Then came the porition I wasn’t sure on, but knew I should include: tools for development. I picked several tools and frameworks that I have personally used to highlight the transition from similar tools in the PHP ecosystem. These are require.js, Backbone.js, QUnit, and GRUNT. These translate to autoloading, MVC-ish frameworks/libraries, unit testing, and build tools in PHP.
After this talk, several people approached me over the next day and a half to discuss the ideas I presented further. There is literally nothing that could have been more flattering than to have inspired conversation and questions in attendees. Don’t get me wrong, five stars on joind.in is great, but knowing a session I gave led someone to improve his or her development skills is much better.
I did not get the amount of feedback I hoped for on joind.in. ZendCon has paper evaluation forms and doesn’t push joind.in ratings as a conference, so it’s up to the speakers to encourage—or beg—attendees to take a few moments to comment electronically. I clearly need to work on my pitch.
If you were able to attend and haven’t had the opportunity to rate and comment on joind.in, please take a few moments to do so now. I will greatly appreciate any comments you have to offer.