This is a list of books currently on my To Read shelf... literally. I do not suggest or anti-suggest any of them at this time as I haven't read them yet.
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Last week I attended and spoke at the PHPBenelux conference for the first time. What's unique about this conference is that it's entirely run by the local Benelux PHP Users Group. While there was lots of PHP-specific content, it also had a good mix of community and general concept talks too.
I gave one session over the weekend called "Project Triage and Recovery" [slides available here] which was based on the simple premise:
Last week I attended and spoke at CodeMash for the first time. For those unaware - and I was until last year - CodeMash is a community run effort that just wrapped its fifth year. Unlike most of the conferences I attend, there wasn't much PHP and instead there was a heavy focus on .Net, Rails, and various functional languages. In fact, the only prominent PHPers in attendance were Elizabeth Naramore, Chris Hartjes, and organizer W. Jason Gilmore.
As of Sunday, January 9th, the first version of the Risk Management Module is available for Web2project. While I'd love to be able to describe all the changes, the conversion process covered so many aspects, it's hard to list them all. The most important ones are:
In the past couple months, I've chatted quite a bit with different startup founders. Most were non-technical people looking for a developer to expand what they have (rare) or build it from the ground up (the vast majority). In all but a few cases, something rubbed me wrong about the conversations...
In a few cases, they're using equity-only to recruit. That's a huge red flag, but not a deal breaker. In a few cases, the technical priorities are solid and clearly defined. That's a huge plus but doesn't guarantee anything. A couple have offices, most don't. The lead people vary by demographics, experience, industry, etc, etc. It wasn't until I read Ellen Beldner's post titled "Should you take a pay cut to work at a startup?" when it clicked:
As a sequel to last year's T'was the Night Before Christmas:
Cell phones ring
are you listening
on the web
No server in sight
no one's sleeping tonight
working in a startup wonderland.
As of 19 December 2010, web2project v2.2 is officially live! You can download it from SourceForge now.
While in many releases we might focus on cleanup or functionality or developer aspects or similar, this one is a mishmash of a bunch of useful updates on numerous fronts. This isn't all of the updates but a bunch of the important ones:
For the Project Managers: