Can you believe it’s already been a few weeks since our last meeting? Time flies when it’s sunny outside! But July’s meet-up is almost upon us, and this month has Rowan Merewood talking about Progressive Web Applications in the Wild and Naomi Gotts on Developer Playground: The Power of Personal Projects. So join us on Monday, 17th July, from 18:45 at The Student Room offices.
Please come along and give Rowan and Naomi a warm welcome! If you haven’t been before and are thinking of checking out the group then we’d love to have you along and you may want to check out details of how to get there and what to expect; if you’re a regular, drag your friends and colleagues along too; either way, let us know you’re coming on Lanyrd or on Facebook and do please e-mail any feedback about BrightonPHP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve years ago I started working on a personal project in PHP which, unbeknown to me at the time, would help shape my future. Today the project is still going strong and helping me to consolidate my skills and grow as as a developer. I believe that every developer should have a playground. Use your passions to guide you in deciding what to build. Learn by doing, away from the pressures of a commercial environment, and become a better developer for it.
Naomi is a software engineer at Purechannelapps, working on PHP applications for global clients in the IT, retail, and manufacturing sectors. She has worked as a developer for the last 10 years from a self-taught grounding, through Imposter Syndrome, to changing jobs and realising that a good amount of knowledge had been accumulated after all! Over the last 2 years she has developed a passion for agile methodologies alongside enjoyment of facilitating training sessions and retrospectives.
Progressive Web App provides a term to encompass what a modern web site can and should be. It builds on the foundations of web and enforces its best practices while allowing sites to adopt advanced features that previously required a native app. We will look at how to build a fast and secure web app while progressively layering in offline support, push notifications, and adding to the homescreen… and all beautifully standards-compliant.
Rowan is a Developer Advocate at Google, which means he works with partners to build real-world applications to prove and shape new technology. Aside from the obligatory exposure to BASIC as a child, the web has always been his natural home for coding. From early Perl-based guestbooks, through Python CMS integrations, onto PHP in more places than seems healthy, he’s seen how a high performing web app is critical to success in any business.
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