We recently spoke with Marc Grotholtman, organizer of the upcoming PHP.RUHR conference. With access to web developers and decision makers in Germany and around Europe, PHP.RUHR offers a full day of expertise and entertainment for all attendees. In three short years, the event has outgrown its old venue and will now be hosted by the Signal Iduna Park stadium on November 10, 2016
Can you tell us about PHP.RUHR?
The unique thing about PHP.RUHR is that it takes place in the most populous region in Germany, The Ruhr Area. The numbers speak for themselves: 5.1 million inhabitants, some 163,000 IT workers, and more than €40 billion IT sales in the region. PHP is used by more than 80 percent of all websites worldwide as a server-side programming language, so there are big opportunities here.
What types of participants are expected to attend?
PHP.RUHR is aimed at web developers and decision makers who want to learn about new trends and gain new contacts. We appeal to IT departments of companies and public administration, who want to discuss the opportunities and risks of individual software solutions in dialogue with developers.
What does PHP.RUHR offer participants?
We have an excellent network and are proud that PHP.RUHR boasts renowned speakers and tackles the top issues. Benefits for participants from the region are a short trip and no need for a hotel accommodation. Thus, the total expenses for participation in time and financial terms is much lower compared to events in Berlin, Hamburg, or Munich.
What are the highlights for this year?
The conference program includes technically-oriented lectures and workshops, such as those by Jan Burkl (Rogue Wave Software/Zend) on PHP and Zend Framework; Andreas Huck (SensioLabs) on the Symfony Framework; Mario Beck (Oracle) on MySQL; and Sebastian Bergmann (thePHP.cc) on PHPUnit.
What other interesting topics will be covered?
In addition to topics related to PHP and web development, other topics include IT security such as a talk by Dr. John Dahse (RIPS Technologies) explaining how critical vulnerabilities can be found in PHP programs automatically. There are also lectures by Andreas Unger (asknet AG) and Kore Nordmann (Qafoo) on challenges in e-commerce and Sascha Albrink (sixclicks) about search engine optimization (SEO).
What happens next for PHP.RUHR?
This year’s move to the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund is a crucial step for PHP.RUHR and clearly underlines the evolution of the event to the best platform in The Ruhr Area for informative and entertaining exchanges around PHP and web development. For 2017, we‘re already planning more exciting additions. It’s worth it!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role with PHP.RUHR.
I have been working since 1996 in the IT field, so for 20 years now, using PHP since version 4 and supporting numerous projects successfully either as a developer, a coach, or a consultant. In 2014, I had the idea to organize PHP.RUHR because I missed having a PHP conference here in the region.
Is there a particular achievement that you’re most proud of for PHP.RUHR or its participants?
The Ruhr Area is known worldwide and has a very convenient location in the middle of Europe, Dusseldorf and Cologne are only a few kilometers away. The PHP.RUHR conference will be held at the stadium of the famous football club Borussia Dortmund. We have outstanding speakers and partners. In my view, this is an optimal mixture for an informative and entertaining event.
What are your thoughts on where PHP will be in five years?
PHP is used by more than 80 percent of all websites worldwide as a server-side programming language and its rising. With version 7, PHP has seen a huge performance boost. Good PHP developers are in high demand and I think these trends will intensify in the coming years.
Any advice for organizations wishing to use PHP for business-critical systems?
PHP is very useful in my experience for business-critical applications. You should always observe conditions such as the chosen framework, the server environment, and partner with the appropriate project experience.
If you’re attending PHP.RUHR, feel free to stop by our booth, view the presentations, and enter to win a PHP elePHPant! We’re interested in talking with you, so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.