I quite frequently see posts on StackOverflow about how to add realtime functionality to a PHP application, or to build a realtime solution with PHP. And I'm increasingly getting emails asking the same. So, here's what I feel the current state of Realtime Web Technology is for PHP.
Over the past three weeks I've had the opportunity to investigate modern web development tools and I feel a little bit like a kid in a sweet shop. Firstly, I'm excited to be here. Secondly, there's so much to choose from. In the past you may have been able to pick up a selection box containing a few pre-defined dev tool options. Now, there are so many technologies and tools available it's like being in the pic 'n' mix section.
Around 3 months ago I made the very difficult decision to leave Pusher. After just over 2 years I'm leaving behind what - up until now - has been the best job I've ever had. In this post I'll cover what's been achieved while I've been at Pusher, why I left and what I'm going to be doing next.
I've been to quite a few conferences over the last couple of years (46 conferences and events, by my count). Converge Conference was something different. Although a tech conference, the focus in the talks I saw was most definitely on soft skills and experiences, and not really on the tech. This was highly refreshing. There were 3 talks in particular that resonated with me.
Inspired by the first two talks at #stacked13 by Mike Taulty and then Maarten Balliauw I thought I'd jump straight into Windows Azure Mobile Services and build an a realtime collaborative synchronised todo list. I'd do this based on the Get started with data in Mobile Services HTML guide. I would then and host it on a Windows Azure web site.
First I'd like to emphasise that this is a blog post on how and not why. The why comes down to the judges. So, thanks Judges! Secondly I'd like to thank Rob Dunfey for the idea and for providing additional motivation - I'll dig deeper into this later. Finally: what am I going to cover? As the title suggests, I want to cover the how.
For a long while now I've not been getting as much out of Twitter as I used to. There's too much information to take in. I've long said that Twitter is throw-away. If you miss something then it doesn't matter. If it's important then I'll see a retweet or pick up the information from somewhere else. This is wrong. Just because it's not being retweeted by everybody it doesn't mean it's not a worthwhile update. Just because it doesn't get upvoted on Hacker News it doesn't mean that it's not relevant to me.
I'm on the What Developers Want panel at the Business of APIs Conference London, arranged by Mashery. I'm also giving a lightening talk on my take on What Developers Want. Unsurprisingly I believe they wany the APIs to offer access to their data in Realtime. Here are the details.
A couple of days after the WebSockets panel at HTML5DevConf in San Francisco I gave a talk at TwilioCon. We were asked to try and cover a big topic and focus on a few key points. Since the conference was for Twilio, a telephony cloud service, we want...