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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

November 2015

When: November 19th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

NEW VENUE - Access Control Models

There are various access control models, each with a specific intent and purpose. Determining the ideal model for an application can help ensure proper authorization to application resources. Each of the primary models will be covered, including the MAC, DAC, RBAC, and ABAC Access Control models. Examples, challenges, and benefits of each will be discussed to provide a further insight into which solution may best serve an application. Application sensitivity, regulations, and privacy may drive which model is selected.

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December 2015

When: December 17th @ 7:00 PM

No Meeting

We won't have a meeting so everyone can focus on celebrating the holidays with their families! See you next year!

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January 2016

When: January 21st @ 7:00 PM

To Be Announced

We are still looking for a presenter for our January meeting to kick off the new with a bang! If you are interested, let us know!

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Previous Meetings

August 2015

When: August 20th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Joseph Scott

Measuring Web Performance with WebPageTest

Learn about the features provided by WebPageTest and how to use that information to improve the performance of your website. This will include the general structure of WebPageTest, the performance features that are tested, and tips on how to setup a private instance of WebPageTest.

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September 2015

When: September 17th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Justin Carmony

Scaling & Managing Asynchronous Workers (and staying sane!)

Learn how to use Asynchronous Workers to scale your web application. Wether it is sendings emails, running reports, or batching jobs, Async workers can make your application amazing.

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October 2015

When: October 15th @ 7:00 PM

No Meeting

No meeting wil be held because of a scheduling issue with the venue.

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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