“Hey, didn’t you use to blog?”

I imagine the title of this post is probably on the minds of all three of the regular readers of this blog ( or probably not, since you probably figured this was on the slow road to just another abandoned WordPress blog ). Well, as often in the case, life gets in the way, and in this case more so my professional life than anything ( though having an additional little one in the picture certainly didn’t help ). Let me recap my last few months:

  • Got an incredible promotion to become the Community Manager at SugarCRM. While I feel incredibly blessed to be in this role, it has lead to…
  • More travel ( Delta’s gonna throw me a party at the end of the year )
  • More blogging on a different blog, and a lot more frequently
  • Writing another book, this time with the fine folks at O’Reilly and in a much shorter time window
  • Much less coding time than before, and more “cat herding” so to speak ( those in similar community roles know what I mean here 🙂 )
  • The privilege to meet a lot of really cool people from all over the world.
…which naturally means even less time for blogging ( and heck, this is only post 33 so it’s not like I’ve been that chatty on it ).
What does this mean for this blog? Surely I don’t want to abandon it, so I kinda want to use this outlet to share some thoughts and insights on my interactions with the industry as a whole. Plus, I’ll continue to pimp some of my upcoming and past speaking gigs, just in case I have a secret fan club forming :-P.
So long story short, stay tuned, and hopefully there will be something interesting coming out of this blog in the very near future.

Speaking at OSCON 2011

OSCON 2011

I’m excited to announce I’ll be back speaking at OSCON this summer with a new talk, “Making Your PHP Application Easy to Customize“. This talk will center around the types of strategies we done at SugarCRM to make it very customizable, giving you tips you can take back with you.

OSCON is one of my favorite conferences to be a part of ( mostly because of the great city of Portland that hosts it ) and one that anyone interested in Open Source and technology should be a part of. O’Reilly has given me a special code to use during registration that will give you a 20% discount, just enter “Mertic” as the discount code in the registration form to receive this discount.

Recap of POSSCON

Last week I had the distinct pleasure to be invited to the 4th annual Palmetto Open Source Software Conference ( known as POSSCON ). It couldn’t be a better place to be this time of year; while the weather in Northeast Ohio is still cold and dreary, Columbia, SC was sunny and beautiful in the mid 80s during the entire time I was there.

But the weather wasn’t the primary reason why I enjoyed my time at POSSCON. In all of the open source conferences I’ve been to, I think this one really was able to bring out the business folks to really engage in open source culture. And it wasn’t just the normal spin of “free and libre = good” that you often see in the open source world, but rather a truly practical look at how embracing open source can make an impact on your organization. I saw this first hand when I did my tutorial about using SugarCRM as a platform; the attendees were really interested how they could make SugarCRM work with their organization, whether it was a business, local government, or non-profit group. This is what makes open source special; it enables people to build great things without making the software to do it a barrier to entry.

As for the conference itself, Todd Lewis, the chair of POSSCON 2011, really picked an excellent venue and put on a top notch show, all at a low price that could fit in anyone’s budget. The show was professionally done from beginning to end, with only minor hickups with the wifi ( which tends to be an issue at every conference ). And from my understand the show has grown tremendously as a result of all of his and his team’s hardwork, with a 50% increase in attendance from last year, which is definite good thing for what I feel is a going to be one of the top conferences to attend in 2012.

Thanks again to Todd, Aaron, and everyone else who made POSSCON such a success. I hope to invited back next year!

Speaking at POSSCON 2011

I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking this March at the 4th annual Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in Columbia, SC. It’s my first time to the conference, and I’m really excited to be a part of it. During the conference, I’ll be doing two talks.

  • “Developing Easily Deployable PHP Applications” will be featured on the technical track, which is a talk centering around all the things we do at Sugar to build an app that deployed on several different platforms.
  • “SugarCRM – Your next business application framework” will be featured on the leadership track, and will talk about using SugarCRM as a platform for building business applications.

The conference is being held March 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. There is an Early Bird registration going on till March 17th for only $99 for full access for all three days ( a $50 discount off the at the door price ).


Automating PHP Continuous Integration with Jenkins

If you were at the PHP Benelux conference last weekend, you probably saw several talks, including mine, that mentioned using Jenkins as a Continuous Integration server. For those of you looking to tackle setting up Jenkins for your PHP projects, I just came across this blog post from Sebastian Bergman, creator of PHPUnit and thought leader in the PHP community when it comes to testing in PHP. In the post, he announced his new open source project to create a standardized template for PHP projects running under Jenkins. The template integrates the popular PHP testing tools of PHP_Codesniffer, phpcpd, PHPUnit, PHP_Depend, phpmd, and phploc, and he provides a guide for getting up and running with Jenkins with ease.