Source: PHP Oxford

PHP Oxford meetup

This month we are excited to be joined by two speakers!!

First up is Chris Miller with: Testing In The Real World.

"How we use PHPUnit and TDD in awe-der to make our lives easier. Covering how to set up tests, what the tests look like, and what to do if a test fails when you don’t expect it to.

Chris is a developer at Jump24 in Birmingham, UK - Jump24 is a full circle Laravel development studio, delivering bespoke software to both the industry and end-customers. When Chris isn't developing, hes usually found talking at events, planning his next talk or learning new tricks in PHP."

After that, we have Mark Harrison with: A Brief History of Whatever Two Letters We Use to Mean Thinking Machines.

"Call it AI, call it ML, call it MI, call it SI... we've been, as a society let alone a profession, fascinated by the idea of thinking machines for decades.

This talk starts by taking us through 40 years of such speculation, tries to explain what "intelligence" is, and finishes by presenting a roundup of the state of the art, and ends with a brief introduction to how any programmer in 2020 should be able to include some Machine Learning within a couple of weeks.

Mark Harrison first programmed (in BASIC) 1979, and first wrote code in "an AI Language" for ICL in 1991, as part of a summer job, while studying Mathematics and Computation and Oxford (a long while before Oxford had a thing called "Computer Science.") He's seen waves of technologies come and (mostly) go. He's now "the part time CTO" for two different startups, and his consultancy clients include organisations as diverse as The Cabinet Office and software written by him and teams he has led is run by several major banks and a few hedge funds."

Interesting in speaking?

If you'd like to present or even do a lightning talk (5-20 minutes) at a future event, please get in touch!

Refreshments & sponsors

In the olden days, we'd have a physical meet-up and Refreshments (drinks and snacks) would be provided courtesy of our sponsors Haybrook IT ( Despite not being able to take advantage of their generosity, we continue to thank Haybrook and our other sponsors Invitial ( for their support, and to OCFI for use of the venue.

Code of Conduct

Please note that this meet-up is covered by our code of conduct ( We request that all attendees abide by the code of conduct at all times. Thank you!

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