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.

Über den Autor

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann is the author of PHPUnit and sets the industry standard of quality assurance.