Past Meetup

November Meetup at November Five

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Every 4th Wednesday of the month

Location image of event venue


It seems like every year our November meetup is held at the November Five offices. Our inner geek likes that! A big thank you to them for hosting us again. The meetup itself will be held on Wednesday 28th of November. The address: Scheldestraat 11, Antwerp

We got two very interesting talks lined up for you. Ike, a very experienced speakers who now works at Studio Emma, will explain how we can profile our applications. Dries Heyninck of November Five will talk on progressive webapps and Electron.

Come with a full belly. We don't offer any food, but do have drink for you all.

We hope to see you soon!
Rias, Freek & Dries


19:00 - Doors
20:00 - Start


Profiling PHP applications by Ike Devolder

Help my client is complaining some parts of the application are slow.
Now what?


What is profiling and how can we measure the performance of our
application? There are several tools we can use. Once we have the tools,
how do we approach profiling. What to look for. And caveats to avoid
when profiling. To finish up, we should avoid that our client is
complaining about performance, how can we pro actively use profiling to
improve our application.

When finished we will end up with a nice toolbox of profiling tools and
good ideas how to do profiling and avoid some common mistakes that might distract you from the real optimization.

Speaker: Ike is a developer at Studio Emma (
(Belgium). Mainly focussed on DevOps and PHP development. But also
building some tooling in python and being git manual. Providing a
vagrant box provisioned with puppet to make sure we can develop in an
environment practically the same as production.

In his free time the biggest interest is Metal music and Archlinux (ht
tps:// Being a Trusted User (https://www.archlinux
.org/people/trusted-users/#idevolder) at Archlinux means following up
on new software is part of the 'free' time :).

If you want to find more of Ike's hobby projects, check out his
Github (

Maybe you want to be annoyed with some random thoughts spit out on

Length: 45min

10 lessons learned when going all-in on AWS by Thomas De Groof

For the past months, we've been building a cloud-native application that follows Werner Vogels' guiding principle of focusing on the business logic only, leaving everything else to AWS.
That meant learning, by trial and error, the ins and outs of a lot of new services. We're sharing some experiences adopting less trivial services like Glue, Redshift, Codebuild, Codedeploy, Fargate, IoT, Cognito, Athena and Aurora.

Speaker: In his career up to now, Thomas has worked with about every technology out there. From frontend to backend, from Javascript over .NET to PHP and everything in between. You might say that he's the prototype full stack developer. Today he's kicking ass as software architect at November Five, bridging the gap between business problems & technology solutions.
As architect he has already defined and documented the right tech solutions for clients like Proximus & RSCA as well as for our own ventures like Gorilla.
When he's not up to his nose in bits and bytes, he's playing heavy post-metal with his band Onrust. And yes, you can check them out on Spotify!

Length: 60min