Wednesday February 21st 2018


  • 18:30 – Turn up, have a drink, a snack, and a chat (pizza, soft drinks, beer, coffee)
  • 19:00 – Talk 1
  • 19:30 – A little break
  • 19:40 – Talk 2
  • 20:10ish – Pop over to the pub for a chat and a drink

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

This is a free event, open to all. There will be some bottles of beer, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and food provided. We will have vegetarian food, if you have any other dietary requirements send us a message and we’ll do our best.

Please note that Futurelabs has moved to a new location at Platform above Leeds city train station.

The Talks

API Development with Laravel – Michael Peacock


Laravel makes it really easy to build APIs, we will explore how to use it to build powerful and flexible APIs. We will cover how to use Passport to support oAuth authentication, how to build flexible responses with Transformers and how to rapidly build RESTful logic in our application.

Michael is a software engineer and consultant CTO helping early stage SaaS startups build products, teams and processes. When he isn’t developing software, Michael can often be found speaking or writing about it.

PHPUnit: What, Why, How? – Andy Carter


A brief introduction to unit testing with PHPUnit. We’ll take a look at what unit testing and PHPUnit are, why we would use them and finish off by looking at how we can start writing tests.

Andy is the senior developer at Evoluted New Media and mostly works with CakePHP and Laravel. Before working full-time in the web industry he worked in Quantum Optics research as a theoretical Physicist.


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