Panel: PHP 8

Sebastian Bergmann, Arne Blankerts, and Stefan Priebsch | The Online PHP Conference |

PHP 8 ist not just another PHP release. Even though it comes with a nice set of new features, PHP 8's greatest asset may be that the language finally was able to get rid of quite a few rather problematic legacy issues. Upgrading existing applications, therefore, is not necessarily trivial, and not all major PHP projects are planning to quickly adopt and support PHP 8. In this panel discussion, we will try to find an answer to the question: should we favour speed of innovation over longevity?

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About the Speakers

Sebastian Bergmann has believed in Open Source from day one. He has a university degree in computer science, and has created the industry-leading testing tool PHPUnit, which has played a vital role in professionalizing software development with PHP. He shares his comprehensive experiences in publications and at conferences. As Co-Founder and Principal Consultant of The PHP Consulting Company (thePHP.cc), Sebastian helps his clients to develop software successfully. In his free time, he works on PHPUnit, likes board games, and really enjoys making fancy ice cream.

Even older digital watches would outperform Stefan Priebsch's first computer. He has been an IT consultant for over 20 years, holds an academic degree in computer science, is the author of several textbooks, and a university lecturer on professional web development. He presents and keynotes at technology conferences around the world. As Co-Founder and Principal Consultant of The PHP Consulting Company (thePHP.cc), Stefan helps his clients to develop software successfully. He spends his free time playing electric guitar and researching agile home improvement.

Arne Blankerts has already dealt with computers when networking was still an adventure. As long-standing head of development of an internet agency, he has created solutions far ahead of the times already years ago. As Co-Founder and Principal Consultant of The PHP Consulting Company (thePHP.cc), Arne helps his clients to develop software successfully. He is author and maintainer of various Open Source development tools, and is a regular presenter at conferences. In his free time he reads fantasy novels and likes to cook.