I will be speaking at php[tek] again this year, php[tek] is a cornerstone of the PHP community calendar, and I cannot wait to be back in Chicago1 again.
I will be presenting another new talk:
Extending MySQL with PHP’s MySQL Native Driver**
PHP’s MySQL Native Driver (mysqlnd) has been providing great performance benefits since PHP 5.3, but there is more to it than just replacing libmysqlclient.
MySQL Native Drivers plugin architecture provides the ability to do read/write splitting, caching, load balancing, and more. Learn how to do all of these things simply and transparently, as well as how to write your own plugins using PHP.
Hopefully I’ll see you there!
A couple of days ago, I published the second part of my look at what’s coming up PHP 7 over on the Engine Yard Blog.
There are some great new changes coming to Generators, Closures, and Namespaces, I can’t wait to start working with them!
In his latest post John Gruber talks about the Apple Watch.
Now I’m all for gadgetry, and I am pre-ordering my watch, but what excites me most about this is the new communication features, and John hits the nail on the head with his description:
You’re 16. You’re in school. You’re sitting in class. You have a crush on another student — you’ve fallen hard. You can’t stop thinking about them. You suspect the feelings are mutual — but you don’t know. You’re afraid to just come right out and ask, verbally — afraid of the crushing weight of rejection. But you both wear an Apple Watch. So you take a flyer and send a few taps. And you wait. Nothing in response. Dammit. Why are you so stupid? Whoa — a few taps are sent in return, along with a hand-drawn smiley face. You send more taps. You receive more taps back. This is it. You send your heartbeat. It is racing, thumping. Your crush sends their heartbeat back.
You’re flirting. Not through words. Not through speech. Physically flirting, by touch. And you’re not even in the same classroom. Maybe you don’t even go to the same school.
I’m not saying digital touch is only for teenagers. I’m not saying it’s only for flirting. But the scenario above exemplifies the ways that digital touch opens the door to forms of remote communication that most of us haven’t ever considered. Non-verbal, non-visual, physical communication across any distance. This could be something big.
I am excited about being able to communicate in new ways with the people I care most about. After all, isn’t that the promise of the internet?
North East PHP has opened up the CFP for their 2015 edition.
I’ve been to this conference two years in a row and it’s a great one, the attendees are engaging, Boston is amazing, and the NERD space is pretty cool; you can even visit the MIT book store.
In a new post the Etsy team have written about their switch to HHVM for the Etsy API, a great read.
I love the Etsy Code as Craft blog; they don’t blog as often as I’d like but everything they publish is amazing technical insight into PHP at scale.
A new conference was announced last night, PHPConference Asia. It will be held in Singapore and sounds like it’ll be a great event, from the announcement video and speaking with the organizer.
The CFP opens in May, I know I’ll be tossing my hat in the ring, so watch out for it.
As always: If you think you have something to talk about (hint: you do) and would like help with writing a proposal (or 3), then reach out to me.