For the first time ever a Symfony Live conference was held in London. Needless to say, the Brits know how to put on a show. Even the food was good, proving that the common stereotypes about the British aren’t always true.

It was a fun filled two-day event, offering training workshops the first day, and a full day of talks the second.

The conference got started with the keynote by Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal. His talk was titled “The secrets of building and participating in open source communities”. Given that Drupal has one of the strongest communities among open source projects, it was a must see. He shared some of the history of how Drupal got started, where it is now, and where he wants to take it into the future. It was very interesting to see how he envisions changing role of webmasters and web developers, from adding the content and building websites, to building modules and assembling websites using those modules on top of tools like Drupal. It was also very reassuring to hear that he intends to have an even stronger relationship with Symfony.

After Dries finished, all the speakers pitched their talks, a nice way to give a brief introduction to all the talks and helping the undecided folks to make up their minds as to which talks to attend.

The day closed with Fabien Potencier’s keynote. This time, Fabien shared his goal to set a firm release schedule to allow for 2 releases each year. The first LTS release (long term support), Symfony 2.3, would be available around May 2013 with 3 years of support. This is quite a big commitment by the Symfony community to stand behind the Symfony product, in part driven by the number of large projects choosing Symfony as their foundation.

Predictably, after the keynote ended, everybody moved to the bar right next to the keynote room, still inside the venue, to share more tech talk and enjoy a few beers.

The first Symfony event in the London has been a great success. Many thanks and congratulations to the SensioLabs UK team for doing a fantastic job. The venue was top notch. We look forward for next year.

Our only complaint is that it was too short. We do hope the organizers consider adding a second day to the event next year.

If you live in the Americas, you still have time to get your ticket for the second Symfony Live San Francisco, which will take place Sept 26-29 (next week!). We will be there as well, so if you are going make sure to stop by and say hi!