About Frank van den Brink

I'm a web craftsman and entrepreneur at Pragmatist. I build awesome web apps that make clients and users happy. I also help run the Amsterdam PHP user group. I appreciate tech innovation, simple things that cause big changes, and lean thinkers and builders.

December Meeting


WEBclusiveThis month’s meeting will be something special! We’ll be teaming up with our friends from the Amsterdam.rb user group to give you a special event that will surely spark some discussion.

The December meeting will have two talks, one selected by each group. Note that (for this time only) this meeting is on a wednesday, instead of our regular thursdays. Due to the increased content, this event will also start earlier than normal.

This event will be sponsored by our friends at WEBclusive.


18:30 – 19:00: Welcome & Drinks
19:00 – 19:45: Talk: Your code sucks, let’s fix it! – Rafael Dohms
19:45 – 20:15: Break – Pizzas!
20:15 – 21:00: Talk: Debugging with Pry – Yorick Peterse
21:00 – 21:15: Raffle
21:15 Social, drinks, snacks.


PHP Talk: Your code sucks, let’s fix it! – Rafael Dohms

How do you measure the quality of your code? Performance and testing are just one aspect of code, in order to meet deadlines and make maintenance quicker you also need your code to be readable, decoupled and generally easier to comprehend and work with. This talk will go over tips and exercises to help you identify trouble areas, refactor them and train you to write better code in future projects. Come make your code look and function better.

Ruby Talk: Debugging with Pry – Yorick Peterse

I aim to talk about what Pry does, what makes it cool (features, ease of use, etc) and why people should use it to debug code instead of relying on clunky tools such as IRB or Kernel#puts. Examples range from simple ones such as defining code to more complex ones such as inserting “breakpoints”, listing variables and retrieving documentation.


As usual, we’ve got some awesome stuff to give away. Software licenses, books, and a ticket to one of the best (if not the best) PHP conference in Europe.

For more info and updates, be sure to check out Meetup.

October Meeting

In our October meeting, our topic is Object-oriented Design. Our speaker will be Freek Lijten, who will tell us how we can use the SOLID principles to create better designed code.

This month’s meeting is sponsored by our good friends at PeerReach. Their awesome office in the center of Amsterdam will be the venue for this month’s meeting, and they’ll be providing us with snacks and drinks.

19:00: Welcome Drinks
19:30 – 20:30: “Improve Your Software with SOLID Code”
20:30 – 20:45: Raffle
20:45: Social, drinks and food.

Speaker: Freek Lijten
Freek Lijten is currently working as a developer for Procurios. He has been writing code professionally for almost 5 years and privately ever since his first encounter with BASIC. His special interests are software architecture and patterns.

Talk: “Improve Your Software with SOLID Code”
You might have heard of the acronym SOLID and the five principles it consists of. Sadly the concepts are very abstract and can be difficult to really understand, while they are so important to writing good object oriented code. This talk will not only deal with the theory behind SOLID and explain why SOLID is important. Better yet, we will be looking at code (lots of it!) and how it can be improved by applying one of the SOLID principles.

We got some awesome stuff to give away this month, so make sure you RSVP for the meetup if you’re coming and want a shot at getting it!

Speaker and Gifts on our June Meeting

After a long wait, we are finally able to announce who will be speaking at our first meeting in June!

Our good friend Michelangelo van Dam has graciously offered to come up all the way from Belgium to give his talk “Community Works!” on how awesome and easy it is to become part of the PHP community.

And if that wasn’t enough already, thanks to our friends at php|architect, we are able to give away a free one year subscription to all attendees. So be sure to be there!

Sign up on Meetup now or check out the original post for more details.

We hope to see you on June 21st!

Meeting at True on June 21st

It’s almost time for our monthly meetup, and it promises to be a blast!

For our first meetup on June 21st, our good friends at True have graciously invited us to their office in De Pijp in Amsterdam.

We will have our friend Michelangelo van Dam talking about community, an evening filled with talking shop with our peers, and we’ll close up by watching the Euro 2012 quarter final match!

Thanks to php|architect, we are also able to give away a free one year subscription to all attendees!


  • 19:00 – 19:30 Welcome and Introductions
  • 19:30 – 20:30 “Community Works!” by Michelangelo van Dam
  • 20:30 – ??:?? Drinks, socializing, and the Euro 2012 Quarter Final


About Michelangelo:

Michelangelo is a community animal who devotes much of his time to PHPBenelux (a PHP user group in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), the international PHP community at large, contributing to PHP projects, and speaking about PHP at user group meetings and conferences. He also works as an independent contractor for major companies and governments in Europe and teaches PHP and Zend Framework to corporate development teams. In his spare time, he’s a devoted husband and loving father of two sons.

About the talk:

The power behind the PHP community, why everyone is saying it’s so great and how easy it is to become part of this wonderful community. Yes, there’s something different with the PHP community. It has power, passion and bright minds to share knowledge and get everyone involved in all kinds of cool things. Get to know the PHP community and experience yourself that being different is not a bad thing. Community Works!


True Office (find on Google Maps)
Coöperatiehof 16
1073 JR Amsterdam

Thanks to True, snacks and drinks are on the house, and joining the meeting will of course be free of charge! We’d really like you to come, but don’t forget to sign up on meetup so we know how many people to expect.

Feel free to spread the word! We hope to see you guys there soon!