SCALE notes

I and a couple co-workers ditched work to go to SCALE this afternoon.

The most interesting speaker was Rasmus Lerdorf, who gave a talk about PHP and web applications in general. He didn’t cover much that I didn’t already know, but it was interesting hearing about PHP straight from the guy who created it. He talked about the upcoming PHP 5 and mentioned that it has better OOP support, “which people seem to want, for some reason”. He also mentioned being annoyed by developers who use “PHP” (eg, PHP-Nuke, etc) as part of their application name, something that’s always bugged me as well.

We arrived too late to see any of the morning presentations, and the afternoon ones didn’t interest me all that much, except for the PostgreSQL talk which was cancelled due to the speaker not showing up. There weren’t any good photo opportunities. I was hoping for someone wearing a penguin suit, but the best thing we got was one of the FreeBSD guys wearing a priest’s shirt and collar with devil horns. I wondered why the BSD guys were there, it being a Linux expo and all, but that didn’t stop me from picking up a four disc set of FreeBSD CDs that I’ll probably never use. They were giving away good-sized books too, but they were all gone by the time I went back to get one. But then, I don’t have any real plans to start using FreeBSD, so it’s no great loss.