Mike’s Testing Workshop Game

We’ve got something special lined up for you. Long time community member and PHP Benelux co-organiser Michelangelo van Dam will improve our testing skills through a fun evening long workshop. We’re pretty excited about this one. The workshop will be hosted by Intracto.

Note that this is the same workshop that was organized at PHPro for the PHP Antwerp meetup.

The workshop is limited to 30 people, so react fast. We kindly ask you to only RSVP if you are sure you can be there that evening. Also make sure you read the requirements section below.

Doors: 19u
Start: 19u30


By Michelangelo van Dam

We know you have been developing web applications for years and you’re pretty good at. But on some occasions you get a support ticket that boggles your mind and you wonder after you solved the issue how it was possible you missed that glitch. Are there ways to ensure that these kind of situations are being prevented before code ends up in production?

Yes there are! It’s called testing, profiling and analysing. Most developers are already familiar with unit testing and some degree of automated acceptance and performance testing. There are many more forms of testing that can be applied on a software project that will turn your web application inside and out, put it on a virtual grill to see where it breaks, how it breaks and how it recovers from these failures.

I want to challenge you in this workshop to discover new ways of testing a web application where you will be analysing static reports on the codebase, compare performance and profiling statistics and execute automated tests that will detect security, privacy and functional errors. You will work in groups of people with different backgrounds and experiences solving challenging quests until one group has completed their score card or time has run out. We will review all quests and their answers so you can learn about the things you know, the things you know you don’t know and even touch the things you don’t know you don’t know. A blast for everyone and a wonderful exposure to why quality is essential for any project to ensure your web application stays robust under the most harsh exposures of the internet.


Bring a laptop with PHP 7.2 and these extensions:

• ext/xdebug
• ext/openssl
• These tools installed
• phpunit/phpunit
• phpunit/phpunit-selenium
• phpunit/php-code-coverage
• phploc/phploc
• phpmd/phpmd
• pdepend/pdepend
• sebastian/phpcpd
• squizlabs/php_codesniffer
• fzaninotto/faker
• sensiolabs/security-checker
• sensiolabs-de/deprecation-detector
• sensiolabs/security-advisories
• roave/security-advisories
• psecio/parse
• spatie/url-signer
• csharpru/vault-php
• Browser (Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer)
• curl (or a command line HTTP client to execute URI calls)
• netcat or nc
• Java runtime (for running JMeter, Zed Attack Proxy/Burp, …)