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Transitioning from PHP to Django on the sly

You know that Python and Django is the way forward for your client, but with a mountain of legacy PHP code, where do you start?

Ben spent the last 3 years working with a thriving charity organisation to migrate their large PHP system to Django. He'd like to share some survival strategies.

This talk covers:

- explaining the transition to your client
- first steps and initial experiments
- running PHP and Django in parallel
- why incremental migration beats the "big switch"
- sharing databases and authentication
- making the experience seamless for visitors and staff
- strategies for converting the code

Ben Sturmfels

Ben Sturmfels is a software developer and activist from Ballarat,
Victoria. He organises Free Software Melbourne and leads the End
Software Patents Australia campaign.