First of all, I wish you a very happy new year! I wish you the best and I hope 2011 will be a big year for symfony and Symfony2. 2011 is getting off to a great start with the Symfony Live conferences.
The San Francisco conference will be held at the beginning of February. That's right, it's less than a month away (if you haven't done so, book you seat). The schedule is really impressive with many great speakers and topics.
Of course, a bunch of talks will be on symfony and Symfony2:
Want to manage some content in your symfony1 project? Tom Boutell will tell you everything you need to get started with Apostrophe, one great CMS built on top of symfony;
Curious about why wrapping a symfony1 project with a Symfony2 one can greatly enhance your website performance? Listen to Marc and Emmanuel talk about their experience doing that for a big media website;
Still not sure that using Symfony2 for your next project is a good idea? The Symfony2 from the trenches session is going to give you real-world feedback from early adopters of this new version of the framework;
Some other sessions will provide in-depth talks on Symfony2 related topics like HTTP caching, Twig, ...
But you will also enjoy great talks on topics that are closely related to Symfony:
Don't miss out Bulat's talk on unit testing. He is a great speaker and he has a very clear and smart view on testing;
If you attended the Symfony live conference last year, you already know that Scott Chacon is one of the best speaker on Git. This year, he comes back with a brand new talk on now you can leverage the power of Git for your projects.
I'm also really excited about the Symfony Live conference in Paris. On top of all the great talks I've talked about for the San Francisco conference, you will enjoy even more great sessions:
Josh Holmes will bootstrap the conference with a talk about simplicity;
Integrating a search engine in your application is always a difficult task... except if you know how do it the proper way. Thomas Rabaix will talk about how to use Solr within a symfony project the easy way;
If you like buzz words, come and listen to Alvaro Videla, who knows everything about RabbitMQ;
PHP has probably more CMSes than frameworks. And man, PHP has quite a few of them! What about creating a true CMF in PHP? Lukas Smith and other Symfony community members want to solve this problem with Symfony2. He will tell you everything about the big plan.
And as I like secrets, teasing, and big announcements, we will have a "There is one more thing" keynote to close the conference.
Remember that if everything goes according to the plan, we will probably release Symfony2 during the hacking day! The hacking day is free for all, so come and help us polish Symfony2.
I also want to thank our early sponsors: ServerGrove, Acilia, and Delorum. We need more sponsors to meet our budget. So, consider helping us by becoming a Symfony Live sponsor.