I have been in contact with the folks at the Maine Software Developers Association (MESDA) and they are interested in the possibility of starting a PHP user group here in Maine. Before anything is officially organized (aiming for the beginning of the year), they would like to find out the interest of such group from those in the area. Meetings would most likely take place at their facility in Westbrook, or somewhere in the Portland area. If anyone is interested, please contact me via email or i-name: =Rob.Richards.
MESDA will also be announcing this at their 15th annual conference and be seeking those interested in joining the user group. In order to help invigorate PHP development or at least educate some of the IT decision makers at the local companies around here about PHP, I will be doing a full day workshop on PHP at the conference on November 6th. The morning session, geared for anyone wanting to know how PHP could fit into their organization and what PHP 5 brings to the table, will cover an overview of PHP, its basics and overviews of the new features introduced in PHP 5. The afternoon session will be more coding oriented, taking a more detailed look using PHP 5, for the developers out there. This will be my first time at this conference. I'm not sure the cost for attendees is yet, but if last year is any indication, it will be around $130, which is a bargain for a conference.
So, to recap...
If anyone is interested in a Maine PHP user group and/or will be attending the MESDA conference, I'd like to hear from you. I can be reached via email or i-name: =Rob.Richards.