The conference was started by Fabien Potencier's keyone. He shared his vision about future of Symfony framework. It was mainly about building better community, easier first steps for newcomers and framework stability.
In next two days we saw a lot of interesting topics which made us up to date with the technology. Below we picked up only few of them, the rest can be found on https://joind.in/event/symfonycon-madrid.
Did you ever want to toggle a feature of your application on and off? Or test a new functionality with just a subgroup of users? It is ridiculously simple to implement feature flags with Symfony's dependency injection container.
This talk made a quick overview of tips, tricks and code snippets for developers using Symfony and all its ecosystem, from Monolog to Doctrine. Learn how to become more productive and discover some rarely used options and features.
In this talk you will learn how we used Varnish to provide a 100x increase in the throughput of our site, clippingbook.com. We will learn how to install varnish and how to configure it to work correclty alongside Symfony, including: - How to handle logged in and not logged in users - Using ESI - Caching for different devices - Deciding what to cache and what not and how to configure Symfony for this
In almost all of the applications we create in our day to day lives we work with filesystems. These days it's not just our local filesystem anymore. It's AWS S3, Dropbox, (S)FTP, or any other cloud filesystem provider.
We saw how to use xhprof and xdebug, two popular tools to profile PHP applications. Then the Blackfire was introduced - a new profiler making application profiling sooo easy. Finally, we were talking about Fabien's new holy grail: Continuous performance profiling.
Last day of conference we were coding to contribute to Symfony and couple of other related projects. As a reward we had possibility to win a nice bike sponsored by Heroku. We miss this part at conferences organized in Czech Republic.
What is the conclusion? We saw and learned lot of new things but most importantly we met the people behind Symfony framework and the core community itself. That gives us strong feeling that our decision of using Symfony as framework for our future projects was right.
Next year we are going to celebrate 10th anniversary in Paris.