I am a member of two PHP user groups. Each one runs a little bit differently. I am looking for feedback from other people in other PHP user groups to find ways we may be able to make these better.
The East Central Florida PHP User Group (Daytona Beach area) is new/restarting. They have only had one meeting so far, and finally scheduled another a few months later. They seem to be more geared towards teaching new PHP developers. While we haven’t done anything so far, they are leaning towards a mentor/student type of group.
The Orlando PHP User Group is quite different. They lean towards more presentation style meetings. Someone proposes a topic, and then someone volunteers to be the presenter. If there isn’t a presentation, then they do some coding in
DjangoDojo. I have not been to a meeting without a topic yet, so I am not sure how those go. I probably should since I am not very familiar with Django (or Dojo for that matter) at all.
Of the two, I prefer the Orlando version because I am growing my skills. However, I may like the mentor version because I feel I am a decent programmer and love teaching.
I am looking forward to doing a presentation sometime, because I really want to improve my speaking skills.
How does your user group run? What is your preference?