SymfonyLive London 2014: Meet the speakers: Paweł Jędrzejewski


From front end to back, Stack to mocks and ‘epheralization in the Cloud’, SymfonyLive London will cover a host of topics delivered by some of the most experienced Symfony developers in Europe. Paweł Jędrzejewski, founder of Lakion and creator of Sylius, will be adding another topic to the mix. On Friday 26th September, Paweł will be leading Track 2 on the topic of Sylius and eCommerce for Symfony2 developers.

Why should attendees drop by your talk?

“Currently, when starting a new eCommerce application, developers usually only know about two choices: using an existing solution or starting from scratch. There is nothing wrong with leveraging some of the mainstream platforms, but they are very different from what you are used to if you work with Symfony.

“Starting from scratch often feels like the "safest" solution, because you don't need to learn a new tool and can do things the way you want, but for me it is a terrible waste of time and resources. Modern eCommerce is not only about installing platform X and stuffing it with plugins. Developers need a lot of flexibility and this is the main focus for me.”

How does Sylius fit in with this?

“I hope people will take away knowledge about an alternative way, Sylius, which is very different from what is available in the market currently and should feel like home for every Symfony user.

“I am passionate about Sylius because even at this stage of development, it stands out from the crowd. It is not a monolithic solution and mimics Symfony's component and bundles architecture. Based on feedback from developers using it, I see they really enjoy working with Sylius.”

When did you first get involved with Symfony?

“It all started with this orange banner on the old website of Symfony project. At the time, the whole idea was "SymfonyReloaded" and hosted on Fabien's github account if I recall correctly.

“There was also very little documentation, but I dived into the framework and could not go back. I do not really remember what version it was, but definitely a long time ago - not even Alpha release. Symfony has changed a lot since the early development phase and I hope Sylius can achieve that scale of success as well.”

What’s catching your eye in the PHP and Symfony communities at the moment?

“In PHP, Symfony. Seriously, it is a blast and a lot of people recognise it as the best PHP framework out there. It is widely adopted by other projects and even frameworks like Laravel. In the Symfony community itself, I generally see a lot of new, good code and decoupled libraries. Testing, and particularly the BDD approach, is getting a lot of buzz right now, which only makes me happier because people start caring about quality and the value coming out from their work.

“Still, there are some areas where we have great tools, but miss something for really rapid development. One example would be RESTful API, where we have very good tools for format agnostic controllers and even HATEOAS, but miss the glue between all this, which would allow us to build such APIs really quickly. I have prepared a solution for this and hopefully will share it with the community - open-sourced, of course.”

What are you most looking forward to at SymfonyLive?

“I think the schedule is just great and it is very hard to pick my favorite talk. I think the whole event will be packed with amazing knowledge. I will definitely see Konstantin's "Decoupling with Design Patterns and Symfony DIC". Decoupled architecture is a really hot topic right now.”

There’s just under two weeks to go until SymfonyLive kicks off in London. Limited tickets are still available so don’t miss out.

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