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Vagrant: Easy Development Environments

What is your development environment? Do you have a local web server and database running on your laptop? Do you SSH into a remote server? Vagrant is a tool built using technology like VirtualBox and Chef to create a lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environment. Your entire team can work on identical systems locally, without stepping on each others toes. You're going to like the way you code. I guarantee it. :-)

Andrew Shell has been a professional PHP developer since 2003 and is currently CTO at Pinpoint Software. Occasionally, he blogs at

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  • Bruce G.

    Missed this one due to workload. Wondering though if anyone else is using either grunt.js or gulp.js task managers and how they'd compare 'em to Vagrant?

    April 18, 2014

    • Andrew S.

      It's really very different. Vagrant is a tool to set up a local server running in a virtual machine.

      1 · April 18, 2014

    • Andrew S.

      Bruce, there is an upcoming Nomad PHP meeting about Vagrant. Details are here:­

      April 19, 2014

  • Branson B.

    It was good exposure for putting pieces together. Pausing for questions during the presentation, rather than only at the end should be a consideration.

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Serge M.

    Didn't know what to expect, but was hoping for a more in-depth technical discussion. Andrew did give examples of workflow from his company, which was great! The talk was definitely geared towards a wider array of experience levels.

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Andrew S.

    Good turnout, wish the venue was better.

    March 21, 2014

  • Eric L.

    Great information as usual from Andrew, good overview of the various ways to use Vagrant.

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Bruce G.

    As an Adobe Creative Suite subscriber I often fall back to using the Dreamweaver IDE because it's so familiar, but it's great to have such a rich collection of open source alternatives. Looking forward to this.

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Jason E.

    Unfortunately i have a work conflict on the 20th. Feels weird missing 2 meetups in a row :(.

    March 12, 2014

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