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January 2018 Meeting

PRESENTATION: Let Your Tests Be Your Guide by Anthony Wright, Senior Backend Developer at ShootProof, @wrightmanthony

When: Thursday, January 4th, 2018 — 7pm-9pm

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Directions: Take I-285 to Cobb Parkway/US-41. Go south & turn left on Akers Mill Rd. At the 2nd traffic light, go left into Cobb Galleria, then an immediate left into the parking garage. Enter the 600 bldg & tell security you’re there for AtlantaPHP, 14th floor.

SPECIAL NOTE: Building security has become a bit more strict, so please do your best to arrive before 7pm. On arrival, you may need to mention that you are there to attend a meeting at ShootProof.

Map Link: (parking deck entrance, 600 building is due north of the deck)

Presentation: Let Your Tests Be Your Guide

Unit testing has been around for a while, but it’s use seems to have exploded in recent years. Somewhere in there, an interesting idea was “rediscovered”. A test can be more than simply a way to ensure that your code is functioning properly. Good tests can actually help in developing clean, reliable code which meets requirements while reducing the chances of releasing more defects. In this presentation, we will look at the benefits of writing quality unit tests and see how those tests can be used to guide code development and reinforce good coding practices.

About Anthony: Anthony is a Senior Backend Developer at ShootProof. He has been developing on the web for 20 years and specifically with PHP since 2005. Anthony is very process driven, and is a huge fan of agile and Scrum methodologies, from which his work with test driven development originally developed.

Mini-talk: Ken Edwards, Software Engineering Manager at Lyft, on “CDN Survey”
This mini-talk will overview how you can leverage content delivery networks (CDNs) to improve user experience. We will discuss how CDNs work, why positioning content close to the user reduces latency, and some other advantages such as resiliency to traffic spikes. We’ll also cover how to select one that best fits your needs by highlighting some key differences between three providers: Cloudfront, Cloudflare, Fastly.

Food provided by AtlantaPHP

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