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### A little history
Several years ago I had the distinct privilege of founding Midwest PHP with Jonathan Sundquist. The goal was simple, to bring an affordable PHP conference to Minnesota and the midwest region.
Midwest PHP was created for one simple reason - there weren't a lot of alternatives, especially affordable ones. At the time, your choices were ZendCon in Silicon Valley, php[tek] in Chicago, or Northeast PHP in Boston. While Northeast PHP formed the blueprint of a community conference - it still required a flight and a costly hotel in Boston. I wanted something where local attendees, college students, and those just beginning in their PHP careers could go to learn, network, and become pa...
![Introduction to Gitlab CI for PHP developers](https://images.ctfassets.net/vzl5fkwyme3u/5EUoVwcn2inEG3LsNJFAYp/14e5c704d91665c0de6ffd506a283ec3/AdobeStock_90389954.png?w=1000)
As a developer, you've probably at least heard something about [CI - Continuous integration](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_integration). And if you haven't - you better fix it ASAP, because that's something awesome to have on your skill list and can get extremely helpful in your everyday work. This post will focus on CI for PHP devs, and specifically, on CI implementation from [Gitlab](https://docs.gitlab.com/ee/ci/README.html). I will suppose you know the basics of [Git](https://git-scm.com/), [PHP](https://php.net/), [PHPUnit](https://phpunit.de/), [Docker](https://www.docker.com/) and unix shell. Intended audience - intermediate PHP devs.
Adding something to your workflow must serve a purpose. In this case the goal is to automate routine tasks and achieve better quality control. Eve...
![When PHP Frameworks Suck](https://images.ctfassets.net/vzl5fkwyme3u/2H05p7yk8iyAjFi9j3ui8d/6f8037faa2a3c5b5f6abf66549b2dc80/frameworks_suck.png?w=1000)
If you are working as a PHP software developer, there is an extremely high chance that all of your application, you’re currently working on, using frameworks of any kind.
PHP community developers of all levels worship frameworks since there are big historical and practical reasons for that.
### Historical reasons
But that opened a space for frameworks to step in and introduce t...
To say that we have been hard at work here at Nomad PHP, or that I'm excited about these three announcements would be a tremendous understatement. Over the past several months, behind the scenes, we've been working to bring even more features and benefits to Nomad PHP - these have already included unlimited streaming of all past meetings and access to PHP Architect.
Available today, however, you'll also have access to online, live workshops - as well as soon have the ability to stream select PHP conferences live, and finally to prove the knowledge you have gained through our online certification.
## Online, Live Workshops
Like our online meetings, we are excited to announce that available today you can participate in online, live, and interactive workshops. Our [first workshop](https://beta.nomadphp...
A brief (by Mike's standards) note
> As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. Kennedy
I wanted to take a brief moment to express my gratitude this holiday season. First and foremost, a huge thank you to the beautiful Tanja Hoefler who has put in countless hours behind the scenes of Nomad PHP, ranging from finding the best articles and tweeting them out, to tracking down great speakers, to countless hours of video editing (including fixing all my mistakes from the live broadcast).
### Thank you to our Founders
I also need to thank Cal and Kathy Evans, an amazing husband and wife team who have done so much for the community over many, many years - including founding and being an inv...