October Meet Up


Announcing our October meet up, at Thames Tower - home of Austin Fraser, directly next to Reading's train station!


NoSQL with MongoDB


Derick Rethans (https://twitter.com/derickr)

In this talk Derick will explain the differences between different types of NoSQL databases. He will then progress to illustrate which paradigm shifts are necessary to successfully implement NoSQL, using MongoDB as an example.

The approaches to schema design and fault tolerance are all inherent to scalability with NoSQL solutions and with this talk you will learn how to use MongoDB effectively considering all the above mentioned situations.

Covered subjects will be: schema design considerations, data types, and architecture of multi-node set-ups.

About Derick

Derick Rethans is a PHP internals expert, author of Xdebug (https://xdebug.org) and an OpenStreetMap (https://openstreetmap.org) and mapping enthusiast.

He has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug (https://xdebug.org) debugging tool, and various extensions and additions. He's a frequent lecturer at conferences (https://derickrethans.nl/talks.html), the author of php|architect's Guide to Date and Time Programming (https://phpdatebook.com), and the co-author of PHP 5 Power Programming (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/013147149X/derickrethans-21). He is now working at MongoDB (http://mongodb.com) to work on the PHP (https://pecl.php.net/mongodb) driver for MongoDB (https://mongodb.org).

In his spare time, he likes to travel, hike, ski and practise photography (https://flickr.com/photos/derickrethans/).


Using Basketball for Better Software Development


Stanko Markovic

If you would like to give a talk, share with the group what you have been tinkering recently or speak about what issues you have come across at a future event, we would love to hear from you!

Contact us at [masked]



There is parking in an NCP carpark on Garrard Street just below the building, but this is very expensive. The venue is a five or ten minute walk from the Oracle car parks, which are much more reasonable, and the train station car park.


Building Access

Access to the building requires a swipe card system, we will be outside the building from 18:45 to help get you in and will have others ready to ferry people up.

Call Chris Hoult on[masked] or Josh Reeve on[masked] if you have any trouble gaining access.


Food and Drink

Our hosts Austin Fraser (https://twitter.com/austinfraserltd) have kindly offered to supply food and refreshments. If you have any allergies please let us know ahead of time via email and we will try and accommodate your needs.