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July 22, 2018

PHP Detroit Tutorial: Hit the ground running with Laravel and Set up

I am giving a four hour Laravel tutorial before the main PHP Detroit conference. To fully participate in the exercises you’ll want to follow the directions below. Please reach out to me if you have any issues. Laravel Valet is a fine solution if you’d prefer not to have to install Virtualbox or Vagrant. I will not be able to fully support everyone’s configuration so to create the best...

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February 10, 2018

Slim PHP when you do not need the kitchen sink

This year a SunshinePHP I debuted a brand new talk "Slim PHP when you Don't need the kitchen sink" Description: Full stack frameworks can often be too much for an application. What if you have a one off project that doesn't need "everything and the kitchen sink"? What if you have a large project you want to build yourself to be as lean as possible? Join us for an introduction...

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September 14, 2017

Rejecting Speakers

If you follow me on Twitter you have probably noticed I’m the main organizer for TechCamp Memphis 2017. By main organizer I mean: I have a handful of badasses that I get to hand out task assignments to and they get shit done. We held our CFP using PaperCall.io and that was a pleasant experience overall. I did miss some features of OpenCFP and I do feel like I betrayed my PHP roots a...

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July 6, 2017

Install and Configure PHP 7.1 on Cloud 9 Workspaces

July 8th I’m giving a general PHP training day at the Fedex Institute of Technology and because I’m targeting absolute beginners I wanted to use Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is an online editor that gives you a full linux workspace to build your project in. The first thing I noticed was the container Cloud 9 provides is running PHP 5.5. I’ve created a simple bash script to update PHP to 7.1...

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July 6, 2017

php[world] Training Day Requirements

I am giving a full day of Laravel Training before the main php[world] conference. To fully participate in the training exercises you’ll want to follow the directions below. Please reach out to me if you have any issues. Laravel Valet is a fine solution if you’d prefer not to have to install Virtualbox or Vagrant. I will not be able to fully support everyone’s configuration so to create...

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June 13, 2017

How I rate talks for conferences and events

"If you’ve given a talk that's been recorded more than once. it's probably time to stop submitting that to conferences." -- an offhand comment I made on twitter. I made this comment after going through the first round of rating talk submissions for a conference I have the privilege of helping with talk selection. I feel like there was a lot of back and forth and it's obvious...

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May 8, 2017

php[tek] 2017 Training Day Requirements

I’m excited for php[tek] 2017. This will be my fourth year attending the conference and I always have a blast. I am again giving a full day of Laravel Training before the main conference. To fully participate in the training exercises you’ll want to follow the directions below. Please reach out to me if you have any issues. Laravel Valet is a fine solution if you’d prefer not to have...

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October 28, 2016

php[world] 2016 Laravel Training Day Setup

I’m really excited to be going back to Washington, DC for php[world]. I’ll be doing Laravel Training Day. I’m really excited for this because We'll be covering Laravel 5.3! To fully participate in the training exercises you’ll want to follow the directions below. Please reach out to me if you have any issues. If you struggle with the Homestead set up you can skip that part...

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October 13, 2016

ZendCon 2016 Laravel Tutorial Information

If you are planning on coming to this tutorial there are a few things you’ll want to have pre-installed to make the most of the tutorial. If you want to follow along and run all of the examples you will need to bring a laptop running a current version of Linux or Mac OS. VirtualBox 5.1.x VirtualBox 5.1.x Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack Vagrant 1.8.6 PHP 5.6.x or higher (7 is fine!)...

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September 5, 2016

Madison PHP Conference 2016 -- Dev Environments with Vagrant

I’m excited to be going back to Madison PHP Conference this year to give a tutorial "Create Your Own Local Development Environments With Vagrant". If you are planning on coming to this tutorial there are a few things you’ll want to have pre-installed to make the most of the tutorial. If you want to follow along and run all of the examples you will need to bring a laptop...

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June 10, 2016

php[tek] 2016 in St. Louis was a blast!

This year php[tek] was in St. Louis, an easy four and a half hour drive from Memphis. Since I didn’t have to fly to the conference I stocked up on a lot of local Memphis beer to share with my fellow PHP beer connoisseurs. Originally, my awesome wife Kara was going to join me, however, it didn’t work out. Because I was giving a day long Laravel training on Monday and wanted some time...

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April 26, 2016

Join me at php[tek] 2016!

You should come to php[tek] May 23-27, 2016 As you’ll learn in the video below, I’ll be doing a full day in person training on Laravel. I’ll also be giving a brand new talk "So you just inherited a $Legacy application…" Hope to see you there!

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February 6, 2016

Acceptance and Functional Testing with Codeception -- SunshinePHP 2016

Feedback via Twitter SunshinePHP 2016 was the second time I formally gave my Acceptance & Functional Testing with Codeception talk. I had built the talk from a handful of demo sessions at my local user group: MemphisPHP.org. The first time I gave the talk was at DevSpaceConf in October 2015. I only had two attendees show up to the talk which turned out to be really awesome. I...

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February 5, 2016

Adventures in Laravel

Sunshine 2016 was my second year at coming to this really great conference. Last year I gave my Secure Form Processing talk and it was a great conference as a speaker and as an attendee. When I was invited back to give a tutorial as well as another talk for 2016 I was really excited. The wife and I also arranged for her to join me on the trip to Miami, she wasn’t attending the conference,...

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October 23, 2015

ZendCon 2015 Thoughts

ZendCon 2015 was my first ZendCon experience. I was selected to give two talks, "Laravel Forge: Hello World to Hello Production" and "DevOps for Small Teams". This was my first time giving the updated talk about Forge which also includes a basic Envoyer review and I feel like the talk went really well. Attendees seemed to enjoy it and a lot of people told me afterward they...

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August 2, 2015

Speaking at ZendCon 2015 in Las Vegas!

I have been selected to give two talks at ZendCon 2015 in Las Vegas! This will be my first ZendCon and the first time they have opened up to having other framework talks. I will be talking about Laravel and DevOps and judging from all of the other Laravel speakers also selected, there will be a lot of great Laravel content represented.

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July 30, 2015

Speaking at php[world] 2015!

I’m happy to share that I’ll be speaking at php[world] 2015 in Washington, DC! I spoke at the first php[world] conference in November 2014 and it was a blast. I’m really excited to be going back for the second year. I will be giving an updated version of my Laravel Homestead & Forge talk entitled "Laravel 5.1: From Homestead to the Cloud" A lot has changed and...

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February 20, 2015

Speaking Engagements! A Brief Recap

"Insert clever statement of ‘it's been a long time since I last posted here'" Now that we have that out of the way, the past few months have been quite busy for me. I gave my "Laravel Forge: Hello World to Hello Production"  talk at the first php[world] conference (organized by the great people behind php[tek] and php[architect] magazine) and it was my first non-local...

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