I’m writing right here from the Microsoft Web Developer Summit in Redmond, Washington. In a few small meeting rooms in Building 122, Microsoft has brought in a very impressive group of open source developers from all over the world. The purpose of the summit is to create a frank and open conversation about technology, interoperability, and integration - in a nutshell, to reach out to the different communities on different platforms. The brainpower in the room is amazing - I’ve met really smart developers who have made major contributions to core development platforms such as PHP. A really interesting fact is that many of these developers use Microsoft products on a daily basis - in fact, half of the attendees use the Windows operating system as part of their development environment to write PHP. I also met quite a few Canadians - I’ve interviewed many on a podcast I'll be posting in the next couple of days. Stay tuned!