Rasmus Lerdorf in Houston! -- Houston PHP Users Group June Meetup

  • June 10, 2009 · 6:00 PM
  • Alert Logic, Inc.

Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of the PHP language, will be in Houston in June and graciously volunteered to do a presentation to our group! Sorry about the last minute modification, but we will need to move our meeting from our usual date/time to Wednesday June 10th at 6:00pm. The presentation details below from Rasmus himself:

Architecture, Performance, Optimization and Security.

I take a look at the performance of some popular PHP applications and go
through and show the common mistakes people make and show how much of a
difference just a little bit of optimization makes.

Then, if there is still time and interest I'll explain the current state
of XSS on the Web with some live examples of XSS issues on some local
sites. I usually like to have 2-3 hours, but I can squeeze it into less.

I hope to see you all here for this great opportunity!


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  • Clint V.

    Awesome presentation! Already gained some performance using Rasmus's profiling techniques.

    June 15, 2009

  • Kevin

    Try and top that. He covered several significant PHP related topics in depth within a single 4 hour session. Like an angry parent, he called out bad practices all of us are guilty of.

    Watch the video if you didn't make it. Heck, watch the video again anyways.

    June 12, 2009

  • Kevin

    <script>alert("We learned about security at this meeting, so hopefully this JS can't post");</script>

    June 12, 2009

  • Todd

    A four-hour presentation from the creator of the PHP language? How cool was that?!?

    June 12, 2009

  • Tim M.

    Awesome! Rasmus covered quite a range of topics. I was really surprised at some of his views on frameworks and template engines but he did back them up with real statistics.

    Definitely will be at least reconsidering some of my practices.

    Thanks again to Rasmus & Joao!

    June 11, 2009

  • michael p.

    more information than I could digest - excellent

    June 11, 2009

  • Ken I.

    A great meeting - Lerdorf was entertaining and opinionated. He covered an amazing amount of ground, discussing optimization, new features in 5.3, XSS and a variety of other security threats, and PHP techniques for guarding against them.

    June 11, 2009

  • Bill K.

    Awesome meetup. Rasmus was entertaining and informative, a wealth of information about what PHP is all about. Thanks so much for putting this all together.

    June 11, 2009

  • Joao Prado M.


    Yes we will put the video online, but it might take us a few days to do it. I'll send an email announcement when we have it ready for you all.


    June 11, 2009

  • Joao Prado M.

    Great presentation, chock full of great tips on performance and security of web applications!

    June 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great opportunity to hear about strengths and weaknesses of PHP from the creator of PHP himself.
    Also, to learn about his (Rasmu's) creative process of thinking, not only when creating PHP, but when working in internet and computer area in general.

    June 10, 2009

  • Bob S.

    My head is spinning. Rasmus covered many interesting topics in about 4 hours. Thanks Joao for organizing this Meetup!

    June 10, 2009

  • Wayne

    Rasmus was great! He is an excellent speaker and shared a ton of useful information. Rasmus also spend a great deal of time answering questions from the floor. I hope he can find time to visit Houston again and would share more information with this group.

    June 10, 2009

  • Clint V.

    I'm excited to see that Rasmus is going to be attending this meet-up. Can't wait!

    June 1, 2009

  • Ryan H.

    Can't wait!

    May 30, 2009

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