Conference Report: LondonJS

Craig Shaw
10 Mar
Mar 10, 2014

A few of the Inviqa Front End Developers stopped by at the inaugural LondonJs Conf. It was a multi-track event set in The Prince Charles Cinema at Leicester Square London. The organisers made some movie/conference hybrid posters which advertised each talk. These were a nod to the venue, they were good fun and they set the scene perfectly.

My first impressions were that the event was a little chaotic. An absent queuing system and the three of us ended up without our lanyards. The venue was a nice change, although it could have done with an area to hang out in the breaks between the talks.

Three talks stood out for me and I’ll write a bit more about each of those but first I’d like to offer notable mentions to a couple of the others:
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Framework Representation on Packagist

SensioLabs UK
06 Mar
Mar 6, 2014

projects-on-packagist.orgModern PHP applications use Composer for package management, so we thought it would be interesting to look at which frameworks are making the most modules available on Packagist, the repository aggregator for Composer. Composer grew out of the Symfony community, so Symfony packages did have a bit of a head start, but we still see that the next nearest competitor, Zend Framework, has a much smaller piece of the pie in terms of package count. Read more →

  

Speedy Sites: Nginx and PHP

20 Feb
Feb 20, 2014

In the previous article in this series, we looked at using Apache with mod_pagespeed to perform on-the-fly enhancements to decrease page load times. Getting an optimised page is only half the battle however; we need to ensure that our backend is doing as little work as possible in order to be highly scalable. In this article, we look at how we can achieve this while improving performance – all with nginx. Read more →

  

Manage Project Dependencies with Bower and Composer

Daniel Ancuta
29 Jan
Jan 29, 2014

As developers, most of us rely on third-party libraries as part of our web applications. PHP developers manage their dependencies with Composer, but how can you manage your client-side dependencies? Most projects start with one core JavaScript library (e.g. jQuery) and one or two plugins, but over time the application grows, and the list of JavaScript libraries grows as well. In this situation, Bower can help you, and in this article you will see how to integrate it into your own project
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