Happy Birthday PHP!
Happy Birthday PHP!
About me - Jani Tarvainen
- Working on the web professionally from 2000 in various roles in development, support operations and management
- By day I help build the web at Exove
- By night I do things at Malloc for fun
- Brainfarts on Twitter: @velmu
Anno Domini 1995
- Windows 95 with the Start Menu launches - people hate dat button
- Apple is doomed - tries to save itself by allowing Macintosh clones
- On June 8th Rasmus Lerdorf releases
Personal Home Page Tools (PHP tools)
PHP growing up
- 2000: PHP 4 is launched in May 2000
- 2001: The first official PHP Conference
- 2002: Yahoo! adopts PHP as their back-end technology
- 2003: WordPress is created
- 2004: Facebook launches on LAMP
- 2005: Symfony 1 is released
- 2006: Zend Framework released
Random notes from my life with PHP
- For me it's a good tool that I know how to use
- Valid complaints and annoyances such as inconsistent in function names
- GoPHP5.org initiative gave the language more credibility
- PHP 6 was a joke - but a better option than the Perl 6 or Python 3 fate
- The PHP community copies from others with pride (C, NPM, Java...)
- PHP has remained relevant for twenty years
- Vanilla LAMP? People naturally adopt Varnish, ElasticSearch, Redis...
- Everyone is a PHP user: Wikipedia, Facebook, WordPress...
- The PSR-n and Composer - not your father's PHP!
- The Symfony HttpKernel component is increasingly everywhere
Staying relevant (applies to devs and tools)
- The world moves pretty fast
- PNGs, Web fonts, CSS rounded corners, etc. not that old, really...
- Invest in the basics
Don't fall in love with technology
- Dispose as needed (Rasmus killed APC for 5.5)
- Beware of love at first sight (the hottest .js of the day)
- DX (Developer Experience) is paramount
- Make sharing code as easy as possible
So.... how is PHP doing?
- A PHP developer position might not sound "exciting"
- For reliability and low risks PHP is (still) a nobrainer
- We have learned to share code, but separate camps remain
- The language itself was stagnant from 2005 to 2009
- From 5.3 onwards things have picked up and it's looking pretty good
- Take a look at Puli for resource packaging
- Symfony3 will be released this year
PHP 7 will be released this year
- New features
- Backwards compatible
- Improved performance
- Competition: Facebook is investing in their alternative runtime, HHVM
Is PHP the cobol of the future?
Maybe, but I think more so with application specific PHP
Meanwhile in 2038: Argh! that mission critical Drupal 9 broke and we're truly fscked now!
- Modern PHP allows you to refactor bit by bit
A lot of PHP is old and heavily invested in
- Flipping tables and starting from scratch with Node might not be an option everyone can afford - and would it make it better anyhow?
- Happy Birthday PHP! :)
- Questions? No? Thanks.