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Meetings

Third thursday of each month we meet to have a presentation given by one of our community members. Come learn about a variety of topics and hang out at the After-Party. Meetings details can be found at https://www.meetup.com/Utah-PHP-User-Group/.

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Upcoming Meetings

Find us on Meetup.com for all the latest meetup information.

August 2017

When: August 17th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall and Brian Rogers

Defensive Coding by Mark Niebergall PLUS Coding Standards and Unit Testing by Brian Rogers

"Ensuring software reliability, resiliency, and recoverability is best achieved by practicing effective defensive coding. Take a crash course in defensive coding with PHP and learn about attack surfaces, input validation, canonicalization, secure type checking, external library vetting, cryptographic agility, exception management, code reviews, and unit and behavioral testing. Learn some helpful tips and tricks from experienced professionals within the PHP community as we review the latest blogs and discussions on best practices to defend your project."

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September 2017

When: September 21st @ 7:00 PM

PHP TestFest 2017

"We will be participating in the world-wide PHP TestFest 2017 event by learning how to write tests for PHP using PHP and submitting tests. Please join us for this unique opportunity to contribute to PHP!"

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October 2017

When: October 19th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Tom Anderson

Git Training

"Tom Anderson will be teaching us everything we need to know about using Git."

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Previous Meetings

May 2017

When: May 18th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Levi Morrison

Contributing to Official PHP Projects

"The speaker will share their experience contributing to several official PHP projects and talk about how you can contribute too! They will also cover guidelines for contributing and low-hanging fruit for projects such as the documentation, php.net and of course PHP itself."

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June 2017

When: June 15th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

Impostor Syndrome: Be Proud of Your Achievements!

"Impostor syndrome can leave you feeling like you are a fraud and incompetent to be considered a professional in your chosen path. In reality, impostor syndrome is common and occurs when one struggles to internalize achievements and successes. Come feel a burden lifted when you realize that not only are you not an impostor, but you have actually succeeded in achieving something great. Hear about the experiences of others and how to overcome feeling like an impostor, and leave feeling confident in your accomplishments and skills."

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July 2017

When: July 13th @ 5:15 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

Meetup at OpenWest, Review Talks (Don't have to attend OpenWest to join us)

"We will meet in room 300A at the South Towne Expo Center on Thursday night at 5:15pm. This is after sessions but before the community night activities kick off. We will share our favorite things learned from OpenWest. You don't have to attend OpenWest to attend the meetup. We'll also give time for brief lightning talks, so if you a talk idea come share it. If you attend a talk and really like it you can invite the speaker to come give a brief summary at UPHPU too! Please come and share what you learned!"

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Latest News

Welcome to the New UPHPU Website

Though it is slightly old news, I thought we should announce that we have a new website for UPHPU! The great thing is that it is statically generate, meaning that it is very easy to have anyone contribute. All of the code is up on uphpu-website GitHub repo and you can easily create a fork, make some changes, and submit a pull request.

While the new design looks awesome, I'm still trying to finish all of the little pages across the site. So if you have some time, feel free to hit me up on the IRC channel and ask for any things that need to be done.

Thanks, Justin Carmony

April 2014 Meeting: Abstraction, Object Interfaces, Traits, Namespaces, and Dependency Injection - Cool Stuff in PHP

The meeting will be this Thursday (April 17th) at Needle at 7:00 PM. It will be Mark Niebergall from i3logix talking about "Abstraction, Object Interfaces, Traits, Namespaces, and Dependency Injection: Cool Stuff in PHP."

Talk Summary

This presentation will focus on some of the really cool stuff in PHP that you may not know of or not know quite how to use. There will be examples and discussion regarding abstracts, interfaces, traits, namespaces, and dependency injection. Have you heard of some of these and always wanted to use them in your PHP application but didn't know where to start? You will learn the benefit of each one and when to use them in your existing or new application. This will be a perfect presentation to help you advance your skill-set to include these tools to make your code even more clean, structured, and awesome!

About Mark Niebergall

Mark started coding in PHP in 2005 and works for a company based in Denver called i3logix on an occupational health screening project for employers to drug test employees and candidates. He spends his days coding in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.

The After Party

The After Party will be at the traditional location of Applebee's in Draper. We typically head over there at about 8:30-9:00, so watch Twitter and we'll announce when we're heading over.

Meeting Venue: Needle

The Meetings are still at Needle, their address is:
Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065

Look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Thanks, Justin Carmony

Feb 2014 Meeting: Mentoring Devs Into DevOps

The meeting will be this Thursday (Feb. 20th) at Needle at 7:00 PM. It'll be me (Justin Carmony) from Deseret Digital Media talking about "Mentoring Devs Into DevOps."

Talk Summary

"Lets set aside the buzzword for a moment and have an honest discussion about DevOps. There is the idea of putting more Dev into Ops, but just a crucial (if not more crucial) is getting your Devs to think more like Ops. Most developers have little to no experience dealing with production environments, and helping them add value to your DevOps efforts can be difficult.

"We'll discuss practical ways of mentoring Devs into more DevOps skills and responsibilities. We'll share past experiences & ways to help your Devs gain more insight to the health of production. Ultimately, our goal is to help your Devs gain the skills to help your team achieve better application performance & uptimes. Finally, we'll talk about how Salt can play a major role in increasing insight in your production environment for your Devs."

About Justin Carmony

I work for DDM, been involved with the Utah PHP Usergroup for about 5 years now, and I use PHP on a daily basis. Currently at work we operate KSL.com, DeseretNews.com, Ok.com, and many others.

The After Party will be at the traditional location of Applebee's in Draper. We typically head over there at about 8:30-9:00, so watch Twitter and we'll announce when we're heading over.

Meeting Venue: Needle

The Meetings are still at Needle, their address is:

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065

Look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Thanks,

Justin Carmony