Wednesday January 17th 2018


  • 18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (pizza, beer, coffee)
  • 19:00 – TBA - Get in touch if you’d like to speak
  • 19:25 – Mid session interval
  • 19:30 – Building websites with Zend Expressive 2 - Rob Allen
  • 20:30ish – Pop to the pub for a chat and drink (optional)

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

The event is at Futurelabs. The door to get in is shown here.

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

The Talks

Building websites with Zend Expressive 2 - Rob Allen

Rob Allen @akrabat

We’re very pleased to have Rob Allen speaking. Rob is Lead developer of Slim Framework, Author, and conference speaker.

Zend Expressive 2 is the ideal framework for building PHP applications of all types. Its easy-to-understand architecture makes it ideal for projects of all shapes and sizes. In this talk, I’ll show you how to build an Expressive application than can scale with your needs. We will look at how Expressive’s middleware system leverages the upcoming PSR-15 specification to create easily understandable and flexible applications. We will cover application setup, routing and error handling before diving into some thoughts on how architect an Expressive application. By the end of the session, you will be equipped to create Expressive applications yourself.



We’re looking for another speaker. If you’ve got something you’ve been working on, an opinion to give, a discussion to host, whatever, we would love top have you speak. Please tweet us @leedsphp.

You do the intro!

For you to get the taste for public speaking we’re asking one of the attendees to do the event introduction. You’ll speak briefly about the sponsors, any announcements, and talk about the next event - it’ll take less than 5 minutes, but may help to ease your fear of public speaking! If you’re interested in doing this please tweet @leedsphp ( We’ll send you the slides beforehand with a few points to mention. The rest is up to you!


Our sponsors make this monthly event possible, so please take the time to check them out, and thank them for their support.

  • Futurelabs – Are a not-for-profit formed to help provide a focal point for tech start-up and scale-up businesses in and around Leeds. Futurelabs offer hot desking, fixed desk space or larger office spaces for tech businesses at very reasonable prices. @LeedsFuturelabs

  • Sky Betting & Gaming – 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. @skybetcareers

  • Infinity Works – Infinity Works offer an unparalleled skillset across a broad range of engineering disciplines and business specialisms, making them capable of helping to deliver any project and overcome any challenge. Some areas of work are project & product delivery, Managed Services, Organisational Optimisation, Consulting, and Training. They also offer great careers for leading Engineers and Technologists. @InfinityWorks

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