions and behind-the-scenes organiser of PHP South Africa.

The conference is split over three days, with the first focused on workshops and the following two days featuring a number of sessions tackling what is happening in the developer ecosystem.

To offer a bit more variety in terms of which day developers wish to attend, PHP South Africa has three ticket options. The first is for the Workshop Day and costs R700. Next is attendance for the two Conference Days at R1 750. Last is for all three days at R2 300.

Noteworthy sessions

Looking a bit closer at the three-day schedule, there are a few interesting sessions and speakers catch the eye.

“We have quite a few international speakers that are flying down for the conference, which means we can get an even more experts to impart their knowledge,” adds van Rensburg.

On the Workshop Day for example, James Titcumb, a developer at Roave will be looking at the “Best practices for crafting high quality PHP apps.”

This will be in an interactive session, so PHP South Africa notes that those attending should have laptops, and a PHP 7.1+ environment with a web server they are comfortable with using.

On the the first of the two Conference Days, a session chaired by Michael Cullum of Symfony Core Team, about “Trend analysis and machine learning in PHP” should prove valuable given how machine learning shows no signs of slowing down.

All the speakers on the day will also be a part of a panel session from 15:00 on the 27th where attendees can ask them more in-depth questions.

On the final day of PHP South Africa, Amanda Folson of Nexmo, will be hosting an insightful session called “10 things I hate about your API,” looking at some of the common API pitfalls that are run into and how to create an environment that will make developers happy.

There too will be a speaker panel at the end of the final day of the conference.

Worthwhile attending

With the local developer community a closely knit one, next week’s PHP South Africa promises to be worthwhile to those developers aiming to take their skillset to the next level, as well as exchange tales of their experiences in the industry will likeminded individuals.

Find out more about PHP South Africa 2018 here.