The December 7th meet up is going to be presented by Kat Zien

Abstract

Learning more than one programming language is key to becoming a better developer. It is like adding a new tool to your toolbox. The more tools you have, the easier and quicker you'll be able to tackle whatever job you need to do. You'll also be able to use the right tool for the job, and who doesn't like that?!

I picked up Go (golang) over a year ago as it was becoming more popular among developers. Coming from a PHP background, I had no idea what channels or goroutines were or how is concurrency different from parallelism. I've got to say, it was a whole new world. Very different, but very cool. I was hooked!

By happy coincidence, my company was looking to rewrite a legacy PHP app in Go. It was over 2000 lines of procedural and messy PHP4 with more downtime than I'm willing to admit to. I took this project on, and soon enough we had a much faster, more maintainable and much more reliable app for our customers. Go gave us options we would not have in PHP.

The goal of this talk is to give you a good idea of what Go is and how it compares with PHP. We'll look at the language itself as well as the tooling and communities around it. Even if you're not sold on Go by the end of it, I hope you'll leave inspired to go out there and learn whatever language you wanted to look into next!

Bio

Writing Go and PHP at Brightpearl. Working remotely from Bristol, UK or anywhere with wifi. Her main interests include automating #allthethings, sorting out legacy code and making things simpler and faster. She's co-organising and giving talks at PHPSW and Golang Bristol++. Kat loves travelling and keeping active, appreciates good coffee and is a big Lego fan. Her latest adventure was cycling 450km from Copenhagen to Berlin to raise money for Room To Read.

Parking

Deacon Street car park is where people usually park, the postcode is LE2 7DP. (There's also spots on the street directly outside the gateway building but they're usually all taken up!) Deacon Street is available from 6pm onwards as we have permission from the University to use the car park. If the barrier is down, ring the buzzer and explain that you are attending the PHP East Midlands monthly meetup.

Google Maps Link - Note the car-park is on Havelock Street (Despite being called the "Deacon Street car park" - we know...)

If you have any trouble parking / finding us, drop us a tweet @PHPem and we'll get you sorted.

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