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Getting started with Travis CI and PHP + Meet MariaDB

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Proceed to the second floor of 99 Hope Str - security will buzz you in at the door. If in doubt give Liam a call on: 079 343 3978

Welcome back! The August PHP Meetup promises to be yet another great meetup. We are gathering at Rhino Africa for the first time so be sure to RSVP so you dont miss out!

Talk 1 - Getting going with Travis CI and PHP

This talk is about Travis CI ( and specifically how to implement it into your project workflow. The talk will also focus on how to utilize all the features of Travis CI and some of the lesser known features. The aim is to come away with a workable knowledge of TDD and Travis CI so that you can implement it in your project.

About the speaker

Liam Norman is a Software Engineer at He got his start in programming dabbling with game development and C++ before pursuing a BSc in IT. Afterwards he found his love for web programming. He has experience on different types of software projects ranging from monolithic systems to smaller SPA applications.

He has a passion for TDD, Laravel, CI/CD and API Development. When not programming, he can be found hiking or trailrunning Table Mountain.

Talk 2 - Meet MariaDB
A brief history of MariaDB since its fork from MySQL, and a look at new features up to the latest stable release, 10.2, and the latest alpha, 10.3.

About the speaker

Ian Gilfillan works for the MariaDB Foundation, mostly assisting with the MariaDB documentation. He wrote the first online grocery store in South Africa, back in the 90's, in Perl and MySQL. He has taught Unisa IS courses, written and taught web development courses, worked as lead developer and head of IT for the online division of what was at the time the countries largest media company (PHP and MySQL), and wrote the book Mastering MySQL in 2003. In 2005 he founded and developed the systems for an online organic food business, in PHP and MySQL. He's also a passionate Wikimedian, and is on the board of Wikimedia ZA.

Special thanks to our sponsors

Rhino Africa - Our main sponsors for this meetup! They are covering the venue, food and drinks!
Rhino Africa ( is Africa’s leading online travel company. From our offices in Cape Town, we promote safari and wildlife destinations across Africa. We share an incredible passion for the world of travel and everything digital, and we are excited to share our passion with you.

Rhino Africa operates at the forefront of travel and technology. All our open positions are based at our HQ in Cape Town - South Africa’s darling city. While English is our company language, we operate in English, German, French, Spanish, and Portuguese in order to serve over 30 markets worldwide. We embrace cultural and ethnic diversity, and are proud to have over 20 different nationalities - united in their passion for Africa - call our offices home.

JetBrains ( ) - for sponsoring 2 x 1-year individual subscription to any single JetBrains Toolbox product ( )
Rhino Africa
99 Hope St, Gardens · Cape Town
How to find us

2nd Floor - 99 Hope St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001

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