The Possibility of PHP – The Weird and Wonderful Stories of the Web and Where We’re Headed

Zeev Suraski (24.Oct.2017 at 08:30, 1 hr )
Keynote at ZendCon 2017 (English - US)

Rating: 3 of 5

The web revolves around PHP, and PHP evolves with it. In his keynote, Zeev will explore how PHP has impacted and continues to impact people's lives, and will share less commonly known and downright unusual PHP stories. Looking to the future of PHP and the web, he'll provide a glimpse of PHP’s upcoming technological advancement.

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Rating: 3 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 11:31 by Christopher Pitt (87 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Was a good look into some of the stories behind PHP, over the years. I found the presentation/projector issues a bit distracting though.

Rating: 3 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 13:39 by John Fansler (21 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Was a nice way to start the morning - not overly technical, sometimes whimsical! I agree that the tech problems and pauses for that were distracting, but did not ruin it for sure.

Rating: 3 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 14:28 by Tony Stark (23 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Not technical and a little repetitive from prior years. The technical problems with the projector and Google helper were a bit distracting.

Rating: 3 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 16:39 by Ryan Heath (5 comments) via Web2 LIVE

An interesting keynote which gave a broad overview of the current state of PHP but not so much that we didn’t know already. Would have been interesting to see the benchmarks shown against some other languages.

Rating: 4 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 17:21 by Mark Niebergall (120 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Live demos are always a risk. I liked the concepts and ideas presented and the examples of where and how PHP is being used. Zeev presented a great perspective on using PHP for good.

Rating: 3 of 5

24.Oct.2017 at 20:48 by Kevin Stich (14 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Cool overview of the impact of a project that one doesn't always think about. Would have liked a little less handwaving around the engine updates and, as stated, the powerpoint issues were a bit rough.

Rating: 3 of 5

25.Oct.2017 at 13:26 by William Simpson (4 comments) via Web2 LIVE

A good talk marred by some tech issues and maybe a little too much meandering. I absolutely loved the fractal demos and the discussion of performance toward the end, though! I would have loved it if there was more content like that in the talk. Still very inspiring!

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Oct.2017 at 06:49 by matthew hill (12 comments) via Web2 LIVE

fun talk, if sometimes bizarre. fractal demos were gorgeous, though the presentation was choppy and could be streamlined (3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 7 would be more meaningful than skipping all around, in some cases working backwards), and definitely left an impact of the potential in the future of PHP.

Rating: 3 of 5

26.Oct.2017 at 15:58 by John (25 comments) via Web2 LIVE

OK. Expected more from the opening keynote.

Rating: 1 of 5

26.Oct.2017 at 17:46 by Julian (39 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I'm sorry but I didn't like this talk at all. I found it to be the same thing as always but said differently. Yes, php is growing, it's cool, and is used more and more. I think everyone in the audience knows that. The comparison of the different PHP versions was interesting, but again, already done to death and not "keynote worthy". I don't mean to be negative or rude but for those of us who paid for the conference ticket out of pocket + hotel + airplane (not a trivial amount), every minute counts. I think every talk needs to add value and this one didn't. Adam Culp mentioned it many times: we're here to learn. I think the contents of this talk was more fit for a newsletter ("look, here's the state php is in, click here to compare the different versions loading a fractal!") instead of a keynote. Again, not hating but these kinds of talks make me feel a little cheated on.

Rating: 3 of 5

27.Oct.2017 at 10:02 by Tim Ledlie (14 comments) via Web2 LIVE

A lot of fluff at the beginning, but then got interesting with details about performance of various php versions.

Rating: 3 of 5

27.Oct.2017 at 10:48 by Elli (17 comments) via Web2 LIVE

At points entertaining and fun, but could have used a bit more meaningful content.

Rating: 3 of 5

27.Oct.2017 at 15:36 by Amanda Findley (19 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I really liked the visual representation of speed using the fractals. My biggest complaint would be, I felt as if the talk didn't get to the point fast enough. I found myself urging time to go faster so it would be done.

To quote another commenter: could be streamlined (3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 7 would be more meaningful than skipping all around, in some cases working backwards)

Rating: 4 of 5

31.Oct.2017 at 12:27 by Jason Davis (33 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I enjoyed the visual demo for php improvements. I was interested to here about the JIT work. Since it is popular for some to bash PHP, I think more on why PHP is still the right choice for new projects would be useful.

From the technical side the sound was bad, the delayed and scratchy audio from the back of the theater was very distracting.

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