Developers celebrating 10 years of Symfony at SymfonyLive London

Back in September 2015, a large number of engineers, developers and IT professionals descended upon Westminster for SymfonyLive London 2015. Over 300 in fact (now that’s a lot of code!).

This year was not only the fourth successful year of SymfonyLive London, abut also an extra significant one, as it saw the 10th birthday of the Symfony framework itself. To celebrate, there was an exceptional line up of speakers from the community, a birthday social to end all birthday socials, and a limited edition Symfony elePHPant.

In typical conference fashion, the event was split across two full days: day one for practical workshops and day two for the full conference.

SymfonyLive London

Who attends SymfonyLive?

  • Symfony developers (all levels of experience and knowledge welcome)
  • Drupal developers looking to learn more about Symfony and its components in preparation for Drupal 8
  • PHP developers working with platforms like eZ Publish, eager to widen their knowledge on frameworks, best practice and quality PHP development techniques
  • Development managers, system administrators and other IT professionals with an interest in learning more about Symfony, getting to know the community and sharing ideas.

SymfonyLive Audience
As part of our dedication to stay up to date with industry trends and changes, our own in house developers at Strawberrysoup all enjoyed day 2 of the conference. Here are their own key takeaways from the conference:

Jaime Hall – Head of Development

SymfonyLive provided a good and informative day from a great range of speakers. Personal highlights for me included the Doctrine talk which focused around the many pitfalls and scenario’s that indicate doctrine was not the most ideal for. Advice was offered as to how this could be overcome and still obtain acceptable through put which was some very valuable advice.

One I was intrigued about was the Spotify talk. It gave an insight into how even potentially large and well known brands can go so wrong and the length’s of time it takes to get out of it.

Finally, the closing talk demonstrated how versioning should be done correctly and just went to demonstrate how dedicated the Symfony team and platform is on both evolution but still remaining completely backward compatible.

Jez Emery – Web Developer

The whole event was a great success and a great refresher of the Symfony framework. We got to learn from individuals who make the tools that we use everyday. The Doctrine talk related to whether or not to use Doctrine, and the closing keynote by Fabien Pontencier on the future of Symfony were by far my favourite, highlighting some key areas to focus on in the future, and for current projects.

There was also a great talk by James Solomon from Spotify who explained some of the difficulties they faced when transferring the Spotify website across to Symfony framework. An awesome talk that really showed that no matter how big the company, the hurdles you face are the same. Overall I had a great time at Symfony Live and learned a huge amount from the speakers.

Harry Wiseman – Web Developer

This conference was very insightful and inspiring – helped along by speakers like: Benjamin Eberlei (Heads up the development on Doctrine), Matthias Noback, Seb Lee-Delisle and obviously Fabien Potencier (The creator of Symfony). There were talks focusing on testing strategies and compliance with various different standards within the industry. This made me understand the need for the different granular types of testing on big projects and some key takeaways i’ll be putting in practice throughout projects I work on.

The talk about Doctrine helped developers like myself with a real life problem. We were having troubles with a bottleneck in the queries we were running and this gave us a potential solution which was efficient and concise. I found the whole day very useful and it really made me question the use of different strategies and techniques dependant on the project.

Mike Skinner – Web Developer

The keynote speaker was Seb Lee-Delisle, a digital artist (and programmer) who uses technology in novel ways to create public artistic installations.

Seb did a live-coding example on stage to demonstrate how HTML5 Canvas and a few lines of Javascript can quickly become something remotely artistic. By animating particles and coding-in some physics he quickly produced some firework-like effects, which was an introduction to his work using industrial lasers to put on public light shows – using the same underlying principles.

Seb Lee-Delisle digital art

Seb also talked about his excitement for how technology is entering our lives, with the current trend towards the IOT (the internet of things). Cheap processing power, combined with cheap hardware (motors, servos and sensors) is creating new opportunities for consumer products, for example 3D printing and art. Seb showcased a project where he created a large scale pen-plotter using an Arduino, and had it plot the user-paths of gamers playing the classic 1979 ‘Lunar Lander’ arcade game. The result is visually impressive, and as Seb described – through playing around with technology, he accidentally created ‘an art’! You can read more about the project here.