July 2015 - Page 2 of 4 - Northeast PHP - August 22 & 23, 2015

Speaker Spotlight # 6

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Martin Langhoff has been technical lead for teams delivering complex web-based software, Operating Systems and hardware products for well over 15 years.

Currently VP of Engineering at Remote-Learner’s, taking care of Moodle Products and its SaaS Platform. Prior roles include CTO at One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) where he delivered several models of the award-winning XO laptop and many OS releases; and software architect at Catalyst.net.nz.

Throughout his career he has contributed to many major Open Source projects — most notably the ‘git’ version control system and the PHP-based Moodle Learning Management System. His work is present in many parts of the Linux stack, including the Fedora and Debian Linux distributions. Well over two million laptops in the hands of children across the world attest to his hardware and OS work.

Finally, one country runs its National Elections on software he architected and implemented. That code is built on a FOSS stack, but not publicly available, so it does not count

Martin will be speaking on: PHP Tuning for Large Scale — taming memory and other bottlenecks

A trip into the bowels of an operation serving millions of users, using thousands of VMs across 4 data centers; all to provide top-notch Moodle service.

Moodle is a modular Learning Management System, a complex PHP application which evolves fast, with major releases every 6 months, and plugins that use a vast array of PHP functionality.

To serve Moodle consistently fast at large scale we need carefully tuned configurations based on detailed understanding of the bottlenecks. We will explore the bottlenecks facing rich PHP apps today, and how to understand and manage the tighter ones.

The same tools will help us diagnose quickly why a VM or Container is having performance problems. During the talk we will cover some common “my app is not responding!” scenarios.


Speaker Spotlight # 5

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Eric Mann is a seasoned web developer with experience in languages from JavaScript to Ruby to C#. He has been building websites of all shapes and sizes for the better part of a decade and continues to experiment with new technologies and techniques.

Eric is a Lead Web Engineer at 10up (http://10up.com) where he focuses on developing high-end web solutions powered by WordPress.

Eric will be speaking on: Rediscover the Power of WordPress

WordPress pushes out new features along a rigorous 4-month release cycle; this means the WordPress you remember from 3 years ago looks _nothing_ like the WordPress of today.

Together, we’ll walk through the newer features the platform has introduced over the past several releases. This covers everything from a more streamlined editorial workflow to more a modern, object-oriented, and _well-tested_ codebase. Engineers who abandoned the platform years ago due to one or another frustration will see everything they’ve missed since then and can objectively evaluate if it’s time to rejoin the > 23% of the Internet already using WordPress as a foundation.


Speaker Spotlight # 4

We have Great speakers coming this year to our conference. Here is a spotlight on one of them.

Anthony Ferrara –  is the Director of Engineering at Grovo. He specializes in Object Oriented Design, Application Architecture, Web Application Security and PHP Internals. He is a contributor to multiple Open Source projects, as well as the PHP community as a whole. You can follow his blog at blog.ircmaxell.com or on Twitter at @ircmaxell.

Anthony will be speaking on: High Performance PHP

PHP powers the majority of the internet. It’s a fast, scalable and capable language. But what do you do when it’s not fast enough? Do you switch to HHVM? What about HippyVM? And Quercus? And Zephir? What about Phalcon? What about other options? In this talk, we’ll dive into the options for speeding up a PHP site. We’ll go over the options, when they are appropriate, and when they are not. We’ll talk about how to make a site faster. We’ll demystify and de-FUD the conversation around these alternative implementations, and get down to the real numbers involved.


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