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One Year of PHP at Yahoo!
Michael Radwin, Yahoo! Inc.

Track: PHP
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 11:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Salon D

Running a high-performance dynamic web site is a daunting task. The short development cycles needed to stay ahead of the competition demand a web-centric scripting language that is easy to maintain and update.

Explore a case study of Yahoo! Inc, one of the Internet's largest web sites, that has been making the transition to PHP from a proprietary server-side page language written in C/C++.

Topics covered will include:

  • Why PHP? A brief look at other server-side technologies Yahoo! considered but ultimately rejected.

  • Social change: how to convince management that Open Source technologies can save you time and resources.

  • Tradeoffs with implementing C/C++ PHP extensions versus coding in native PHP.

  • Performance: can PHP scale to handle a web site with more than a billion pageviews a day?

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