Sebastian Bergmann |

Last weekend I attended FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium. FOSDEM is a free event that offers open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The first time I attended FOSDEM was in 2001. And it was at this conference that I met people such as Rasmus Lerdorf, Derick Rethans, or Hartmut Holzgraefe for the first time. Since then, FOSDEM has grown a lot. This year's event attracted more than 5000 developers who were able to attend over 500 sessions and workshops. And not to forget one of the best "hallway tracks" I have ever experienced. I was finally able to meet Remi Collet (who does a great job maintaining the PHP packages for RHEL and Fedora) and R. Tyler Croy in person, for instance, and got a chance to catch up with Allison Randal and Andreas Kupfer amongst others.

I spent most of my time in the Testing and Automation developer room. I found the "Preventing Craziness: A Deep Dive into OpenStack Testing Automation" and "Testing Your Full Software Stack" talks particularly interesting.

Sebastian Bergmann: Pride and Prejudice: Testing in the PHP World

It was also in the Testing and Automation developer room that I presented my own talk, "Pride and Prejudice: Testing in the PHP World", in which I shared my experience on how PHPUnit is used in different communities and projects, and what has been learnt along the way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers of FOSDEM and congratulate them on a job well done. Just like it is not trivial to scale a software system to support a large amount of users it is not an easy feat to scale an event such as FOSDEM from a couple of hundred attendees to more than 5000 people. I would also like to thank R. Tyler Croy and Jeff Weiss for organizing the Testing and Automation developer room.