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Programming fundamentals for accidental developers

This is a topic that was suggested by a few different people at the last meetup.  Many PHP developers have backgrounds other than a traditional computer science education.  For many basic website building challenges, practical knowledge is more important than theoretical anyway.  But there are some situations where an understanding of source control, database design, refactoring code, and other things they teach the CSE kids would be helpful. We're embarking on a series of presentations designed to help "accidental developers" up their game by leveraging tools and techniques used by more experienced software engineers.

Our first event in this series will introduce you to the following concepts:

  • The Fundamentals of Source Control (Matthew Callahan, Rock River Star)
  • Basics of Debugging (Owen Winkler, Critical Hit)
  • Database Essentials (Eric Lucas, Dartmouth Technology Solutions)

These presentations will be most appropriate for folks new to these concepts, but we're building in plenty of time for conversation and discussion, so even if some of these topics are review for you, we'd love to have you on-hand to help others with their questions.

Future sessions will move into successively more advanced topics, like test-driven development, behavior-driven development, continuous integration servers and more.  If you've got something you'd like to see, or something you're willing to share, let us know!

Either way, we'll see you at Barnaby's on Tuesday night!

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  • Maneesha S.

    I love this idea & wish I could come! Any plans to do something like this in the city?

    September 10, 2012

    • Nathan G.

      Yes, we'd like this to be a series and already have some speakers lined up for a city event.

      September 11, 2012

    • Jayvin A.

      Would love to hear about this too! A 6 pm meetup for people from the city is tough with traffic and work...

      September 11, 2012

  • Jim M.

    I come from a CS background and would be glad to answer questions...hopefully this will be in the burbs :)

    @Tony Have been using PHPUnit a bit now and really like it. Suggest "ProPHP" book by Kevin McArthur for design pattern, framework and testing info. Also suggest you use a framework (like Zend Framework) which utilizes design patterns ALOT.

    July 31, 2012

  • Richard K. Phillips J.

    I would be all over this, as it pretty much sums up my experience with PHP programming.

    July 23, 2012

  • Tony G.

    Sounds great! I struggle with/am interested in PHPUnit, refactoring and design patterns.

    1 · June 21, 2012

  • Brian D.

    When is this going to get a date and location?

    April 27, 2012

  • Michael

    I might be interested in doing a presentation on some PHP basics. Maybe go through a simple working app and refactoring it with best practices in mind.

    March 16, 2012

  • Dan D.

    I have a talk that I'd be interested in presenting. It's called "Know Your Browser: Web Developer Extensions for Firefox, Chrome and IE". It's not PHP-specific per se, but has a lot of general helpful tips that I think most folks in the group would be interested in.

    February 21, 2012

  • Brian D.

    This seems like a great topic. I cant wait to attend. Will this be in the new year?

    December 14, 2011

  • Nathan G.

    Let's use this Meetup page to plan out this event. Please respond here if (a) you'd like to speak at this event, or (b) there's something you'd like to see presented.

    I'm expecting this will be a late-January or possibly early-February event. I just want to get the ball rolling on the presentations first.

    December 6, 2011

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