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How PHP Got Its Semicolons

Programming as a profession doesn't have a very long history-- only 70 years-- but the history we do have is very rich! Let's dig into the murky origins of symbolic languages and discover how objects and functions were born. We'll learn how a revolutionary changed the way we manage data and why JavaScript and XML are more closely related than you ever imagined! Along the way we'll meet some of the brilliant, sometimes ornery, and always fascinating characters that have gotten us where we are now, and take a sneak peek at what FizzBuzz may look like for future generations of programmers.

Samantha Quiñones

Samantha Quiñones (@ieatkillerbees)


Samantha Quiñones is a polyglot hacker, data wrangler, and Principal Software Engineer at AOL. Over the course of her career, she has built software and led teams for some of the largest names in technology. Samantha is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and events around the world, organizer of the Washington, DC PHP User Group, and serves as a secretary of the PHP Framework Interoperability Group. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the top Latin Americans in Media and is a 2015 recipient of the DCFT Powerful Female Programmers Award.