"For me, the highlight of the first day was Mike Pogue's "The
Cathedral Meets the Bazaar" presentation, in which he detailed how
his employer, IBM, was employing people to write Open Source
software. Mike is a project manager for some of IBM's Open Source
work. He detailed advantages of Cathedral (traditional IBM)
development and Bazaar development, and how IBM has used the best
of both worlds for its development. I left with a clearer
understanding of the role of large companies in the Open Source
movement. His style and delivery were supurb, so I figured Mike's
would probably be the best presentation I'd see at Apachecon. But
"It was called "PHP: Hacker's Paradise" by Nathan Wallace.
... Within the framework of PHP, Nathan layed out design strategies
for todays realities, where you often need to get a complex site up
in a week. It rang so true! No 2 month systems analysis, but
no shoot from the hip either. Nathan evangelized a methodology of
wrapping the most unchanging code in PHP objects, wrapped in a
shell of PHP functions and include files, with the quick changing
stuff (mainly the appearance) in an outer HTML layer. Nathan showed
the code for most of his "base functions", each of which was simple
enough to assimilate from 30 seconds of viewing a slide. Nathan
discussed the tactics of when and how to use each of these objects
and functions in everyday web development life, and how they
contributed to ultra rapid development. Nathan's was my favorite
Apachecon presentation. I walked out of his presentation determined
to learn more about PHP."
"As good as Apachecon was, it was the *people* that made it
really enjoyable. Certainly the most visible was Ken Coar, who from
the attendee's viewpoint was the leader. Ken gave us our
information and continually urged us for feedback. He's smart, he
knows Apache, and he's a great leader. Ken is a the ASF (Apache
Software Foundation) V.P., Apache Conferences, and he's the
Apachecon technical chair."
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