Michael J. Radwin

Tales of a software engineer who keeps kosher and hates the web.

How to scale PHP

oscon2003-speaker-125x125.gif With one week to spare, I’m finished with the slides for “One Year of PHP at Yahoo!,” a talk that I’m giving next week at the O’Reilly Open Source Conference in Portland.

The finished product is a quite a bit different than the abstract I submitted, but I think it’s a good thing. This talk ended up being much less about Yahoo! and much more about how to use PHP effectively in a high performance environment.

Here’s the new outline:

  1. Brief introduction to PHP
    • Where PHP fits in a web server architecture
  2. Scaling PHP
    • Five general techniques for high performance
  3. PHP Security
  4. Managing PHP
  5. Open Problems
    • Lessons learned after one year of PHP
  6. Q & A

Folks who come to the talk hoping to learn from an insider about how Yahoo! works are going to be disappointed. The PR group won’t let me give away any secrets this time. 🙂

However, if you’re interested in seeing how PHP can be scaled to 1.9 billion pageviews a day, this talk is for you.

This talk is packed with content. I’ve got 30 slides but only 45 minutes of time. I’ll post the slides on Monday once I’ve got the final OK from PR.

[Update 8 July 2003: Slides for the talk are now available online.]