azPHP had its August monthly meeting on tuesday. We were trying a new approach and a beginner and a more advanced presentation in the same night. We had a lot of new people there so I guess it worked.
a Beginners guide to PHP
Alex Dean gave a Beginners guide to PHP presentation covering interaction with data from the browser. He covered the basic super globals $_GET, $_POST, $_SERVER, and $_COOKIE. He also made a sample form and showed how to use it. The plan was also to cover using mysql but sadly we ran out of time. I think for future introductory presentations will use handouts as well as slides/example code that way people won’t have to spend so much time writing notes.
Alex did the presentation in a interactive manner writing code as he explained the topics so there is no slides but you can view the sample code. If your looking for other beginner resources the tutorial in the PHP manual is always a good place to start.
a Short Introduction to PEAR
I the presentation about PEAR, its was a shorter presentation since the first one went a little over its planned time. I tried to focus mainly on what PEAR is and why people should use it over something like hotscripts.
The slides from that presentation are available in my archive.
Towards the end of the presentation I mention channels and phar two new PEAR 1.4.0 features, but the slides don’t give any details. Greg Beavers blog is a good source of information about both topics.
I also found someone to take over setting up the new azPHP website, so hopefully will look a lot less dead a week from now.