Past Meetup

Dave Liddament - Beat the bugs, before they beat you

This Meetup is past

11 people went

De Montfort University

The Gateway, Room 3.13 · LE1 9BH

How to find us

Head to the 3rd floor of the gateway building, as you exit the lifts, turn left and head through the doors.

Location image of event venue


The September 7th meet up is going to be presented by Dave Liddament.


"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Software developers have a third certainty. Bugs.

Regardless of experience and skill level, all developers introduce bugs into their code. The longer these bugs fester, the more expensive the consequences of them become. So to improve the quality of our software we need to find bugs fast, ideally before they even end up entering the codebase.

This talk is aimed at beginner to intermediate level software developers. It introduces the concepts: type hints, assertions and value objects.

We'll then look at how these techniques can be combined with modern IDEs to:* reduce the chance of introducing bugs* minimising the cost associated with any bugs that do slip through the net* safely refactor code so we can rename classes, methods and variables to be more explicit

Before/After the Meetup:

A few members will likely be in a nearby pub (location will be tweeted out) beforehand (from around 6pm) for a drink and a bite to eat, and afterwards there'll be a group heading to Soar Point (or somewhere else nearby) for a social catch up.


Deacon Street car park is where people usually park, the postcode is LE2 7DP. (There's also spots on the street directly outside the gateway building but they're usually all taken up!) Deacon Street is available from 6pm onwards as we have permission from the University to use the car park. If the barrier is down, ring the buzzer and explain that you are attending the PHP East Midlands monthly meetup.

Google Maps Link (,+Leicester/@52.6281227,-1.140262,267m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487760ded2e2ecad:0x63ee3f987dd552f!8m2!3d52.6280026!4d-1.1396787?hl=en) - Note the car-park is on Havelock Street (Despite being called the "Deacon Street car park" - we know...)

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