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The #ZendCon Interview | The Unique 2015 Edition of ZendCon
Oct 02, 2015 @ 09:45:36

The 7PHP.com site has posted another interview in its series talking with members of the PHP community about what they're doing and things happening around the PHP ecosystem. In this new interview Khayratte Wasseem talks with Cal Evans and Adam Culp about this year's ZendCon conference.

ZendCon is said to be The Global PHP Conference and every year is an amazement in itself. But this year, 2015, will be one of those “once in a blue moon” type of event with the arrival of PHP 7. So Zend Inc., The PHP Company, promises to deliver one of the most unique and exciting ZendCon till date. Most of the PHP Rockstars and leaders will be there. I’m really sad I can’t be there. But if you are nearby, you should not miss it!

This 7PHP interview focuses entirely on ZendCon. I was honored to have this interview through The Community Father, Mr Cal Evans who is one of the key person behind the event and also the amazing Adam Culp being the main organizer.

In the interview they cover a bit of history about the conference, how it compares to other conferences and things they've learned from previous versions of the event. They also talk about some of their own experiences at the past events, things they'd like to share with other conferences and about Zend itself, the company that puts on ZendCon each year.

tagged: zendcon interview community calevans adamculp conference

Link: http://7php.com/zendcon-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Adam Culp
Sep 22, 2015 @ 10:49:50

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Adam Culp, an organizer of the South Florida PHP Users Group and the Sunshine PHP Conference.

They start off talking about user groups and the two Adam organizes and why he organizes them. Adam talk about the origins of the groups and how they ended up in Miami. They also mention other user groups doing something similar, spawning off secondary groups. They also talk about Sunshine PHP, his motivation behind starting it and how he got it going. He talks about some of his goals for the conference and the themes he has for each event.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 and listening at your leisure. Also be sure to subscribe to their feed or follow them on Twitter.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant podcast interview community calevans adamculp

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/09/22/interview-with-adam-culp-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jordi Boggiano
Sep 21, 2015 @ 18:13:43

In the latest episode of Voices of the ElePHPant podcast host Cal Evans interviews another member of the PHP community: Jordi Boggiano, a speaker at this year's Lone Star PHP and one of the primary developers on the Composer project.

They talk about why Jordi initially decided to work on the project. He talks about how it originated from the need for a plugin/bundle installer on projects they were working on. They talk about how it has changed the way PHP developers code on a pretty fundamental level. They also talk about the new features that were coming to Composer (when the episode was recorded).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly and listen at your leisure. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed or follow them on Twitter to get information on the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant podcast interview community calevans jordiboggiano

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/09/18/interview-with-jordi-boggiano/

#DC4D Brings You Debugging Beyond The var_dump() Approach
Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:52:34

The 7PHP.com site has posted another in its series of spotlights on people and happenings in the PHP community. In this latest edition he talks with Cal Evans about the latest Day Camp 4 Developers evening happening Friday, September 18th: "Debugging Beyond var_dump()".

Day Camp 4 Developers is a virtual ‘mini’ PHP conference. Meaning you can watch in realtime 5 awesome speakers, talking about some cool quality stuffs, while you are comfortably seated on your sofa with your snacks and beverages. [...] It’s a new week on our PHP Calendar, specially in our Virtual PHP calendar – it’s THE week for DC4D which will be held on this upcoming Friday 18th Sept 2015 – see it all here, click! One very important thing to know, DC4D is heartily brought forward by our PHP Icon – the one and only Mr Cal Evans, together with his wife, The Lovely & Talented Kathy.

Cal answers questions about the event including:

  • How it all started
  • How he finds the speakers for the theme for each event
  • Some of the things he's learned from putting on the event

The interview also includes a bonus Q&A with one of the speakers, Joshua Thijssen. They talk about Joshua's motivation behind the talk, one things that people will learn from it and what he sees as the benefit of a live presentation vs recorded.

tagged: daycamp4developers 7php interview calevans joshuathijssen vardump debugging

Link: http://7php.com/dc4d-debugging/

How to Find, Hire, and Retain Developers – Interview with Cal Evans
May 15, 2015 @ 08:58:54

On FogCreek.com they've posted a new interview they recorded with PHP community member Cal Evans about how to find, hire and retain developers for your business.

We’ve interviewed Cal Evans, author of ‘Culture of Respect’, and we discuss how to find, hire, and retain Developers. He gives tips on where to find great developers, how to write job ads which appeal to them and how best to interview them. We also discuss ways to build a great team culture that can help startups and growing businesses compete with the big guys for talent.

You can catch the interview in a few different ways - either through the in-page video recording, audio-only over on SoundCloud or you can download it for listening offline.

tagged: calevans interview video find hire retain developer cultureofrespect

Link: http://blog.fogcreek.com/how-to-find-hire-and-retain-developers-interview-with-cal-evans/

Community News:
"Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?" (Adam Culp & Cal Evans)
Mar 03, 2015 @ 11:57:42

There's an interesting set of posts from PHP community members Adam Culp and Cal Evans each on a similar subject centering around conferences and the presentations made at them. They both wonder if talks are getting too "soft" and not focusing as much on the technology and getting in-depth as they should be. From Cal:

PHP conferences are changing very slowly, and not in a way that I like. I blame myself. As a frequent speaker I am getting lazy. I get caught up in the excitement of the CfP, I write up 5-10 abstracts and shotgun them into the CfP system hoping that something hits the mark. I’ve not actually written these talks. In most cases, I’m pretty sure I can get 45 minutes on the topic, but I don’t know for sure because I’ve not bothered to write it yet. Adam Culp talks about this very thing in his post “Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?“.

Adam points out that, while introductory talks and overviews are acceptable level coverage for someone new to the speaking scene (or development), the trend seems to be that everyone is providing less "meat" in their talks.

It is hard to teach a great amount in a 1 hour talk, but if there is not some immediately usable content an attendee will have a tough time proving to their short sighted boss that it was worth their time.

Both Adam and Cal set out a challenge, both to themselves and other speakers in the community. They encourage you to spend more time with your subjects, get in-depth into the topics, present on what you're excited about and maybe even try them out locally first.

tagged: conference talk soft indepth opinion topic adamculp calevans

Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/1076

Voices of the ElePHPant:
It's the Booze Talking - ZendCon 2014
Dec 02, 2014 @ 13:13:24

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest in their special conference-recorded "It's the Booze Talking" series of episodes (this time it was at ZendCon 2014). In this new episode Cal Evans talks with guests Jeremy Mikola, Mike Stowe, Derick Rethans and Beth Tucker-Long.

They discuss the life of a developer evangelist including travel experiences, what it's like working conferences, and how it has an impact on their family life. They also all share their worst travel story in the course of their work and what they really enjoy about their roles.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show and want to hear more episodes like this (or their usual community interviews), be sure to subscribe to their feed

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant boozetalking developer evangelist calevans jeremymikola mikestowe derickrethans bethtuckerlong

Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/12/02/its-the-booze-talking-zendcon-2014/

Acquia Podcast:
Meet Cal Evans ... Meet Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire (Part 1)
Nov 21, 2014 @ 10:42:02

The Acquia podcast has released a special episode today spotlighting a video interview with Voices of the ElePHPant host Cal Evans and Jeffrey (jam) McGuire of the Drupal community. They decided to do a joint podcast, combining the Acquia and Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, giving you a look behind the scenes at Cal himself.

They talk about how Cal became involved in open source, how he discovered Drupal specifically, his involvement in the PHP community as a whole and where he works/what he currently does. They also talk about why Cal thinks PHP is such a success and his own "virtual user group" project, NomadPHP.

You can catch the interview either through the in-page video player or directly on YouTube.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant calevans community interview jeffreymcguire drupal acquia

Link: https://www.acquia.com/resources/podcasts/acquia-podcast-167-meet-cal-evans-meet-jeffrey-jam-mcguire

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 17: Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers
Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:54:15

The PHP Town Hall podcast has posted their seventeenth episode today - Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers. In it they feature guest Cal Evans a well-known member of the PHP community and author of Signaling PHP.

Cal Evans talks with us about some of the great projects he is (and has) been involved with, including training days, writing books, speaking, organising conferences and a bunch more.

They also talk some about Phil's own book, the Sunshine PHP conference and much more. You can listen to this latest episode a few different ways - either the audio via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live recording on their YouTube channel. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to their feed for more PHP community goodness.

tagged: phptownhall ep17 podcast author conference calevans

Link: http://phptownhall.com/blog/2013/12/30/episode-17-cal-evans-nomad-bat-shit

Cal Evans:
Signaling PHP
Oct 28, 2013 @ 09:21:42

Cal Evans has a new post to his site today about a book he's published covering a topic not really focused on in the PHP world - command-line usage. The book, "Signaling PHP" covers the use of the process control extension to handle command-line signals.

Most of the PHP I write these days is CLI scripts. I really wanted to be able to trap signals in some of my scripts. I struggled with this for a while; I even spent an entire weekend googling and reading only to find out that most of the information out there was either wrong, confusing, or incomplete. I decided that once I figured it out, I was going to put everything I learned together in one place to help others that were struggling with this topic as well.

The eBook is available for purchase and download now at a suggested price of only $5 USD. If you've been looking for a quick, concise guide to using process control in PHP, you should check it out.

tagged: signaling ebook calevans cli commandline

Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2013/10/27/signaling-php/