Diving into Databases and Improving as a Developer

We've got another exciting meetup all planned and ready!

First our very own Jacob Mather will get us started with a presentation on 'Improving as a Developer'. He'll be talking about Education, Automation and learning to problem solve!

Then we'll head back to our CodeIgniter project. No worries if you missed the last two, we'll catch everybody up and then continue talking about how PHP and specifically CodeIgniter interface with SQL databases.

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  • Jacob M.

    Here's more specification based on the /how/ of building testable decoupled code and some patterns to use. It also lists some books at the end for further knowledge: http://mwop.net/blog/2012-11-17-zendcon-beautiful-software.html

    November 24, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    November 18, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    Also -- Here is a good start for OOP design patterns

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_pattern

    November 18, 2012

  • Greg W

    Wanted to Thank Jacob and Jon for their presentations.
    I would like to suggest some topics from my own self centered point of view:
    1) first & foremost how to setup a development environment. I know that there is a LOT of personal choice in this, but I've figured out enough that I need better debug capabilities. I just don't know where to begin.
    2) Revision control - Making it worthwhile even if you're a team of one.
    3) Unit testing 101 - It's not just a task it's a design philosophy

    Even though, some of this is over my head, I will definitely return for future sessions. Then again, if it were all easy, it wouldn't be so interesting.

    73
    Greg

    November 18, 2012

    • Greg W

      OH, another topic just occured: JSON isn't just the name of a friend of mine... (i.e. what is JSON?)

      November 18, 2012

    • Paul Q.

      I think all three of Greg's topic suggestions would be worthwhile.

      November 18, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    For more information on my talk, to watch the video, or look at the slides, please go to:

    http://jmather.com/talks/2012-11-17/

    The video is up!

    1 · November 17, 2012

  • Jon K.

    I had a great time and Jacob gave an incredible presentation!

    November 17, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    I will put up the link to my talk info page as soon as the video is processed. Thank you so much for listening I had a ton of fun!

    November 17, 2012

  • Joel K

    Really wanted to make this meeting, but no can do. see y'all next time

    November 16, 2012

    • Jacob M.

      We'll see you next time!

      1 · November 17, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    Is there anything specific anyone would like to know about improving what they are doing as a developer, or areas more advanced developers would like to ensure are covered?

    I have my own ideas but would love to have some suggestions as well.

    November 11, 2012

    • Paul Q.

      I'm pretty much an advanced beginner in MySQL.... Although my application is fairly ambitious on the back end.... I probably need to read a good MySQL book.... I'd be interested in any discussion on more advanced query building.

      November 11, 2012

  • Dan T.

    It'd be cool if we had a way to suggest topics, and people could vote them up/down, with room for comments/discussion under each topic. Maybe that is what the CI project should be?

    3 · November 6, 2012

    • Jon K.

      I really like this idea. I think it should definitely be built into the CI project!

      November 6, 2012

    • Jacob M.

      That actually sounds like a neat idea. It is simple enough to easily replicate in other frameworks as well.

      November 6, 2012

  • Jacob M.

    We talked a bit afterwards about adding some structure to the meetings, so I figured I would memorialize it to discuss here.

    I believe what was mentioned was along the lines of [with my suggestions in brackets]:

    Meetup Order

    1. Announcements [max 15 mins]
    2. Short topic talk [max 30-45 mins]
    [3. Break [15 mins]]
    4. Longer talk [max 1hr]
    5. Group discussion / everyone runs away

    I would be more than willing to go first on tackling the short topic talk w/ my improving as a developer topic, or whatever you guys would like, I'm flexible.

    Just wanted to at least pop this up for discussion.

    2 · November 3, 2012

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