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Web Performance, Scalability, and Testing techniques

If you are at all concerned about performance, then this event is for you...

Join Boston PHP and Jonathan Klein as we give you all the secrets and best practices on improving the performance of your PHP applications and infrastructure. We will explore all aspects to improving performance from optimizing your code to database tuning. We'll show you how to test for performance so you know your actually making a difference. No magic or slight of hand - you can do it too.

This was our number one requested meetup idea! 

  • Writing better PHP code 
  • DB & Query optimization and best practices 
  • Apache tuning and tweaks you can make to get higher performance 
  • All kinds of caching (PHP, Memcache, Database, Query, etc) 
  • Stress testing & Load testing 
  • Testing tools like Y-Slow 
  • Using CSS Sprites instead of images 
  • CSS & JavaScript minification techniques 
  • Asynchronous JavaScript loading & Ajax 

Booth Camp: 
During the socializing hour from 6-7, we will setup some booths where we will have experts offering PHP tech support, Members asking advice on their own app, Members giving a show/tell demo of something their doing with PHP Technology. Our hope is that this will make good use of the social hour, and get our members more engaged with each other. Learn more here!

6:00 - 7:00 : Doors open, socializing, Booth Camp 
7:00 - 7:15 : Announcements 
7:15 - 8:45 : Presentation 
8:45 - 9:00 : Questions 
9:00 - ???? : Beers somewhere?

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  • Bobby C.

    Excellent job by Jonathan. If only we had more time! I hope we can do a more advanced version of this event sometime down the road.

    June 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative and enjoyable!

    April 29, 2011

  • Dan

    It was great. Learned a lot of stuff especially some tools for testing techniques.

    April 29, 2011

  • Andrii S.

    Interesting topic, good prepared, it was very good.

    April 28, 2011

  • Gary M.

    It turns out to be one of my favorite sessions. Very informative. Thanks Jonathan!

    April 28, 2011

  • Jonathan B.

    As my first meetup, I was extremely satisfied with the presentation. I really appreciate that Jonathan took his time to do this and I honor him for that. Can't wait for the next meetup...!

    April 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker and an interesting topic.

    April 28, 2011

  • Tyler K.

    Very informative, well-organized presentation. Even finished on time, despite having to start nearly 20mins after scheduled time. Sometimes the fast talking and fairly quiet voice was a little challenging to hear, but it was clear enough if I listened closely, and dense with information.

    April 28, 2011

  • Dave A.

    The social hour was buzzing, the presentation was consise, witty, and useful. The audience's questions were insightful. Exactly the kind of meetup worth attending!

    April 28, 2011

  • Fred W.

    Jonanthan really really knew his stuff and was very well prepared and a great teacher

    April 28, 2011

  • Linda

    This was my first Boston PHP Meetup and I was very impressed with the space, the sponsors, and superb presentation made by Jonathan Klein. I will definitely be back!

    April 28, 2011

  • Tim p.

    jonathan was excellent, very polished and informative presentation!

    April 28, 2011

  • Praveen A.

    absolutely loved this session - left the room with so many ideas and thoughts to act upon - the speaker was excellent

    April 28, 2011

  • Mary-Anne W.

    Great presentation. A lot more people than I expected. (This was my first time at this meetup.) I recommend that local people looking for a job who know PHP, or looking to fill a job that needs PHP, attend this meetup.

    April 28, 2011

  • Rick H.

    Extremely useful, esp. web sites and tools

    April 28, 2011

  • Michael B.

    This was a great event. We had a big turnout, with our largest ever sponsored social hour. This allowed us to feed everyone with over 40 boxes of pizza. Jonathan Klein did a great job presenting and engaging and very important topic for anyone doing web development. He took the time to explain all the concepts so even beginners could follow. I am sure that everyone took away some actionable things that they can use to improve their site performance. Especially with ways to test it with Google Page Speed and YSlow.

    I want to thank everyone for coming out this this event. Thanks again to Jonathan Klein for giving us a great presentation. Also want to thank our sponsors for making this possible.

    You can get the slides and resources to this presentation here:

    Videos coming soon as well.

    April 28, 2011

  • Dan F.

    Very valuable - covering both client and server optimizations meant we all had something to learn

    April 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation. I will be sending the slides to my co workers. Can't wait for the video to review it again.

    April 28, 2011

  • Andrew

    I learned a ton, i went home and started trying out the tools and practices i learned at the meetup. It was awesome!

    April 28, 2011

  • Matt M.

    Great presentation. Thanks Jonathan!

    April 28, 2011

  • Darcy P.

    Great survey and explanations of things to improve performance. I really enjoyed this presentation. It would be interesting to have follow up meetups to elaborate on some of the techniques. I appreciate the links/references that we could learn more from.

    April 28, 2011

  • Tim T.

    Excellent presentation

    April 28, 2011

  • Eric S.

    Jonathan was a great speaker, with clear, informative slides, handling questions on the fly without sacrificing too much time. Every single person in that room (and there were a lot of us) was sure to have learned SOMEthing. An incredibly valuable event. Thanks Boston PHP!

    April 28, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Here are the slides used for this event:

    April 28, 2011

  • Chris R.

    Use Plug to connect with relevant people before, during and after the event! Plug connects you with people you should meet and gives you an easy way to follow the event conversation and share event happenings on twitter, facebook and LinkedIn. Visit to register and download Plug mobile apps.

    1 · April 15, 2011

  • Michael B.

    Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site:

    January 7, 2011

  • Michael B.

    You may want to watch this presentation by Rasmus Lerdorf (the creator of PHP).

    He has a number of great performance suggestion like opcode caching with APC. Check it out:

    November 22, 2010

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