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PHP Hampshire is a PHP User Group aiming to help people learn, share our knowledge and support the PHP community in Hampshire.
PHP Hampshire is a PHP User Group aiming to help people learn, share our knowledge and support the PHP community in Hampshire.

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Don't forget to register for our November meetup :) just a handful of places left...

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8752752719/gplus

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Had a really interesting night last night with +PHP Hampshire and wanted to write a little something on my thoughts.

The main talk was on PHP FIG (http://www.php-fig.org/), which stands for Framework Interoperability Group. From what my small level of #PHP developing brain could gather, it's basically a group of some of the big names in Open Source Projects (+Drupal , PEAR, +CakePHP , phpBB to name a few) coming together and suggesting (not enforcing as we were told this TOTALLY blew up in their faces when they tried that!) standards for PHP.

As we all know, everyone has their own style, own way of coding PHP. This is fine, but when it comes to combining projects or working together, it can have problematic results. This is where the PSR's come in.

PSR's are standards for using PHP. So for example, PSR-1 handles Basic Coding Standards. This basically says that:

i. Files must use <?php and not <? tags
ii. Methods must use camelCase for names
etc. etc.

That sort of stuff. 

To me, this seems like a good idea. Why shouldn't we all do it in the same format as each other? Apparently, the PHP community don't always agree and the group has been hit by some vehement opposition (particularly to whether tabs or spaces should be used as standard............. #WTF!)

From my limited experience, I really don't see the problem with this group trying to set out a specific set of standards that people can, not must, follow. Surely if our projects can all understand each other and link and work with each other, it will give us a better working environment and a better internet as a whole. Sure, it will mean #developers changing some of their habits, but is that such a bad thing?

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Well this is exciting - we've got Michael Cullum doing a talk in our September meetup on "PHP FIG: Standardising PHP", and we're also going to try out a Lightning Talk on Composer  showing you the very basics of what Composer can do for you.

Make sure you register free here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7896441469) - and note the new 7pm start time which will give everyone time to arrive! Looking forward to seeing you there :)

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We're going to attempt to broadcast PHP Hampshire meetup this evening using Google+ Hangout ! Join us at around 6pm GMT (probably just after).

Obviously, we'd prefer it if you could make it in person - if you still haven't registered, then please head on over to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6901521637 to register for free - there's only 4 places left, and we're doing a "Better Testing Forum" workshop style evening tonight. Get involved!!

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Our August meetup is tomorrow !!

Make sure you register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6901521637

We'll try doing a Google+ Hangout for this meetup - no promises though :)

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