SymfonyCon 2016 was held in Berlin last week and foopanda sent a team of developers hailing from nine different countries to learn about the latest developments in the Symfony Framework and how the PHP developer community is using it. We also got access to a “hackday,” some nice t-shirts, loads of laptop stickers, so very much coffee and a “hipster-themed” after-show party.
Overall I think we all wished that many of the seminars had been able to go into even more depth, but everyone came away with a good set of new concepts and tools to check out in our own time.
New things in Symfony that we’re excited about:
- Symfony Flex for “Rapid Application Development” (coming soon)
- runtime environment variables
- PSR-6-compliant caching
- general DX improvements
- Sensio Cloud – a quick-to-deploy online development environment (coming soon)
Other stuff we’re looking forward to spending time with:
- Apache Kafka – especially for helping our micro-services play nicely together
- Profiling apps with blackfire
- Studying Graph-Theory algorithms as they relate to dbs and state machines
- Investigating the benefits and pitfalls of keeping a Symfony app alive between requests with the “speedfony-bundle”
- Better use of HTTP security headers
- PechaKucha – the art of concise presentations
With foodpanda’s move towards a micro-service architecture I’m sure we’ll have lots of opportunities to put these new ideas into practice.
All the presentations from the SymfonyCon Berlin 2016 will be available here at some point in the near future.