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>> Back to basics for the web

Tue, Jan 16th 10:59pm 2001 >> PHP
Back to basics for the web
Rasmus gave another excellent talk on PHP, this time titled "Back to basics for the web". I've seen him do a lot of presentations and he always seems like he's so relaxed he's about to fall asleep at the microphone, but he also manages to fit a huge amount of information into his talks.

His back to basics talk was essentially to say that solving the web problem isn't hard, and that most people try to overcomplicate it. He then went on to talk about how to keep things simple even when things start to become complex.

What really got my attention was his to-the-point discussion about multi-tiered application architectures, giving specific examples from the way Yahoo! structures their apps. Very cool stuff. It's something I've been thinking about for a while as the SiteBuilder codebase keeps growing (currently approaching 300,000 lines of PHP), so when I get back I think I'll have a chat to the guys about it.

Another thing that Rasmus seems to keep doing is pre-empting my talks on PHP performance profiling: this is the second time now that I've been scheduled to talk at a conference just after Rasmus, and had him talk about it in his presentation. Doh!

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>> Xdebug

Tue, Jan 16th 10:59pm 2001 >> PHP
There's a "LAMP Stand" (hehe) at LinuxTag, with a bunch of LAMP-related companies exhibiting and a little presentation area where people can do talks. Derrick Rethans did a talk an Xdebug, which was really interesting given my experience with APD (for which I'm the Debian package maintainer, have written about for Linux Journal, and which I use in all my PHP Performance Profiling talks). Derrick's one of the core PHP team and he's got great knowledge of what really happens when PHP is being executed. Derrick and I are staying at the same hotel with all the other PHP presenters and we had a little chat about what would be involved with getting Xdebug into Debian. I showed him some basics of how to create a .deb package, so maybe sometime soon we'll be able to "apt-get install xdebug" :-)

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>> PHP Performance Profiling

Tue, Jan 16th 10:59pm 2001 >> PHP
PHP Performance Profiling
It's up at last! Quite a long time ago I wrote an article on PHP Performance Profiling for Linux Journal, but held off submitting it until I could get the APD package into Debian, which had to wait for PHP4.3, which took a really long time, ... etc etc. Well, that long chain of events has finally come to pass, and Linux Journal have put it up. Cheque's in the mail, they tell me ;-)

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