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PHPBenelux Virtual Meetup December 2020

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Michelangelo van D. and 4 others
PHPBenelux Virtual Meetup December 2020


This dramatic year 2020 comes to an end. It all started hopefully and joyfully with the PHPBenelux Conference in January, but soon afterwards, the global situation forced everyone to cancel their in-person events and made us feel like hermits sitting at home or at the office at a safe distance. This nightmare year is almost gone, just a few weeks that we need to sweat it out.

For that reason we have reached out to two amazing people from our community to give us a mental boost and inspire us so we’re all excited again to start the new year. Let 2021 be your year!

And this time we also have an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session! Live question asking with direct feedback! Go check out the schedule to learn more 👇

📝 Schedule
- 19:00 - 19:10: Welcome and housekeeping notes
- 19:10 - 20:00: Freek Van der Herten - Behind the scenes of Oh Dear
- 20:00 - 20:15: speaker switch and small break
- 20:15 - 21:05: Jordi Boggiano - Composer 2: Ask Me Anything (AMA)
- 21:05 - 21:30: closing notes and raffle

🗣 Freek Van der Herten - Behind the scenes of Oh Dear
A while ago, my buddy Mattias Geniar and I created a monitoring service written in PHP called Oh Dear. It can perform uptime checks, certificate checks, detect mixed content, broken links, and a couple of other things. Oh Dear started out as a side project, but soon managed to become profitable.

In this talk, you'll learn the story of how and why we created the service. In addition to a technical code dive, you will get actionable tips on how to start and grow your side project.

🗣 Jordi Boggiano - Composer 2: Ask Me Anything (AMA)
This is a LIVE, INTERACTIVE session with Jordi to ask him anything about Composer 2. We will send out an email with full details.

For those that don’t know Jordi yet, you might have heard of Composer: the PHP package manager and related repositories. Jordi and Nils Adermann are the project maintainers behind Composer. They have revolutionised PHP enormously with their first version and are now embarking on another revolution with version 2.

Jordi Boggiano is the author of a few open source apps/libs (Composer, Monolog, php-console, ..), and co-founder of Private Packagist ( He is currently maintaining Composer/Packagist while working on Private Packagist and Find out more at

💸 Event sponsoring
The elePHPant sponsor for this meetup is no one less than Mr. Mark Baker. He was really generous to send us a few cute elePHPants to raffle, for which we are really, really grateful. Mark, you’re a wonderful person! 🙇

We also would like to mention that IN2IT picks up the bills for the meetup platforms and takes care of shipping for us, so kudos to Michelangelo and his crew 👏

Interested in becoming a sponsor at our next event? Send us an email to and we’ll make it happen!

👥 Join the community
Join us on Slack to continue the conversation before, during and after the meetup. We love to see you there. Here’s the self-signup link:

We also provide a YouTube Live stream if you like to follow along in the background:

Only participants within ClickMeeting will be able to ask questions to speakers or participate in the raffle!

See you all at our meetup 👋
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