January 2016 Meetup – PHP Limburg BE

After a very nice series of meetups to close 2015 sponsored by Inventis and Sparkcentral, we’re already planning the meetup for January 2016 and we’d like it to be just as great! 

Here’s what we have planned so far:

Talk “Rolling Your Own: experiences and observations of creating your own development tools” by Jan Oris

(abstract at the end of this message)

Venue: Brixel Hackerspace

Goodies: the PHPStorm license be raffled among the people who gave feedback on the last meetup’s talk: joind.in/16461 

We’ll also raffle the usual PluralSight subscriptions, and we’re planning on raffling some e-books as well, if we can get them on time!


We’re still looking for:

• Sponsors for food & drinks. Follow the lead of WhiteLabelAgency, Inventis and Sparkcentral and help our community stay strong! 

More updates to be released as our plans develop.


Talk Abstract: Rolling Your Own: experiences and observations of creating your own development tools

As we mature as software developers, it becomes more and more important to increase the speed with which we are able to develop or applications. This can be done in a number of different ways, e.g. use a new IDE, use a new framework, pull in a specific package via composer, … .

In the last couple of years however, I have felt the need to take this concept one step further by creating a set of custom PHP packages that are perfectly in line with my own preferences and work flow. These packages have allowed me to  significantly speed up the development of my projects by reducing the amount of repetitive actions and boiler plate code.

In this talk, I would like to give you a brief demonstration of the tools and techniques I have used to accomplish this and show you can do the same for your projects, be it Laravel, Symfony, Drupal or WordPress. Additionally, I will highlight some of the lessons I learned over the last couple of years while taking this approach.