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Boston PHP Message Board › Week 1: PHP Percolate! Season 6

Week 1: PHP Percolate! Season 6

Gene B.
Boston, MA

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one." ~ Mark Twain

Welcome to PHP Percolate! Season 6.  Let's get started.

The goal for this week is to read Chapter 1, complete the exercises and post a link to your exercises in the Chapter 1 discussion area.  Review the links in the Chapter 1 discussion area to see how others have posted their work.

All percolators (participants) should now have a copy of The Book, read the Introduction and posted a message in the Introduction­ discussion area.  If you have not yet done so, then these steps should be completed before beginning Chapter 1.

Our Team

The number of Boston PHP members who have expressed an interest in Season 6 is 119.  The number of members who have purchased The Book, read the Introduction and posted a message is 29.  We begin Week 1 with 29 percolators suited up and ready to begin.  The ninety other participants will need to check in at the scorer's table by posting a message in the Introduction­ discussion area.

Each week I will provide an e-mail update.  It will include a list of the Top Percolators for the week as follows:

Top Percolators

Chapter 4 -- David Petringa
Chapter 3 -- Peter Phelps
Chapter 3 -- Mike Murphy
Chapter 2 -- Jim Roma
Chapter 2 -- Jim Merrikin
Chapter 2 -- Judy Vedder
Chapter 2 -- Rachel Prescott
Chapter 1 -- Gene Babon
Chapter 1 -- Larry Kennedy
Chapter 1 -- Fred Tarbox
Chapter 1 -- Beth Santo­

These percolators took advantage of the preseason and decided to get out in front of the schedule. They have increased their chances of successfully completing all 19 chapters.  The eighteen other percolators are right on target -- ready to tackle Chapter 1.  Note that you only need to complete the exercises in the chapter.  The Review and Pursue section is only for your benefit and not required.

The Master Discussion List for Season 6 offers an easy-to-access list of each chapter's discussions along with the target dates for completion.  Please bookmark for your convenience.

If you have any questions about getting started, please post them in the Introduction­ discussion area.  Also, feel free to invite your friends and co-workers to join you in this journey.  Simply have them contact me so that I can add their name to the distribution list once they become a member of Boston PHP.

One housekeeping note: The site might send you an e-mail asking you rate this meetup.  If you receive such an e-mail, please ignore.  The site is not designed for extended "meetups" like this one. may think that PHP Percolate! Season 6 begins and ends on September 1, which will trigger an evaluation e-mail.  We will have plenty of time at the end of Season 6 to rate this meetup.  I'll remind you at the appropriate time.

Finally, if you live in the Boston area you can meet your fellow percolators on Wednesday, September 4.  Justin Cutroni's presentation begins at 7:00 pm.  Between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm percolators are invited to grab some grub and mosey on down to the lounge area just outside the glass-enclosed presentation room so that we can meet each other IRL (in real life).  Bring business cards.

Let's have fun.  Let's start percolating!

Gene Babon
Chief Percolator
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