Meeting Preview: Full-Stack WAMP Development – Dan O’Connor
Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Danbury Hospital Auditorium
Our April meeting will be geared toward web developers, those programmers who develop interactive web sites and web-based applications. A popular technology stack for creating such applications is LAMP (Linux, Apache web server, MySQL database, and the PHP programming language) or WAMP (substitute Windows for Linux as the server operating system). Our speaker is programmer and musician Dan O’Connor, who has previously presented to DACS on the topics of MySpace (remember that early social network?) in March 2007, social networking dos and don’ts in February 2010, and online stock research and trading in September 2011.
Web applications consist of a front end that runs in a web browser and presents the interface that the user sees, and a back end that runs on a server and is where the behind-the-scenes business logic happens. If you fill in a web form to create an account or make an online purchase, the browser first serves up the blank form page, and then submits the information you fill in. The information is transmitted, hopefully over a secure connection, to a server, where it needs to be saved in a database.
PHP is a popular server-side language for web applications. Dan’s demo will show the use of object-oriented PHP, and the Zend Framework, which is a framework for building and testing PHP applications. He’ll also cover SQL, the database query language used to work with a relational database management system such as the open-source MySQL database product.
Thus Dan will be covering full-stack WAMP for creating web applications, including software design patterns that allow the front and back ends to coordinate with a proper separation of concerns. Without such patterns a web application can get quite messy and be difficult to maintain, as changes are inevitably required over time.
Dan O’Connor is a professional software engineer with over 20 years of experience developing web-based applications. He currently works for Agera Energy and has also been employed with Chaikin Analytics, Pentax Medical, Apelon and IBM.
Dan is always keeping his programming skills up on Hackerrank, Udemy, Team Treehouse and Code School. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and completed information systems coursework at American Sentinel University.