Though it wasn’t originally conceived as a programming language after nearly a quarter-century PHP stands as one of the most popular languages in the world. Unlike its peers, it was not carefully designed but rather it grew organically under the guidance of a vast cast of contributors. Today, PHP is a serious and capable programming language, and its endurance speaks to the murky place where computer science meets software engineering. Let’s examine its history, how it got here, and where it’s going next.


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Flow of information was great, fun and entertaining. Easy to follow.

Taylor Otwell at 10:11 on 23 Oct 2019

I really enjoyed this talk and I learned quite a bit. I thought it moved at a good pace and didn't get bogged down on any one language / topic too long which kept it interesting. Long live COBOL.

Scott Grace at 10:44 on 23 Oct 2019

Enjoyable presentation of the history of PHP.

Fantastic opening keynote presentation.

Brian Becker at 09:36 on 24 Oct 2019

Outstanding opening keynote speaker selection and perfect and engaging content.

Eric Mann at 20:32 on 24 Oct 2019

Great opening to a great event. Fantastic historical context info about PHP.

J Graham at 10:47 on 27 Oct 2019

I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Sean Prunka at 11:22 on 28 Oct 2019

Being mindful of our past always helps us be aware of our future. This was the theme for the entire overall conference and the bookending of this talk (Samantha's History of PHP) with Cal's talk on the future of PHP really grounded the conference as a whole.
Samantha's knowledge and depth of study on the origins of mathematical computations vs business logic were wonderful. Her approach to sharing this with the audience kept me engaged and intrigued!

Rain at 03:50 on 30 Oct 2019

I really liked the intro keynote - helped to understand more where PHP is coming from and why it is moving forward they way it doing it.