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JavaOne 2012 Keynote Speakers Announced

Posted August 22, 2012 By Dan

Oracle’s annual JavaOne conference, which is taking place September 30 – October 4, 2012 in San Fransisco, California, has announced its keynote speakers.  From Oracle’s announcement, they are:


Sunday, September 30
Java Strategy Keynote

Oracle’s top engineering executives will highlight the vast opportunities Java provides and demonstrate Oracle’s continued commitment and positive stewardship. Speaking are:

  • Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development, Oracle
  • Nandini Ramani, Vice President of Engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms, Oracle
  • Hasan Rizvi, Senior Vice President, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java, Oracle
  • Georges Saab, Vice President of Development, Oracle
  • Henrik Stahl, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

Sunday, September 30
JavaOne Technical Keynote

Learn how the entire Java portfolio is evolving to offer developers a high-performance, standards-based platform to meet the challenges of the next generation of enterprise computing. Speaking are some of Oracle’s most technically talented engineers:

  • Richard Bair, Chief Architect, Client Java Platform, Oracle
  • Terrence Barr, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle
  • Arun Gupta, Java EE Technology Evangelist, Oracle
  • Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect, Client Java Platform, Oracle

Thursday, October 4
Java Community Keynote

Back by popular demand, this keynote will showcase several Java community luminaries and their work. Speaking are:

  • Sharat Chander, Group Director, Java Technology Outreach, Oracle
  • Donald Smith, Director, Java Product Management, Oracle


JavaOne has been an annual conference since founded in 1996 by Sun Microsystems to discuss Java technologies, primarily among Java developers. It has become a rather pricy conference, with pre-registration costing $1795, however, it does offer enthusiasts early access to new hardware and latest trends.

From Oracle’s site:

The JavaOne conference brings together Java experts and enthusiasts for an extraordinary week of learning and networking focused entirely on all things Java. With more than 400 sessions covering topics that span the breadth of the Java universe, keynotes from foremost Java visionaries, and expert-led hands-on learning opportunities, JavaOne is the world’s most important event for the Java community. By registering for JavaOne San Francisco, you join the community of Java technologists dedicated to expanding their Java skills and moving the #1 development platform forward.

To register:

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PHP Certification… What You Need To Know

Posted July 25, 2012 By Dan

PHP ranks among the most popular programming languages. It has become the programming language of choice for small to medium sized websites due to its low/no costs, simplicity to learn and the abundance of qualified programmers. It is also the language behind many Content Management Systems, such as WordPress, which keeps the language in heavy demand.

With ample PHP programmers around, you need to differentiate yourself from the pack as a knowledgeable, skilled, proven programmer. The best way to do that is by becoming a Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE). There are other companies that offer PHP certification, but Zend really is the industry standard.

Zend Technologies was founded in 1997 by Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski. They rewrote the PHP parser (originally developed by Rasmus Lerdorf), and are credited with making PHP the popular choice it is today. Zend continues to be the worldwide leader in PHP software.

There are nearly 2,000 ZCE’s in the U.S. and 5,000 worldwide. ZCE’s are able to distinguish themselves by placing the ZCE logo on their resume and business cards. Zend Certified Engineers are also listed on Zend’s directory, Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals.

The PHP 5.3 Certification exam covers the following topics:

  • PHP Basics
  • Functions
  • Data Format & Types
  • Web Features
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Security
  • I/O
  • Strings and Patterns
  • Databases
  • Arrays

The exam is offered for US$195 through Pearson VUE testing centers around the world. To locate a testing center near you visit Zend also provides a study guide for free to help you prepare for the test.

Although obviously not a requirement to be a PHP programmer, it will definitely help get jobs and promotions. As someone who has hired many programmers, I strongly encourage folks to get certified. When you’re comparing two qualified similar resumes, certifications are an easy tie-breaker. Personally, I’m planning on taking the ZCE test next month or so.

Good luck to those who take it!

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