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Atlanta PHP Jan 2013 Meeting - Current Trends of the PHP & Open Source Job Market
December 20, 2012 @ 09:35:29

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their January 2013 meeting, a loo at the "Current Trends of the PHP and Open Source Job Market" (from Ari Waller):

The presentation will be an overview of the current employment market and outlook specifically for PHP developers (as well as other Open Source related Open Source trends), based on the current supply and demands in the market place, as well as career oriented topics via Q&A (Resumes, Interviews, and overall job hunting tips and strategies). Ari will cover a year by year comparison from his previous talk and discuss changes and new trends going into 2013. He will also discuss how to work with recruiters as effectively as possible (if at all), as well as questions you have always wanted to ask regarding the the inner workings of IT Staffing.

Despite it being presented by a recruitment company, they have promised an open and honest conversation about the topic, not a sales pitch. If you'd like to attend, check out this page on the Atlanta PHP site for more information - including a new meeting location.

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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Chris Spruck, Kevin Roberts, and Nic Rosental
December 18, 2012 @ 13:28:41

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - a "roundtable" with coorganizers of the Atlanta PHP group - Chris Spruck, Kevin Robert and Nic Rosental.

Cal talks with them about the Atlanta PHP group and some of their experiences with it - what's worked for them in the past, what hasn't gone so well and some recommendations they might have for other user groups out there. More, specifically his questions were:

  • Do you think it's important to have a "committee" rather than a single oragnizer?
  • Talk about what you're proudest of around the group
  • Talk some about what didn't work with the group

You can listen to this latest episode through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Moses Ngone
December 04, 2012 @ 12:09:25

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted its latest interview with a member of the PHP community.This time it's Moses Ngone of the Atlanta PHP User Group.

Cal's "three questions" for Moses involve his involvement in the community and experience in the language:

  • Tells us about you, what you do and how you got started in PHP
  • Talk to us about the Atlanta PHP group and the wider area web group (from a member perspective)
  • How do you see the market for PHP developers in the southeast U.S.?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or subscribe to the feed.

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Atlanta PHP December 2012 Meeting - Multi-Tasking in PHP
November 13, 2012 @ 11:15:04

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their December 2012 meeting happening on the 6th. The presenter this time will be Jonathan Hill covering multi-tasking in PHP.

When it comes to multi-tasking and interacting with the operating system, PHP is no lightweight. In this talk we'll explore PHP's little-known POSIX, Process Control, and Semaphore extensions and show you how to introduce a parallel dimension to your applications.

A "mini-talk" will also be given by Jason Bouffard about screen scraping with Goutte. The meeting is on December 6th at 7pm at the Strongbox West offices in Atlanta.

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Atlanta PHP November 2012 Meeting - The Magical World of Gearman
October 18, 2012 @ 11:55:45

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their November meeting - Brian Moon talking about "The Magical World of Gearman":

Gearman is a simple and robust tool for distributing asynchronous or offline work across a large number of worker boxes. Gearman will let you run a simple asynchronous task in only a few lines of code (and in many languages). This talk will focus on what Gearman is, some use cases for it, and how you can quickly start using it with PHP.

The meeting is being held at Thompson Technologies Thursday, November 1st from 7-9pm. A mini-talk from Scott Lively about PHP_CodeSniffer will also be given.

Have an upcoming user group meeting you'd like announced? let us know!

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Atlanta PHP October Meeting - Jacob Terry on Tracking in Applications
September 21, 2012 @ 10:15:18

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their October meetup with a presentation from Jacob Terry about tracking in your application.

Even if your users don't want a full "audit trail" of activity, even if you aren't interested in doing a newsfeed, recording user actions in your application can be enormously useful. We'll look at a real-world implementation of recording that data, using a CodeIgniter-based application, and discuss three less-obvious use cases. Those are: Undo, Sync & Emails.

The meeting is going to be on Thursday, October 4th from 7-9pm at the Strongbox West coworking facility. If you're in the Atlanta area, you should definitely check this group out!

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Atlanta PHP & Atlanta MongoDB Host Derick Rethans
July 13, 2012 @ 10:53:25

The Atlanta PHP User Group has a special announcement posted to their site - a joint event happening with the Atlanta area MongoDB user group with Derick Rethans (of 10gen) as the speaker.

MongoDB is a scalable, high-performance, open source, document-oriented NoSQL database. [...] This talk introduces MongoDB for developers who aren't familiar with it with a detailed introduction of how to work with MongoDB from PHP. This talk will cover the basics from installing the PHP driver and connecting to MongoDB to creating, inserting, querying for, and updating documents. Schema design will also be covered. This won't be a duplication of the previous MongoDB presentation we had earlier this year.

The event is happening Friday, September 21st from 7-9pm (note that it's September, not this month). More details on the event are to come, so if you're a PHP (or MongoDB) developer in the Atlanta area, stay tuned for the latest info.

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AtlantaPHP June Meetup - Introduction to Laravel
May 16, 2012 @ 08:25:42

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their latest meeting for June 2012 - an introduction to the Larvel framework from Ben Edmunds.

Are you ashamed to admit you're a PHP developer? Have you been using the same old, boring PHP framework for years? Tired of your PHP applications turning into enormous beasts? Maybe you've heard about Laravel but haven't made the effort to dive into it? In this presentation, we'll walk through what makes Laravel an elegant, fun, and exciting framework to make PHP applications that you'll be proud of.

The meeting is happening June 7th at 7pm at the Strongbox West on Defoor Place. Food will be provided and there'll be giveaways of AtlantaPHP and Laravel swag!

Have a user group meeting coming up you'd like posted? send it over and we'll get it posted!

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Atlanta PHP May Meetup - PyroCMS from John Corry (May 3rd @ 7pm)
April 17, 2012 @ 08:56:34

The Atlanta PHP User Group has announced their May 2012 meeting on their site today. In next month's meeting John Corry will be presenting about PyroCMS and why you should base your next site on it.

If you use (or would like to use) the CodeIgniter framework in your PHP projects, you've probably seen that each project requires common elements (authentication, user management, basic CMS components). Take a walkthrough of PyroCMS with John Corry to learn how you can leverage it's components to bring your projects closer to completion right out of the box! If you love CI, you'll LOVE PyroCMS!

The meeting will be May 3rd from 7-9pm at Strongbox West there in Atlanta. If you have a user group meeting you'd like announced, send the information on over and it'll get posted!

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Chris Spruck
July 12, 2011 @ 09:51:19

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted its latest episode, an interview with Chris Spruck, the head of the Atlanta PHP User Group.

Cal asks Chris three questions about user groups and their dynamics.

  • What's been your biggest success in the Atlanta PHP User Group?
  • How do you keep your members interested in the group and its topics?
  • What has been the best part about being a part of a user group for you?

You can listen to this latest episode via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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