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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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  • Eric G.

    This was a good informative meetup, learned somethings. Had a good time and good pizza.

    October 28, 2013

  • Brian P.

    There was a lot about PHP scaling I would love to learn more about!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this session be recorded and accessible via Ustream? I had a last minute conflict come up and may not be able to attend.

    October 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Appreciate the effort, Mike. Hopefully it works out. If not, Dustin has already posted his slides which are very good. So, at least I can get the gist. Hope you all have a good session.

      October 28, 2013

    • Mike T.

      I wasn't able to get my laptop to recognize the USB camera so no live stream or recording tonight. I'll get a better process in place by next month. :(

      October 28, 2013

  • romerun

    Komtanoo pinpimai

    October 28, 2013

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    Steven Reichenberg

    October 28, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Hey everyone, I just found out about this meet up. I've wait listed; can I still come in?

    October 27, 2013

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    October 25, 2013

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    October 24, 2013

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    Brandon Levey, Robert Navarro, Stephen Fiskell, and possibly Daniel Dalton

    October 24, 2013

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