I am Fabien Potencier, creator of Symfony (PHP Framework). Ask me anything!

Started on February 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Hi all,

I created Symfony in 2005, one of the most popular PHP frameworks. Currently, I run blackfire.io, sensiolabs.com, and the Symfony company. Ask me anything related to:

  • Creating Open source projects
  • PHP
  • Symfony
  • Performance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • and more

I will be answering questions live on 4th Feb, 2019 at 2 PM ET (7 PM GMT / 11 AM PT).

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I'm sure Symfony reached a broader audience after Taylor Otwell created Laravel based on it. From my standpoint it seems Laravel keeps tight bonds with Symfony, but simplifies for certain, but common, scenarios. What do you think about Laravel and do you have any influence on it?

Thanks for creating an amazing framework :-)

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Thanks for a good answer. The influence must be related to myself then and assumptions it would apply to more than me, but it's an undocumented statement, so you are probably right. In fact I didn't know Drupal was built upon Symfony as well.

I am wondering what your part in PHPs existence today might be. A lot of people think that PHP is too loose, but these frameworks mentioned, in my opinion, really brings the missing structure in PHP lacked for years until v7.

The addition of the command line library is just amazing for maintenance :-)

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Hello Fabien,

  • How do you balance between life and your job as a greedy developer, you are developing more than 15 years and almost you wrote all the codes

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  • are you expert as much as your PHP skills in other skills like a database?

  • what did you do wrong as PHP GURU, in your career?

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A quick Wikipedia search says Symphony has been around since 2005. A full 2 years ahead of Twitter Bootstrap, 5 years before AngularJS in 2010 and 8 years before React in 2013. So for sure, Symphony is one of the oldest frameworks out there for modern web development.

In today's world of "frameworks are everywhere" and so many new developers coming to web development and so many new web developers skipping over learning the basics:

  • Do you have any regrets creating one of the first frameworks?

  • 2019 is a different world from 2005 and hindsight is 20/20 but would you change anything or do anything different knowing that developers would take the quick and easy way to completing a project vs learning the basics and mastering the language before the framework(s) ?

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I'm not sure developers take the quick and easy way when working on a project. They choose the right tool for the job, depending on their constraints. I'm not always using Symfony for my projects. Wordpress is great when doing a blog. Go is great when developing an HTTP daemon. Symfony is great when developing a project where many developers should work together for a long-term success.

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Dont you think that the popularity among Php and php users decreases every year? What do you think about the future of PHP in general?

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Who told ya php has better performance than Go/Nim/Java or even python

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My first object-oriented programming language was PHP. It took a whole lot of time to wrap my head around a few things. Later I got into C++ in college. I started digging into mvc, mvcc patterns and into the source of Symphony and Slim. Although my stack no longer has PHP now. But It kinda kickstarted things for me. I just want to thank you for your wonderful work, dedication and time you have taken for all these years. Knowingly or unknowingly I believe you have helped many in this way.!!!

Question: Are you still completely into PHP? or exploring any new things? If so, what are you most intrigued about now?
Thank you

As I answered elsewhere, I've never used PHP exclusively. Nowadays, I'm doing a lot of Go. Go is very complementary to PHP. Everything I would do with PHP is not a good fit for Go. And the other way around. Having PHP, Go, and JavaScript is probably enough for most of my projects.

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