Two New Talks @ php[tek] 2016

This May, I’ll be presenting two brand new talks at php[tek] in St. Louis. This will be my first time speaking at php[tek], so I’m extremely excited to get to present two brand new talks!

Professional Development, Professional Developers

A “soft-skills” talk about the qualities that make for an amazing developer:

The best and worst part about our chosen vocation is that there’s an endless amount of stuff to see, learn, and try but not enough time in which to do so. In an industry in which “the new hotness” changes every week, what hope does a developer have of keeping up? How do we continue to grow as professionals without getting totally overwhelmed with information? We’ll touch on the topics of stress, education, humility, and more.

If the title sounds familiar, this is based loosely on the Professional Development for Professional Developers series of blog posts I wrote for Buckeye Interactive. I’ve since re-written the posts (updated with a few more years of experience) for potential publication in php[architect] magazine.

Building for the PHP Command Line Interface

Executing PHP from the command line enables us to interact with our applications in new and interesting ways, from performing site maintenance to scaffolding new projects. CLI tools such as WP-CLI, Artisan, and Drush make it easy to interface with our code without ever opening a browser. We will discuss characteristics of good CLI scripts, strong use cases for writing custom commands, and write several CLI programs across different platforms.

This talk could be seen as the broader version of Writing WP-CLI Scripts That Work!, which will be premiering at WordCamp Dayton.

See you all in St. Louis!