This dramatic year 2020 comes to an end. It all started hopefully and joyfully with the PHPBenelux Conference in January, but soon afterwards, the global situation forced everyone to cancel their in-person events and made us feel like hermits sitting at home or at the office at a safe distance. This nightmare year is almost gone, just a few weeks that we need to sweat it out.

For that reason we have reached out to two amazing people from our community to give us a mental boost and inspire us so weโ€™re all excited again to start the new year. Let 2021 be your year!

And this time we also have an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session! Live question asking with direct feedback! Go check out the schedule to learn more ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“ Schedule

  • 19:00 – 19:10: Welcome and housekeeping notes
  • 19:10 – 20:00: Freek Van der Herten – Behind the scenes of Oh Dear
  • 20:00 – 20:15: speaker switch and small break
  • 20:15 – 21:05: Jordi Boggiano – Composer 2: Ask Me Anything (AMA)
  • 21:05 – 21:30: closing notes and raffle

๐Ÿ—ฃ Freek Van der Herten – Behind the scenes of Oh Dear

A while ago, my buddy Mattias Geniar and I created a monitoring service written in PHP called Oh Dear. It can perform uptime checks, certificate checks, detect mixed content, broken links, and a couple of other things. Oh Dear started out as a side project, but soon managed to become profitable.

In this talk, you’ll learn the story of how and why we created the service. In addition to a technical code dive, you will get actionable tips on how to start and grow your side project.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Jordi Boggiano – Composer 2: Ask Me Anything (AMA)

This is a LIVE, INTERACTIVE session with Jordi to ask him anything about Composer 2. We will send out an email with full details.

For those that donโ€™t know Jordi yet, you might have heard of Composer: the PHP package manager and related repositories. Jordi and Nils Adermann are the project maintainers behind Composer. They have revolutionised PHP enormously with their first version and are now embarking on another revolution with version 2.

Jordi Boggiano is the author of a few open source apps/libs (Composer, Monolog, php-console, ..), and co-founder of Private Packagist ( He is currently maintaining Composer/Packagist while working on Private Packagist and Find out more at

๐Ÿค Our supporters

Mark Baker

Mark is our first individual sponsor who has donated us elePHPants to raffle. We are truly humbled by his offer to support our work.

Oh Dear!

Oh Dear is a monitoring service created by people from our community that offers superb monitoring and alerting services build for anyone. Go check them out at


We’re very happy to add Spatie to our supporters group as they offered us to raffle their new training bundle. Check them out at


IN2IT helps your development team to improve quality, deploy faster and shift with ease in an increasingly more demanding world. Find them at

๐Ÿ”— Useful links

See you all there ๐Ÿ‘‹

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