Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield

Larry Garfield has been building websites since he was a sophomore in high school. Larry was an active Drupal contributor and consultant for over a decade, and led the Drupal 8 Web Services initiative that helped transform Drupal into a modern PHP platform.

Larry is Director of Developer Experience at, a leading continuous deployment cloud hosting company, and a member of the PHP-FIG Core Committee.

Larry holds a Master’s degree from DePaul University.

Montreal 2019 sessions

Software Management Lessons from the 1960s

English session - Beginner

"The Mythical Man-Month" is one of the seminal books in the field of software project management. It was written in 1975, based on experience from the 1960s. Is it even still relevant?
Yes it is, yet too often we forget its lessons these days. This session will present a modern overview of the ideas presented by Brooks and a look at what we can still learn from them even today.

The container is a lie!

English session - Intermediate

Containers are all the rage these days. But... what are they? What exactly is a container and how does it work? Just how does a container differ from the “old” silver bullet, virtual machines?
This session will go deep on how computers work at a low level and build our way up to what containers really are, how they work, and what makes them so powerful. Containers mean more than just Docker.