the frameworkshop

Train to Symfony for your company.

The practical training on the framework, now directly into your company.

Much more than a train

It's a Train to share knowledge.
It's also an itinerant project.

It's a practical frameworkshop.
It is focused on being ready to work, just after the initial hours of Train.

It stops to let you restart.

The base formula?
Classes with max 10 participants.
2 days of training. 8 hours per day.
1/4 of theory, 3/4 of guided development of a real web site.

The customized formula?
Exactly as you desire.

Get on board? Straight to Symfony2

Train to Symfony is a timely convoy that offers a highly practical workshop
on this more and more adopted framework.
Through a two-day trip, the Train will take you to the desired terminal:
your mastery of Symfony2.


Which Train is this?

To deal with every aspect of Symfony, already focusing it on your need of application.
To transmit the know-how to every developer, whatever his/her starting level.
To learn everything inside the company, boosting the productivity of the individual and the group.


The workshop will transmit you all the theory and (above all!) the practice needed to develop web projects with Symfony2.

During the course we will work on a real application in Symfony2, made by all the necessary elements in order to let you start develop your own project.


The workshop is thought for those that:
  • "I'm interested in Symfony but my boss thinks it's not so useful, so where could I learn it?"
  • "In my company we want to move to Symfony. I'd like to learn it quickly"
  • "I've always used other frameworks. In what does Symfony differ from them?"
  • "Symfony? Hmm."


The workshop is divided in two days, about 8 hours the first and about 8 hours the second.
The first day we'll set the stage with a continuous alternation between slides (the theory) and code (the practice).
At the end of the first day and throughout the second we'll develop a concrete project in Symfony2.

Which stations will it pass through?

This is the route (made of theory and practice) you will follow during the Train.

Everything starts from the theory (~4 hours), and these are the topics:



the framework Symfony2
PHP 5.3, namespaces
organizing the code in a Symfony2 project
Request and Response objects, HTTP protocol


the routing system: understanding and use
request handling, redirect, forward
effective design of controllers


Twig Template Engine for PHP
from the url to the template
syntax, variables, operators, filters
blocks, inheritance and extension of templates


authentication and authorization
user roles and permissions
creation of a reserved area
use of FOSUserBundle


the Form component
processing: create, send, bind, validate
different type of validations


Doctrine2 ORM
Entity, Object Manager, Repository
QueryBuilder and DQL
Relationships and associations between entities


sending email with Swift Mailer
usage from controllers and services
integration with Twig


principles of HTTP Caching
caching system
introduction to Edge Side Includes


usage of Symfony console
events and listeners
Dependency Injection Container
use of the web debug toolbar

And then apply this to the creation of a specific project based on Symfony2 (~12 hours):



Everything you need to let you develop your own projects.
Deepening of each step of the process of creating a website.
Each solution adopted will be treated and motivated.
Sharing of some tricks and tips that come directly from my daily experience in the development with Symfony.

Where will it leave you?


You will understand how it reduces the time of your work and how it increases the reliability. You will understand that enhances and facilitates the updating and management of your projects. That promotes cooperation in teams. And if you find that if we should re-invent the wheel every time we produce a car, we would still live in the caves.


You will master all aspects you thought obscure and cryptic. You'll climb the steepest part of the initial learning curve. And find that it's less complicated than you think. You'll be able to deal with and independently carry out a web project using Symfony2.



The morning of the first day will be dedicated to the theory. Supported by slides, we'll examine:
  • Symfony2, the framework
  • Routing, Controllers, Actions
  • Templating, TWIG template engine
  • Doctrine, Mapping
  • Forms, validation
  • Security, Authorization, Authentication
  • DIC and Services
  • Caching


You will get your hand dirty in the afternoon of the first day and the whole second day.
You will fix the theory on the code and you will face all the other topics on the agenda.
You will work to create a Symfony project: the evolved version of MusicStation. You will start from an empty folder, without neglecting any detail.
In group, you'll see and study each step more easily; alone, you will have the opportunity to practice and rehearse on the less immediate ones.

A little bit oh history

The first Train was held in Verona in April 2013. Since then another frameworkshop with free access was held in Milan (June 2013) and others were held at companies that wanted it in their offices.

Here is a list of the main stops, from the first Train until now:

22/24 Giu. 2014

near Venice (Italy), at the web agency CIQUATTRO AGENCY.

22/23 Nov. 2013

in Milan (Italy), at the web agency TREEWEB.

05-08 Nov. 2013

in Milan (Italy), at the digital marketing agency ContactLab.

05/06 Sep. 2013

in Padua (Italy), at the comunications agency Pallino & Co; the frameworkshop was sponsored by Fòrema.

06 Jul. 2013

in Verona, at the head office of Manens-Tifs s.p.a.

29/30 Jun. 2013

in Milan (Italy) with free access, at the venue of Impact Hub Milano.
The stop in Milan was the second round of the frameworkshop. Different topics, different ways, different achievements. But same strongly practical spirit.
Passengers said... "A well-made workshop, a prepared train conductor with a good disposition to dialogue! Now I have a precise and technical reference point to start from, based on Emanuele's real experience, who uses Symfony as a business tool for its daily projects".

13/14 Apr. 2013

in Verona with free access, at TheCollective (now GeekVille).
"For me it was pure gold", without a doubt "The preparation of Emanuele was very high." The test project? "Interesting and complete. Could not choose better." In short, "I sincerely hope this becomes a regular appointment" because "Relaxed atmosphere, interesting people and cool train conductor."
Get the slides and the code used in the workshop of Verona.


The Train conductor


Was born in 1984, and grows to this day. He studied and graduated in Computer Engineering on the axis Padua-Barcelona.
He does work experience in Italy and abroad that led him now for 8 years working with PHP. Knows PHP5, develops deepening
acronyms like OOP, MVC, RAD, ORM. Forms his skills through individual and team work. He uses git.

Since 2007 and its 1.0 version he thinks that Symfony is the tool to focus firmly on.
For passion he examined in depth over the years each release of the framework made in France (also contributes to the development of some bundle/plugin); in the everyday work (and on his skin!) he tests its force
within an agency that, for medium-to-large customers, implements projects also-very-complex with gun-to-temples deadlines.

He's the creator and developer of, a web platform based on Symfony2 and released itself open source.
SymfonyBricks' purpose is the creation of a space where you can easily share guides and material on Symfony,
and at the same time it offers its own source code as an example of best practices.

He is co-creator and co-developer of CopiancollaMetaTagsBundle, a bundle for Symfony 2.* to manage dynamic html meta tags.


Book your stop

You find all this interesting and you want to know how and where to participate to a Train?

Call me to your venue

Are you interested in hosting a Train at your location? The standard formula offers the contents you can find on this website, but in my experience it has become normal also agreeing on a program tailored for you.

Soon, in addition to the arguments of the standard Train to Symfony, I will publish the topics I discussed in the "advanced" versions of the Train. You can then convince yourself even more that this suit your needs!

Help me to organize one

Is there some interest for a Train to Symfony in your city or country?
If you like the idea and want to help, or if you just find a minimum of potentially interested developers, contact me!
We could be able to organize something interesting and exciting.

The only constant is the proposed quality of the Train, the rest is still to invent (I love this part)!

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