In southern California and want to learn more about how you can use PHP for system administration? Join ActiveState's Shane Caraveo at his talk and then hear scripting language experts debate the merits of their respective languages at the Scripting Language Bakeoff. Hope to see you at the Large Installation System Administration conference (LISA) in San Diego next week!

Title: PHP for System Administration Speaker: Shane Caraveo When: Thursday December 6 @ 11-12:30

Where: San Diego Room, San Diego Town & Country Resort

Description: PHP is a popular scripting language for developing web applications. Unlike Perl, PHP is not widely regarded as a scripting language for system administration, however, its web-oriented functionality is ideally suited to provide HTML interfaces for performing administrative tasks and monitoring systems and networks remotely over HTTPS. This talk will discuss using PHP to provide web-based remote administrative access to system services, such as email, SQL and LDAP servers. We'll also discuss monitoring network services via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of the PHP scripting language
  • Administrating system services (MySQL, LDAP, Email) via the web
  • Monitoring Network Services
  • Automating administrative tasks
  • Existing administrative applications written in PHP

Panel: Scripting Languages Bakeoff Moderator: Doug Hughes Perl: David Blank-Edelman Python: Michel Pelletier Tcl: Eric Melski PHP: Shane Caraveo When: Friday, December 7 @ 2-3:30 pm Description: Join our panel of language experts as we explore the features sysadmins expect most out of scripting languages. Find out the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular languages: Perl, Tcl, Python, and PHP. Listen, participate, enjoy.