Thats right, I’m heading to Zendcon 2008! I head for the US on Thursday, 11th September, making quick stops in LA, San Francisco and finally to Santa Clara for the conference.
Zendcon is one of the largest gatherings of PHP devs in the world, and sessions are presented by the people who have literally written the books on PHP. I still have not decided between the various sessions and presentations, but am leaning towards the ones on scalability and SQL, topics like “Scaling Mozilla’s websites with PHP” and “I need more servers! what do I do? (Scaling a php application)“.
There is also a chance to sit for the Zend certification exam (although I have not even started preparing for it yet!).

Thankfully, not the entire trip is going to be centered around learning new things in PHP. I’m planning to do all the sight seeing I can while not at the conference, including visiting the Golden gate bridge, Alcatraz Island(already booked a tour) and spending some time in Beverly Hills and on Hollywood Boulevard. Any other famous sights I should see?

PS: Did I mention that this trip is being paid for by work!