DataSift use PHP to process all public tweets in real time

Here it is, solid proof of what an excellent and adaptable language PHP is. Last night Stuart Herbert @stuherbert of DataSift gave a great presentation to BrightonPHP about Datasift’s use of PHP. He was preaching to the converted but even I was impressed:

Datasift use PHP to process a real-time “firehose” of every public tweet. Amongst other things they use PHP JSON libs to process and store data and push filtered data directly into client databases using PHP database libs. Why PHP? Very reliable, fast and the extension libraries are comprehensive, well maintained and capable, especially when dealing with unstructured data (partly because PHP isn’t typed). None of the other languages they looked at (Ruby, Python, Java etc) came close.

PHP is an amazing language and Sweet Code uses it exclusively for core software development

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