July Meeting at WEBclusive

We are all ready for our next meetup, this time in July the 19th. This month we wil have the renown author of phpDocumentor 2 (previous DocBlox), Mike van Riel, come teach us about Responsive Design for Developers and why we need to worry about this, even not being front end developers.

This month we are going to meet in the WEBclusive offices in the famous Rozengracht.

Rozengracht 133-3hg
1016LV Amsterdam

Get more information and RSVP over on meetup


19h00 – 19h30: Welcome Drinks
19h30 – 20h30: “Going Responsive for Developers” by Mike van Riel
20h30 – ??: Socializing, beer and food


“Going Responsive for Developers”

Designing and creating a website that is suitable for both the desktop and mobile is a unique kind of challenge. In the past years we have seen the rise of Responsive Design; a methodology and mindset on how to make a website suitable for both platforms.

During this talk we’ll design a new website using Responsive Design and show what considerations and design decisions are to be encountered along the way.

About Mike van Riel

Mike van Riel is a Senior Software Developer at Unet B.V., an ISP for the corporate segment based in the Netherlands. In his spare time he is also Lead Developer of phpDocumentor, an API Documentation Generator for PHP.

With a passion for industry standards and Quality Assurance he loves nothing more than to discuss methods to improve code and ways to ‘Do-It-Better’™ in general.

PHP TestFest with PFZ

PHP needs contributions, and you can help. Writing tests for PHP is very simple and all you need to know is PHP, and what to test. This is where the PHP TestFest comes in.

This month we will be giving the PFZ group our support and helping them organize, in our backyard, a June PHP TestFest. Its very simple, if you wish to come, let them know bu registering here (in dutch, but quick and easy), bring you own laptop and come willing to learn and help. Three mentors will be available to help: Derick Rethans, Rafael Dohms and  Felix de Vliegher. They will help people get started and guide them towards finding areas to test and getting tests written.

This is a great way to give back and a great learning experience, so join us at the WEBclusive office (Rozengracht 133-3hg) on the 23rd of June at 10 am.

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!

First Meeting and What’s next

On the 16th of May we had our first meeting, this meeting was focused on answering the question “What now?” and it was a huge success!

We had 9 developers, beers and snacks, a great start. After we all introduced ourselves to one another we dove into discussing what our experiences from other User Groups were and what we expected to see there, and also the motivation behind everyone’s wish to have a local group in Amsterdam.

Early on everyone agreed that the work done by PHPBenelux and PFZ are truly awesome, but the local community wants more, so we have more than enough space to fill while those groups are not visiting Amsterdam or cities close by. So we threw around ideas of our objectives: how can we reach more developers, where they are, how to convert the nine to five developer into a community member.

We also talked about structure and organization and decided to have a open group, not with “leaders” but with “enablers” (people who are there to make problems go away and let ideas work) and letting every group member have his say, lead new projects and just let their great ideas happen. All organizational matters will be discussed on a mailing list so that we can coordinate enough to not step on each others’ toes or “mob” possible partners, and everyone is welcome to join if they wish to have a more active role. If you just want to have fun and attend activities then you are good to go with out facebook group or the meetup group.

Also, those will be or official communication channels: twitter, Facebook and Meetup. Those should give us more than enough reach and the community itself can spread the word more from that point on.

As for meetings, we decided that our group has three sides to it: people who live in Amsterdam, people who work in Amsterdam and people willing to come into Amsterdam for meetings. So to try and accommodate this we will try to make meeting times and places easier to reach by train and public transport. Also to help everyone plan their way into the meetings our main meeting will have a fixed date, every month (save for special situations). Every third thursday of every month will be AmsterdamPHP Meeting day. This helps us avoid clashing with PHP Benelux meetings and the friday pubcrawl. So starting in june, your agenda is filled up on every third thursday.

This is just our monthly fixed meeting and we plan to do other types of activities like hackathons, testfests, workshops, informal pub meetings and any other idea anyone has. These will also be done as partnerships with other groups and events, as good hosts we hope to organize some informal meetings before DPC to welcome everyone coming into town to our community.

Other things like stickers, shirts, elephpants and other swag will be planned and executed as we find sponsors, so if you know someone willing to sponsor, tell us! That was it for our first meeting, we had lots of fun and were very productive. We now set our aims towards out first oficial meetup in june. See you there!

Kickoff Meeting

Tonight marks our first meeting and its going to be all about the group and its future. The main goal tonight is to do a think tank and brainstorm ideas for what we can do with the User Group.

If you can’t make it but have an awesome idea i want to be up in the mix, the leave a comment below, send us an email, post on facebook, just get your idea somewhere and we will bring it up. To know more about the meeting: visit meetup.

What is AmsterdamPHP?

What is the idea behind Amsterdam PHP? The Netherlands counts with the presence of two awesome groups, PHPBenelux and PFZ. Both of these groups need to “get around” and visit other cities, so between those events, the Amsterdam community is left orphan of great PHP content. This is where Amsterdam PHP comes in.

We want to support and add to those groups and focus on Amsterdam, keep our community active so that when those groups come to town, we have larger numbers and more and more speakers and contributors. This means we will avoid date conflicts with their events, and furthermore we will give any local support they need when they come to town. What we want is to promote meetings, events, knowledge exchange, beer and plain old fun.

Amsterdam has an incredible international community, people from all areas of technology and lots of PHP developers. This group will try to stick to english to promote as much as possible the exchange with other groups inside Amsterdam (like Appsterdam) and other User Groups in the neighbor countries.

First of all we need to find the PHP developers in Amsterdam, so go ahead and make yourself heard, join our Facebook group or suggest other discussion channels we can use. Don’t stop there and invite all PHP developers you know.

After we have found you, we will start working on more awesome stuff, and then we will need to have volunteers, so if you are up to helping out, let us know. And finally we will need sponsors. If you are a company and want to help or know a company that can help out, point them to our sponsor page.

That’s it, let the awesomeness begin and let’s get this show on the road.