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September 29, 2022

Hi everyone,

One of the topics that was covered by Jake and Michael's discussion in their latest podcast was the return of in-person events. While virtual events like the recently concluded Laracon are still happening online, it is nice to see people are slowly starting to slowly organise in person events like PHP London and the upcoming Full Stack Europe conference next month to give a sense of a return to normalcy. However, some of our brothers and and sisters in the community are currently caught in the crossfires of conflict, and to those people and their families, we would like to extend our solidarity as they navigate through such difficult times. We hope that they never lose sight of the day when they will go back to enjoying their work and passions in peace and normalcy.  

All the best,

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