August's topics are extensions and performance.
Our speaker will be Chung Leong and he'll be telling us about the QB extension. The meeting will be sponsored by Optimizely and hosted at their Amsterdam office in the Jordaan district.
19:00: Welcome Drinks
19:30 - 20:30: "The QB extension: Performing computationally intensive tasks in PHP"
20:30 - 20:45: Raffle
20:45: Social, drinks and food.
Speaker: Chung Leong
Chung Leong was a senior programmer at the National Foreign Language Center, where he developed e-Learning software for the US Department of Defense. His area of expertise is computerization of languages spoken in South Asia and the Middle East. He has been programming in PHP since 1999. He is currently living in Poland.
Talk: "The QB extension: Performing computationally intensive tasks in PHP"
While PHP is an excellent language for building complex web application, it imposes certain limitations. Writing code that performs low-level, computationally intensive tasks in PHP is generally impractical--it'd simply be too slow. The QB extension addresses this particular weakness of PHP. By translating Zend opcodes and executing them through a statically typed virtual machine, QB offers an order-of-magnitude gain in performance. The added power allows PHP programmers do things they were unable to do before, such a complex, pixel-level image manipulation.
We got some awesome stuff to give away this month, so make sure you CHECK IN once you arrive at the meetup if you want a shot at getting it!