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The Creator of PHP at PHP Barcelona Conference

2011 October 31








Once again I was in Barcelona attending the PHP Conference – this year it was very different… it was raining. Sad when you try to escape the English autumn. Thanks to the bad weather I managed to spend a couple of hours in the MnAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) – so rain equals culture! There you will find some Picasso, Dali, Fragonard, Velasquez, El Greco and many more. I was very impressed by Pablo Gargallo and Juli Gonzalez.








If the weather was not too good it was well compensated by the charm of the PHP organisers and delegates or, should I say, by their lovely lunches and coffee breaks.   Now in its 5th year, PHP Barcelona Conference has grown yet again with over 400 delegates, people coming from as far as Argentina and Uruguay.  What is so special about this conference, you may ask?

  •  The location, CitiLab in Cornella de Llobregat – good rooms, incredible WIFI – yes it worked all day, everyday.
  • The price: 60 € for 2 days
  • The beer evening – Can’t talk about that I was selling books

I am told there were some great talks –

Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP:  a look at PHP in 2011, what you should and should not be doing, and a summary of the new features of PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.4.

Derick Rethans:

  • Profiling PHP Applications – “…introduces tools and concepts to optimise the optimisation of your PHP applications.”
  • Xdebug – self explanatory – how to detect and debug PHP scripts with the free open source tool Xdebug

Fabien Potencier:

  • Caching on the edge – how to use the ‘Cache-Control’ HTTP header;  the pros and cons of the ‘ETag’ and much more.
  • Dependency Injection in PHP 5.3 –  

Of course there were many more talks including a lot about Cloud – you can read them here.

In no time, books were packed, boxes were shut, it was  time to go home and of course the sun was shining.

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