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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.

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Upcoming Meetings

September 2016

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

Data Types in PHP

Correctly understanding the eight data types in PHP is essential to a solid foundation in development. Come refresh your knowledge of the scalar types, compound types, and special data types used in PHP, and learn about proper usage of each. Review type juggling, learn some common data type traps to avoid, and how to code defensively to prevent having the data type of a variable change unexpectedly. Finally learn how unit tests can help verify that code is handling data types correctly.

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October 2016

When: October 20th @ 7:00 PM

How to Get Promoted

"With technology more important to the bottom line than ever, you'd think there'd be career opportunities up the wazoo. But the suits don't really understand what you do for a living. And they hold the keys to the executive washroom. So, while you're saving the company's bacon on a daily basis, these guys are upstairs in the corner offices with the nice view. It doesn't have to be that way. And it won't be, if you assemble a solid strategy for advancing your career."

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November 2016

When: November 17th @ 7:00 PM

To Be Announced

We are still looking for a presenter for this November! If you have an idea, technology, tool, etc. you'd like to present to our group, please let us know!

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Previous Meetings

June 2016

When: June 16th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

Cryptography With PHP

The IT security landscape is littered with events where cryptography was not properly used, leading to leaked sensitive data and major problems for organizations. Learn how to encrypt and hash data using cryptography features in PHP, including password hashing, mcrypt, openssl, cracklib, and CSPRNG.

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July 2016

When: July 21st @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: H Hatfield

Intro to Mob Programming

If you feel like your team could be more efficient in getting work delivered and out the door, take a look at Mob Programming. Woody Zuill coined the term Mob Programming as "a software development approach where the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer." We'll talk about the principles and techniques used in Mob Programming and how to get started with your team. We’ll also do a short hands-on example to help you get a feel for if you’d like to try it with your team.

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August 2016

When: August 18th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Tom Anderson

Object Relational Mapping and it's place in APIs

Object Relational Mapping has proven superior to SQL query based applications. Advantages include building your database from the ORM metadata and the ability to traverse the database using objects. An overview of why ORM is better then specific aspects of ORM such as the Query Builder will give the attendee a realistic understanding of the technology.

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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