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Written by David Stockton   
Saturday, September 26 2009 22:01

As the FRPUG has been growing, I've noticed we have a large range of member experience, everywhere from new users with only a few months of PHP under their belt to members who have been developing with PHP for 12 years. The topics we will be covering should ideally provide something of interest to everyone in attendance.

I've decided to come up with a list of topics that I'm either interested in hearing about, or presenting about, and in turn, would like to hear from the other members about what they would like to hear about or present about. I am hoping this list will draw interest to people who are not yet attending FRPUG as well as bring the lurkers out of the woodwork to participate and bring up topics they'd like to hear about or present about. Please feel free to email topic suggestions to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or post topic suggestions or offerings in the forums. So with no further adieu, I present the initial list.

  • Unit testing with PHPUnit - Beginning to Advanced Topics
  • Continuous Integration - Increasing confidence in your code
  • Using PHP's magic methods (__get, __set, __isset, __unset, etc)
  • PHP 5.3
  • Object Oriented Programming in PHP
  • Using a debugger with PHP
  • Don't trust the user - input filters in PHP
  • Profiling your PHP Applications
  • Using Zend Framework
  • Flex integration with PHP
  • Exception/Error Handling and Prevention
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Streams and Filters in PHP
  • SQLite
  • Using PDO to access your database
  • Test Driven Development
  • Securing your PHP Scripts
  • Writing and consuming web services with PHP
  • Adopting a coding style and why you should do it
  • Regular expressions in PHP
  • Preventing XSS (Cross-site scripting)
  • Documenting your code with PHPDocumentor
  • Taking advantage of PHP's SPL
  • Cookies and Sessions
  • Improving Performance with Caching

So anyway, there's a few topics to get the juices flowing. I am interested in hearing from you with any other topics you'd like to hear about, or if you're interested in hearing about any of these topics, or perhaps even presenting on any of these topics (or new ones that aren't listed as well). I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

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