Colin O’Dell, a Lead Web Developer at Unleashed, has been selected as a co-organizer of the Baltimore PHP Group, a community of local PHP developers and enthusiasts who exchange ideas and discuss topics in code, architecture, innovation, and open source technologies.
The Baltimore PHP Group will have their first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 PM at ADG Creative in Columbia, MD. There will be complimentary food and drinks as well as an insightful presentation from O’Dell.
His talk titled “Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT” will explore the implementation of live examples which bridge the gap between the physical and digital world using PHP:
- Asking Alexa for information from a PHP application
- Displaying API data on an Arduino-powered display
- Using PHP to control LEDs on a Raspberry Pi to monitor application uptime
- Connecting IR sensors to Slack to see whether a conference room is in use
Colin O’Dell is a certified expert level developer on the Symfony platform, worldwide speaker, PHP authority, and author. As a Lead Web Developer for Unleashed, O’Dell oversees every Symfony initiative the firm embarks upon. He began programming at age 8, co-founded a local web shop at 15, and has over 10 years of professional experience with PHP. In addition to being an active member and maintainer of the PHP League’s CommonMark project, O’Dell is also the author of the PHP 7 Upgrade Guide eBook, the first full-length book released for the latest generation of the PHP programming language.