Why PHP doesn't

suck anymore

Presented by  Grant Lovell  (@grant_lovell)
Waterloo-Wellington Webmakers  May 14, 2014



About me

@grant_lovell

  • Co-founder and Dev team lead at Vehikl
  • Coding in PHP since 2000
  • Organizer of Laravel KW
  • PHP community advocate
  • Expecting 4th kid at any moment

How DiD WE Get here?


The real Browser Wars

 
VS.

Humble Waterloo Beginnings










Personal Home Page

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
Personal Home Page

Web Domination

Where did we go wrong?


Haters Gonna Hate


"If you want to produce free-as-in-whatever code that runs on virtually every server in the world with zero friction or configuration hassles, PHP is damn near your only option."
- Jeff Atwood, Coding Horror

Bad information


Slow to change


The rise of the MACHINES frameworks


Strong Competitors




PHP FRAMEWORKS EVERYWHERE






FIG, Composer, and the PHP renaissance


PHP-FIG


  • PSR-0 & PSR-4 Autoloading
  • PSR-1 & PSR-2 Code styling
  • PSR-3 Logging

Composer


getcomposer.org

THE PHP RENAISSANCE


  • 5.3: Support for namespaces
    Lambda Functions and Closures

  • 5.4: Traits
    Square bracket array syntax
    Built-in webserver

  • 5.5: Generators and coroutines
    "finally" class keyword

The future



LARAVEL


Learning


  • PHP  The right way.
    phptherightway.com

  • tuts+
    tutsplus.com

  • Laracasts
    laracasts.com

Community









Thank you

Grant Lovell
@grant_lovell
g.lovell@vehikl.com



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