Posts marked with “user groups”

Community Corner: PHP Adelaide: PHP Down Under

by · April 9, 2020


This month, we travel halfway around the world, well at least I do; this might be right around the corner for you. This month we find ourselves in the land down under, where women glow, and men plunder, well that’s how the song goes anyways, Adelaide, Australia.


Community Corner: Greater Toronto Area PHP

by · February 4, 2020


This month, in our little community corner, we travel back to Canada, Toronto, more specifically. This city sports a population of over 5.6 million people who speak over 180 languages and offices of some of technology’s heaviest hitters such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, Twitter, and Google.


Community Corner: Vancouver PHP

by · December 4, 2019


For our next stop on our tour of user groups, we travel to the Great White North of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is often listed as a top city to live for quality of life, and it’s one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities. Over recent years, Vancouver has gotten the tag […]


finally{}: The State of PHP User Groups

by · September 3, 2019


I was researching user groups on various websites such as and, as well as Meetup for work. As I did, I saw three trends forming which I’m sharing here.


Symfony 4, Legacy Code, the Future of PHP, and Karl Hughes

by · August 26, 2019


Eric, John, and Oscar discuss Symfony 4, legacy code, and interview Karl Hughes about what it takes to run a user group.


Cultivating a Community: Five Things I’ve Learned Running a PHP User Group

by · August 2, 2019


In my first year of co-organizing the Chicago PHP User Group, I have learned a lot and met many wonderful people. Combining insights from the community with some of my own, I wanted to pass on some of the things I’ve learned about building and maintaining a thriving technical community. Whether you’re an organizer or attendee, I hope this gives you some insight into what goes on behind the scenes of running a user group.


Community Corner: Where PHP Communities Meet

by · August 3, 2018


The PHP community makes a big deal about user groups, and for a good reason. Meeting up with local peers and creating a network of people can be beneficial. Many user groups will have a talk most months which makes a nice talking point and a good opportunity to learn something new. The many PHP […]


Long Running PHP – March 2018

by · March 1, 2018


PHP Daemons, Evolving PHP, containers, accessibility, Lumen, code reviews, signing git commits, running a user group, and more.


Lessons Learned Running a PHP User Group

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When I founded PHP Hampshire, I had no idea what I was doing, nor what I was letting myself in for. That said, I had a great time learning the ropes, learning more about what people will expect of you, and crucially—meeting new people in the field. The core purpose of a user group is […]


Know Your Tools – February 2018

by · February 1, 2018


Containers, Drupal + Symfony, Evaluating Tools, Onboarding, Application Encryption, Laravel Scout, and more