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PHP Microapplications & API First Development

Speaker: Jon Johnson

Jon Johnson is a Web Developer with tons of experience building large scale applications for higher education at UCSF.

Microapplications, like microservices, allow organizations to break down frontend monoliths into workable parts. These smaller pieces can be organized by the Single Responsibility Principle into individual single page applications. This allows small teams to build and throw away pieces of functionality without disturbing the entire ecosystem. For developers, rapid iteration and disposability creates opportunities to try out new technologies and techniques.

The Ilios Project ( is building microapplications to serve the needs of our students using Symfony and EmberJS. Symfony provides a base to serve and organize applications, thanks to Symfony's world-class dependency injection, configuration, and templating capabilities.

- Applications hosted with a CDN
- Parsing index.html
- Thinking about assets
- Organizing configuration and injecting it through templating
- Keeping up to date
- Notifying users that their app is out of date through polling or websockets.

About The Venue

This meetup will take place at BabyCenter LLC at 163 Freelon St in San Francisco. Freelon St is an alley near 4th & Brannan in SoMa. 

This venue has limited capacity so we are requesting that you only RSVP "Yes" if you plan to attend in person so we can allow in the maximum number of attendees. 


Watch the event live here:


Open call for speakers and a venue for the February SF PHP meetup.

Speakers please contact us through Meetup, Twitter or directly through Google Forms

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  • Chris B.

    Here's the recording from this event:

    You will need the WebEx ARF Player for playback available here:

    2 · January 28

  • Alex N.

    Thanks to Jon Johnson for the interesting talk! I'm going to have API and microapps on my mind a lot more now.

    And thank you again to BabyCenter for hosting us and providing food and beverages!

    2 · January 26

  • Chris B.

    Sorry to answer this late. Yes, BabyCenter has secured indoor bike parking.

    1 · January 26

  • Mike C.

    Is there safe and secure indoor bike parking?

    January 26

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