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OCPHP September 2009 | An awesome night of PHP

  • Sep 24, 2009 · 7:00 PM
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Presentations by some of the top and active developers in the PHP community ....
Ben Ramsey,
Cal Evans, and
Jason Mauer will each be doing a short (10-15 minutes) presentation. There will be time to mingle afterwards as pizza and refreshments will be provided by
Hensel Hosting (
http://www.henselhost.... ============================
AGENDA 6:45 Pizza and Beer Arrives 7:00 Social and Networking 7:30
Jason Mauer ( "Either Silverlight, Azure, or Windows Live Writer -- Crowd selected topic" ) 7:45
Cal Evans 8:00
Ben Ramsey ( "Intro to REST" ) 8:15 Raffle / Social and Networking 9:00 Close up and those interested head to local Downtown Fullerton pub for more socializing
Presentations may run longer than posted due to Q&A. ============================ Thanks to
CoWorking (
http://www.coworkingf...) for providing the venue. The following books will be Raffled (all un-used):

  • Essential PHP Security (O'Reilly)

  • Securing PHP Web Applications (Addison Wesley)

  • Professional PHP 5 (Wrox)

  • Dojo (Addison Wesley)

Do you have PHP books in good condition you no longer use? Come by and drop them off at the meetup. They can then be raffled/given away at various future OCPHP events. This is a great way to help others in the local PHP community and a great way to recycle those dust collecting books ! RSVP early if you can attend for sure. Seating may be limited so come early. This is a presentation and mingling affair so laptops may not be necessary but bring a notepad if you wish to take notes.
Exact topics for the presentations will be posted at a later date so check back here before attending on the 24th. ============================
BEN RAMSEY Ben Ramsey is a Software Architect at Schematic, where he is a leader in the Open Source Platforms Group, designing and developing software and setting and enforcing best practices. Ben is a leader in the PHP community--the founder of the Atlanta PHP user group, the founder of the PHP Groups user group network, a founding member of, and a speaker at industry conferences worldwide. He has written forphp|architect, International PHP Magazine, and Zend Developer Zone and has contributed to several books, including php|architect's Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide (php|architect) and PHP 5 Unleashed (Sams). Blog: ============================
CAL EVANS For the past 8 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around." Cal is currently based in Utrecht, Netherlands. He is a professional member of the PHP community and attends more conferences in a year than most people get to go to in a lifetime. He fills his spare time as the Director of the PCE for Ibuildings. Cal is responsible for coordinating the awesome Dutch PHP Conference in Amsterdam. In Cal's past life, he was the Editor in Chief of Zend's DevZone, host of the podcast PHP Abstract and responsible for coordinating ZendCon. Cal is the author of php|architect's Guide to Programming with Zend Framework. Blog:
http://blog.calevans.... ============================
JASON MAUER Jason Mauer is a Senior Developer Evangelist with Microsoft based in Portland, Oregon. He has over fifteen years of application development experience on a variety of platforms. His job is to make developers happy, which he strives to accomplish by providing training, participating in community events, and talking with customers about emerging technologies. Jason can be found online at and as @jasonmauer on Twitter. Blog: ============================ Thanks to our Food & Refreshment Sponsor:
HENSEL HOSTING Hensel Hosting hosts top quality websites for young professional web designers.
http://www.henselhost... ============================ Thanks to our Venue Sponsor:
CoWorking Fullerton Coworking Fullerton is the ideal office for all people who have a business or work on a business but do not (always) have a regular office to go to. We try to be that home. Where you can walk in, feel at home, drink some coffee, bring your lunch and get work done! Its a productive environment for people that need to be productive now and then, but sometimes miss the watercooler to bump into some cool coworkers you can talk to and help each other out. Coworking Fullerton is a place where any (home based) business owner, or professional can feel at home. We organize workshops and fun events to learn, network and build relationships. One of our main events is the Jelly, which is a free casual coworking get-together every 2nd Wednesday of the month. If you get bored of talking to your cat, or still feel lonely at an executive suite where your working all on your own all day. Come check out Coworking Fullerton. Our workshops and events are a great way to get to know people who work here.
Venue Notes: Suite is on Harbor and Amerige (storefront is actually on Amerige). If going north from 91, go up Harbor and turn right on Amerige. Parking spaces and Parking structure is across from suite. No time limit for parking after 6p. Please obey speed laws as Harbor has two lights with cameras and patrolling motorcycle cops depending on time of day. ========================

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  • Oleg B.

    This was our first joint session with LAPHP and OCPHP groups -- a unique experience having great guests from the CodeWorks LA such as Ben Ramsey, D. Keith Casey Jr., Elizabeth Naramore and Jason Mauer in the audience as well as some regular members from LAPHP group. Great presentation by Ben Ramsey on building RESTful web services. Great introduction into the concept and a lot of useful examples. Another great talk by Jason Mauer on developing with Silverlight and introducing new Microsoft initiatives for Web businesses (BizSpark) and individual web developers (WebsiteSpark). Definitely opening another angle on Microsoft's place in open source community. Thanks a lot to our friends at OCPHP, Coworking Fullerton, Hensel Hosting (and personally @Rutger) for hosting us and providing pizza and drinks.

    September 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good & potentially Great. Packed,w/ 3 people standing. 30s thru 50s. Included 2 women (including 1 PHP programmer) -a pleasant surprise for a programmer meeting. Folks were friendly & technical. Plenty of free pizza, soda, & beer. Venue was fun & novel. Began w/ a relaxed social eat&greet time. The downer: the 1st presentation: not good IMHO: a great & interesting topic (REST) presented badly: already a tricky topic being abstract, then made worse by the presenter starting w/ & belaboring generalizations of it (as the benefits when I still didn't know clearly what "it" was) as if talking to experts on it; only at the tail end (&after I asked) did he give some concrete examples, and even these seemed not fully clear the situation they applied &not enough examples. Fortunately the 2nd presenter did an outstanding job: detailing & demoing Microsoft Web technologies (esp. key Silverlight), & well-answering 3 tough Qs I gave, making me afterwards much more interested in MS Web solutions.

    September 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talks by Ben Ramsey and Jason Mauer. Very solid, great looking and well presented presentations, that took slightly more than the 15 minutes that were planned for it :-) It was great, so many cool people in the same place. And at the same time, which is a factor that should not be under estimated :-P - Hope to see you all again soon!

    September 25, 2009

  • Jon A. C.

    Good meeting. Nice balance of socializing and presentations

    September 25, 2009

  • cb

    Excellent meetup, great conversations, excellent people with a wealth of knowledge about PHP and more. Of course the free pizza, soda and beer did not hurt either, thank you Hensel Hosting!

    Thank you to the speakers and interesting topics that were discussed. We started with a lengthy conversation and meet n greet period in the beginning where everyone could enjoy the pizza and a beverage. It was great talking to the other meetup participants prior to the presentations beginning. I wish more meetups would start with a social beginning before moving into the planned presentations like this one did. It was great! We had participants from Atlanta GA, Washington D.C. and Cincinnati in addition to Los Angeles and Fullerton. Thank you William, Rutgers and Craig!

    September 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup!

    September 24, 2009

  • peterwarnock

    It was a pleasure to put faces to the names I follow on Twitter as worldwide evangelists of the overarching community.

    I liked the venue and will likely become more active in the local group.

    September 24, 2009

  • david c

    I'm glad I went. Everybody is pretty approachable. The speakers were awesome.

    September 24, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    2 great speakers. I enjoyed them both. It was clear that they both had more information then time allowed them to share, and it was current and relevant to todays developer environment.

    September 24, 2009

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