Burying a talk: a year of database version control

About a year ago the idea was born to do a talk on database version control. Main reason: I didn’t really have a clue about database version control myself. What’s the right approach? What tools are out there? Am I doing database version control the right way, or is there a better way? While figuring all this out I decided to document all my steps, and finally use the results in a talk so I could share them with the rest of the world. I submitted a talk called “Database version control without pain” to the dutch conference PFCongres, and it got accepted!

Zwolle, Amsterdam, Manchester and Barcelona

Soon after that I got to repeat the same talk at other places in Europe. During these events I met some great people, had a lot of fun, saw cities I had never been before and I learned a lot as well. I tried to improve my talk based on the feedback I got, and sure enough most people seemed to like it!

In total, I did the talk four times now:


I think four is enough. I assume that the majority of the European PHP community has visited at least one of the events above, and had the chance to see the talk (and besides that I’m getting a bit tired of repeating the same story over and over again ;-) ). It’s time for something new! I don’t exactly know what it will be, but I have several ideas on new talks so hopefully I can make at least one of those ideas into a talk, and start submitting to the calls for papers at the different conferences really soon!

Article on database version control

As a last hoorah I’m planning to write an article on database version control, which will probably be published either here or on techportal. Missed the talk? Looking to refresh your memory? Or downloaded the slides and you’re still wondering what the heck I was talking about during the slide with the picture of a sunken boat? No worries! Just keep an eye on this site and you’ll be able to read all about it soon.

But for now: Farewell database version control talk! You’ve been a great friend!

  1. I was fortunate enough to see your talk at PHPNW10 and did find it an interesting and very well pitched talk. I’ll be very interested to see how you manage to translate it into an article as your presentation style and delivery was able to keep a room of tired delegates at the end of a conference, who all just wanted to get to the bar, not only engaged but thoroughly amused as well as informed.

  2. I am really looking forward for your next topic. Having the pleasure to watch your talk twice I am sure you`ll come up with good content and a wonderful presentation once again ;)

Leave a Comment

NOTE - You can use these HTML tags and attributes:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>