PHP: The Big Picture

This course explores why PHP is worth considering, tradeoffs to consider, and reasons PHP may or may not be the right fit for your next project.
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(15)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 15, 2020
Duration
50m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(15)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 15, 2020
Duration
50m
Description

PHP powered early versions of Facebook, Slack, Wikipedia, Wordpress, and more. At one point it ran over 50% of the internet! Has it kept up with the times, and is it right for you? In this course, PHP: The Big Picture, you will explore what makes PHP so important. First, you will learn why PHP became so popular. Next, you will learn the tradeoffs inherent in PHP’s design. After watching this course, you'll have a clear understanding of PHP’s core use cases, advantages, and drawbacks so you can make an educated decision on whether PHP is right for you.

About the author
About the author

Jonathan is a Director of Engineering at Wayfair, where he helps create the best place to buy anything for your home. Previously he ran engineering at Attend, and before that he was a senior software engineer at Etsy, where he focused on solving web performance and scalability challenges.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello, and welcome to PHP: The Big Picture. My name is Jonathan Klein, and I currently lead the storefront engineering team at Wayfair, which is one of the biggest PHP shops in the world. We have over 3000 engineers, and we sold over $10 billion of home goods in the last 12 months. Those transactions primarily occurred on a PHP application. In this course, PHP: The Big Picture, we are going to give a broad overview of one of most popular languages on the web. PHP powered early versions of Facebook, Slack, Wikipedia, WordPress, and more. At one point, it ran over 50% of the internet. Has it kept up with the times, and is it right for you? In this course, we'll dive into why PHP became so popular. We'll learn about the tradeoffs inherent in PHP's design and compare it to other popular scripting languages like Ruby, Python, Node.js, and the PHP‑inspired language invented by Facebook called Hack. I will show you the basics of building web applications and teach you simple strategies that can allow your app to scale to millions of users and billions of dollars. After watching this course, you will have a clear understanding of PHP's core use cases, advantages, and drawbacks so you can make an educated decision on whether PHP is right for you.