This month we have a talk by Lorna Mitchell entitled "Bitestats: from API to PDF". Bitestats.com draws in data from your Google Analytics account, feeds it through Google Charts, and delivers a very simple one-page PDF to your inbox. Under the bonnet though, it's a PHP/Zend Framework application with a Gearman job queue included, doing a lot of web service interactions to fetch and format a range of data, including OAuth, Google Charts, data parsing and of course the maths required to present onto PDF. The end user gets a very simple, automated report showing far less than all the data available, but still of greater value as it is simple enough to understand. This session is a geeks' tour through the nuts and bolts of how we built the various components that make up this service and the lessons learned in the process.
PHPNW (PHP North West) is a group focussing on the PHP web development language in the North-of-England.
Where: Rain Bar, 80 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JG  (Upstairs, boardroom)
When: 7pm Tuesday 4th September 2012
What: Bitestats: from API to PDF - Lorna Mitchell
Come along, grab a drink and join in :)
We have our meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. The venue has free WiFi and serves food 'til 8pm.
Official Website: http://www.phpnw.org.uk
Added by Rick Ogden on August 28, 2012