SymfonyLive London 2015: Meet the speakers: Marek Matulka

SymfonyLive London begins tomorrow and we’re looking forward to Marek Matulka, PHP/Symfony developer at SensioLabs UK with over a decade of commercial experience, taking the stage later this week for his talk entitled ‘Modernising the Legacy’.

We managed to sit down with the self-proclaimed “usability freak” to ask him about his talk, what he is most looking forward to at the conference, and what he sees as as the biggest trends in PHP/Symfony at the moment.

Could you give us a quick summary of your background?

I started building sites whilst I was still at uni - mainly for fun, but it soon developed into a passion to build web solutions that were helping businesses to deliver better services to their customers. I’ve been working with PHP for almost 15 years now and I must admit PHP has improved a lot since I first started.

How long have you worked with Symfony?

Four or five years ago, I began experimenting with Symfony 2 while it was still in beta. When Symfony 2 came out, I migrated the project I was working on from the proprietary framework onto Symfony.

What do you see as the biggest trends in Symfony/PHP at the moment?

Standardisation is definitely the biggest trend at the moment. The work php-fig is doing to bring PSR is enormous, and I believe it will help the community work better together. I also think the adoption of Composer is amazing - you can find almost every library/bundle on Packagist these days - that’s awesome!

Which talk are you most looking forward to at SymfonyLive London 2015?

There are two particular talks I really want to see: ‘Building a pyramid: Symfony testing strategies’ by Ciaran McNulty and ‘Hexagonal Architecture - message-oriented software design’ by Matthias Noback - these are areas of software engineering which I am really interested in.

Why should people attend your talk?

In an ideal world we would love to get a new project to work on, but usually we get legacy projects, which are inherited from someone else. In my talk I will discuss a couple of simple techniques which will help make those projects better and more enjoyable to work with.  

Join us at the QEII Conference Centre this Friday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Symfony framework. If you haven’t already booked your tickets, you’ll have to be quick. We look forward to seeing you there!