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Phil Sturgeon:
The Tribal Framework Mindset
January 03, 2014 @ 10:37:15

Phil Sturgeon has an interesting post (with plenty of comments following it) about what he calls the "tribal framework mindset" - basically that certain technologies can provide a siloing effect on developers rather than engaging them as a part of the PHP community as a whole. One community centered around the Laravel framework sparked the post.

As much as I understand pushing the "Laravel Community", content, blogs, etc, can we stop this soloing of efforts and be a PHP community? [...] It should still have made sense. [...] Well, I thought so at least until I had a myriad of bizarre responses from people (mostly the well-known Laravel names) defending and picking issue with things I said, assuming instead of saying something logical I must have meant something moronic. That is rather offensive to me, so let's explain it for them.

He goes on to break it down into four different topics and summarizes how the "framework versus general PHP" point fits in - packages and functionality, developers and how they label themselves and books/other resources. He finishes off the post with a look at the "morals" behind it all and how, due to some of the "tribal bullshit" he's seen (even in his own CodeIgniter experience), developers are siloing into groups when really they should be a part of the community as a whole.

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Link: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2014/01/the-tribal-framework-mindset

NetTuts.com:
The Best Way to Learn PHP
October 17, 2011 @ 09:08:55

On NetTuts.com today there a new article with what they think is the best way to learn PHP in a list of thirteen different "assignments".

Learning something from scratch is almost always an arduous affair - you simply have no idea as to where to start, or not to start, to kick things off. I loathed learning about the idiosyncrasies of C++'s syntax when all I wanted to learn were some darn programming concepts. As I'm sure you can agree, this is a less than ideal situation. [...] Today, we're going to figure out the best way to learn PHP.

Among their list of "assignments" are things like:

  • Disregard the Naysayers
  • Read a Few, Good Books
  • Create Something Simple
  • Try out a Lean, Lightweight Framework
  • Build Something Awesome
  • Get Involved and Be Up to Date

There's also some good comments with suggestions of other frameworks to learn, things to try out and a few comments that put an emphasis on learning the language before diving directly into a framework.

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