How is our beloved language doing? Analyzing all of GitHub, StackOverflow and Hacker News via the publicly available Google BigQuery datasets (some 40TB+ of data) this presentation aims to give humorous and ingenious insights into our TIOBE Index Top 10 language. If you’ve ever wondered which PHP versions are still in use, which packages are most widely used or if you’re the only ‘Full StackOverflow Developer’ this is the presentation for you. Similarly we’ll look into things like PSR adoption (who’s still using tabs), framework popularity and community participation with a view to how we are doing and where we should be going. Trolls are welcome – I have the data…


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Andre Smith at 11:58 on 27 Sep 2018

Wow! Lots of interesting stats keeping us more informed. Halfway through the talk, Brad did struggle a bit, and said "Errr" quite a lot, but het quickly regained confidence and managed to complete the talk effectively and professionally.

Pieter Gerber at 12:36 on 27 Sep 2018

This was quite interesting to see how PHP still ranks against other languages on GitHub. Learning about the Google BigQuery datasets is an added bonus as it provides a valuable learning platform for data analytics etc.

Dylan at 12:58 on 27 Sep 2018

Amazing overview of the state of PHP. I love how it was unique to our location in the world. The volume of numbers in the talk was a little over-whelming but definitely worth going back to and studying closer.

I'm keen to see the future insights that Brad will be able to pull out of this data set!

Loved the talk. Almost feels like one of those huge blogs one read sometimes about a massive amount of number crunching that gives great and informative information about the topic. Enjoyed the presentation and the light banter during it. I want to know more :)

Matt Vosloo at 14:08 on 27 Sep 2018

Some great data and insights here and Brad brings a lot of energy to the presentation

Fun talk. Brad really kept my attention. Really interesting talk with very interesting stats. Would have like to see a comparison between framework versions too, and also diff between old and recent-ish data

William Stam at 09:02 on 28 Sep 2018

the level of effort... what.. the... data! it sparked a whole lot of new questions... why didnt you do ALLLLLLL the stuffs grrrrr.

dude that talk was legendary!

Dylan at 13:24 on 28 Sep 2018

Wow! Incredible talk with a lot of data to back it all up!

Love the way you speak and the passion in your talk!! Never change that. You were very excited about all this data which made me excited too! Really interesting conclusions well delivered.

One thing I can mention for constructive feedback:
The slides could be a bit chaotic I’d rather split them up into more slides with less data on each. ?

Liam Norman at 00:34 on 29 Sep 2018

Really great talk and the amount of effort that went into data collection was impressive. Really enjoyed it and the audience interaction was very well done.

Justin Fossey at 13:18 on 2 Oct 2018

I really enjoy statistics and ranking info like this and you could see Brad went to a lot of effort to try and extract and interrogate the data in many different ways to get the most relevant data.

Brad as a speaker is great as he brings a different kind of energy to any conversation that is actually infectious and gets you excited about the topic.

I think the only issue I had was the volume of information was sometimes difficult to follow combined with learning about BigQuery and the different data sources.

The nature of the topic it may be difficult to improve, but maybe if these sub topics could be broken up into more distinct sections maybe it would easier to follow or maybe Brad should consider using a laser pointer more so we can follow better want numbers he is looking at and talking about, and maybe this would reduce the amount people like myself get a little lost in the numbers.

PHP as a community has a very large ecosystem and stats like this I think are very important and could be included in every conference in some way or form so we can keep up with changes in the community.

Loved this! Something different, fun, yet interesting. I think you kept the audience engaged, and even spurred some interest to start playing with big data!