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PHP London November 2015

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Sam B. and Craig W.



7:00-8:00 - informal drinks, snacks and chat
8:00-8:05 - welcome & group announcements
8:05-9:00 - talk: Breaking boundaries with FastCGI - Andrew Carter

Efficient and performant applications are fantastic; they keep server load, costs and response times low. We can make our web applications more efficient by removing the repetitive bootstrapping process from the request-response cycle.

"How?" I hear you ask!

By using FastCGI we can keep our application alive between requests and vastly improve their performance. The best news is that if you're using a Request-Response framework (such as Symfony) you can easily do this by integrating a simple bundle.

Let us not get too excited, however! When using PHP in this way we have to be very careful about the design and configuration of our application! This talk will explain how to use FastCGI with our applications safely, providing an overview of the process and highlighting the danger areas that we must be cautious of.


Andrew is a young developer of open source and commercial software. He graduated from the University of Warwick in 2014 with a first class masters degree in Physics. At Warwick he focused his studies on scientific computer simulations and developing software to run on high performance clusters.

Since graduating, Andrew has worked commercially on price comparison applications in the insurance and car hire industry. His spare time is invested in the PHPFastCGI project, a performance tool for PHP.


PHP London is a volunteer organised community group to promote knowledge sharing and best practice amongst PHP developers, web development and business professionals in London. Our regular monthly meeting is on the first Thursday of every month where PHP developers can get together for drinks, food, networking and hear a talk from other members of the group. In order to attend all you need is an interest in PHP.

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