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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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Get online & chat on our IRC channel on It is great for asking questions but also just chatting about anything. You can connect via the web or by an IRC client.

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Upcoming Meetings

February 2015

When: February 26th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Juliette Reinders Folmer

The Big 'Why equal doesn't equal' Quiz

NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ON THE 4th THURSDAY. International speaker Juliette will be explaing why sometimes equal doesn't always equal. Come learn about PHP variable typing, type juggling, and how to code defensively so you don't get bugs with your variable types!

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March 2015

When: March 19th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Christopher Hopkins

Using MongoDB with PHP

Learn how to use MongoDB to manage sessions, user authentication, and store large files. MongoDB may just be the tool you have been looking for to enable that functionality you’ve wanted.

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April 2015

When: April 16th @ 7:00 PM

To Be Announced

To be annouced. If you are interested in speaking, please let Justin Carmony know.

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Previous Meetings

November 2014

When: November 20th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Logan Farr

Introduction to Drupal

What exactly is Drupal, and why should you use it? Come learn and get an introduction into one of PHP's popular content management systems.

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December 2014

When: December 18th @ 7:00 PM

No Meeting

No meeting wil be held because of the holidays, see you next year!

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January 2015

When: January 15th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Justin Carmony

How to give a Technical Talk

Ever wanted to give a technical talk, but didn't know where to start? Justin Carmony has been giving talks at conferences & usergroups for seven years. We'll cover the basics on how to come up with an idea, create a rough outline, and turn it into a talk.

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Latest News

Happy 10th Anniversary & January's Meeting!

Everyone, I can't believe it, but this January will mark 10 years of UPHPU meetings! We're so excited, we're having a little bit of a special meeting for the occasion!

The meeting will be this Thursday (Jan. 16th) at Needle at 7:00 PM. It'll be Elizabeth Naramore from GitHub talking about "GitHub: More than Just Code." We will also me slightly modifying the after party location for this month, so read on for the details.

Talk Summary

"It's no secret that at GitHub, we use GitHub to write the code that runs GitHub. But what you may not know is that we also use GitHub to manage GitHub the company. In this talk, I'll show you practical ways that we use our own system in a non-code context. You'll learn how we track projects and to-do lists, discuss and collaborate on corporate policies, communicate news to a highly distributed company, coordinate events, update and collaborate on internal and external documentation, and even onboard new Hubbers. You'll come away from this talk with a whole new perspective on using GitHub."

About Elizabeth Naramore

Elizabeth is an author, speaker, mentor, and recovering PHP developer. She currently works on the Community Team at GitHub, and loves finding new solutions to old problems.

After Party: Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn 9:00 PM

For this meeting only, we'll be moving the after party to the Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn in Midvale (details & map: I also believe that the food will be covered by Jared Smith from Blue Host, who is one of the original members from back in the day. :)


You've all likely have heard that Utah is having it's first regional PHP conference, Ski PHP! ( It is great to see how awesome our community has grown over the last 10 years, and that our user group is one of the oldest PHP user groups today. If you haven't had a chance to sign up to attend, I highly recommend you give it a shot.

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! Thank you everyone for making this user group so great and amazing. I feel grateful every day for the friends I've made with all of you. :)


Justin Carmony

November 21st Meeting: PHPUnit Code Coverage by Joseph Scott

This month's presentation will be by Joseph Scott on "PHPUnit Code Coverage". It will be on November 21st at at 7:00 PM and then we'll be meeting at Applebees in Draper for the after-party.

Talk Summary:

You've been writing unit tests for your PHP code, but how sure are you that they cover every line of code. We'll go over generating code coverage analysis reports using PHPUnit so that you can see exactly how much of your code your unit tests cover.

Joseph is the team lead for VaultPress, a WordPress backup and security service by Automattic.

Current Venue:

The current venue for this year at Here is the address (and map if you like):

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065

October 17th Meeting: Real-Time Data with Redis by Justin Carmony

This month's presentation will be a presentation on "Real-Time Data with Redis". It will be October 17th at at 7:00 PM and then we'll be meeting at Applebees in Draper for the after-party.

Talk summary:

There are many fast data stores, and then there is Redis. Learn about this excellent NoSQL solution that is a powerful in-memory key-value store. Learn how to solve traditionally difficult problems with Redis, and how you can benefit from 100,000 reads/writes a second on commodity hardware. We'll discuss how and when to use the different datatypes and commands to fit your needs. We'll discuss the different PHP libraries with their pros and cons. We'll then show some live examples on we use Redis at work to handle large volumes of data that is constantly being updated. Time permitting we'll end with a live benchmark of Redis to see just how many Req/s we can do.

The speaker this time will be myself, Justin Carmony, and it'll be a trial run of the talk before I go to TrueNorthPHP and other conferences speaking on it.

See you there!

Current Venue:

The current venue for the rest of this year at The great thing is it is in the same building complex as last year's venue, C7. Here is the new address (and map if you like):

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065