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AWS Workshop and Hackathon at PNWPHP

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

In September, the Pacific Northwest PHP Conference (PNWPHP) is happening in Seattle. It’s just down the street from us, and we decided to partner with the them to host an AWS Workshop and Hackathon on September 10th, 2015.

The workshop portion will serve as kind of AWS bootcamp for PHP developers, and will include a few presentations about AWS services and architecture, the AWS SDK for PHP, and running PHP applications on AWS. You can see a full list of the presentations and speakers on the PNWPHP website.

The hackathon portion will allow people to team up and create something using AWS services and the SDK. Like most hackathons, there will be food and prizes involved. Hackathon participants will also receive AWS credits through the AWS Activate program to cover the costs of the services they will be using during the hackathon.

Tickets for AWS Workshop and Hackathon are sold separately from the main PNWPHP conference, so whether you end up attending the main conference or not, you still have the opportunity to join us at our workshop/hackathon. In fact, you can use the discount code "AWSHACK" to get your AWS Workshop and Hackathon ticket for a 50% discount. Head to the PNWPHP registration page to get your ticket.

Whether you are a Seattle native, or you are in town for PNWPHP, we hope to see you at our special AWS Workshop and Hackathon.

AWS re:Invent 2014

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

We spent the past week at AWS re:Invent! The PHP SDK team was there with many of our co-workers and customers. It was a great conference, and we had a lot of fun.

If you did not attend re:Invent or follow our @awsforphp Twitter feed during the event, then you have a lot to catch up on.

New AWS Services and Features

Several new services were announced during the keynotes, on both the first day and second day, and during other parts of the event.

During the first keynote, three new AWS services for code management and deployment were announced: AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodeCommit, and AWS CodePipeline. CodeDeploy is available today, and can help you automate code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances.

Additionally, three other new services were revealed that are related to enterprise security and compliance: AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS), AWS Config, and AWS Service Catalog.

Amazon RDS for Aurora was also announced during the first keynote. Amazon Aurora is a new, MySQL-compatible, relational database engine built for high performance and availability.

The keynote on the second day boasted even more announcements, including the new Amazon EC2 Container Service, which is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers.

Also, new compute-optimized (C4) Amazon EC2 Instances were announced, as well as new larger and faster Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes backed with SSDs.

AWS Lambda was introduced during the second keynote, as well. It is a new compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you. To learn about AWS Lambda in more detail, you should check out their session at re:Invent, which shows how you can implement image thumbnail generation in your applications using AWS Lambda and the new Amazon S3 Event Notifications feature. They also briefly mention the upcoming DynamoDB streams feature in that presentation, which was announced just prior to the conference.

The APIs for AWS CodeDeploy, AWS KMS, AWS Config, and AWS Lambda are currently available, and all are supported in the AWS SDK for PHP as of version 2.7.5.

PHP Presentations

I had the honor of presenting a session about the PHP SDK called Building Apps with the AWS SDK for PHP, where I explained how to use many of the new features from Version 3 of the SDK in the context of building an application I called "SelPHPies with ElePHPants". You should definitely check it out whether you are new to or experienced with the SDK.

Here are the links to my presentation as well as two other PHP-specific sessions that you might be interested in.

  • Building Apps with the AWS SDK for PHP (slides, video)
  • Best Practices for Running WordPress on AWS (slides, video)
  • Running and Scaling Magento on AWS (video)

There were so many other great presentations at re:Invent. The slides, videos, and podcasts for all of the presentations are (or will be) posted online.


Announcements and presentations are exciting and informative, but my favorite part about any conference is the people. Re:Invent was no exception.

It was great to run into familiar faces from my Twitter stream like Juozas Kaziukėnas, Ben Ramsey, Brian DeShong, and Boaz Ziniman. I also had the pleasure of meeting some new friends from companies that had sent their PHP developers to the conference.

See You Next Year

We hope you take the time to check out some of the presentations from this year’s event, and consider attending next year. Get notified about registration for next year’s event by signing up for the re:Invent mailing list on the AWS re:Invent website.

AWS at Laracon 2014

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

I recently had the pleasure to attend and speak at Laracon, which is a conference for users of the Laravel PHP framework.

This is the second year that they have done Laracon. Last year, Laracon (US) was in Washington D.C., but this year they did it in New York City. The thing that impressed me most about this conference was how excited everyone was to be there. The Laravel community is very energetic, and they are growing. I definitely felt that energy, and I believe it helped make the event a good experience for all of the attendees.

I was honored to be able to speak to the attendees about Amazon Web Services. My talk was titled AWS for Artisans, and I focused on "The Cloud", AWS in general, and the AWS SDK for PHP. To tie everything together, I walked through the creation of a simple, but scalable, Laravel application, where pictures of funny faces are uploaded and displayed. I showed how the SDK was used and how AWS Elastic Beanstalk and other AWS services fit into the architecture.

Here are some of my favorite moments/comments from the presentation:

And here are the resources from the presentation:

There were already many existing AWS customers at Laracon, and it was nice to be able to talk to them, answer their questions, and hear their feedback and ideas. I also enjoyed talking to the developers that had yet to try AWS. Use the AWS credits I gave you to do something awesome! :-) Thank you to everyone that I had conversations with.

AWS at PHP Conferences in Spring 2014

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

This spring, I’ll be traveling to Dallas and New York City to represent the AWS SDK for PHP team and be with fellow PHP developers. I hope to see you too!

In late April, I’ll be going to Dallas for Lone Star PHP! I have two talks that I’ll be sharing there: Recursion: Making Big Problems Smaller and Surviving and Thriving in Technical Interviews. I will not be speaking specifically about AWS or the AWS SDK for PHP at Lone Star, but if you want to chat with me about AWS, then definitely come find me. Looking at the other speakers that are going to be there, I can tell this will be a really great conference.

I have another great opportunity in May to speak at Laracon in New York City, a conference for developers (i.e., "artisans") using the Laravel Framework. My talk is titled AWS for Artisans, and I’ll be talking about the services that AWS provides and the ways Laravel artisans can use AWS. I’ll also showcase some of the integrations that exist between the Laravel Framework and the AWS SDK for PHP, including the AWS Service Provider for Laravel 4 and the Laravel Queue component’s Amazon SQS driver.

I look forward to meeting new people and seeing old friends at both of these conferences. Make sure to come introduce yourself if you see me there. If you haven’t bought tickets for either of these events yet, there is still time. Do it!

See You at AWS re:Invent 2013

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

AWS re:Invent is next week (November 12th-15th) in Las Vegas! We are excited to be there and to have an opportunity to talk to you in person.

There is going to be a lot of great technical content year. Michael Dowling and I will be presenting a session on Friday called Mastering the AWS SDK for PHP. We will also be hanging out in the developer lounge area, so come by any time, especially during our PHP development office hours.

Last year Michael and I spoke as well. In case you missed it, our presentation was called Using Amazon DynamoDB Effectively with the AWS SDK for PHP. We also have the slides for that presentation posted on Slideshare. We’ll be sure to post the slides and video for this year’s presentation as well after the conference.

See you there!

AWS at ZendCon 2013

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

Recently, the AWS SDK for PHP team attended ZendCon, the largest conference in the U.S. that focuses on PHP development. AWS was a sponsor for ZendCon this year, so the entire PHP SDK team was able to attend. It was great to be able to talk to our customers and get feedback from those who have used AWS and our SDK. We want you to know that we are thankful for your feedback and that we’ve shared it all with various teams at AWS.

What You Heard About AWS at the Conference

It was apparent to everyone at ZendCon this year that "The Cloud" was a very hot topic. There were also many speakers that spoke about or mentioned AWS in their sessions and keynotes. I will call attention to a few of these in case you want to look back and read the slides or watch the videos.

Integrating Zend and AWS

Zend is the company that hosts ZendCon, and has helped manage the development of the PHP language since PHP 3. They also create commercial PHP products and services like Zend Studio and Zend Server. Though there are several ways in which Zend products and services integrate with AWS, I want to specifically call out two of them:

  1. Zend Server on AWS Marketplace – If you are a Zend Server user and an AWS customer, you can easily launch Zend Server on Amazon EC2 through AWS Marketplace.
  2. AWS SDK Module for Zend Framework – If you write PHP applications with Zend Framework 2, you can use the AWS SDK ZF2 Module to easily integrate the AWS SDK for PHP into your application. To learn about how to install and use the module, see the AWS SDK ZF2 Module README.

Until Next Year…

We enjoyed being at ZendCon and connecting with you. We also hope that you were able to learn more about AWS while you were there, or if you couldn’t make it, through the presentation slides afterward. If you need any help using the AWS SDK for PHP or have any feedback for us, be sure to connect with us via the PHP SDK forum or our GitHub repo.

AWS at Web & PHP Con 2013

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

In September, I was able to attend and speak at Web & PHP Con in San
Jose, CA. It was great to be around a good group of PHP developers, talk about web development and AWS, and meet new

Getting Good with the AWS SDK for PHP

On Wednesday, September 17th, I gave a talk called Getting Good with the AWS SDK for PHP. In my session, I gave a
brief introduction to AWS and its services, taught how to use the AWS SDK for PHP, and walked through some code examples
from a small PHP application built with the SDK using Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Here is the
slide deck,
joind.in page, and Lanyrd page for the

Git Educated About Git

On September 18th, I gave a talk called Git Educated About Git – 20 Essential Commands
(slide deck). This talk was not
related to AWS or the AWS SDK for PHP, but I used the development of the SDK as a use case during the presentation.
Since we work on a combination of both publicly available and unannounced features, we don’t have a single canonical
repository. Instead we have two remotes, our public GitHub repository and another private, internal repository. For fun,
I also wrote and performed a song called You’re Doing Git! during my session, and you can watch the performance on

Attending PHP Conferences

I’ve enjoyed my opportunities to attend various PHP and developer conferences and user group meetings throughout this
year. I’ve found it to be a great opportunity to connect to PHP developers and help them learn more about developing on
AWS and with the AWS SDK for PHP. I hope to see you at future conferences.

See You at ZendCon 2013

by Jeremy Lindblom | on | in PHP | Permalink | Comments |  Share

Are you attending ZendCon this year? You are? Great! The AWS SDK for PHP team will be there too, and we hope to see you there.

We will have a booth in the expo area, so make sure to come and see us. We will have goodies to hand out, and will be ready to answer questions or help you get started with AWS, the AWS SDK for PHP, and AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Also, make sure to check out the UnCon schedule, because we will be doing presentations about the AWS SDK for PHP and Guzzle.

See you there!

Ruby at re:Invent 2012

by Trevor Rowe | on | in Ruby | Permalink | Comments |  Share

Loren and I will be attending AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas next week. I will be presenting a session, and we will both be answering questions in the Developer Lounge, and assisting with the AWS re:Invent Code Challenges.

Stop by to say "Hi", get your questions answered, or participate in a Code Challenge. We love to meet developers, get feedback, and to talk Ruby.

Getting Productive with the AWS SDK for Ruby, Wednesday, November 28 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Join us in the Venetian, Room 3001A. You will learn about how to get the most of the aws-sdk gem, and we will be building a sample application live that uses three different AWS services.

See you in Las Vegas!