• January Meetup - Vim and Unit Testing

    The Walkabout

    Announcing our January 2019 meet up - at our home at Reading's Walkabout. Featuring: Peter Ruczynski with Vim Tips and Tricks and Christopher Hoult with Unit Testing Done Right(ish) --- 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. 🥗Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 🍻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, to sponsor us, or to speak at a future event, please email [masked]

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  • Reading STEM Christmas Get Together

    The Walkabout

    We are pleased to announce the return of the Reading STEM Christmas 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. We're also excited to be laying on a festive feast, thanks to our generous friends: Haybrook IT - http://www.haybrook.co.uk/ Datto - https://www.datto.com/uk/ and Oracle AI - https://www.oracle.com/uk/artificial-intelligence/ If you have any food allergies please contact us (details below) so we can accommodate you. The groups featured so far 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 - http://phpberks.co.uk/rdgstem ---- 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; please inform us of any dietary requirements so we can try to accommodate you. Pub website here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading ---- For more information, please email [masked]

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  • October Meetup

    The Walkabout

    Announcing our October meet up - at our new home at Reading's Walkabout. We're currently finalizing details with two speakers (on the topics of Clean Code and Database race conditions), but we'll update you when we can announce them! Featuring: Kim Francis with (Mostly) Clean Code Code smells, and how to recognize them and Daniel Craigie with Dr. Deadlock or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Database The story of a database deadlock in production and how it was solved. --- 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. 🥗Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 🍻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, to sponsor us, or to speak at a future event, please email [masked]

  • September Meetup

    The Walkabout

    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. 🥗Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 🍻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]

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  • Reading STEM Summer Get Together

    The Walkabout

    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]

  • July Meet Up

    The Walkabout

    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. 🥗Food menu here: https://www.walkaboutbars.co.uk/venues/reading/food_menus 🍻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]

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  • June 2018 Meetup

    The Greyfriar

    *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

  • May Meet Up

    Austin Fraser

    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.

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  • April Meet Up

    Austin Fraser

    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 ~~~~~ ⭐️Dave Liddament - Beat the bugs, before they beat you⭐️ “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 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’ll 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 ~~~~~ ⭐️Rob Piper - Architecting an Outage ⭐️ 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’ll 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.

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  • March Meet Up - Happy Birthday PHP Berkshire!

    Austin Fraser

    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.

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