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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Josh Butts (#2)
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:26:20

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest episode in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Josh Butts, a developer from Austin, Texas and an organizer of the Austin PHP User group.

They talk about the presentation Josh gave at the Lone Star PHP Conference about "what your application is doing when you're not looking". Cal also asks Josh about a specific thing to keep an eye out for - in his example, it's handling exceptions thrown in your application correctly. They also talk about a presentation he presented at the Nomad PHP "virtual user group" about Redis (now passed, but you can find the video here).

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview joshbutts podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/08/25/interview-with-josh-butts-2/

Larry Garfield:
Just how insular is the PHP community?
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:20:37

In this post to his site Larry Garfield takes a look at how insular the PHP community is and, instead of just expressing personal opinions on the subject, looks at data around some of the "same old faces" comments recently pointed at the PHP community.

Periodically, there is a complaint that PHP conferences are just "the same old faces". That the PHP community is insular and is just a good ol' boys club, elitist, and so forth. It's not the first community I've been part of that has had such accusations made against it, so rather than engage in such debates I figured, let's do what any good scientist would do: Look at the data!

He starts with a look at the Joind.in conference feedback site and the data it has to offer. This is what he's basing is research on, pulling the information from the site's JSON API to work through it locally. While the detailed information is attached on another page he does share a summary of his findings. Interestingly enough, just a bit over half of the speakers at these events were first-time speakers. His results show that there's an average of 13.1% of new speakers at each event too.

tagged: insular community conference speaker joindin data results

Link: http://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/php-conference-data

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Maurya Couvares
Aug 18, 2015 @ 08:52:02

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, with host Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode featuring another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode he talks with Maurya Couvares

Cal and Maurya covers the session she gave at this year's Lone Star PHP Conference around how she started up the ScriptEd youth technology training program in New York. Cal also asked her what some of the main things she's learned are from starting the foundation and how it's helped to make the work they do a success.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. Be sure to subscribe to their feed if you enjoy the show.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview mauryacouvares podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/08/18/interview-with-maurya-couvares/

Joe Ferguson:
On Community Silos
Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:17:30

Joe Ferguson recently attended the Laracon US conference, a conference centered around the Laravel framework and the community that's around it. In this post to his site he shares some of his thoughts about the event and something else that came up during the course of the event - the topic of "silos" in communities.

When the [JeoPHPardy] game was over I was thinking about a lot of the questions that the contestants couldn’t answer and how that relates to this being a Laravel conference. (As opposed to a PHP conference). [...] The point I’d like to make is that a random sampling of Laravel conference attendees were unable to answer medium to high difficulty PHP related questions. [...] I find it frustrating that a random sampling of Laracon attendees seem to be out of touch with not only notable PHP podcast hosts, the Framework Interoperability Group that is guiding the way they write code, and inner workings of the PHP language itself.

He goes on to share his frustration with the "silo" that it seems like the Laravel community has created, making their interactions with the general PHP community somewhat less. He points out that he's not picking on Laravel, though. He shifts the focus away from complaints about the community differences and instead emphasizes bringing people out of these silos. He includes a few practical things that can help too: attending a conference, going to a more general PHP user group, etc.

tagged: community laraconus15 conference involvement laravel silo encouragement

Link: http://www.joeferguson.me/on-community-silos/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sandy Smith
Aug 11, 2015 @ 13:35:11

The Voices of the ElePHPant has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new episode Cal talks with Sandy Smith, a member of the team at php[architect]

Cal and Sandy talk about the work he does at php[architect] as their CEO, helping to keep the magazine running on time and working with the company's training. They also talk about the transition they made from a previous venture into the team working on the magazine and putting on the conferences each year. They also talk about the newest conference in their list, php[world] now in its second year. They also cover some of the cross-community pollination it encourages.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to check out some of their most popular episodes or subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview sandysmith podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/08/11/interview-with-sandy-smith/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Heather White
Aug 04, 2015 @ 08:58:39

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans interviews Heather White from php[architect]

In the episode Cal and Heather talk about her as a speaker at the 2015 Lone Star PHP conference and what her session was about. They also talk some about her interaction with the PHP community now that she's becoming more involved, both through php[architect] and community participation.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show and want to hear more, be sure to subscribe to their feedif you want to hear more or just catch up on previous episodes (and get new ones as they're released).

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/08/04/interview-with-heather-white/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
PHP South Coast Wrap-Up
Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:57:55

The Voices of the ElePHPant has posted their latest episode, a wrap-up of the PHP South Coast, a conference that just wrapped up in the UK earlier in July.

Host Cal Evans talks with the organizers of the conference, Rich Sage, Dave Baker and James Titcumb, about why they started the conference and what they hope to provide. Cal also asks about the bad side of things, what was the worst thing that happened as a part of planning the event. He also asks them about the speaker selection and how they handled the rejection letter. To counter, he also asks them about what the best part about planning and putting on the event was. Finally he asks each of them about their local user groups, when and where they meet and what their format looks like.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly for listening offline. Be sure to subscribe to their feed too if you enjoy the episode!

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview podcast phpsouthcoast richsage davebaker jamestitcumb

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/28/php-south-coast-wrap-up

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jacques Woodcock
Jul 21, 2015 @ 08:45:49

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of community interviews. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Jacques Woodcock,

Jacques and Cal talk some about his work in the leadership of the Nashville PHP user group. They also talk about how he's grown and what he's learned while he was organizing the group. There's also a mention of the "all user group leadership" meetup they have in the Nashville area, bringing together a cross-functional representative group of the local tech groups. Cal also asks Jacques about the work he's doing at a startup as CTO and how he actively works on the developer happiness of the team.

You can listen to the episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 to listen at your leisure. Be sure to subscribe to their feed too and get the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview jacqueswoodcock podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/21/interview-with-jacques-woodcock-2/

JetBrains Blog:
PHP Annotated Monthly – July 2015
Jul 16, 2015 @ 08:40:29

The JetBrains blog has just posted their latest edition of the "PHP Annotated Monthly" series with their review for July 2015.

Our July issue of PHP Annotated Monthly is here, bringing you updates on PHP, frameworks, tools, tips for coding, community, and more. Read this month’s digest curated by Mikhail Vink, PhpStorm Product Marketing Manager.

In this month's article there's mentions of things like:

  • New PHP versions released
  • Work on PHP7
  • Updates to various frameworks and tools
  • Being able to order an elePHPant on demand (and the funding of the woolly mammoth
  • PHP cheatsheets
  • Information about contributing back to PHP

Check out the full post for even more topics and links to other great resources.

tagged: jetbrains phpannotated monthly july2015 newsletter summary language community framework articles

Link: http://blog.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/2015/07/php-annotated-monthly-july-2015/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ben Marks
Jul 14, 2015 @ 11:47:32

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. This time host Cal Evans talks with Ben Marks, a developer evangelist for Magento.

Cal and Ben talk about the work Ben does as a developer evangelist and how he got into the role. They also talk about how he handles the balance between the need to be social and the need to keep "doing the job" (and burnout). Ben also talks about what responsibilities he feels the role has. They also mention the eBay split (Magento is/was a part of eBay's products) and the work that's put in from that perspective to make it a good product.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the show. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and get the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview benmarks podcast magento

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/14/interview-with-ben-marks/