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This talk aims to cover why you may want to use abstraction, why you will have to use it, how it all fits into the PHP ecosystem, and what libraries are out there to help you, focusing on FlySystem as a great example.

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In an industry of ever increasing complexity, developers now more than ever need to know much more than the ins and outs of their language of choice. This event will explore some topics a little further from home, subjects that developers need, and are increasingly expected to know.

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There has been an explosion in the number of databases available to us and most of them are promising exciting things such as scalability and exotic new data models. Once you get beyond the surface, what is that they offer and when should we use them? With any luck, that’s what this talk will answer.

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Behat is a powerful behavour-driven-development testing framework for PHP. Combined with Mink, and you can quickly start writing acceptance tests for your application, plug-in a headless browser like Phantom and you can automate it, without the hastle of selenium.

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This talk will be showing you how to get a feature rich, JSON based, API up and running with Laravel. This will include http basic auth with SSL, stateless requests, custom controllers, models, filters and exception handling.

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A look at some of the datastructures that are built into PHP’s SPL library; why, when and how should you use them in your code; and what problems you might you encounter when doing so.

Mark Baker Design and Development Manager InnovEd (Innovative Solutions for Education)

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PPI is an open source php meta-framework. It has taken the good bits from Symfony2, ZendFramework2 & Doctrine2 and combined them together to create a solid and very easy web application framework. It can be considered the boilerplate of PHP frameworks.

http://www.ppi.io/

Paul Dragoonis, @dr4goonis on Twitter, is a Software Developer, Lead Dev of @ppi_framework, Organiser of @WhiskyWeb, CTO @BestBuys, Husband, and a Father of 2.

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With the launch of Laravel 4 at the end of the month. Now is the perfect time to take a look at one of its biggest features, Eloquent. This talk will cover the basics of Eloquent demonstrating how to define relationships, pivots and scopes. We’ll also explore the schema builder and how use Eloquent in your own apps.

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Silex is a micro-framework, built on top of Symfony components, which can be used for rapid development of prototypes, API’s and full scale applications. To show how easy it is to use Silex, I’ll be showing you how the Silex can used to setup a basic API with GET, PUT, POST and DELETE actions.

Chris Kemper is a Developer and author, based in Newcastle with over 5 years in the industry. He’s worked on a variety of projects build upon various different codebases, involving Drupal, Codeigniter, Silex and also custom code. He’s also partial to pies and beer, because both are delicious.