Zeev Suraski is one of the principal authors of the PHP programming language. His involvement with PHP dates back to 1997 when he co-created the foundation for PHP 3 - the first version of PHP that resembles 'modern' PHP. Zeev later spearheaded the PHP 4 project - which made PHP the most popular development language in the world for Web apps, contributed to PHP 5, and is to blame for the sixth version of PHP being named PHP 7. Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999, and currently serves as its CTO.
Version 7 radically changed PHP’s position in the context of performance and sparked considerable renewed enthusiasm around the language. With the ever-changing technology landscape, we’re not sitting idle in the development team – and are already hard at work on new technologies and capabilities that will keep PHP as the technology of choice for years to come. In this session, we will tell the story of how PHP 7 was conceived and the impact it has on the PHP space, as well as provide a glimpse into some of the research projects that will likely make it into the next major version of PHP, designed to ensure PHP stays relevant with emerging technology paradigms.