★ The Next Event: Thursday June 29th 2017

Timings

  • 18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (pizza, beer, coffee, soft drinks)
  • 19:00 – Sky News: The Journey from Node.js to PHP - Brendan Quigley
  • 19:35 – Mid session interval
  • 19:40 – Alexa PHP: Using serverless asynchronous PHP for Alexa bus timetables - Chris Bell
  • 20:30ish – Pop over to the Adelphi pub for a drink and a chat

Free tickets are available on Meetup. Please sign up so we know how much pizza to buy.


June’s event is to be held at Sky (map below) on Thursday June 29th. Note that this isn’t our usual day or venue.

There will be some bottles of beer, coffee, soft drinks, and pizza provided. This is a free event.

The Talks

Sky News: The Journey from Node.js to PHP - Brendan Quigley

In mid-2015 we began migrating the Sky News website from Node.js to Symfony. In the year that followed, we overhauled how we build PHP apps in the Digital Content tribe at Sky, leading to a cleaner, more testable, and more modular codebase.

This talk will cover that journey, from our initial decisions through to going live… and a little beyond.

Brendan is a senior software engineer in the Digital Content tribe at Sky, which looks after the Sky News and Sky Sports digital estate. He has also worked as a solutions architect in the tribe, as well as doing very interesting things previously at digital agency 9xb and travel search engine icelolly.com.

Brendan on Twitter: @BeequeueBrendan

Alexa PHP: Using serverless asynchronous PHP for Alexa bus timetables - Chris Bell

In this session, I’ll be demonstrating how to build a practical Alexa skill running on AWS Lambda, using PHP 7. We’ll use the serverless framework to package and deploy our function. We’ll also touch on how asynchronous PHP can help improve our function execution time.

If you’re interested in PHP, AWS Lambda, Function as a Service (FaaS), serverless framework, docker or promises - this talk is for you.

Chris Bell is a clean coder with lean principles. He recently led a large international project for Sky Sport Deutschland. Chris is co-organiser of LeedsPHP and the indie developer behind SalaryBot Salary Calculator.

Chris on Twitter: @cabdesigns


Location

Sky 2, Leeds LS10 1QG

Sponsors

  • Sky are providing the venue, pizza, and drinks for this meetup. Thanks Sky!
  • Sky Betting & Gaming will be providing the bar tab – A tech company born out of Sky, and are aiming to be the UK’s best digital business. 1000+ colleagues, developing some of the country’s biggest brands in online betting and gaming. Their careers page provides great detail as to the working environment and range of work available across the technology stack.

Free tickets are available on Meetup. Please sign up so we know how much pizza to buy.