- PHP Sussex | February 2020
Join us for the first PHP Sussex meetup of 2020! We have two talks planned. One from Dave Liddament and the other from our very own Rowan Tommins. ---- Dave Liddament will be delivering his talk 'PHP Generics Today (almost)'. Ask PHP developers which big feature they wished PHP had and many would say generics. Hopefully one day they'll be implemented at language level, but what if we want them now? This talk starts with a deep delve into generics and the benefits of them. We'll then look at how existing static analysis tools can be configured to (almost) give us generics in PHP now. Dave is a director and developer at Lamp Bristol, a software consultancy. He’s been writing software commercially for over 17 years in many languages including C, Python, Java and PHP. Dave is keen to pass on his knowledge. He speaks at conferences and user groups. He is an organiser of PHP-SW. He also runs a monthly workshop that covers topics including testing, CI and git. He is also the author of an open source tool called SARB (static analysis results baseliner). When not busy coding Dave enjoys scuba diving and running ---- Rowan's talk is 'l10n > t9n' (Localisation is more than Translation). So, you've built a nice popup menu with flags that change "Buy Now" to "Kaufe Jetzt" or "Koop Nu" or a dozen other languages; you're ready to sell around the world! Maybe not... In this talk, we'll look at a few of the things you'll need to do to make your website or app truly international. Rowan Tommins is a Senior Developer / Architect at Holiday Taxis, and co-organiser of PHP Sussex. It's been 20 years since he studied German, and he's never lived outside the UK, but he's fascinated by the variety of language and culture around the world. ---- As usual, we'll have a fridge full of beer, a smattering of soft drinks and a silly amount of Pizza Face to tuck in to. See you there!
- PHP Sussex | Festive Social!
What a year it's been for PHP Sussex! After a relaunch over the summer, we've been lucky enough to have guest speakers travel from all over the south coast to speak at our meetups. To celebrate, we're keeping things simple in December. Join us for the PHP Sussex Festive Social! You don't need to have been to one of our previous meetups to come along. Brighton has a bustling tech community so we're hoping some will choose to kick off the celebratory Christmas season with us. Join us in the Holiday Taxis offices from 18:30 for a smörgåsbord of festive snacks and beverages before we head over to a reserved area in the nearby Walrus pub for the rest of the night. See you there!
- PHP Sussex | November
Since the launch of PHP Sussex we've managed to attract speakers from all over the south to speak. For this session, we're chuffed that two regulars from Brighton will be giving talks. Join us on the first Wednesday of November to hear what they have to say! Feliksas Mazeikis is a Software Engineer at Inviqa, who got the job offer for knowing Symfony, but then was thrown into depths of Drupal 8 projects for three years. Come along for a lighthearted "The State of Drupal" talk, that will be equally divided between marketing hype jibberish and ranting by a BE dev who uses Drupal 8 in Production. We'll go through facts compilation by the Drupal community, and then will look at some real-life examples and actual reasons why you should (or shouldn't) use D8 for your next project. Next up, Mark Dain, Senior Developer at Holidays Taxis, will be delivering 'A Gentle Introduction to Monads'. Ever wondered what a Monad is? It's become quite a meme online to inflate it's perceived difficulty, with lines like "a monad is just a monoid in the category of endofunctors, what's the problem?". They are often touted as the hardest thing to understand in Computer Science, but is that reputation deserved? Come and learn what they are in a gentle walkthrough which will hopefully expose you to some interesting ways of writing software that's better structured and easier to reason about. As usual, we'll have a fridge full of beer and a smattering of soft drinks for you to tuck in to. The talks are designed to be accessible and useful to all skill levels so all are welcome. Any questions or concerns, let us know. We're a friendly bunch!
- PHP Sussex | October
Join us for the October instalment of PHP Sussex! We've been fortunate to have some brilliant talks in recent months. This is shaping up to continue that tradition! Pete Heslop from Steadfast Collective will be joining us to deliver his talk, 'The Smart Creatives'. ‘How it works’ by Eric Schmidt describes a ‘smart creative’ as a person that doesn’t chase compensation; they pursue the ability to cause change and disrupt industries. Through his experience of founding and running three digital businesses over eight years, Pete discovered that a critical element relating to the growth and success of the companies has been working with smart creatives. Teams thrive when these questioning and focused generalists catch the vision and run with it. He'll share his experience of switching your thinking to become more ‘smart creative’ and explore how to spot, and then grow, smart creatives to their full potential. Mark Bradley, Principal Software Engineer at Sainsbury's, will be presenting 'Test Driven Development: Dipping your toe into tests first'. A keen protagonist of Test Driven Development, he launched his own screen cast, 'Testing All the Things' in the Spring, to teach the wider community how to practice Test Driven Development and Automated Testing. During this talk, we'll explore the concepts of Test Driven Development; what is it, why should you use it and how to use it! We'll finish with a Mob Programming session where you can join in on 'TDD-ing' a simple piece of code. For those of you that haven't been before, the format of the evening is usually: 18:30: Arrival 19:00: First talk 19:30: Pizza Face delivered 19:45: Pizza Face all gone! 20:00: Second Talk 20:30: Some people go home, whilst others will head to the Prince Albert. It's up to you! As usual, we'll have a fridge full of beer and a smattering of soft drinks for you to tuck in to. The talks are designed to be accessible and useful to all skill levels so all are welcome. Any questions or concerns, let us know. We're a friendly bunch!
- PHP Sussex | September
Celebrate / commiserate the end of summer with the September edition of PHP Sussex! We've got a special event planned for this one. Two of the co-organisers of PHP Dorset, Dave and Chris, will be making the journey along the coast to meet us and deliver talks. We're looking forward to hosting them! Dave Hulbert, Engineering Director at We Are Base and Passenger, will be discussing 'Debugging our biases and intuition in software development'. In this talk, Dave will go through the ups and downs of heuristics and biases that exist in a developer's world. We'll look at ways to reduce any resulting fallacies, whilst still taking advantage of the performance improvement. Dave leads a team of developers, working on apps, APIs and everything in-between. Coming from a software development background, he has had ample opportunity to learn from his mistakes and now focuses on helping others avoid them. Chris Sherry, Senior Developer at Createful, will also be presenting his talk, 'Pets and Pandas'. This talk covers his experiences as a 24/7 support developer for a variety of systems, some of which had over a million active users. He'll introduce some short term fixes to get you out of sticky situations with servers, websites and APIs at 2am on a Saturday evening. Chris is a senior full stack developer and speaker. An advocate of developer communities, he has spoken at user group conferences including PHP South Coast, PHPUK, PHPSW and WordPress London. Join us at International House from 18:30 for beers, pizza and conversation. All are welcome. Hopefully see you there!
- PHP Sussex | August
Join us for the August instalment of PHP Sussex! We were delighted with the first session in July, thanks so much to everyone who made it along. Hopefully you all enjoyed it as much as we did! We'll be running these on the first Wednesday of every month so be sure to keep it in the diary. For our next event, Rob Waller will be talking us through Unit Testing in WordPress. Rob is a senior developer with nearly 15 years of experience and a passion for testing, so we're really looking forward to this one! Follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/RobDWaller Free local pizza, beers and soft drinks will all be provided. We'll be kicking off around 18:30 and, as usual, all are welcome. See you there!
- PHP Sussex | July
Welcome to the inaugural PHP Sussex meetup! Formerly known as Brighton PHP, we'll be meeting every month for talks, discussion and community building, along with a healthy amount of food and drink! We have two cracking talks lined up for the evening. John Dalziel is a web developer at https://www.phidigital.com and co-organiser of Worthing Digital. He specialises in web applications on AWS, the modern web developers toolbox. Join John for a tour of web application architectures, from LAMP through to Serverless. We'll discuss the shared responsibility model and find out how to combine AWS services to build more robust applications. Simon Downes, Software Development Manager of Holiday Taxis, will also be talking us through 'Levelling-up as a Developer'. Junior to Lead, decent to great, novice to master. The road is long and isn't really a road, more an infinite number of possible journeys. Wherever you are on your journey, how do you reach the next level? What even is the "next level"? If you're an experienced developer who's been programming for years, or you're taking your first steps to learning how to code, you'll get something out of the evening. All are welcome! We'll be kicking off around 18:30. Free pizza, beers and soft drinks will be on offer, so join us for what should be a fun, informative and delicious evening!