I used to refer to me as “PHP Developer” for a long time. More or less from the beginning of my career to 2011 when I moved to Ruby as main language. Last time I worked for real using PHP, tools were still uncomfortable and community was huge but still messy. 4 years later everything seems changed. Several important companies (including Facebook) leverage on it and both core language and most popular tools are improved a lot.
It was a really interesting event. I had the opportunity to meet several awesome people and chat with them about almost everything (quite often chats happened on the grass of the beautiful location in Verona 🙂 )
Davey Shafik (@dshafik), a funny guy from Engine Yard, talks about PHP7 and HHVM as major improvements for the core of PHP. Enrico Zimuel (@ezimuel), core developer of Zend Framework, talks about ZF3. Steve Maraspin (@maraspin) talks about his experience with async PHP and parallel processing. Bernhard Schussek (@webmozart), core developer of Symfony, talks about Puli: a framework agnostic tool fro resource sharing.
I strongly believe PHP is changed. It included many “good parts” from other languages and is now ready to became, with the Facebook endorsement, a first class language.
See you next year at PHPDay 2016 😀