• September Meetup
    Announcing our September meet up - at our new home at Reading's Walkabout. We are also excited to announce that this month's event will be sponsored by Jerram Digital, a creative development house that delivers Enterprise Wordpress and bespoke PHP programming expertise to businesses and agencies throughout the Thames Valley. They help organisations to achieve smart integrations and custom solutions for their websites and applications. You can find them at https://jerram.co.uk/ Featuring: Andrejus Kostarevas with Attacking Websites for Educational Purposes Only Information security is a big deal nowadays as more and more people start to take their privacy online very seriously. But what's the point of protecting yourself if the web services you use are vulnerable to big scary hackers? If you want to catch a glimpse of penetration testing, come along and learn about concepts such as discovering vulnerabilities, running through them, exploiting and patching them. This talk will be based around a University coursework project, where an older version of web forum software "phpBB" is examined, exploited and patched. The technologies that phpBB was built on were quite simple, so the main focus of the talk will be the process of penetration testing. Some of the topics covered will include sanitising user input, as well as enforcing file and variable scopes. You will familiarise yourself with concepts such as never trusting user input and get to see exploits such as cross-site scripting and remote code execution. Lastly, we will wrap up by patching out these vulnerabilities and hopefully learn a thing or two about building more secure software. --- Parking There is parking in an NCP carpark on Garrard Street just below Thames Tower, 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 which is less so. ---- Food and Drink Food and drink are available from the Walkabout, which is open prior to the event. The bar in our space will also be run throughout. 馃Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 馃嵒Drink menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/drinks_menus Pub website here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading ---- For more information, or to speak at a future event, please email [masked]

    The Walkabout

    Wiston PlaceReading RG1 1DG

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  • Reading STEM Summer Get Together
    We are pleased to announce the return of the Reading STEM Summer Get Together, this year happening at Reading's Walkabout - a brilliant excuse to meet with Reading's science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts. Each group represented will get a short slot to let you know about what they do. Thanks to our generous sponsors Lynx Pro, food will be provided on the night! Lynx Pro is the network that connects the most sought-after tech talent and the leading companies in an unique place: https://www.lynxpro.com/ The groups featured are: Agile Valley The British Computer Society ConnectTVT Google Developer Group Reading & Thames Valley PHP Berkshire Reading and District Amateur Radio Club Reading Data Science Group Reading Geek Night Reading Hydro Reading Tester Gathering Social Tech Startup Grind Thames Valley Things Network Reading ... and more! Don't see your group listed but want to join in? Email us on [masked] and we'll get you signed up. Also, let's take this opportunity to invite you to our new Slack workspace for Reading STEM - https://join.slack.com/t/rdguk-stem/shared_invite/enQtNDAzMTIxNTU3MzQ2LTM4M2E0YzczZTJmMDJjMjE0ZmVjNzU3NjgzZWQzMTdlODY3ZWYwZDY1NzM0NWEyOThmOGIyZmQ2ZjQwODQ1YmE ---- Parking There is parking in an NCP carpark on Garrard Street just below Thames Tower, 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 which is less so. ---- Food and Drink Food will be provided on the night, with some money behind the bar in our space, which will also be run throughout. Pub website here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading ---- For more information, please email [masked]

    The Walkabout

    Wiston PlaceReading RG1 1DG

  • July Meet Up
    Announcing our July meet up - this month at our new home at Reading's Walkabout. We are also excited to announce that this month's event will be sponsored by Lynx Pro, the network that connects the most sought-after tech talent and the leading companies in an unique place: https://www.lynxpro.com/ Featuring: Barney Hanlon with Command and (e)mission Control Using event dispatchers and command buses in applications is becoming common place, but are we using them in a way that aids understanding? With the rise in popularity of Domain-Driven Design to drive meaning in applications, and our applications becoming increasingly small and "hexagonal", the concept of defining the difference between an Event and a Command is becoming more important. This talk explores using command buses and event dispatchers in combination to clearly segregate the structure, and uses an example of how to use these to create clean CQRS-based applications. and Christopher Hoult with Metrics for Fun and Profit --- Parking There is parking in an NCP carpark on Garrard Street just below Thames Tower, 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 which is less so. ---- Food and Drink Food and drink are available from the Walkabout, which is open prior to the event. The bar in our space will also be run throughout. 馃Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 馃嵒Drink menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/drinks_menus Pub website here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading ---- For more information, or to speak at a future event, please email [masked]

    The Walkabout

    Wiston PlaceReading RG1 1DG

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  • June 2018 Meetup
    *PLEASE NOTE: DIFFERENT VENUE FOR JUNE* The Greyfriar, 53 Greyfriars Road, Reading RG1 1PA -- We are happy to announce our June 2018 meetup! This will be a general social occasion where we will have some group discussions and, hopefully, some lively PHP debates in the relaxed setting of the Greyfriar in Reading (our usual after-meet haunt). Please feel free - but not pressured! - to bring whatever burning PHP question you might have, a five or ten minute "lightning"-style talk (so long as you don't expect a projector!) , or perhaps some code you want to discuss with others. All are welcome for networking and general chit-chat; while we won't be providing food or beverages this time round we can let you in on some exciting changes to PHP Berkshire. -- All of our meetups are subject to our Code of Conduct, and all attendees are expected to respect it: http://phpberks.co.uk/codeofconduct

    The Greyfriar

    53 Greyfriars Road Reading Berkshire RG1 1PAReading

  • May Meet Up
    Announcing our May meet up - once again at the home of Austin Fraser: Thames Tower, directly next to Reading's train station! Featuring: Eleni Fragkiadaki with How to love your code and hack away A codebase that is loved is, in general, a codebase that you can more easily extend and which allows you to work more on new functionality and less on bug fixing. As part of this presentation we will go through some of the key principles that can make our application more stable and robust regardless of the framework(s) that we are using. We will cover tools and libraries going from low level performance to high level design. and Mark Robson with Organic food and organic IT We all like to give something back to the community. The True Food Coop is a cooperative which sells local and organic food near Reading. We will see what makes this shop unique and explore the challenges of maintaining and developing our IT systems used by volunteers and staff, such as integration with suppliers and fixing recalcitrant thermal printers. For more information about the True Food Coop, see https://www.truefood.coop/ --- Parking 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] if you have any trouble gaining access. ---- Food and Drink Our hosts Austin Fraser 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.

    Austin Fraser

    Thames Tower, RG1 1LXReading

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  • April Meet Up
    Announcing our April meet up - once again at the home of Austin Fraser: Thames Tower, directly next to Reading's train station! Featuring: ~~~~~ Talk 1 ~~~~~ 猸愶笍Dave Liddament - Beat the bugs, before they beat you猸愶笍 鈥淚n this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.鈥 Software developers have a third certainty. Bugs. Regardless of experience and skill level, all developers introduce bugs into their code. The longer these bugs fester, the more expensive the consequences of them become. So to improve the quality of our software we need to find bugs fast, ideally before they even end up entering the codebase. This talk is aimed at beginner to intermediate level software developers. It introduces the concepts: type hints, assertions, and value objects. We鈥檒l then look at how these techniques can be combined with modern IDEs to: * Reduce the chance of introducing bugs * Minimize the cost associated with any bugs that do slip through the net * Safely refactor code so we can rename classes, methods, and variables to be more explicit This talk will leave you with plenty of tips on how to write cleaner code with fewer bugs. And best of all you can apply them the next time you write code. ~~~~~ Talk 2 ~~~~~ 猸愶笍Rob Piper - Architecting an Outage 猸愶笍 Every engineer knows that feeling of dread when you release a change, and suddenly a customer is on the phone saying that they can no longer log in. What went wrong? You wrote tests, you did code reviews, you had an automated build process! How did this happen? This talk dives into a post-mortem of a real outage of a PHP SaaS application, re-enacting the flow of events at the time, and their effects on a production customer base. We鈥檒l look into the root causes of the incident, the design decisions that lead to that point, and reflect on some lessons learnt about how we could handle things better in the future. --- Parking 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 Jeremy Williamson on[masked] if you have any trouble gaining access. ---- Food and Drink Our hosts Austin Fraser 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.

    Austin Fraser

    Thames Tower, RG1 1LXReading

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  • March Meet Up - Happy Birthday PHP Berkshire!
    This meetup will mark our 3rd year of being a meetup! Thank you to everyone who has come through the years and we hope you will all come along and celebrate our 3rd birthday with us! Featuring: Lightning Talks! A maximum of 10 minute talks by our community! 1. How to help your community : Tom Hickey (https://twitter.com/thickey) 2. Dr. Deadlock or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Database : Daniel Craigie (https://twitter.com/DanielCraigie) 3. A brief intro into Cryptography : Jo Finch 4. Things I've learned from the PHP Community : Marta Bencomo (https://twitter.com/mbencomoh) 5. Working in distributed team - the good, the bad and the Skype : Stanko Markovic (https://twitter.com/greyshirt) 6. Professional Development: CV's, Interviews & The Dark Side : Jeremy Williamson (https://twitter.com/AFJeremy1) 7. A lightning talk by YOU? If you would also like to give a talk for maximum of 10 minutes, please fill in the following Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/cog6L8oWtc19NGD23 Thanks! --- Parking 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. ---- Location & Building Access We will be at the home of Austin Fraser: Thames Tower, directly next to Reading's train station! 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 Jeremy Williamson on[masked] if you have any trouble gaining access. ---- Food and Drink Our hosts Austin Fraser 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.

    Austin Fraser

    Thames Tower, RG1 1LXReading

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  • February Meet Up
    Announcing our February meet up - once again at the home of Austin Fraser: Thames Tower, directly next to Reading's train station! Featuring: *Jan Franciszek Kowalski* with *Zend Form package in action* How does the zendframework/zend-form package work? Exposure of the pragmatic approach behind its current architecture, the form flow and the simplicity of use. Also will present the idea of how to easily handle the forms in the middleware applications, with code examples. and *Luis Ferro* with *The new kid on the block: HTTP/2* The internet is evolving, and on it鈥檚 core, the HTTP protocol has a newer version: HTTP2. What does the protocol evolution means for us web developers? In this talk we will focus on the genesis of HTTP2, and the changes that it will induce to our development practices. Come learn some of the new features of the web, how to make your sites faster, more efficient and more secure. --- Parking 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 Jeremy Williamson on[masked] if you have any trouble gaining access. ---- Food and Drink Our hosts Austin Fraser 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.

    Austin Fraser

    Thames Tower, RG1 1LXReading

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  • January Meet Up
    Announcing our January meet up - once again at the home of Austin Fraser: Thames Tower, directly next to Reading's train station! Featuring: Chatbots and PHP with Katy Ereira Chatbots are rapidly gaining in popularity; changing the way in which users engage with organisations online. I'm going to talk about how you would get started writing a bot in PHP using Botman, and how to harness the power of artificial intelligence and natural language processing. --- Parking 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 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.

    Austin Fraser

    Thames Tower, RG1 1LXReading

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  • Reading Geek Night Hosting: Reading Science & Tech Meetup Christmas Gathering
    The Decemeber meetup is being hosted by the Reading Geek Night (https://rdggeeknight.wordpress.com/) group! Details below are as shown on their website (https://rdggeeknight.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/reading-science-tech-meetup-groups-christmas-gathering-tuesday-12th-december-2017/): ---- Come and celebrate the festive season with one and all. Its a great opportunity to meet other groups in the area over a few drinks plus there will be a short quiz. There will also be mince pies kindly provided by the Walkabout鈥ut you鈥檒l have to be quick 馃檪 Familiar faces from the following groups: 鈥 BCS Berkshire 鈥 ConnectTVT 鈥 GDG Reading Thames Valley 鈥 IET Berkshire 鈥 PHP Berkshire 鈥 Reading and District Amateur Radio Club 鈥 Reading Hydrorlab 鈥 Science in Reading 鈥 StartupGrind Thames Valley 鈥 TTN Reading Short introduction to the groups being represented. All Science & Tech meetup groups in the area are very welcome. Contacts us: @RDGGeekNight (https://twitter.com/RDGGeekNight), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingGeekNight/) or email us: talks [at] rdggeeknight.org Parking: Reading Station car park or NCP Car Park Garrard St, Berks, Reading RG1 1NR. Please note its advisable not to leave anything of value on view in your vehicle.

    The Walkabout

    Wiston PlaceReading RG1 1DG

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