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October MNPHP Meetup


Sports Page 5ish-6:30pm

For those that want to join in some beers prior to the meeting, we will be meeting at the Sports Page between 5 and 6:30pm. If you arrive right at 5 please reserve a table for us.

Sports Page Bar and Grill
9014 South Lyndale Avenue
Bloomington, MN 55420

Meet and Greet in the Nerdery Cafeteria, 6:30-7pm

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.


Welcome with Daniel J. Post 7pm

Tentative first topic: Testing. You should do it. We'll show you why and how
Tentative second topic: Anti-patterns. We'll discuss common things you probably shouldn't do in a project, and maybe how to avoid them.


Sports Page, as late as we want

For those that want to join in some beers after to the meeting, we will be meeting at Sports Page.

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  • Dan M.

    Quick preview of testing:

    We'll do a quick 30,000 foot overview of the different kinds of automated testing, the state of the tools in PHP, and some of the vocabulary you'll see online.

    But I want to spend the bulk of our time talking about how getting started with TDD changes your mindset, your workflow, your architectural decisions, your documentation, and the way you talk to your boss (all for the better, IMHO).

    October 4, 2012

    • Jeremy W.

      Hey Dan, I mentioned this at the meetup, but wanted to follow up - would you be willing to put your slides online somewhere so they can be shared with those who weren't able to attend? I thought you provided some valuable information in your presentation, and making it available to members of the group will help benefit all. Thanks!

      October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite my status as a total n00b I was welcomed warmly, met a lot of great people, enjoyed the meetup AND even understood a lot of what was presented (got lucky on the presentations actually. certainly wasn't my understanding of programming languages).

    October 8, 2012

  • Jonathan S.

    It was great to see so many people show up to the meet up this month. Having new presenters and more interaction I felt really brought the meet up to life. Thank you to everyone that attended.

    October 5, 2012

  • Jonathan S.

    I really want to "like" that post.....

    October 3, 2012

  • Robert S.

    I just got confirmation that Bill Brown ( will will be able to assist with the Anti-patterns talk.

    He's the author of 2 books on Anti-patterns in project management

    I got to work with him a little during my time at the Nerdery and he is definitely someone to listen to.

    If you've got hard PM questions this is the guy to ask, just be ready for for an answer like "Well Robert, maybe you should not have gotten yourself in that situation to start with" ...which was true :D

    1 · October 3, 2012

  • Jacob S.

    Man I wish I could make it... We just started doing BDD testing with Behat/Mink/Zombie/Selenium at work and so far it's been an interesting learning exercise. Would have been nice and relevant to see where others sit on testing...

    October 2, 2012

    • Daniel J. P.

      Never fear. It's not like we can cover the entire topic of "testing" in one meeting.
      Contact me & we'll try to set up a TDD vs BDD shootout some time. That would be epic.

      October 2, 2012

    • Jeremy W.

      Jake - I'll take copious notes. :)

      October 3, 2012

  • Daniel J. P.

    From our Sponsor (look left - yup we have sponsors!), I got 4 nice new webdev books that I'll be giving away at the October Meeting.
    * Smashing HTML5 (ISBN[masked])
    * HTML & CSS (ISBN[masked])
    * Real-World Solutions for Developing High-Quality PHP Frameworks and Applications (ISBN[masked])
    * PHP and MySQL 24-hour Trainer (ISBN[masked])

    To be eligible to win a book, come to the meetup and bring a friend! Or something. We'll try to figure out some process to determine who wins a book, but whatever that is, I guarantee people who brought a friend get first choice of the books.

    October 2, 2012

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