Croissants in Québec

One of the great things about Montréal are the croissants, a vivid reminder of Québec's French heritage. Sebastian and Stefan had just finished their croissants at Presse Café at Place Bonaventure and went off to chat with Arne, who was back in Germany, to discuss the final adjustments to the website Arne was about to launch while Sebastian and Stefan would give presentations at the PHP Québec Conference, a web technology event nowadays known as ConFoo. The day was Wednesday, 4th of March, 2009.

The next day saw the first official press release of our new born venture, The PHP Consulting Company, something we had worked on behind the scenes for a while. In fact, the origins of The PHP Consulting Company go back to late 2007, when Sebastian, Arne, and Stefan, at the time three individuals each with their own solid track record in the German and international PHP communities, had started to discuss the idea of collaboration in the PHP training market.

In 2008, we held the first training together. Initially designed as a sequence of workshops each given by one individual trainer, the concept evolved into workshops jointly presented by two trainers beforehand, and then, spontaneously and on the spot, turned into a full week of live coding with all three trainers in the room all the time. Our famous and unique teaching style, once dubbed "German comedy at its best" and always on the brink between scripted reality and actual argument about the best solution, was born. And even though we did not realize at the time, the seeds for the success of The PHP Consulting Company had been planted.

It is with great pride and pleasure that today we celebrate the tenth anniversary of The PHP Consulting Company.

Reid Hoffmann, one of the founders of LinkedIn, once said: "If you're not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late." According to the Wayback Machine, this is what our website looked like on March 7th, 2009:

Looking back at ten succesful years, we feel proud about each single client we had the opportunity to work with. Taking a trip down memory lane, our own web site reminded us of the topics we had felt were important in 2009: migration (PHP 4 to PHP 5, at the time), OOP, functional programming, a critical look at the MVC pattern, NoSQL and persistence, PHP compiler internals, code reviews, and "untestable code". We are amazed how relevant those topics are still today. This gives us even more confidence that the topics we deal with today will be relevant in the future.

Throughout this year we want to celebrate ten years of PHP, community, and consulting with you. After all, you made our success possible. Starting today and until December, we will reveal a special treat on the tenth of each month at https://thephp.cc/news/2019/03/10-years-of-thephpcc. Instead of keeping you in suspense for a couple of days, we will spill the beans on this month’s treat right now.

Please help us make our celebration big and memorable by spreading the word. Share this post, link to it, tweet about it, mention it to your friends and co-workers. Thank you for helping us to help you make the world a better PHPlace.

About the authors

Sebastian Bergmann
Sebastian Bergmann
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Sebastian Bergmann, creator of PHPUnit, is an internationally sought-after expert who has played a vital role in professionalizing the PHP community.

Arne Blankerts
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Arne Blankerts has created solutions far ahead of the times already years ago, and finds security issues with magic intuition.

Stefan Priebsch
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For over 20 years, Stefan Priebsch has been finding sustainable solutions using a unique blend of new ideas and proven approaches.

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