As someone who started with PHP as a self-described "WordPress hacker", I had a hard time finding the path to becoming a knowledgeable programmer. Having now stumbled a short way up that path, I think we can make it easier for anyone who's interested in finding it. I'll share a brief overview of the tools and concepts I wish I'd known getting started, including MVC, templating languages, caching with APC, exception handling, version control, PHP tips, etc. I'll finish with a few suggestions for how advanced programmers can get involved with some of the popular platforms, learning from how Drupal and Symfony are working together on Drupal 8.
6:30 - 7:00 - Pizza (or Jimmy John's!) and Socializing
7:00 - 8:00 - The WordPress Hacker's Guide to the \Galaxy() w/ Jason Rhodes
8:00 - 8:30 - Giveaways and Wrap-Up
E-Moxie - Meetup, Organization, Giveaways
ADG - Meeting space, pizza, soda and beer (during the meeting, if available)
After the talk, we'll continue our conversation over a few beers. We'll be going to our usual Columbia spot, Frisco Grille.