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A week later than usual due to a pre-booking at Campus North, this months event will be on the 27th of May. We are running a lightning talks event. We have a few speakers already lined up, but we need more.

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This month Keith (@Pincombe) will be explaining how he uses Ansible to provision and maintain his production environment. During his talk he will go through basic setup, he will then follow on to a full demonstration explaining some tips for getting round common issues.

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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)