The 7th of July of 2010 will definitely be a date to remember for the Latin American community of Chamilo. Chamilo P@rty only lasted 2h30, yet we had time to
Before I forget all about it, I want to make a note of what happened, what was good and what could be improved for the PHP Day event we organized jointly with Mobile Bridges, another software development company in Lima. The schedule was the following (translated to English for the purpose of this article):
- 5.00-5.10pm: Welcome words
- 5.10-6.00pm: High availability, efficiency, efficacy and interoperability in PHP - Humberto Bejarano, RPP
- 6.00-6.50pm: Flash with PHP - Alexander Quevedo, Mobile Bridges
- 6.50-7.40pm: Increasing the coverage of PHP solutions i
I'm always surprised at what horrible things web developers can actually do in their work just to use AJAX stuff. I won't hurt anyone because there would be many useless deaths, but guys... use your head! A user wants interfaces to look nice, but not to hide the whole screen while reloading a single block (where's the point of using AJAX?), and they don't want to have to click on every single element to extend it just to be able to see data, either.
Today I went to the Escuelab in the centre of Lima to meet with Alberto, Kike Mayorga and Kiko Contreras. My visit was apparently taken with great interest and they've video-interviewed me for some time to talk about DOKUDA and my projects with Dokeos and the OLPC (now updated to Chamilo and the OLPC). Apparently, the idea to have Dokeos/Chamilo run on one of the XO itself was never thought about, and that seemed to be an announcement of uttermost interest to them that this *could* be done at all.
Quickly, because I'm a little out of free time right now, we've been lended 6 XO green laptops for 24 months, fo a project we intend to start shortly on a Dokeos-XO integration work. More details:
- the project proposal: http://rt.laptop.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=41215
- the acceptance process report: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Contributors_program/June_5%2C_2009
This is a quick report on my first trial as a local group coach for the PHP TestFest 2009 for the PHP Perú group. Assistance: 20 people (all more or less PHP developers, some very fresh) Preparation time: about 6 hours of readings, downloading, slides preparation, etc Teaching time: 2 x 1/2h.
Thanks to an interesting article by Zoe Slattery (who works at IBM UK but is well known in the PHP Community for her work on the QA Team) in PHP Architect, I got into an attempt (at least) at preparing a participation to the PHP TestFest 2009. This article is an attempt at explaining briefly the steps undertaken.
It's been a while since the idea first came to me, but yesterday we managed, with a bunch of acquaintances, to setup the basic structure so, starting 23rd of May, I'll be giving an 80-hours long specialized PHP course to 10 pre-selected candidates from Perú, in order for them to prepare for the Zend PHP Certification and for me to spot the good ones and give them a job right away. The training will not be very expensive, but we will put a psychological entry test and will ask for a bunch of important prerequisites. I'm used to give the training as I just ended up a 3-months training for my e