SymfonyLive London 2015: Meet the speakers: James Solomon

Spotify is one of the most popular music-streaming apps with over twenty million subscribers and provides users access to one of the fastest growing catalogues of licensed music in the world – it also runs on Symfony.

We’re delighted to announce that James Solomon, web developer at Spotify, will join us at this year’s SymfonyLive London to deliver an insightful talk on ‘How transitioned to Symfony’.

We managed to catch up with James before the conference, not only dig into his background with Symfony and the talks he is most looking forward at the conference, but also his musical side projects.

Could you give us a quick summary of your background?

From making small websites in high school to taking some web courses in college, I have been a web developer for over 10 years now. My main language has always been PHP.  From CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Zend and now Symfony, frameworks have been helping and challenging me for a long time now and Symfony has been a part of my life for about three years. My only usage of Symfony has been with the 2.x version – I was a Zend person when Symfony 1.x was around.

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

Standardisation that is coming with the PSR project and from the adoption of Composer in the community. Also, it’s been really exciting to follow what is happening with PHP 7.

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

Bernhard Schussek’s talk on “Puli: PHP’s Next Package Revolution” has me very intrigued. I was really excited with the creation and adoption of Composer within the community.  Something that might take that idea further will be fun to hear about.

How long has Spotify been using Symfony?

Spotify has been using Symfony for about three years now. The team I joined at Spotify was the first to start implementing it. After my team was using it, we evangelised it internally, and others started using Symfony or Silex.

What was it about Symfony in particular that Spotify found appealing?

We wanted something with a strong community that was well-tested with good documentation and a high standard for quality. Although we didn’t really know much about it at the time, the modularity of it was intriguing.

What is the stand-out feature of your talk that people will remember most when they go home?

How the versatility of Symfony can really be its biggest strength.

What are you most looking forward to at SymfonyLive London?

It’s going to be exciting to just be at SymfonyLive this time around. The first time I was at a SymfonyLive event was when I was still brand new to Symfony. That made it hard to get the most out of the talks so this time I am excited to hear all the talks, and I hope to bring back some fresh ideas to the Spotify team.


James will join us this year at SymfonyLive London at the QEII Conference Centre, which is closely situated near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. You can find all the venue details here.

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