We talked about the PHP Community Conference a couple of months ago. At the time, we got on board because of the philosophy and leadership behind it. Community is what drives PHP and the PHP community is not only about the code, but also about sharing ideas, workflow, tools, collaboration, vision and startups.

A quick look at the talks list shows that this conference is about all of that. Some of the most experienced PHP developers out there will take PHP beyond the code and share their knowledge in the field. The conference will get started with a keynote by Rasmus Lerdorf, original creator of PHP and the list stays impressive from there on. Apart from the talks there will be some amazing workshops; an opportunity to get some hands-on experience with some of the top people in the field like Joël Perras, one of the founding developers of the Lithum Framework will give a workshop on Lithium (nothing like learning about a framework straight from the lead dev). Matthew Weier O’Phinney is the project lead for Zend Framework and will be giving a workshop of Zend Framework 2 patterns (Yes!). Helgi Þorbjörnsson has a last name we can’t pronounce and will be giving a workshop on front-end caching, something we have been paying close attention to here at ServerGrove and you should be too. Finally, Lorna Mitchell is giving a workshop on Web Services that promises to be very interesting.

And if all of this is not enough, we hear Nashville is beautiful at this time of year and they like their beer cold. Heck, just cold beer and PHP talk is enough to sell us on any conference, country music and all.