Last Saturday, we hosted a crowd of eleven for Tech on Tap v2.2 – Diving Deeper Into PHP. It was our first foray into a programming language, so it was nice to see a few new faces – and old friends!
The day kicked off with “CI:IRL” from Beth Tucker Long (website| twitter). Beth is an experienced PHP developer, leader of the Madison PHP user group, and editor-in-chief of phparchitect - she knows her stuff! She gave a great talk on Continuous Integration – what it is, what it takes to be successful with it, and when (and when not) to use it. Slides are available here.
Then we adjourned to the Beer Garden for lunch and networking. The food was good, the beer was great, and the discussion was even better.
After lunch, Aaron Saray (website | twitter) led us through a group programming exercise! The group was given two challenges and had to tell Aaron exactly what to type. This was a great exercise for the programmers in the room – debating who would do what, and why – and was enlightening for the non-programmers too!
To wrap up the day, we got a tour of the Stone Cellar brewery. This was awesome. We got to walk through where the beer is brewed, led by owner Tom and restaurant manager Steve. We got to ask them questions about their brewing process and what their favorite beers were.
We closed the day with a Q&A with the speakers and one last beer. The Stonetoberfest was, as always, spot on.
Thank you to our speakers and our attendees for another great event!