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!

📝 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

🎙 Speakers

🗣 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.

🗣 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!!!

🎉 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 👋