Zend Expands ZendCon PHP Conference, Announces First-Ever ZendCon Europe

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Zend, the PHP Company, announced that registration is open for PHP 2013 (ZendCon), the world's premier PHP Conference. Zend is also announcing the expansion of ZendCon to include a sister conference, the first ever ZendCon Europe. At both events, leading developers and luminaries will gather to network, share tips and techniques, and delve deeply on topics ranging from mobile-first development to best practices for enterprise architecture, development and application management.

The PHP language is used pervasively used to write today's modern mobile and Web applications. According to Google, PHP powers 75% of the web, with Netcraft measuring usage at over 240 million applications and websites [1]. Surveys have shown that PHP developers are among the most advanced in adopting an API-based architectural model, with over 90% already working on mobile applications, and 79% leveraging open web standards-based architectures [2].

"We anticipate that this year's ZendCon will be the biggest in the history of the conference," said Zend CMO Elaine Lennox. "There's really something for everyone. For example, the Santa Clara event has a stacked agenda that includes sessions ranging from 'Building a Mobile App in 30 Minutes' to 'Enterprise Development on a Shoe String Budget', along with primers on application security, best practices for API first/ RESTful web services architectures, and tips for implementing Zend Framework and NoSQL databases."

"ZendCon really is an amazing and unparalleled opportunity to expand your skills," said Lennox. "It's pretty unique in that you can come to one location for just a few days and have access to more than 70 in-depth sessions and tutorials, from some of the industry's best speakers. I'm particularly excited that this year we've been able to make the conference accessible to a greater number of developers by offering a special early registration price of only $495."

"ZendCon was a game changer for me," said 2012 ZendCon attendee Trent Petersen, Web Application Developer with Convergint Technologies. "Seeing best practices firsthand in the sessions made me a better PHP programmer 100 times over."

"We're especially proud to provide our strong European communities with all the benefits of ZendCon, closer to home," said Paul Holt, Zend's Vice President of European Field Operations.

"European developers will be able to benefit from Europe's largest conference focused on enterprise PHP solutions, frameworks, PHP training and best practices."

The Ultimate Resource for Sharing PHP Best Practices
During the highly acclaimed ZendCon series, the global PHP community will experience a unique opportunity to discuss PHP best practices and explore technology developments. ZendCon will feature renowned speakers and a comprehensive agenda around three focus areas:

  • Professional PHP Development. Best practices for enterprise architecture, development, and management.
  • Mobile-first Development. Techniques for building web technology-based mobile apps and rich dynamic back-ends in PHP.
  • Cloud-based Applications. Building, deploying and managing PHP applications in the cloud.

ZendCon 2013 Santa Clara, CA
Registration for the 9th annual ZendCon in Santa Clara is now open at http://www.zendcon.com/index.php/registration. The event takes place from October 7-10, and a limited number of seats are available at an early registration price of $495. To learn more visit www.zendcon.com.

ZendCon Europe, Paris
ZendCon Europe will take place from November 18-20 at the Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel and Convention Center in Paris. Partners, developers, experts and other PHP professionals will have a chance to participate in workshops, earn certifications and set up a trade show booth. To learn more visit: http://europe.zendcon.com.

[1] Netcraft " PHP just grows and grows", February 2013. http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2013/01/31/php-just-grows-grows.html

[2] Zend, "2013 Zend Developer Pulse survey", May 2013. http://www.zend.com/en/company/community/zend-developer-pulse-2013