NOTE: Senior Percolator, Ken Haduch (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/members/52965502), will be leading Season 5. We are looking for an assistant to help Ken out -- monitoring the discussion area and keeping track of the participants' progress. If you have successfully completed at least one virtual self-study group, and are on the list of successful graduates (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/messages/boards/thread/21414292), drop us a line, if you are interested in helping.
This Just In! (May 12, 2015) Manning Publications Company, the publisher of the book we are using, is generously offering a 39% discount to Boston PHP members who order the book through them. Simply access Single Page Web Applications (http://www.manning.com/mikowski/) and use coupon code 39spwa when ordering.
The format of a virtual self-study group is as follows:
• Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, complete the exercises and post links to your completed work.
• Each participant obtains assistance by posting questions to a discussion area set up on the Boston PHP Message Board (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/messages/boards/thread/48926200/) for each chapter.
• Each participant who completes the book is recognized on the Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/messages/boards/thread/21414292).
Note: There is no classroom instruction. There are no webcasts. There are no scheduled appointments of any kind. You decide the self-paced schedule that works best for you.
Once you have the book, you simply proceed at a pace that best fits into your current work/life schedule. You will receive weekly e-mail updates to help you stay on track. You have the option to meet informally at the beginning of each Boston PHP Meetup, if you live in the Boston area. You can even set up a real life self-study group with others in your neighborhood. You DO NOT need to live in the Boston area to participate.
Bonus: We will be beta testing our companion site throughout Season 5. Please visit jQueryjAM.com (http://jqueryjam.com/) and join us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jqueryjam) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jqueryjam).
Also, look for HTML5 Brunch, Season 5 (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/events/221356927/) and Drupal Diner, Season 2 (http://www.meetup.com/bostonphp/events/221481907/) to begin in September and October, respectively.