March 8-10, 2017
Montreal, Canada

I saw the future, and the web servers were written in PHP

PHP's stateless execution model is still based on the mechanics of CGI: request in, response out. This means simplicity, but also significant overhead on each request. All other languages on the web now offer production-ready web servers implemented purely in each language. PHP is finally catching up with solutions like Aerys or PHP-PM, which promise tremendous performance gains and the potential for a few features Apache or Nginx cannot offer.

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David Zuelke


David works at Heroku, a cloud platform as a service headquartered in San Francisco. He was already building applications for the Web when the dot-com bubble burst, and went on to co-own a software consultancy before exploring the e-commerce and Berlin startup scene. Based in Munich, Germany, he is a regular speaker at technology conferences around the world and an avid fan of all things fast or exciting.

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