It’s very cool to see the first Australian PHP Developer conference coming up in March this year. I came across it by accident, but after reading through the lineup and talks – I have booked three tickets for myself and two of my team (both backend developers).
I wrote about going to more than just WordCamps and I still feel the same. Last year I and some of my team went to a bunch of WordCamps. Five actually. I personally went to Auckland, Sydney, Tampa and San Fransisco. I fell into the trap of going to WordCamps because they’re the “WordPress conference” – but upon reflection (also factoring in the costs) – the amount of things learnt or gained is slim to nill.
WordCamps are great, don’t get me wrong, but because of their nature (welcoming everyone, from newbies to experts) – there is very little that can be shared that a seasoned developer can learn from.
WordCamps seem like they fit into a certain phase in your professional development. While you’re new to WordPress, new to WordPress development or building themes for WordPress, then a WordCamp will be a great investment in your time.
After going to four WordCamps last year, I can’t remember a single thing I took away from them. I saw probably 3 or 4 talks on SASS, or Custom Post Types, all stuff I know inside-out (sometimes more than the speaker).
This year I personally am not really looking to go to many if any WordCamps. I am however looking forward to events like the digital project manager summit I went to last year and PHP Developer Conference in March.
I’m also heading back to Wellington in a couple of weeks for Webstock – which I think is a great way to kick off the year (if you can call Feb 18 the start of the year!)
I’m also keeping an eye out for Web Directions South – which I missed last year because I wasn’t back from WordCamp San Fransisco.