An Intro to PHP Internals: Getting Involved Without Being an Expert in C

“I don’t know C!”, is probably one of the most common excuses that us PHP developers give for not contributing to PHP source. And top it off with all the overly-publicized drama surrounding the PHP internals mailing list, most user-land PHP developers don’t want to touch PHP internals with a ten-foot pole.

Contrary to popular belief, being an internals contributor isn’t just for C experts that play in a “toxic kindergarten;” in fact, there are myriad ways to get involved with PHP internals without writing a single line of C code and that doesn’t play into any toxicity at all.

And on top of some of the conventional ways to get involved with PHP internals, you’ll learn about some new and exciting projects that desperately need a courageous person (read, “you”) to launch.

If you’re ready to meet a lovely, helpful community of passionate individuals who will mentor and support your efforts to make PHP better, this talk will encourage and inspire you to join me on an epic journey to the center of PHP internals.


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Yannick Voyer at 11:01 on 21 May 2019

Good insight on the steps needed to contribute... will probably have a look to help in reproducing bugs.