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Meetup Follow Up / Next Meeting

From: Nicholas Z.
Sent on: Monday, August 24, 2009 11:21 AM
Good day All,
First, the September meeting's topic will be Working with Other Developer's Code; including working with open source projects and picking up the pieces where another developer left off.

No one particularly enjoys this, but it is often necessary.

Share your ideas about how to deal with both good code and bad code!
Second, I want to announce a change in venue ... you were all recently notified, but I want to be sure you all are aware.

The new venue will be the Panera Bread on the Blvd of the Allies, Oakland. The address is: 3401 Blvd of the Allies Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I'm not sure if we'll get the meeting room or not, but hopefully it will be a better venue than Gullifty's. Thanks all who attended last meeting for a great meeting, despite the less-than-great locale.

Speaking of last meeting, attendance exceeded my expectations. The following PHP developers (and those interested in PHP) made it to the last meeting.

Alex
Douglas
Pat
Jon
Jolly
Thad
John
Matt
Serge
Nicholas

The topic of the evening was PHP Security. The main point was to never trust use input, and we discussed all the various things this can mean. Problems with Cross-site scripting, SQL injection and AJAX security issues were all discussed.

On the side of solutions, here are a few that came up:

XSS Me / SQL-Inject Me Firefox Addon
http://labs.securitycompass.com/index.php/exploit-me/

General Blog post about PHP Security
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/php-security-blunders/

Debugging Tool
http://xdebug.org/

Some one also mentioned "CodeGrind" but I can't find a reference to that via Google... please reply if you know what that is...

Lastly, there is a regional PHP Conference, called CodeWorks, taking place in Washington, DC Oct. 2-3, 2009.

http://cw.mtacon.com/

If anyone is interested in going, car pooling, room sharing, etc. please let us know!

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