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AtlantaPHP June 30th Special Speaker Event

Brandon Savage’s “Crafting Code Tour”

NOTE: This event is on a different day than our regular meetings AND at a different location.

Date: Monday, June 30th, 7-9pm

Location: ATDC, 75 5th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA (map)



PHP from the CLI by Cal Evans

PHP is a powerful tool. It is estimated that it is running on more than 80% of the servers on the web today. Many know that PHP can also be run from the command line, but don’t truly appreciate the power that it gives them. You can use PHP for everything from simple command line pipes to back-end maintenance for complex web apps. In this session, we will start with some simple examples of using PHP from the command line and then build up to using it as part of a larger application.

Your Code Sucks! Five Tools for Evaluating the Quality of Your Code by Brandon Savage

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 Bios:

Cal Evans – Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We’re using the term “computer” loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then, his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC’s.

For the past 13 years, Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux, OSX, and Windows. He has built a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of “management by wandering around”.

These days, when not working with PHP, Cal can be found working on a variety of projects like CoderFaire. He speaks at conferences around the world on topics ranging from technical talks to motivational talks for developers. If you happen to meet him at a conference, don’t be afraid to buy him a shot of Bourbon.

Cal is based in Nashville TN, where he is happily married to wife 1.30, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together, they have 2 wonderful kids, who were both smart enough not to pursue a job in IT. He blogs at

Brandon Savage – Brandon 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. He blogs at

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