The web revolves around PHP, and PHP evolves with it. In his keynote, Zeev will explore how PHP has impacted and continues to impact people's lives, and will share less commonly known and downright unusual PHP stories. Looking to the future of PHP and the web, he'll provide a glimpse of PHP’s upcoming technological advancement.


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Was a good look into some of the stories behind PHP, over the years. I found the presentation/projector issues a bit distracting though.

John Fansler at 13:39 on 24 Oct 2017

Was a nice way to start the morning - not overly technical, sometimes whimsical! I agree that the tech problems and pauses for that were distracting, but did not ruin it for sure.

Tony Stark at 14:28 on 24 Oct 2017

Not technical and a little repetitive from prior years. The technical problems with the projector and Google helper were a bit distracting.

Ryan Heath at 16:39 on 24 Oct 2017

An interesting keynote which gave a broad overview of the current state of PHP but not so much that we didn’t know already. Would have been interesting to see the benchmarks shown against some other languages.

Live demos are always a risk. I liked the concepts and ideas presented and the examples of where and how PHP is being used. Zeev presented a great perspective on using PHP for good.

Kevin Stich at 20:48 on 24 Oct 2017

Cool overview of the impact of a project that one doesn't always think about. Would have liked a little less handwaving around the engine updates and, as stated, the powerpoint issues were a bit rough.

A good talk marred by some tech issues and maybe a little too much meandering. I absolutely loved the fractal demos and the discussion of performance toward the end, though! I would have loved it if there was more content like that in the talk. Still very inspiring!

matthew hill at 06:49 on 26 Oct 2017

fun talk, if sometimes bizarre. fractal demos were gorgeous, though the presentation was choppy and could be streamlined (3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 7 would be more meaningful than skipping all around, in some cases working backwards), and definitely left an impact of the potential in the future of PHP.

John at 15:58 on 26 Oct 2017

OK. Expected more from the opening keynote.

Julian at 17:46 on 26 Oct 2017

I'm sorry but I didn't like this talk at all. I found it to be the same thing as always but said differently. Yes, php is growing, it's cool, and is used more and more. I think everyone in the audience knows that. The comparison of the different PHP versions was interesting, but again, already done to death and not "keynote worthy". I don't mean to be negative or rude but for those of us who paid for the conference ticket out of pocket + hotel + airplane (not a trivial amount), every minute counts. I think every talk needs to add value and this one didn't. Adam Culp mentioned it many times: we're here to learn. I think the contents of this talk was more fit for a newsletter ("look, here's the state php is in, click here to compare the different versions loading a fractal!") instead of a keynote. Again, not hating but these kinds of talks make me feel a little cheated on.

Tim Ledlie at 10:02 on 27 Oct 2017

A lot of fluff at the beginning, but then got interesting with details about performance of various php versions.

Elli at 10:48 on 27 Oct 2017

At points entertaining and fun, but could have used a bit more meaningful content.

I really liked the visual representation of speed using the fractals. My biggest complaint would be, I felt as if the talk didn't get to the point fast enough. I found myself urging time to go faster so it would be done.

To quote another commenter: could be streamlined (3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 7 would be more meaningful than skipping all around, in some cases working backwards)

Jason Davis at 12:27 on 31 Oct 2017

I enjoyed the visual demo for php improvements. I was interested to here about the JIT work. Since it is popular for some to bash PHP, I think more on why PHP is still the right choice for new projects would be useful.

From the technical side the sound was bad, the delayed and scratchy audio from the back of the theater was very distracting.