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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Inviting all Techies, Entrepreneurs, Students from all over for PHPCamp 2010

Last year, PHPCamp 08 was seen as India's Biggest unconference. This year, it promises to be even bigger, better. Pune has PHPCamp 2010 this weekend (9th Jan, Saturday @ SCDL, Model Colony, Pune). This also happens to be the first event of the year.

There have been many questions asked on Facebook, Twitter, PHPCamp blogs on why you should be attending PHPCamp, who can be a part of it, what's so special this year? Thought of spending a minute with this blog entry, and clearing these doubts.

What is PHP?

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages.

What is PHPCamp?

It's a Barcamp, with a focus towards PHP Technology.

So, will it just be PHP?

No, anything and everything that's related to PHP, it could be as simple as "Building a website in 30 mins with Joomla (CMS)" or "Integrating PHP with Adobe Flex or Microsoft Silverlight (UI technologies)" to "Opensource Application Platform like Shindig / Opensocial" . You can always browse through what interests people at PHPCamp

Do I need to know PHP or can i survive with the bare minimum of knowledge i have on this topic?

Students with minimum programming experience, should start dabbling with PHP asap, try setting up with server, running hello world scripts, understanding the notion of web-development, and reading lots of "How to" article on the net ( is a very good resource that caters to everyone, no matter if he/she is an expert/novice/beginner).

For people with prior experience, i suppose just the basics should suffice or follow the Getting Started Manual.

I am a student, understand PHP, what type of question's should i ask?

Ask the right question to get the right answer as each talk is scheduled for just 40 mins. Contact the speaker after his/her session get's over, clear all your doubts. Don't be shy on asking questions, don't compromise on them, who knows many in the audience might be having the same doubt.

What can i expect out of PHPCamp?

Come with an attitude that helps you to become an expert, 8 hours of knowledge from the expert's could really do wonder's. As a student, you might just get an internship offer, decide which technology to be a master in, lot of "Getting started with examples". You could sound as an expert in your friend circle, by discussing various technologies you pick up here.

For professionals clear your doubts with questions that always bother you, "How can i achieve this?", "Where can i get some pointers on this topic?", "What's the best way to tackle a business problem?", "How can i design an application, considering the 3 layers (service, view, backend)?", "Have a startup idea and want to discuss with the experts?" You will find people from all corner's. As Navin says, "Humans are better than Google". We have experts from Adobe, Microsoft, Xento (Our Diamond Sponsors)

The most important, why not suggest a topic that you would want to present/discuss at PHPCamp, a great source of "Gyan" and be a part of "Share & Learn" process.

How can i do my bit for PHPCamp?

We need friends to help us un-organize PHPCamp. Join us at the volunteer's meet on 8th Jan(3.30PM) at SICSR. Looking forward to meet you all here.

If you can't meet us on this day, Blog/Facebooking/Twittering/Digg/Scrap(Orkut) about it and send us a DM on Twitter, we will include your blog entry in our mediasection.

I want to attend PHPCamp, Can I get all the details?

Date: 9th Jan 2010
Venue: SCDL(Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning), Pune
Time: 9AM -6PM ( come 15 mins. prior to the start)
Map to the venue
Register ( Just join us if you see the event is a sellout, we have already extended 300 ticket, as per the current status even that is almost a sellout yet again )

This blog entry was very much inspired from Navin's article on Why students should bunk classes to attend BarcampPune: projects, internships, recosBarcamp?. Thanks Navin.

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