Episode 435: How a college extra-credit project became PHP3, still the bedrock of the web

podcast

April 22, 2022

The house group chats with Andi Gutmans, Google’s GM and VP of Engineering, Databases concerning the forgotten great thing about Pascal, why so many devs hate PHP, and why firms ought to prioritize the developer expertise.

Avatar for Eira May

The house group chats with Andi Gutmans, Google’s GM and VP of Engineering, Databases concerning the forgotten great thing about Pascal, why so many devs hate PHP, and why firms ought to prioritize the developer expertise.

Episode notes:

A highschool class on Pascal launched Andi’s curiosity in programming (beginning on an Apple IIc).

Andi was bored along with his college research and took on an extra-credit programming undertaking that was PHP3, the model that constructed one million web sites.

PHP gets a lot of hate, and we have now two theories about why. First, it’s primarily brownfield improvement, and everyone knows that hell is different individuals’s code. Second, it democratized improvement—an excellent factor in some ways – that however led to loads of lower than skilled code making it’s approach to manufacturing.

Andi cofounded Zend Applied sciences to supervise PHP advances and served as CEO from 2009 till the corporate’s acquisition in 2015. After Zend Expertise, Andi turned one in every of what he jokes was “5 people in a storage” constructing a new graph database for Amazon.

Now, at Google, Andi runs the operational database for Google Cloud Platform, together with managed third events and cloud-native databases Spanner, Bigtable, and Firestore.

His background in programming makes Andi delicate to the significance of prioritizing developer experience: “the number-one individual utilizing our companies are our builders. And so we have to make [our technology] super-productive and easy and simple and enjoyable for builders to make use of.”

Join with Andi on LinkedIn.

Tags: php, the stack overflow podcast

More Posts