Development conference sessions

2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/19/2012
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Its common to discuss the production environment in public but it is a black art on how to construct the development environment correctly, in fact it is a common problem that development doesn’t closely mirror the production experience. We will address why this is important, some common anti-patterns, and how it can be done correctly.
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 07/20/2012
In this session, we'll look at the website development process through the lens of Hollywood storytelling. We’ll examine how the narrative structure of various films compares to different process models for site development. And along the way, we'll talk about some best practices for delivering successful projects that are on time, on budget, and meet customer expectations.
10:40am–11:20am Wednesday, 07/18/2012
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Why do you decide to use Open Source Software? How do you choose one Open Source project over another? Join us for a discussion of the critical factors to consider to "mitigate risk" when choosing to use a project, including techniques for living with that choice. We'll talk about several different projects that we have integrated to various ends: success, forking, adoption, and abandonment.
11:30am–12:10pm Wednesday, 07/18/2012
Did you know that the newest version of PHP ships with its own development server? This talk discusses when this might be useful (and when it isn't!) and also covers a selection of the other features new in PHP.
11:30am–12:00pm Tuesday, 07/17/2012
In today’s market, even a small startup has to pay attention to licensing, intellectual property, and liability. We will share what we’ve learned in the process of building a 2-person company to develop custom software for a gaming convention. Topics covered will include legal issues and considerations in designing a small program with the potential to grow into a larger product.


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