I am thrilled to announce the first ever York Region Laravel meet-up on Wednesday November 22nd at the Magna Centre, in the "Multiple Purpose Room #1" (main floor adjacent to the east entrance).
We are holding meet-ups bi-monthly.
I will do an interactive overview of Laravel, mostly as I promised to do one for the York Region PHP Group at the end of last season but I had to cancel. Please bring your laptop!
We ended up having quite a little discussion at the October York Region PHP meet-up yesterday about having a working development environment set-up on your laptop before coming to the YR Laravel meet-up. So we can spend our time going over the Laravel Framework, please have your laptop prepared with the LAMP stack, plus have git and composer installed. You need PHP 7.x.
I agree with the idea that we should devote our first meet-up to setting up a development environment. However, I think we should push ahead and dive right into the Laravel overview.
Our discussion yesterday was focused on a local development environment. However, it might be easier for some people to come to the meet-up with a dev environment in the cloud.
If you want to try setting up a dev environment in the cloud, my suggestion is to sign up for a 5 day trial of Laravel Forge
. Use Forge to spin up a Digital Ocean
droplet. PLEASE USE THE $10usd/month DROPLET, as the $5usd/month droplet's RAM may prove insufficient. So Forge is free with the trial, and DO will cost about $3CDN to $4CDN for a week's server instance. Then, make sure you can SSH into your droplet from your laptop. The one glaring issue with this approach is that you really do need a domain, and that you need to point your droplet's IP to your domain. The advantage of Forge is that it will set up your droplet so you do not have to set up the LAMP stack yourself (yes, it's really the NAMP stack). You can even set up your database in Forge. The disadvantage of my suggestion is that you still have to mess around setting up a dev environment, and you'll end up having to push your local changes to a GitHub (or GitLab or...) repo to deploy to your droplet.
Or come on down without your laptop and we'll pair you up with someone who did. This is our first meet-up, but we have 40 artisans on meetup.com so I'm hopeful for a good turnout!
Looking forward to meeting you on Nov 22nd!