I had the pleasure of doing some freelance consultancy work for an event management company whereby they needed a bespoke system to send out invitations with confirmation links, QR codes and some other mail merge information.
It was only a short project and so I had to quickly put together a site that would be functional for one of their events in the coming week. It was a back office site so didn’t need to be that great looking and because of my love for php I decided to use that as it allows for quick development. Also I have found on a previous project at Softwire that php5 is actually very powerful with respect to testing (if you have time to use it correctly which I didn’t on this site) and using a lot of open source libraries.
I spent just over about 5 working days on it (including some extra features and bug fixes) but it was quite a nice little system that allows them to create and preview HTML emails, send them one by one or in bulk. It also allowed checking in at events to see when people go through the door with a nice reporting feature to get that data out of the database as a CSV. It could definitely come up to rival something like EventBrite in the future if I had time to work on it! The company want me to do some more work on it (and I would probably want to tidy up the code) but unfortunately I am on another big project and so if there is anyone out there reading this who has some time to do some freelance pHp work please get in touch!