The February meetup for PHP Surrey, a community driven PHP user group in the heart of Surrey with monthly talks from a huge range of speakers.
For our first meetup we are welcoming Stu Herbert & Stanko Markovic as our speakers.
The Functional Test Template (Stu Herbert)
Have you made any New Year resolutions yet? How about writing more tests that represent your customer / users, and what they can do? Write more functional tests so that you have to deal with less support tickets when you ship code.
In this short talk, Stuart will explain what goes into a functional test, and provide you with a simple template that you can use whenever you're designing a new test.
How to do interviews properly - view from both sides (Stanko Markovic)
As software developers, we are in great demand. There are lots of companies out there looking for good developers, but how do we know what companies are good to work for?
We will look into how to set yourself up for the interview as a candidate, and what signs to look for. There is a clear list of indicators and questions we should ask, that will give us a clear understanding of the way a company is organised.
But what happens if a developer has to be the one conducting the interview?
Here we will switch things around, as we will go through the way the interviews should be conducted from the interviewer side. We will see what questions to ask, and how to gauge the answers from the candidate. We will look into how to structure the interview, and what techniques to use.
Finally we will go over some of the interview basics and how to navigate the usual pitfalls of the job marketplace.
Overall by following these steps, we should make the job hunt easier, and more pleasurable for all involved.
Stuart Herbert is a highly experienced software engineer and operational manager who explores his professional and personal passions through teaching, talks, and writing. His career to date includes projects and/or roles with household names including Eurostar, Hewlett-Packard, Orange, Vodafone, the Ordnance Survey, and Her Majesty's Government. He has written for php|architect magazine, and has spoken at PHP conferences on both sides of the Atlantic.
- 7.00pm - Arrival
- 7.20 - Welcome
- 7.25 - How to do job interviews properly by Stanko Markovic
- Short break
- The Functional Test Template by Stuart Herbert
- 8.30 - Closing remarks
- 8.40 - Social
When & Where
PHP Surrey is a new community driven PHP user group in the heart of Surrey (Guildford) with monthly talks from a huge range of speakers.