DreamFactory recently participated in the excellent PHP UK Conference in London. The conference was attended by 750 developers who stayed very busy over two days of simultaneous talk tracks given by excellent speakers from all over the world. With a strong emphasis on back-end development and scripting, we were eager to engage with PHP developers and better understand how the DreamFactory Services Platform could help them leverage back-end services such as MySQL databases and other data stores. And we stayed extremely busy at our booth!
Once developers better understood how DreamFactory eliminates REST API design and coding by automatically generating a comprehensive REST API for pretty much every popular database, and wraps the API with user management, authentication, and access control on backend data they were keen to know more.
The key theme that resonated the most is that front-end developers, in particular, just want to focus on building apps, not on building APIs and security from scratch. And back-end developers are curious about new tools and techniques to help them speed up API creation, including automated API generation if the API structure that gets generated does meet their requirements. Some other recurring themes:
- Having a ready-to-use REST API is awesome because you can just start developing your app.
- Building security is not what most developers like to do. It’s tedious and also hard to do right. So having a non-coding approach to security through a UI (particularly a full-blown “user management system” with access control) is highly desirable.
I’m glad to say it wasn’t all business; we hosted a social to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the PHP Conference. After a long day of talking code, it was great to unwind and turn our attention from APIs to IPAs — and authentic American ten-pin bowling!
We’re eager to learn more from PHP developers in Europe. We’re getting more involved this year with the European PHP community at meetup events and conferences, including sponsoring and speaking at the International PHP Conference in Berlin in June. We hope to see you there.