Free the with Matthew Setter

Want a rollingly good chat about C-based languages, PHP, life in tech in Brisbane, Australia, and what it's like to keep up in tech? Then this is the episode for you. Darryl and I have a great conversation that I'm eager to share with you for these and so many more reasons.

Show Notes

In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with my mate and colleague Darryl Ware, who I worked with in Brisbane (Australia) oh so many years ago, about the changing face of tech in Brisbane. He shared with me (as I've been living in Europe for the last 15 years) that it's changed from a broadly PHP-based city to a much more Golang-centric place (along with Node and Java).

We also talked about C-based languages and how they rise and fall over the course of time. Then, on top of that, we talked about how you can, if it's possible, to constantly keep up with technology, if it's worth it, and when it's okay to just walk away and start something new.

Some key takeaways are:
  • Tech is very transitory
  • PHP is fading in Brisbane
  • Cloud providers can dissuade people from using PHP (I strongly agree)
  • Nothing stays the same in tech and life
  • When do you stop adding language features
  • Is it C double-plus or C++? I think we all know the answer
  • PHP had a poor reputation for years because it had an exceedingly low barrier to entry, but it's so much more now
  • Perl 6 took too long to come to market
  • Composer ROCKS!
Guests: Darryl Ware (@darrylware).
Hosted By: Matthew Setter.

Thanks for tuning in to Free the Geek. If you'd like to be a guest on the podcast or know someone who'd make a great guest, email me: matthew[at] This podcast is produced by Matthew Setter for the Web Dev With Matt "network".

If you want to support the show, you can always buy me a coffee. I'd greatly appreciate your financial support.
★ Support this podcast ★

What is Free the with Matthew Setter?

Interesting, engaging, exciting, and thought-provoking stories from those in tech; because all of us have a story or two to tell.