During the first six months of 2015 we will be getting back to basics and focusing on PHP code development. Each Meetup will offer not one, but two presentations on specific PHP topics. One presentation will be for beginners and a simultaneous talk will focus on more advanced topics. You chose which presentation to attend.
For those members who choose not to participate in either of the presentations, we'll provide a hack space for you to work on your own projects by yourself or in collaboration with other members.
To help provide structure to this enhanced focus on education, the topics will be selected from two books as follows:
~ PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (http://www.larryullman.com/books/php-and-mysql-for-dynamic-web-sites-visual-quickpro-guide-4th-edition/)
~ PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming (http://www.larryullman.com/books/php-advanced-and-object-oriented-programming/)
Our plan is to cover a few select topics from two to three chapters per book at each month's Meetup. While the time limitations of 1 hour presentations will only allow us to cover a few select concepts from each chapter, you can reinforce the learning experience by purchasing the book of your choice and completing the reading and practice exercises outside of the Meetup at a pace of two chapters per month.
Book purchase and self-paced work is not required. You will learn PHP topics by simply attending the monthly presentations. You will learn more and comprehend more by reading and practicing on your own between Meetups, if you choose.
In addition, we are opening up an earlier time slot for members to practice their presentation skills and talk about a topic of their choosing. This topic does not have to focus on PHP, but should be related to web development in some way.
But wait, there's more!
We are opening up the final 30 minutes of the evening for hands-on practice. If you bring a laptop and your coding questions we would like members of the PHP community to lend a hand and help each other out.
Lastly, you might chose to skip the presentations all together. No one will be offended. You can set up shop outside the main presentation area as early as 6:00 pm and code way, either by yourself or in small groups.
As always, we'll provide the pizza while you decide on the most productive way to spend the evening with your fellow Boston PHP members.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm -- Free pizza provided by our sponsor
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm -- Intro to Bootstrap by Jen Kramer (http://www.jenkramer.org)
7:00 pm - 7:15 pm -- Announcements
7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Hacker Track - open space to collaborate or work on your own
Beginner Track - Chapters 3-5 of PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites (http://www.larryullman.com/books/php-and-mysql-for-dynamic-web-sites-visual-quickpro-guide-4th-edition/) - Presentation by Brad Sulewski
Creating functions, Intro to MySQL, Column Types, Inserting Records, Selecting Data, Updating, Deleting
About Beginner Track Presenter:
Advanced Track - Chapters 4-5 of PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming (http://www.larryullman.com/books/php-advanced-and-object-oriented-programming/) - Presentation by Ryan Mahoney, Better Lesson (http://betterlesson.com)
Object oriented programming, theory, class definitions, constructors, destructors, creating an object, inheritance, overriding methods
About Advanced Track Presenter:
Ryan Mahoney (Senior Software Engineer) works for causes that have positive impact on society and communities. He frequently contributes to open source software projects, with an average of 1,500 commits per year.
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm -- Hands-on Coding
9:00 pm - ? Beers at Champions Bar