Think about "PHP" for a few seconds… What came to mind? It’s very likely you thought about your average product catalog, a blogging platform or how the platform is inferior to things like Node.js. But wait, it’s 2018! What if I told you PHP’s huge ecosystem has way more to offer and PHP is not inferior at all to its evil cousin Node.js?

In this hands-on tutorial you will learn about the core concepts of async PHP and why you too should care about ReactPHP being a real thing. The workshop has a strong focus on sparking the idea that PHP can be way faster and more versatile than you probably thought. Bring along an open mind and through lots of interesting examples and live demos learn why what sounds crazy at first might soon be a valuable addition in your toolbox.

You’re already familiar with PHP and want to learn what ReactPHP is all about? Then this tutorial is for you! We will start from scratch and build a demo application that pushes data from your command line in real-time to your browser. Several scenarios are prepared, but ideally you bring in your own ideas: Let’s build an interactive chat bot, an interactive CLI tool or even an actual desktop GUI, it’s up to you!

The tutorial assumes people are familiar with PHP, have PHP and their favorite IDE already setup, but does not require people to be familiar with ReactPHP.


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Attended your talk at Scotland php last year and like what I saw. Great to get a proper hands on today.

I have a couple of plans to use it in a couple of projects I am working on.

Great session, enthusiastic presenter, great style. I really enjoyed doing the exercises. Keeping it simple worked well for me. Also enjoyed the group discussion at the end, some valuable conclusions.

Iain Fogg at 21:19 on 14 Apr 2018

Even though I went into this knowing very little about ReactPHP, I felt I came away with the ability to start implementing code into our own codebase.

It was really well structured, with lots of examples that explained various of the different components, with the pace and style being just right for me.

Loved this session!

Adam Prescott at 16:56 on 15 Apr 2018

Great session and a good introduction to ReactPHP. Christian did a good job covering the concepts behind it and showing how they applied to ReactPHP in a practical way. I came away from the session wanting to explore it more an d use it in a future project.