ZendCon2017: You’ve heard all about PHP 7, now let’s get busy and start using it!

I’m looking forward to getting out to ZendCon 2017 this year for many reasons. Networking with folks I just don’t see that often is definitely a high point, but getting busy with PHP 7 is certainly the hot topic that I’m most looking forward to exploring. The adoption statistics for PHP 7, while better than previous major transitions, still have a way to go. Why? Because learning about PHP 7 is only half the loaf. As the Nike ad likes to say, you’ve got to “just do it” – and there will be plenty of that at ZendCon; people talking, sharing and hacking all over the place.

I will be hosting two of my favorite sessions “Who’s doing what with PHP on IBM i” on Wednesday and “IBM i panel discussion” on Thursday.  Both sessions represent great places where you can learn more about how to leverage this amazing technology right on IBM i. In the “Who’s Doing What” presentation, we’ll be highlighting great IBM i shops like Newlyweds Foods, T&A and Hydrite Chemical. You can see how these companies leverage diverse and powerful applications that impact their bottom line. I have been lucky enough to recruit the top minds for PHP on IBM i for the panel discussion, including the product manager for Zend Server, Mickey Hoter, who just might make an announcement or two. You never know what you’ll learn at the panel! Be sure to come with your best questions for the panelists to mull over and debate.

I already have my invitation to the IBM i reception. Make sure you check IBM i on your registration so that you can get your own invitation.  It is the premier social event for the IBM i faithful at ZendCon, so don’t miss it!

-Mike Pavlak

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