I recently was lucky enough to attend a sold-out, uber-geek event featuring the creator of PHP, the programming language powering a couple small websites out there, including some you may have heard of, like Yahoo and Facebook.
The talk was put on by LAPHP, and the speaker was Rasmus Lerdorf. The topic was "PHP in 2011," and it discussed how PHP fits into the current technology stack, followed by an overview of what you should and shouldn't be doing, along with a summary of new and upcoming features in PHP 5.3 and PHP 5.4.
Rasmus Lerdorf is known for having gotten the PHP project off the ground in 1995 and has contributed to a number of other open source projects over the years. He spent 7 years at Yahoo and has since worked for and consulted with various startups. He was born in Greenland, grew up in Denmark and Canada, and has a Systems Design engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
The full "slides" for Rasmus's talk are here.
From the moment I found out that PHP is a recursive acronym (standing for "PHP: Hypertext Processor"), I found the language cute. While I personally feel the syntax leaves much to be desired in terms of prettiness, the language clearly gets the job done.
Below are my main observations and notes on the talk.
On his mind for 2011