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Scaling PHP in the real world!

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PHP is used by the likes of Facebook, Yahoo, Zynga, Tumblr, Etsy, and Wikipedia. How do the largest internet companies scale PHP to meet their demand? Join this session and find out how to use the latest tools in PHP for developing high performance applications. We’ll take a look at common techniques for scaling PHP applications and best practices for profiling and optimizing performance. After this session, you’ll leave prepared to tackle your next enterprise PHP project.

Dustin Whittle ( (@dustinwhittle ( / GitHub ( will be going over these topics and concepts during his presentation.

• Why performance matters?
• The problems with PHP Best practice designs
• Distributed data caches with Redis and Memcached
• Doing work in the background with queues
• Http caching and a reverse proxy with Varnish/SquidUsing the right tool for the job
• Xdebug + WebGrind
• XHProf
• Google PageSpeedArchitecture not applications

Slides -


6:30 - 7:00 -- Doors open/general socializing & food provided by AppDynamics
7:00 - 7:10 -- Intro/announcements
7:10 - 8:00 -- Presentation by Dustin Whittle
8:00 - 8:30 -- Q&A
9:00ish -- post-event socializing... aka beers someplace nearby

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