The March 1st meet up is going to be presented by Stuart Herbert (


What if you could design a database on paper, and translate that design directly into your application without having to make any changes? What if you could sit down and design that database with a product owner or business analyst, and they could understand that design without any training? That's the future that graph databases has to offer.

In this talk, Stuart will walk you through a real-life graph database that powers one of his client's sites. He'll show you how he built it in Neo4J, how to query it using CYPHER - Neo4J's query language and secret weapon - and how to hook it all up to a PHP web-app.


Stuart Herbert is an industry and open-source veteran, and one of the most experienced enterprise PHP developers in the UK, with nearly 25 years of commercial experience on projects for companies including Vodafone, Hewlett Packard, Orange (now EE), DataSift, Her Majesty's Government and many more. He is a co-author of the official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4, and a regular tech speaker at user groups and conferences. He specialises in designing and delivering software that works, as founder and Chief Software Archaeologist of Ganbaro Digital Ltd.

You can learn more about Stuart at, and follow him on Twitter as @stuherbert.

Before/After the Meetup:

A few members will likely be in a nearby pub (location will be tweeted out) beforehand (from around 6pm) for a drink and a bite to eat, and afterwards there'll be a group heading to Soar Point (or somewhere else nearby) for a social catch up.


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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