PHP/MySQL in Huntsville/North Alabama

Just to let everyone know, we’re trying to get a little meetup.com group going for those  developers interested in PHP and MySQL in the Huntsville and Northern Alabama regions. I’ll be attending, and I know Brian will be giving mini-talks for the first few meetings. You can visit Brian Moon’s blog for more information.

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