The History of Our Meeting Scheduler

Meeting Planner began as a coding tutorial called How to Build Your Startup in PHP. Basically, I scribbled ideas for making scheduling a meeting easier and reducing the hassle involved. I wanted to get rid of the back and forth email and text messaging to common in picking times and places. I pitched Envato Tuts+, a programming tutorial website, the idea of building the scheduling startup around a tutorial.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to program in PHP or write code in a framework, this is a great series to start with. Our meeting scheduler is written in the Yii Framework, a Model View Controller (MVC) framework for PHP. And, there’s also a lot of Javascript and JQuery and third party open source components. If you’re new to Yii and want to start there, I also wrote a Yii Programming Series for Tuts+.

Here’s a screenshot of the landing page for the Meeting Planner tutorial series:

Scheduling a meeting as a programming tutorial series

Building Your Startup With PHP

Here’s a list of all the articles in the tutorial series behind the beginning stage of scheduling meetings in Meeting Planner. Following these articles you can basically learn how we created the beginning of our meeting scheduler:

Obviously, there’s a lot of functionality we built after the tutorial series, which does not have an accompanying article. The schedule a meeting wizard is one such feature. Site map generation and indexing is another. But there’s so much material to start learning from here. I hope it intrigues you to check it out.

Stop doodle-ing around and try scheduling a meeting with us.


Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is the founder of Meeting Planner and a technological consultant and writer living in the Pacific Northwest.