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Drupal 8.0.0 released
Nov 20, 2015 @ 09:16:35

If you're already a Drupal user you know the latest and greatest news. If not, here's the scoop - the latest major version of Drupal has been released with major reworks and updates across the board: Drupal 8.0.0.

Happy Drupal 8 Day! It has been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more excited to step into this next phase of Drupal development. There's no doubt it will usher in a new era of digital experiences, and we can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

Dries discussed what the release of Drupal 8.0.0 means for the community, and you can read his full post here. We also caught him traipsing through the streets of Belgium wearing a sombrero... for your viewing pleasure!

The post includes a video of the interview with Dries. The linked post also describes the updates and "transformation' Drupal has gone through in this latest release.

tagged: drupal8 release announcement interview driesbuytaert video

Link: http://www.acquia.com/blog/drupal-8/drupal-800-released/19/11/2015/3290246

Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2015 Speakers Announced
Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:53:24

The Sunshine PHP Conference (happening in February 2016 in Miami, Florida) has officially announced their speaker list for their upcoming event on the main conference website.

Speakers and topics for this year's event (well, the 2016 one) include:

  • Adam Wathan: "Applying the 4 Rules of Simple Design"
  • Amanda Folson: "Give Me a REST!"
  • Chris Russell: "The Pattern to Design Patterns"
  • Dave Stokes: "MySQL's JSON Data Type"
  • Eli White: "Web Security and You"
  • Gemma Anible: "Navigating Your Git Repository"
  • Jessica Mauerhan: "Behat: Beyond the Basics"

...and much more. Check out the speakers page for more information about the who and what of this great conference. They've also already opened registration so if you want to pick up tickets, head over to the Registration page and get yours today. Early bird tickets are available until December 15th and are only $240 USD each.

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference speaker announcement miami

Link: http://2016.sunshinephp.com/speakers

Zend Developer Zone:
Announcing Expressive 1.0.0RC1!
Oct 22, 2015 @ 09:27:14

On the Zend Developer Zone Matthew Weier O'Phinney has posted an announcement about the release of the first Release Candidate for Expressive, version 1.0.0RC1. It builds on top of the zend-stratigility component of the Zend Framework.

Today, we are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the first release candidate of Expressive, a [PSR-7](http://www.php-fig.org/psr/psr-7/) [middleware](https://github.com/zendframework/zend-stratigility/blob/master/doc/book/middleware.md) microframework.

Expressive allows you to write PSR-7 middleware applications for the web. PSR-7 is a standard defining HTTP message interfaces; these are the incoming request and outgoing response for your application. By using PSR-7, we ensure that your applications will work in other PSR-7 contexts.

The post gives a brief introduction to the framework and lists some of its main features including:

  • customizable routing choice (select from several packages, not just forced into one)
  • implements the ContainerInterface for dependency injection handling
  • allows for the integration of several types of templating tools (Plates, Twig, etc)
  • customizable error handling (defaults to a template-based version)

He then walks you through getting started with the framework and creating a simple project. The setup prompts you and walks you through several choices of other packages to install (a router, a template library, etc) and hooks them all together. Once the installation is complete, all it takes is a simple web server start (PHP's own built-in works fine) and you'll have a fully functional application to work with. You can find out more information about the framework through the quickstart and full documentation.

tagged: expressive framework middleware psr7 releasecandidate rc1 announcement

Link: http://devzone.zend.com/6814/announcing-expressive-1-0-0rc1/

Community News:
Update on php[cruise]
Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:04:24

php[architect], the group behind the php[tek] and the php[world] conferences has posted more information about the latest addition to their conference lineup coming in 2016 - php[cruise]. They've launched the full conference site over at cruise.phparch.com

Well we’ve already actually announced it at php[tek] 2015, but it’s time to start sharing some information about it.

Yes, we are going to revive php[cruise], and once again host a conference-cruise for the PHP community. This 7 day cruise will take place from July 17-23, 2016 and leave from the port of Baltimore.

We still have lots of details to work out – but wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of this early! We will be working on making this a family friendly experience. Daycare/kids activities are included in the cost and we are even looking at scheduling some 'teach kids to code' type events.

The cruise will be happening in July 2016 (17th through 24th) and will feature several days of talks as well as plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and evening activities. One thing to note, the cost of the ticket for the conference does not include the cost for the cruise itself. That is paid separate because of the wide variety of accommodations available (and how many will be in your party). One of the goals with this event was to make it as family-friendly as possible, so the schedule isn't wall-to-wall talks like a normal conference. There's plenty of time to enjoy the trip and be with loved ones should they come along.

You can find out more about this conference at sea over on the official php[cruise] website.

tagged: website conference cruise phpcruise16 phparchitect announcement

Link: https://cruise.phparch.com

PEAR Blog:
PEAR 1.10.0 with PHP7 support is out
Oct 07, 2015 @ 12:55:22

In a quick post on the PEAR blog there's an announcement about the release of a version of the tool with full PHP 7 support, version 1.10.0.

After a year of development, PEAR [version 1.10.0](http://pear.php.net/package/PEAR/download/1.10.0) has been released. It works on PHP7 and is [E_DEPRECATED](http://php.net/manual/en/errorfunc.constants.php#errorfunc.constants.errorlevels.e-deprecated-error) and [E_STRICT](http://php.net/manual/en/errorfunc.constants.php#errorfunc.constants.errorlevels.e-strict) compatible.

Apart from those big changes, a number of annoying bugs have been fixed and some features implemented – have a look at the release notes and the roadmap. Thanks to Ferenc Kovacs, Hannes Magnusson, Remi Collet and Ken Guest for their patches.

The post includes the commands you'll need to do to upgrade to this latest version, a simple two-step process of clearing the current cache and performing the upgrade. If you're installing PEAR for the first time, you can follow along with the documentation to get up and running quickly.

tagged: pear php7 support release announcement

Link: http://blog.pear.php.net/2015/10/07/pear-1-10-0/

Symfony Blog:
Pre-conference workshops at SymfonyCon Paris 2015 are announced!
Sep 30, 2015 @ 11:45:34

The Symfony blog has announced the pre-conference workshops that will be happening at this year's SymfonyCon Paris happening December. These workshops will run December 1st and 2nd with the main conference following from the 3rd through 5th.

Symfony3 is arriving soon, so we want you to be trained on the latest version of Symfony, get more skills and learn new tips and tricks with the framework. The good news is that we have finally got the entire workshop schedule!

Pre-conference workshops at SymfonyCon Paris 2015 will be organized on December 1st and 2nd. This year, we’re pleased to offer 8 different workshop combos which give you 8 different possibilities of Symfony training before the conference. Each workshop is composed of 2 days of workshops, if you register for a workshop, you register for 2 days according to the topics you’ve selected. You can be trained on 6 different topics, some of which are brand new topic workshops organized exclusively for SymfonyCon Paris 2015.

Topics covered in this year's workshops include Symfony forms, Symfony 3's new features, Doctrine 2, REST and plenty more. If you're interested in the sessions and the speakers check out the workshops page on the SymfonyCon Paris 2015 site (and maybe pick up your tickets while you're there).

tagged: preconference symfonycon15 paris session announcement

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/pre-conference-workshops-at-symfonycon-paris-2015-are-announced

Symfony Blog:
Finally out, discover the schedule for SymfonyLive San Francisco 2015!
Sep 16, 2015 @ 12:27:52

On the Symfony blog they've announce the schedule for SymfonyLive San Francisco at their 2015 event happening October 27th through 30th at the Crunchyroll offices in downtown San Francisco.

Today, we’re super happy to unveil the conference schedule. On October 29th and 30th, meet Yitzchok Willroth, Sarah Khalil, Jordi Boggiano, Ryan Weaver, Beau Simensen, Jessica Mauheran and Fabien Potencier, to name just a few. They will talk about their Symfony experience or about real user cases of Symfony they’ve come across. Listen to Nicolas Grekas who will be presenting Migrating to Symfony 3.0, Kevin Dunglas talking about Leveraging a cloud computing infrastructure to build high performance Symfony webapps and Jonathan Johnson speaking about Building a Symfony API to support Ember.js (or anything else).

There will also be pre-conference workshops (those happen on the 27th and 28th) about Mastering Symfony Forms, Migrating to Symfony 3.0 and more. Check out the full schedule for more information on the event and summaries of each of the sessions. You can also grab some tickets if you'd like to attend.

tagged: symfonylive15 sanfrancisco schedule announcement

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/finally-out-discover-the-schedule-for-symfonylive-san-francisco-2015

Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2016 Call for Papers Now Open
Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:14:10

The 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP conference, happening in Miami, Florida between February 4th and 6th, has officially opened their Call for Papers for their upcoming event.

We’re pleased to announce our conference, SunshinePHP is one of the best PHP conferences where community members from around the world come together to learn and share information about the latest trends and technologies in professional PHP development.

The speaker package for their 2016 event includes an all-access pass to the conference itself, airfare/travel to the event, two hotel nights and lunch provided on regular conference days. They're accepting submissions until midnight (EST) on September 30th and highly advise submitting more than one session idea. They also have a few suggested topics they'd like to see at this year's event including:

  • Virtualization and environments
  • Development principles
  • User Experience/Usability
  • Continuous Integration
  • Debugging
  • Teamwork and/or Developer Management
  • Professional development

It may be a PHP-centric conference but they're looking for a wide range of other topics to round it out too. If you have an idea for a session you'd like to present, be sure to submit as soon as possible!

tagged: sunshinephp16 conference callforpapers cfp open announcement

Link: http://cfp.sunshinephp.com/

Symfony Blog:
SymfonyCon Paris’ schedule is out!
Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:51:10

The Symfony blog has a post officially announcing the release of the SymfonyCon Paris schedule for their 2015 event (happening December 1st through 5th).

And here it is! After a month of deliberations and thoughts, we finally selected all the speakers for SymfonyCon Paris 2015! It’s been very difficult to choose among all the great talk proposals we received, thank you again to all the people who took the time to submit a talk idea. The complete schedule of the conference is out! For Symfony’s 10th birthday, be ready to listen to super exciting talks.

Speakers at this year's event include:

  • Nicolas Grekas (about Symfony 3)
  • Ryan Weaver (Symfony as a microframework)
  • Several members of the core team including Sarah Khalil, Benjamin Eberlei and Kris Wallsmith

You can find the full schedule on the SymfonyCon Paris website or just pick up your ticket now!

tagged: symfonyconparis15 speaker announcement schedule december conference

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfonycon-paris-schedule-is-out

Laravel News:
Laracon (US) Schedule Announced
Jul 07, 2015 @ 09:51:25

On the Laravel News site they've posted an announcement about the release of the Laracon US schedule for their 2015 event (happening August 11th and 12th).

Laracon US will be held next month in Lousiville KY and time is running out to get a ticket. Currently, 350+ have been sold and will be the biggest Laracon yet. The full schedule has now been posting on the Laracon site and the topics sound outstanding.

The list of sessions for this year's event include:

  • Matt Stauffer on Leveraging Laravel
  • Adam Wathan on Chasing “Perfect”
  • Jeffrey Way Things Laravel Made Me Believe
  • Brian Webb on Open Source and Company Culture
  • Yitzchok Willroth with Talmudic Maxims to maximize your growth as a developer

This year's event will also feature "Artisan Jeopardy" hosted by Jeremy Mikola, one session each day. If you're interested in attending, you can pick up your tickets now.

tagged: laracon15 laraconus schedule announcement kentucky laravel

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/07/laracon-schedule-announced/