PHPBenelux Meetup December 2020

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 we’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 πŸ‘‡

πŸ“ 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

πŸ—£ 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.

πŸ—£ 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 don’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

🀝 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

πŸ”— Useful links

See you all there πŸ‘‹

PHPBenelux Meetup November 2020

It’s November and this means that the PHP folks are preparing a new release by the end of the month. This year it’s going to be PHP 8.0.0, a whole new version of the language that still dominates the internet.

Not only do we have awesome speakers scheduled, but we also have special PHP 8 goodies to raffle!

πŸ“ Schedule

  • 19:00 – 19:10: Welcome and housekeeping notes
  • 19:10 – 20:00: Damien Seguy – Modernize your PHP with Exakat
  • 20:00 – 20:15: speaker switch and small break
  • 20:15 – 21:05: Wim Godden – The why and the how of moving to 8.x
  • 21:05 – 21:30: closing notes and raffle

πŸŽ™ Speakers

πŸ—£ Damien Seguy – Modernize your PHP with Exakat

PHP code source is a dataset waiting for a query language. And this language is static analysis. Initially, it finds bugs in the code, prepare for PHP 8.0 compatibility and help taming your technical debt. Then, as experience grows, it provides higher level insights, like suggesting type hints for methods and properties, or recommend modernizing code that is still using this old deprecated PHP 4. And finally, it provides readability scores and semantic traps that bog down the ease of use in the code.

The Exakat engine delivers a complete view over your code. During this quick introduction, we’ll review results from real code, and understand how Exakat brings more than simple static analysis. It’s a life compagnon to know your code.

πŸ—£ Wim Godden – The why and the how of moving to 8.x

With PHP 8.0 about to be released and PHP 5.x still accounting for over 30% of all production environments, it’s time to paint a clear picture on not just why everyone should move to 8.x, but on how to get code ready for the latest version of PHP. In this talk, we’ll look at some handy tools and techniques to ease the migration.

Special this month

PHP 8 goodies in the raffle prizes!!!

πŸŽ‰ Event sponsoring

This event is made possible thanks to the support from Cube. They stepped up as raffle sponsor for elePHPants, stickers and more. A huge shoutout also to In2it for picking up the bills. We are very grateful both companies make this all possible.

PHPBenelux Meetup October 2020

We are excited to announce our next meetup for October 8, 2020 😁


We have David McKay talking about improving development of Laravel applications with Docker and Mark Baker will show us all about SPL Iterators.


Thanks to our sponsor in2it we can give away 2 official PHP elePHPants. We have heard that they also send a ton of extra PHP swag with them.

Event and registration

We schedule each event on 2nd Thursday of the month and start the event at 19:00 CEST. Registration is required for communicating links and last minute information regarding the event. Check out our meetup page for details of our upcoming event and join us.

See you there πŸ‘‹