Having developed with CodeIgniter for several years now it was absolutely awesome to meet some of the well known names of the community such as Greg Aker, Phil Sturgeon, Kenny Katzgrau, John Crepezzi, Eric Barnes, Adam Fairholm and many more.
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So what's new? Well, first off: CodeIgniter switched to Git and is now on GitHub ready to be forked. So go and send your pull requests!
Second of all and most importantly, CodeIgniter isn't dead. On the contrary, it has an active community, solid support from Ellislab and great contributors, not only in the "Reactor" team.
Lots of good talks covered uniform payment interfaces, bottom-to-top stack optimization, writing friendly libraries, building extendable applications as well as a crash course in Redis. Check out those slides and speaker materials.
After a great night out with nerd beer (had to fly all the way from Munich to NYC to end up in a German "beergarden" drinking Gaffel Kölsch) the conference was wrapped up with hands-on master classes and huge slices of NY style pizza. Check out some pictures!
To wrap up, it was a great event and I am glad I made the decision to go there. It was very inspiring to talk to fellow developers and take home that great feeling of having chosen the right framework that will live long and prosper.