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Wednesday
Mar 8, 2017
PDX PHP - Using Generators to Beat Memory Bloat
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There will be food, give-a-ways (elePHPants) and a great time getting to know your fabulous PHP Community!

6:30 - We'll start off with Pizza and networking at 6:30

6:45 - 7:45 - Move into the presentation on Generators, by Korvin Szanto

Memory usage is something that we as developers have to be aware of. Ever debugging a memory issue and find that your once small dataset has ballooned out of proportion? And instead of dealing with the issue, you opt for upping the memory limit? Iterators can be the answer but they require a lot of code and can be very difficult to understand at a glance. Thankfully since PHP 5.5 Generators help us create and manage what would be complex iterators with simple syntax sugar. In this talk I will go over some of the ways you can implement generators and cure your memory bloat.


7:45 - Prizes

7:45 - 8:30 - Hack and Help. Have a chance to try out Generators for yourself, or bring your own project and get some help from the community.

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Tuesday
Apr 18, 2017
PDX PHP - Let's Talk Scope
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There will be food, give-a-ways (elephpants), and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Scope is a major factor in any application, from programing scope to project scope, and communication is key. We will discuss different application scopes including global, functional, class, and package scope. From there we will show how everything ties together with communication of the project itself. Why and how to stay on top of project scope and how that can make or break the final outcome.

Join us to learn and share with others in the community as we all grow in understanding and skills

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Wednesday
May 17, 2017
PDX PHP - The Red Team is Coming!
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There will be food, give-a-ways (elephpants), and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

This month we will have a special guest speaker from Las Vegas: 

Adam Englander is an Engineer, Speaker, and Author with 30 years of experience in building business applications. He has been an outspoken evangelist of PHP during what he calls “The PHP Renaissance”. Adam is a strong believer in the power of strong developer communities. He is a actively involved in the Las Vegas technical community and the Founder of PHP Vegas. Always looking to push the boundaries of what is possible with PHP, Adam has been working to expose the PHP community at large to IoT and asynchronous programming. He also advocates building better applications today by building well tested applications that are cryptography secure.

The Red Team is Coming!

The Red Team, hackers, criminal organizations, and nation states, are a constant threat. The systems we build are the targets. We need to understand the human collateral that hangs in the balance. We embrace methodologies to write better code and make our lives better. They do nothing for the rest of humanity that is directly affected by security vulnerabilities we introduce. In this presentation, I will put a human face on the users of our software. I will challenge you to think in terms of flesh and blood rather than ones and zeros. We are all the Blue Team. We protect the rest of humanity. Join me in the fight. The Red Team is coming!

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Tuesday
Jun 20, 2017
PDX PHP - Using the Null Object Pattern
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Food, give-a-ways, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Using the Null Object Pattern

When you develop OO PHP applications, you'll eventually get the error message "PHP Notice: Trying to get property of non-object". You can add a conditional to check if an object is null. There is however a better way. Null Object Pattern is a design pattern that helps you to simplify your application logic. The Null Object patthern removes the need to check for an object vs null by using Polymorphism. I'll demonstrate how it works with generic PHP code, and how you can apply it to work with database results.


Presented by Andrew Woods


Andrew Woods is a seasoned Web Developer, and a command line aficionado. He's been making websites since 1999. He organizes the Seattle PHP User Group (@seaphp) and Pacific Northwest PHP conference (@pnwphp). He's an advocate for the open web, and values accessibility and design. He has a knack for making difficult topics easy to understand. In his free time, Andrew enjoys coffee, movies, exploring the city, and playing guitar. He is currently learning to speak Spanish.

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Tuesday
Jul 18, 2017
PDX PHP - Building a Slack bot in PHP
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Food, give-a-ways, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community! There is a great place across the street to get some drinks, but alcoholic and non-alcoholic (Tea Sodas!)

"Building a Slack bot in PHP"
with Dan Revel


I will start with some background about OpenSky.com to provide the motivation for using a bot.

Then I will review the process I went through that led me to build my own bot framework in PHP: Yabot.

Next an overview of Yabot's architecture.

Finally I'll show how to use the Yabot core to build your own bot to do wonderful things.

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Friday
Aug 4, 2017
PDX PHP - Hack And Help
Treehouse

Come join us to work on your own projects. If you are interested in working with other PHP developers, now's your chance! You can build work or personal project or even walk through a tutorial. If you need help there will be people to ask, or if you just want a second opinion, we're there for you too :) come hangout with the awesome PHP community in Portland. Bring a lunch or grab something near by.

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Tuesday
Aug 15, 2017
PDX PHP - Hands on with Square for POS
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Food, give-a-ways, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Hands on with Square for POS

Ever wanted your code to accept payments, not just through e-commerce, but in-person credit card swipe, dips and taps? Now you can! Tristan will be hands-on with how to add ecommerce to your site, build a PHP based point of sale system, and talk about other offerings Square has for PHP developers. 

Tristan works on the Developer Platform team at Square, and got his start in web development working on PHP sites for university student groups. When he isn't at work, Tristan grows backyard succulents in beautiful Oakland, California. 

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Tuesday
Sep 19, 2017
PDX PHP - PHP TestFest!
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There will be food and participation, so bring a computer!

PHP TestFest seeks to create more PHP core contributors by introducing PHP programmers to the PHP language test suite, teaching them how to write phpttests. From September through December, 2017, groups worldwide will meet physically or virtually to learn how to write and contribute phpt tests. You don’t have to be a C genius—in fact, you don’t need to know C at all to contribute.1 If you can write a few lines of PHP, you can write a phpt test.

PHP TestFest wouldn’t be complete without prizes. We’re still working out the details, so we’ll announce prizes and how to win them soon.

This kick-off meeting will be a mini-hackathon which will include information on setting up your environment and how to write and contribute phpt tests. We'll be able to continue working on our test together in the slack channel and at other meetups, so you'll want to get started with us now!!!

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Tuesday
Oct 17, 2017
PHPDX - Procedural Code to Testable Code
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Join us for food, learning and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Kurtis Holsapple presents Procedural Code to Testable Code

During this talk we'll look at how we can transform existing PHP code to cover it with a few unit tests. If you've never written a test, or want to see how we can cover a legacy code base with a brand new test suite, we'll be doing it live! We'll start with a basic contact form and build out a brand new testing setup based on PHP Unit and Composer, and when we're done we'll try to build out additional functionality all covered by unit tests.

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Tuesday
Nov 21, 2017
PHPDX - Up and Running with Symfony 4
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Food, learning and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community! Make sure you join us for the after party! (aka kanging out at Produce Row Cafe)

This week Robert Parker will give us a tour of the BRAND NEW Symfony 4. Learn the basics of the Symfony framework that powers sites like crunchyroll. We will be building a simple website demonstrating features like Symfony Flex, routing, dependency injection, and object relational mapping. Bring your laptop and follow along!

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Tuesday
Dec 19, 2017
PHPDX - Monthly Meetup
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Stay tuned for further details. Expect food, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

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Tuesday
Jan 16
PHPDX - Monthly Meetup
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Stay tuned for further details. Expect food, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

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PHPDX - Managing your Environment Variables
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Pizza, Presentation and Personal growth with the fabulous PHP Community!

This month Alena Holligan will be sharing with us about how to handle the variables specific to the environment you use: Development, QA, Production, etc. WHAT are the, WHY should you use them, WHERE do you put them, and HOW are they used. As an added bonus, Environmental Variables are not limited to PHP!

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Tuesday
Feb 20
CANCELED PHPDX - Server Provisioning and Configuration
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Due to weather this meetup is canceled

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Friday
Apr 6
PHPDX - Hack And Help
Treehouse

Come join us to work on your own projects. If you are interested in working with other PHP developers, now's your chance! You can build work or personal projects or even walk through a tutorial. If you need help there will be people to ask, or if you just want a second opinion, we're there for you too! :) Come hangout with the awesome PHP community in Portland. Bring a lunch or grab something near by.

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Tuesday
Apr 17
PHPDX - Answering Search Challenges with AWS CloudSearch
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Pizza, learning and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

Does your site have a good search mechanism? Does it offer adequate quality for results? Is it a sustainable solution for the foreseeable scale required by your site? This week Chris Irvine will share experiences from a recent project, where he converted a site's traditional search method over to a search service, specifically AWS CloudSearch. Key topics will be:

What can go wrong with typical RDBMS based search solutions?
What is a search service? What does AWS CloudSearch offer specifically?
Live demo: Setup a sample search domain and explore available features
A look at the AWS PHP SDK
Case study: Walk through implementation details for a given site
How much improvement did we measure? What didn't work?
Lessons learned, the good and bad of The Cloud.

Chris Irvine is a Senior Technology Consultant and founder at Threeprong.com LLC, specializing in performance tuning, B2B integration, and custom workgroup solutions. He's local to the Portland area and a PSU alum. His professional experience includes management roles in multiple industries, and numerous development and database environments. Much of his recent projects have been in PHP/MySQL, Python, and also the FileMaker workgroup and mobile platforms.

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