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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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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