Even the summer heat could not stop our professional developers as they took part at the DevCon's Laravel Code Camp Professional Edition, held last April 8, 2017 at Zendesk Office, Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

     Developers Connect Philippines (DevCon) is non-profit organization which aims to bring together various groups of people ranging from software developers, programmers, industry experts, students, academe, and enthusiasts to share insights and interact at events that aim to promote Filipino talents’ growth and global competence in the IT industry. Laravel Code Camp, on the other hand, was a one-time day-long programming workshop that was organized by DevCon.

    As early as 7:30 AM, participants already started dropping at the area, with volunteers from DevCon welcoming them as they came in. Jose Marie Ramos, the event head and an associate software engineer of Zendesk, then led everyone to the workshop venue. The good ambiance of Zendesk BGC office provided for participants a nice place conducive for learning.

     The floor was then given to Joseph Lacerna, a full-stack developer, who introduced the participants to Virtualization and Docker. Lacerna discussed the importance of virtualization in the industry, and how the participants can use Docker in the code camp, and in other tasks outside the single-day workshop.

     Our DevCon volunteers interviewed selected participants shortly after lunch. "I came here to learn about Laravel because we'll be using it for our server," John Roque Torillo, an iOS developer of AIDE, answered when asked why he chose to participate in Laravel Code Camp.

     In the afternoon, Ramos promoted Zendesk to the participants. Zendesk is a customer service platform. According to their website, they are designed for companies that want to create customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal, and productive.

      He also discussed about the Model-View-Controller (MVC) model. MVC model is connected to Laravel in a way that it's a web application framework that follows the MVC architectural pattern. He ended his part of the talk by discussing Database definitions.

     Once again entering the floor, Lacerna finally started discussing about Laravel. He guided everyone on the basics and entertained questions when participants needed help with the topic. He ended the day with a walk-through of developing a to-do app encouraging participants to follow through with their laptops.

    To wrap-up the event, Ramos awarded the participants who won the Social Media raffles by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtags #DevConPH and #LaravelCodeCamp. Ronald Jap Ignacio won for posting in Instagram while Marc Ignacio, Aldjan Mararac, and Richard James Olaza won for tweeting on Twitter. Patrick James Lim also won for posting on Facebook. Lastly, Mr. Olaza also won for being the early-bird in the event.

     Participants were also awarded freebies from both Zendesk and DevCon such as shirts, bags, and many more.