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April 2017

When: April 20th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Kyle Waters

Implementing a Restful API with Lumen

"Due to the rise of mobile application restful back ends are in high demand. There are several PHP frameworks that promise to make this simpler. In this presentation we'll use Lumen to implement and test a simple restful API with authentication. We'll also cover aspects of the Eloquent ORM."

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May 2017

When: May 18th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Levi Morrison

Contributing to Official PHP Projects

"The speaker will share their experience contributing to several official PHP projects and talk about how you can contribute too! They will also cover guidelines for contributing and low-hanging fruit for projects such as the documentation, and of course PHP itself."

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June 2017

When: June 15th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

Impostor Syndrome: Be Proud of Your Achievements!

"Impostor syndrome can leave you feeling like you are a fraud and incompetent to be considered a professional in your chosen path. In reality, impostor syndrome is common and occurs when one struggles to internalize achievements and successes. Come feel a burden lifted when you realize that not only are you not an impostor, but you have actually succeeded in achieving something great. Hear about the experiences of others and how to overcome feeling like an impostor, and leave feeling confident in your accomplishments and skills."

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January 2017

When: January 19th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Steve Meyers

Websockets and Event-driven Programming with ReactPHP

"Modern browsers support a new standard call Websockets, which allow persistent connections between a browser and a server. We'll discuss how to implement Websockets with your client-side Javascript talking to your server-side PHP, using the ReactPHP framework."

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February 2017

When: February 16th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: Mark Niebergall

Security in PHP Applications: An absolute must!

"Applying proven security measures based on the OWASP top 10 can help make your PHP application more secure. We will focus on secure coding practices and discuss topics including SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, user authentication, and data validation. We will discuss how to bake security into an application and how to convince management that security issues must be addressed."

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March 2017

When: March 16th @ 7:00 PM
Presenter: H Hatfield

Traits: When, Where, Why, and How

"Traits were added to PHP in version 5.4 as another tool to use to create clean code. We’ll take a look at what traits are and how they help solve the problems they are intended to help solve. We’ll also explore some things to watch out for and how to figure out where traits could be introduced into your codebase."

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Happy 10th Anniversary & January's Meeting!

Everyone, I can't believe it, but this January will mark 10 years of UPHPU meetings! We're so excited, we're having a little bit of a special meeting for the occasion!

The meeting will be this Thursday (Jan. 16th) at Needle at 7:00 PM. It'll be Elizabeth Naramore from GitHub talking about "GitHub: More than Just Code." We will also me slightly modifying the after party location for this month, so read on for the details.

Talk Summary

"It's no secret that at GitHub, we use GitHub to write the code that runs GitHub. But what you may not know is that we also use GitHub to manage GitHub the company. In this talk, I'll show you practical ways that we use our own system in a non-code context. You'll learn how we track projects and to-do lists, discuss and collaborate on corporate policies, communicate news to a highly distributed company, coordinate events, update and collaborate on internal and external documentation, and even onboard new Hubbers. You'll come away from this talk with a whole new perspective on using GitHub."

About Elizabeth Naramore

Elizabeth is an author, speaker, mentor, and recovering PHP developer. She currently works on the Community Team at GitHub, and loves finding new solutions to old problems.

After Party: Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn 9:00 PM

For this meeting only, we'll be moving the after party to the Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn in Midvale (details & map: I also believe that the food will be covered by Jared Smith from Blue Host, who is one of the original members from back in the day. :)


You've all likely have heard that Utah is having it's first regional PHP conference, Ski PHP! ( It is great to see how awesome our community has grown over the last 10 years, and that our user group is one of the oldest PHP user groups today. If you haven't had a chance to sign up to attend, I highly recommend you give it a shot.

Meeting Venue: Needle

The Meetings are still at Needle, their address is:

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065

Look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday! Thank you everyone for making this user group so great and amazing. I feel grateful every day for the friends I've made with all of you. :)


Justin Carmony

November 21st Meeting: PHPUnit Code Coverage by Joseph Scott

This month's presentation will be by Joseph Scott on "PHPUnit Code Coverage". It will be on November 21st at at 7:00 PM and then we'll be meeting at Applebees in Draper for the after-party.

Talk Summary:

You've been writing unit tests for your PHP code, but how sure are you that they cover every line of code. We'll go over generating code coverage analysis reports using PHPUnit so that you can see exactly how much of your code your unit tests cover.

Joseph is the team lead for VaultPress, a WordPress backup and security service by Automattic.

Current Venue:

The current venue for this year at Here is the address (and map if you like):

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065

October 17th Meeting: Real-Time Data with Redis by Justin Carmony

This month's presentation will be a presentation on "Real-Time Data with Redis". It will be October 17th at at 7:00 PM and then we'll be meeting at Applebees in Draper for the after-party.

Talk summary:

There are many fast data stores, and then there is Redis. Learn about this excellent NoSQL solution that is a powerful in-memory key-value store. Learn how to solve traditionally difficult problems with Redis, and how you can benefit from 100,000 reads/writes a second on commodity hardware. We'll discuss how and when to use the different datatypes and commands to fit your needs. We'll discuss the different PHP libraries with their pros and cons. We'll then show some live examples on we use Redis at work to handle large volumes of data that is constantly being updated. Time permitting we'll end with a live benchmark of Redis to see just how many Req/s we can do.

The speaker this time will be myself, Justin Carmony, and it'll be a trial run of the talk before I go to TrueNorthPHP and other conferences speaking on it.

See you there!

Current Venue:

The current venue for the rest of this year at The great thing is it is in the same building complex as last year's venue, C7. Here is the new address (and map if you like):

Needle Inc.
14864 Pony Express Road
Bluffdale, UT 84065