PHP 5.NEW: The Best Bits

Are you still stuck on PHP 5.2? Looking to migrate from 5.3 to the latest and greatest?

This talk will cover all the best new features and tooling since PHP 5.3, all the way up to PHP 5.6 and beyond.

Namespaces, Closures, Traits, Generators, Variadics/Argument unpacking, Composer, PSR-0 & PSR-4 autoloading and more!

Davey Shafik (@dshafik) is a full time PHP Developer with 12 years experience in PHP and related technologies. A Community Engineer for Engine Yard, he has written three books (so far!), numerous articles and spoken at conferences the globe over.

Davey is best known for his books, the Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide and PHP Master: Write Cutting Edge Code, and as the originator of PHP Archive (PHAR) for PHP 5.3.

Engine Yard assists with small to large deployments, of any instance size, across a spectrum of applications ranging from SaaS, mobile, eCommerce, interactive websites, marketing campaigns and healthcare. Our team members are hands on, personable and passionate about their work. Their expertise includes deployment strategies, application and database analysis, custom Chef, code and security audits, scaling, disaster recovery and much more.

Special note: This will be held in the penthouse at the top of the building, not in suite 510.

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  • Jeremy

    Hey All, great seeing people at the last event, just wanted to let people know we recently launched an Alpha version of our WiseGuy application that powers university online tutoring and mentoring programs. Looking to bring on another technical co-founder with PHP skills to join our team and take it to the next level. Shoot me an e-mail if you're interested in connecting ([masked]).

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    August 26

  • Doug / I.

    Hi everyone! Please excuse me, if this is an inappropriate, but I'm seeking a Technical Co-Founder with LAMP skills. Starbucks is on me, if you're curious enough to learn more about this opportunity. Thanks. I'm Doug. So we don't spam the group , you can reach me at [masked]

    August 25

  • Jacob M.

    Posted the video at -- it'll be ready eventually! :)

    August 6

  • Kenoli O.

    Is there going to be a recording of the event available?

    August 5

    • Jacob M.

      Yes, Davey will be getting me the recording he made of his screen last night and we will get it on our youtube channel. Thanks! :)

      August 5

  • Tom -.

    Got there a little late, but caught most of Davey's presentation. Thanks Engine Yard!

    August 5

  • Tom A.

    Hi PHPSF, I'll be here tonight and I'm available for hire: @tom_h_anderson ZF2, Doctrine ORM &ODM, Apigility

    August 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, don't struggle for parking if you're driving to the meetup tomorrow. You can Vatler there Mention Engine Yard when you sign up to be sure to get the service.

    August 3

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