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June MNPHP Meetup


Meet and Greet in the Cafeteria

The Nerdery provides us pizza and non-alcoholic drinks; this is a great time to network, discuss your latest projects and just hang out for a bit prior to all of the knowledge exchanging.

PHP for Designers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, and Sales - Daniel? Everyone? Round-table?
  • common tools, what they're for
  • PHP's strengths & weaknesses
  • what to look out for
  • questions to ask developers
  • php dev care and feeding
  • how to avoid getting stabbed
  • (your feedback is requested on this topic)

Health Break

Get more caffeine or pizza, do what you need to.

The Craft of Gathering, Consolidating and Transforming Data - Andrew Kandels

Web traffic, databases, payment processors, third party vendors, external APIs, internal appliances -- now more than ever, data can be found everywhere and from many sources. Reporting and visualizing that data requires it to be transformed and consolidated into a single, uniform source. Powerful tools are available and up to the task. I'll talk about the concept of ETL (extract, transform, load) and tools like Pentaho's Kettle, sed/awk, Hadoop's Pig/Hive, Amazon's Elastic Map Reduce (EMR), and Apache's Camel to shed some light on the art of crafting data.

First Time?

If you have not been to MNPHP before and you plan on coming; let me be the first to say welcome to our user group.  We generally meet the first Thursday of every month.  We certainly enjoy meeting people from the community.  Regardless if you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced or simply just coming to learn more about it; we are glad to have you.  All you need to bring is yourself, your personality and like most programmers you'll likely end up bringing a laptop.

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  • Daniel J. P.

    Ancient article, still relevant: "Whaddaya Mean, You Can't Find Programmers?"

    June 25, 2012

  • Daniel J. P.

    I've created a poll to help sort out what to do for July, August, and the future:

    June 11, 2012

  • Bill B.

    Enjoyed meeting people. The informal discussion about developer/pm relationships was great, though it may have helped to have more project managers. The big data presentation afterwards was pretty great too.

    June 8, 2012

  • Jonathan S.

    It was great to see a wide variety of skill levels, interests, and people in all different positions within a project.

    June 8, 2012

  • One A.

    Open mic session was awesome. It opened up the opportunity for those with experience to share it with all of us.

    June 8, 2012

  • Daniel J. P.

    Discussion segment was fun and (I thought) informative.
    My apologies that it did run a bit too long.
    Andrew's preso was thought-provoking and he was a great sport about having his time squeezed.
    This group continues to improve - thank you to everyone for coming

    June 8, 2012

  • Daniel J. P.

    Lacking a volunteer to turn it into a researched presentation, it looks like this the first topic will be another of our (soon to be infamous) interactive/roundtable/fishbowl discussions.
    My current thinking is to put the above bullet points up on the screen and discuss them each for 5 minutes or as long as they're interesting. Tentatively thinking we reverse the order and start with "how to avoid getting stabbed".
    Bring your ideas!
    (your input - yes, you - is appreciated)

    June 4, 2012

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