Minneapolis, MN ~ July 14, 2014

The Crafting Code Tour is stopping by Minneapolis on July 14, 2014. Join us!

Talks for Minneapolis

Open Source, PHP, and PIE ~ Larry Garfield

Sharing is how Open Source works.

Sucking at sharing is how Open Source dies.

PHP has long sucked at sharing. Cross-project collaboration was almost unheard of. Good reusable libraries were uncommon and hard to find. Leveraging 3rd party code was a hassle. Strong communities were isolated on their own islands.

That has changed, however. Years of work have brought a new promised land to PHP, and enabled cross-project cooperation like never before. It’s a new world, and one with new cultural expectations.

This session will explore how the PHP industry has transitioned from a series of gated communities to an integrated, collaborative environment and how the cultural expectations around developing for PHP have shifted, and what that means for your project.

Your Code Sucks! Five Tools for Evaluating the Quality of Your Code

You know you want to write great code, but how do you know what great code looks like? Using these tools, you’ll be able to figure out exactly what areas of your application are great, and which could use the most improvement. Plus, learn how to apply these tools on a daily basis in your development, automatically!

Speaker Biographies

Larry Garfield

larryLarry Garfield has been building web sites since he was a sophomore in high school, which is longer ago than he’d like to admit. As a freelancer he worked mostly for Chicago-area politicians before graduating to full time consulting with Palantir.net.

At Palantir, Larry is a Senior Architect and Community Lead, developing solutions for medium to large cultural and educational institutions. He also works to represent both Palantir and Drupal in the broader developer community.

Larry is an active Drupal core contributor, including the principle architect of the Drupal 7 database system and the Drupal 8 Web Services Lead. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Drupal Association and the Drupal representative to the Framework Interoperability Group. Larry holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Larry is a co-author of “Drupal 7 Module Development” from Packt Publishing. He blogs at both http://www.palantir.net/ and http://www.garfieldtech.com/.

Brandon Savage

brandonBrandon has been a software developer since 2003. Ever since discovering that he could use software to automate routine tasks, he’s been hooked. Brandon is passionate about perfecting the art of software development.

Brandon blogs, speaks and writes regularly about software development topics. Brandon works at Mozilla on the Socorro project, working daily to make Firefox better. Brandon is also an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys traveling.

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