The conference was closed by Dirk, one of the founders of Rackspace discussing the critical role that PHP played in getting Rackspace off the ground. He focused on PHP's integration, quick development times, and flexibility.
He then threw us a bit of a curve ball by revealing that a sizable chunk of their PHP code is being replaced by Python. The silver lining in the story is that SOAP is allowing them to keep much of the customer-facing stuff in PHP and the back-end code in Python.
In chatting after his talk, I was impressed that Dirk remembered me from last year's Open Source Database Summit. He did a keynote talk there too. Apparently he remembered my first talk about Yahoo and MySQL.
Posted by jzawodn at October 28, 2002 06:54 PM