I will be speaking at PHPCon West 2003 on October 23 in Santa Clara, CA.
I’ll be giving an updated version of my One Year of PHP at Yahoo! talk. If you didn’t make it to Portland this summer, you can hear me live in the Bay Area this fall.
Here’s the abstract:
Running a high-performance dynamic website is a daunting task. The short development cycles needed to stay ahead of the competition demand a web-centric scripting language that is easy to maintain and update. After a year of using PHP, Yahoo! will discuss its findings about PHP’s strengths and weaknesses.
We will present 5 general techniques for optimal performance PHP in an enterprise environment, 6 ways to harden your PHP applications, and 4 techniques for managing a diverse PHP installation on thousands of web servers.
We’ll also look at some open problems, such as the difficulty in maintaining clean separation of content, presentation, and business logic.
From the perspective of a PHP developer, this talk will is more interesting than my PHPCon 2002 talk because this one gives some concrete suggestions on how to do large-scale PHP. My “Making the Case” talk was very introspective, which was interesting to the slashdot crowd because they got to learn about Yahoo!, but didn’t teach PHP folks anything new.
I also went about 10 minutes over my 45 minute budget at OSCON, so the fact that PHPCon is giving me a 60-minute block of time means I don’t need to cut anything out.