June 1 – PHP Generators

Come join us Wednesday night for David Stanley‘s talk: “Generators: Not just for keeping the lights on.” Generators were introduced in PHP 5.5 with the yield keyword. David has some great insight into good uses for this special feature.

Eric Poe will give a short talk beforehand on the latest news in PHP-land from last month.

After the talks, please rate the overall meeting and the talks.

Light refreshments will be served.

We will meet at 6pm, June 1, at Stowers Institute in KCMO. Free visitor parking in the parking garage will be available.

An RSVP is appreciated via Meetup.

Open Source Opportunity

If you would like to help out an open-source project but don’t know where to start, check out the Fourth Symfony Docs Hack Day on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 AM CDT to 2:00 PM CDT (Note: you do not need to be active in this for the entire 12 hours).

If you’ve never contributed to open source before, this is a great way to start! Check out the introduction mini-workshop, hang out on #symfony-docs (on FreeNode on IRC) before and during the event, and do what you can to contribute. This is a low-pressure event and all involved want to help you contribute in the best way that you can.

May 4 – Writing Better Code with the New PHP 7

Please join us for a preview of the PHP 7 talk that Joseph Maxwell will be giving at php[tek] in a few weeks in St. Louis.

Eric Poe will give a short talk beforehand on the latest news in PHP-land from last month.

After the talks, please rate the overall meeting and the talks.

Light refreshments will be served.

We will meet at 6pm, May 4, at Stowers Institute in KCMO. Free visitor parking in the parking garage will be available.

An RSVP is appreciated via Meetup.

March 2 – Mini PHP Conference Edition

We are pleased to announce that two of our members will be presenting talks this year at various PHP conferences. Please join us for a preview of some of their talks!

John Kary will give a presentation on replacing loops with functional features in PHP. This is the talk that he will be giving at Midwest PHP and at Lone Star PHP.

Joseph Maxwell will give a preview of his OAuth2 talk that he will be giving versions of at Lone Star PHP and php[tek].

Eric Poe will give a short talk beforehand on the latest news in PHP-land from last month.

After the talks, please rate the overall meeting and the talks.

Light refreshments will be served.

We will meet at 6pm, March 2, at Stowers Institute in KCMO. Free visitor parking in the parking garage will be available.

An RSVP is appreciated via Meetup.

February 3, 2016 – Grav Flat-File CMS

Grav is a dynamic flat-file CMS written in PHP. Come join us Wednesday evening, Feb 3, to hear from Andrew Koebbe as he gives a presentation on Grav. Eric Poe will give a short talk beforehand on the latest news in PHP-land from last month.

After the talks, please rate the overall meeting and the talks.

Light refreshments will be served.

We will meet at 6pm, February 3, at Stowers Institute in KCMO. Free visitor parking in the parking garage will be available.

An RSVP is appreciated via Meetup.

January 6, 2016 – What’s New in PHP

PHP 7 is a month old and already it’s up to version 7.0.1. This is the first major version release in a little over a decade for PHP. Come join us Wednesday evening, Jan 6, to hear from Joseph Maxwell what’s new in PHP 7. Eric Poe will give a short talk beforehand on the latest news in PHP-land from last month.

After the talks, please rate the overall meeting and the talks.

Light refreshments will be served.

We will meet at 6pm, January 6, at Stowers Institute in KCMO. Free visitor parking in the parking garage will be available.

An RSVP is appreciated via Meetup.

If you were starting today in PHP?

I’m kicking around the idea of developing an introduction to PHP series along the lines of the Ruby  on Rails and Python classes being held over at Kauffman Labs.  This would likely be outside of our normal User Group schedule, so don’t think we still couldn’t touch on any of these in our group sometime.

The point of the series would be get new developers up to speed by writing something useful.  I could see it even being used to show off PHP as the perfect platform for any level of developer to get something out their quickly, but leave them with enough foundation they could build for the long haul as well.

I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on technology choices in PHP for such a series.  I haven’t taught a formal intro PHP class since Smarty was the hot new thing, so I could really use your help.  There are just so many really great options to choose from.  I’d love to hear of first-hand experiences, but any ideas will be appreciated.

Read on if you are interested in helping.

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July Coffeeshop Hangout

What a great meeting everyone!  GREAT turnout, and lots of fantastic discussion.  Here are some announcements and highlights I could grab along the way.

PHP Releases
  • PHP 5.5.1 / PHP 5.4.17 / PHP 5.3.27
  • Q: PHP 5.3 Reaching End of Life?  A: Yep!
Framework Spotlight
  • Silex 1.0.1
  • Symfony 2.2.4 / 2.3.0
  • ZF 2 2.2.1 / 2.3.0 end of August
  • Laravel 4 – still.  But, making a lot of good noise it seems
Event Reminders
  • Lawrence Coders Hack Day – Aug 29th
  • Nomad PHP (virtual)
    Creating Realtime Applications with PHP and Websockets, Corey Ballou July 25th, 2013 8:00 pm (CDT)
    Practical Refactoring and Beautiful Models coming soon!
  • Day Camp 4 Developers #6
    Non Programming for Programmers
    Docs, Agile Development, SCM, Estimation
    July 26, 2013, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm CST
New KC Co-Working Place
Open August-ish
Read more about it in Silicon Prairie News
Run by volunteers/tennants run
1624 Westport Road
 KC PUG Changes
  • Steering committee – a new email subgroup to keep us on track
  • Looking for new places – I’ve contacted JoCo libraries, others?  coworking spaces? Companies using PHP?
  • Adding an Evening Meeting, co-working meeting?
  • Looking for Sponsors –  If we can get a compatible place, would be nice to have pizza, soda, etc.  Probably need some guidelines
  • Employer Spotlight – Highlighting the use of PHP in KC
  • Members Directory – A place to put anything about you!
Participating in a Nomad PHP session

Eric discussed participating in the IRC back channel of last month’s nomad PHP.  Brought up PuPHPet – The amazingly easy to use, Vagret file builder for custom PHP vm’s.  Great to see such industry leaders hanging out to contribute.

Anyone using Hiphop?

Hiphop VM was discussed on the latest Ruby Roads podcast (Sorry, John, if you know the link, feel free to add to the comments section)

Of course, most of us can get away with just an opcode cache like APC or the OPcache into PHP 5.5 and ported to 5.4 and 5.3 via PECL.

System monitoring

John asked about small-scale systems monitoring that didn’t involve something massive like New Relic, etc.  Thoughts that came back were: Nagios + Check_MK, Cacti, What’s Up Gold, Big Brother, MRTG, Monit, Webmin with  WebminStats

What’s it like to be in a Hackathon?

Eric reported on his attendance in the Hack the Midwest hackathon. Had a great time, and encourages anyone and everyone to take part in the next one.

Eric’s report also wins the Best one-liner award: “Coding started and the count of oontz”

His advice to new hackathon attendees: Go in with a team, an idea ahead of time and have your dev environment ready to go.  Then spend about 12 hours to make your app and make it awesome, then polish and create your presentation.  You can’t bring in artwork or code, but you can bring in architecture and planning–so have that thoughts out, and bring that for sure.

PHP teams were rare, but there.  Nods and mentions were also given to other area hackathons such as Hack the Gigabit City and CforA’s Hack Kansas City

Google blown away by PHP App Engine excitement

Google being shocked at how many people started using the Google App engine for PHP.  Read more about it.

We had so many other great conversations!!  Thanks everyone.  If you have things you want to make sure people know, be sure to add it to the comments below!

June Coffeeshop Hangout

Some things we discussed today:

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Event Reminders
  • Lawrence Coders Hack Day – July 11, 2013
  • Nomad PHP (virtual) – Laravel 4, Phil Sturgeon
    June 27, 2013 8:00 pm (CDT)
    We also talked about Laravel as a good candidate for starting a new system
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Thank you for the great discussions everyone!

If you have things you want to make sure people know, be sure to add it to the comments below!