One of the best feature in PHP Scripting Language is its community, and without it nothing would exist as we can see it today.
Part of this community a lot of core developers, documentation editors, web application developers, hackers, Quality assurance team, tons of open source projects, PHP UG around the world, and many many other people contributing each one in its category, and even friends and family !
Users Group are an active element of the PHP ecosystem, and I believe that everyone should be involved to contribute and keep these UG active around the world.
While surfing php.net you will notice many UG Events, you will say that’s great, why are you shouting ! Unfortunately a lots of them are not active anymore, others disappeared many years ago…
I was checking last week for a website that is supposed to be the PHPUG home, a place where PHP user groups can connect and interact, it was called phpgroups.org. Unfortunately, as Chris pointed the project “might need a kick”.
Manuel Lemos pointed me to phpusergroups.com, which is “just the top PHP user groups listed in PHPClasses based on the number of users that stated they belong to a group.” PHPClasses.org remain the only reference for PHPUG so far.
Another initiative by Rafael Dohms and Guilherme Blanco, is a PHPUG page on Sharemymap website http://www.sharemymap.com/m/maps/php-user-groups
The PHP Community is You, and if you can’t find a UG around you, invite the few people you know and start even a small group. Do not wait until others find you, make sure you find them first. Make an online home and communicate that you exist, so others can also find you.
Exchange ideas with people in your place. People in different places don’t have necessarily the same needs and you should profit from each others to make the community active.
Maybe this year you will start only 3 developers, to find yourself become hundreds after one year, or even thousands ! And who knows maybe the second year you will start organizing your own local PHP Conference.
What do you say ? See you next year !?