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Zend Framework 2 in the Fast Lane

Zend Framework 2 in the Fast Lane

Learn how to make your Zend Framework 2 application fly using ESI (Edge Side Includes) and Varnish web application accelerator. In today's web applications, personalized sections and data that is frequently updated mean full-page caching is rarely an option. Using ESI and Varnish, we will cache a generic site layout for as long as possible, and have it request personal data and frequently updated data in separate requests. This will result in much better perceived performance and much less load on application servers.

Nicholas Calugar IGN Entertainment

Nick (@socalnick) is a Senior Software Engineer at IGN Entertainment. As a member of the Front-end Engineering team, he works on a high traffic Zend Framework based application that IGN uses to serve many of its Internet properties. Recently he has been contributing to Zend Framework 2 while working on the next-gen front-end platform for IGN Entertainment, including one of the first Zend Framework 2 sites in the wild: Nick has been using PHP for over 10-years and Zend Framework for 5-years. In his spare time, Nick is usually out exploring San Francisco's many fine eating and drinking establishments.

6:30 - 7:00 -- Doors open/general socializing & food provided by IGN
7:00 - 7:15 -- Intro/announcements
7:15 - 8:00(ish) -- Main presentation
8:00 - 8:30 -- General discussion/Q&A/networking/etc.
9:00ish -- post-event socializing... aka beers someplace nearby

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  • Farouk

    I have just install the zendframework 2 ,how can i use it to create simple html page? knowing the Album tutorial provided by the guide manual of zend is a bit complicated for me to understand ,so is there a simple application to start with ? thanks in advanced

    March 16, 2013

    • Nicholas C.

      Frameworks aren't really used for simple HTML pages, so you are probably going to have to slog through the Album tutorial.

      March 25, 2013

  • Ron H.

    Good presentation and Q&A afterwards. Besides presenting the target topics, Nick incidentally demonstrated Zend Server and Zend Studio. Two Zend reps were there and gave away a Zend Framework 2 live online course.

    September 28, 2012

  • Nicholas C.

    Everything is linked from

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't find the slides or the sample code online. Could someone post those URLs? Thanks

    September 27, 2012

  • Tom A.

    Excellent ZF2 presentation without a lot of Varnish whoo-de-la-la

    September 27, 2012

  • Keith B.

    Was hoping for more of an overview of the Zend 2 improvements, rather than just focusing on one widget... albeit an interesting one!

    September 27, 2012

  • Logan B.

    Pretty good talk, speaker was great at Q&A

    September 27, 2012

  • Ron H.

    Sounds like an interesting presentation but am I correct in assuming that you would need to know Zend Framework 2.0 pretty well to get the anything out of it?

    September 13, 2012

    • Nicholas C.

      Hey Ron, I think you will be fine w/o prior knowledge of Zend Framework 2.

      September 17, 2012

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