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The Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jeremy Mikola
Sep 30, 2016 @ 10:34:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Jeremy Mikola at the 2016 edition of the php[tek] conference.

Cal and Jeremy talk about Jeremy's keynote at php[tek] 2016 and how it came to be. They also talk about the tradition Jeremy helped start related to PHP conferences: Wurstcon.

You can listen to this latest show either by using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. To get the latest updates when new episodes are released, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/09/30/interview-jeremy-mikola/

Community News:
DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest 2016
Sep 29, 2016 @ 09:46:57

It's that time of year again - the perfect time to get involved in Open Source. Why? Because DigitalOcean is back with Hacktoberfest once again, encouraging contributions to Open Source no matter the size.

The Laravel News site sums it up nicely:

Hacktoberfest, the month-long festival of code, is back again this year. The event is hosted in partnership between GitHub and DigitalOcean, and the rules are simple. If you make four pull requests between October 1st and October 31st, you’ll get a t-shirt. It’s available worldwide with no stipulations.

While the real incentive is to get more contributions to Open Source project, there's also a side benefit for those that get in their four pull requests during October: a cool t-shirt bearing the logo for this year's event. All you have to do is contribute and four pull requests to any repository (not your own ideally) before the end of October. If you're not sure of where to start and need some ideas, the Hacktoberfest site has you covered with some great suggestions to get you started.

tagged: hacktoberfest digitalocean github community opensource contribution

Link: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/

Symfony Blog:
Symfony Reaches 500 Million Downloads
Sep 27, 2016 @ 12:09:06

The Symfony blog has posted an announcement about the major milestone the project has reached - the framework has passed 500 million downloads since the original release of the first versions of Symfony 2.

We did it! On September 26th, we achieved a huge milestone: 500 million Symfony packages have been downloaded by the PHP community! Thank you to the countless developers, contributors, companies, conferences and users that have made this massive number a reality. The Symfony ecosystem now consists of over 70 packages, several of which are downloaded, on average, over 50 thousand times every day!

The rest of the post talks about the road that lead to 500 million downloads, the pervasiveness of Symfony components and the work they've done on the Backwards Compatibility Promise and Continuous Upgrade Path. The post also includes several pictures members of the Symfony community took as the counter approached the 500 million mark.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-reaches-500-million-downloads

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jeff Gerrling
Sep 27, 2016 @ 10:32:56

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview in their series of chats with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Jeff Geerling.

Cal and Jeff talk about Jeff's work at Acquia as a technical architect. They also talk about the Drupal community and how it has been "pulled into" the wider PHP community in recent years. Cal also asks Jeff about the most recent DrupalCon that happened in New Orleans. Jeff also shares his work on a "small scale" with Drupal, running it on a "Pi stack" (made from a set of Raspberry Pis).

You can catch this latest episode either through the in-page audio/video player or you can download the mp3 directly for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates on when the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/09/27/interview-jeff-gerrling/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP-FIG Alternatives: The Pros and Cons of Various Visions
Sep 22, 2016 @ 11:10:49

On the SitePoint PHP blog paul Jones has written up some of his own perspective on the PHP-FIG and the work that's currently being done by the group on restructuring to make the group more effective, learning from past issues.

In his article The Past, Present and Future of the PHP-FIG, Larry Garfield gives a whirlwind tour of his impressions of the FIG, from its founding to one of its possible futures. I encourage you to read it in its entirety before continuing.

Herein, I will attempt to address some of the errors and omissions in Larry’s article, and offer two other possible futures for the FIG.

He starts by talking about the largest change the group is working on - the PHP-FIG 3.0 proposal. He compares the vision of this effort to some of the founding goals and principles of the group as documented in various emails and posts from current (and past) members of the group. Paul also talks about the FIG 2.0 workflow, what PSRs were before/after it was introduced and some of the overall impact that these and other PSRs from the group have had on the wider community.

He wraps up the post with a look at two alternatives he's proposing for the group's consideration as a way forward and an alternative to the PHP-FIG v3: independent interop groups and disbanding the PHP-FIG all together.

tagged: phpfig alternative vision opinion history group psr community

Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/php-fig-alternatives-the-pros-and-cons-of-various-visions/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with James Titcumb
Sep 20, 2016 @ 12:50:23

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with James Titcumb as recorded at php[tek] 2016.

Cal and James talk about his history as the first Nomad PHP lightning talk and his role as an organizer of the PHP Southcoast Conference. They also talk about why he and the other organizers put the conference on and how they involve other local user groups. They also talk about the topic James presented about not only at the php[tek] conference but previously in a lightning talk: RabbitMQ. They talk about some of the requirements for its use and some things to consider if you're thinking about adding it to your own stack.

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 subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/09/20/interview-james-titcumb/

Laravel News:
The 2016 Laravel Survey
Sep 16, 2016 @ 10:16:01

On the Laravel News site there's a new post talking about a survey that's being put out by the LaraJobs site/service with questions covering the current state of the Laravel community.

The Laravel community is growing fast and we thought it’d be interesting to see what types of projects people are taking on with Laravel as well as get some feedback on what the Laravel community could be doing better.

If you’re a Laravel developer or in charge of a Laravel team and have a few minutes we’d love for you to take the survey.

The survey will run for a few weeks and at the end, the results will be tabulated, analyzed and shared on the Laravel News site. Even if you're not a Laravel user, you might want to take this poll (don't worry, it's anonymous) and share some about why you don't use the framework - there's a few questions about that too.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/09/the-2016-laravel-survey/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ian Litman
Sep 16, 2016 @ 09:43:39

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Ian Litman, a speaker there at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

They talk about the sessions he presented at the conference. This relates back to some of his work with PHP and Docker and some of the things he's learned in the process. Ian talks some about running Docker on OSX, a few things to watch out for and the general state of the tool on this popular platform. They also talk about Ian's other session covering "high performance PHP" and running your PHP application as a process, fully bootstrapped and waiting for web requests.

You can listen to (and watch) this latest interview either through the in-page audio or video players or you can download the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/09/16/interview-ian-littman/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Gary Hockin (#2)
Sep 13, 2016 @ 10:44:19

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Gary Hockin, a developer advocate at JetBrains.

Cal and Gary talk about the conferences and speaking that Gary has done recently and some of his favorite/not so favorite things about them. They talk about how it helps develop your career and how it can help make you a (perceived) expert in an area. They also discuss the difficulties around speaking and travel and being away from family. Gary also talks about his work at JetBrains, his coordination with the community and being "approachable".

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates when the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/09/13/interview-gary-hockin/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP-FIG, Quo Vadis?
Sep 12, 2016 @ 12:53:20

On the SitePoint PHP blog Deji Akala has written up a post talking about the PHP-FIG - some if its history and its current role in the community.

The Polish writer, Henryk Sienkiewicz, was awarded the 1905 Nobel prize for Literature for his epic novel Quo Vadis, which is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?”. In the face of any dilemma, a brief pause and redefinition of one’s goals may be therapeutic.

The PHP Framework Interoperability Group (PHP-FIG) has come of age. With the acceptance of more PHP Standards Recommendations (PSRs), PHP has attracted further positive attention and admiration of the programming community. PSRs governing coding standards, coding style guides, autoloading, logging, caching and HTTP messages have been accepted.

[...] However, the future isn’t as bright as painted, as a recent ruckus within the organization has thrown its continuing existence under doubt.

The post starts out with some of the origins of the group and how its organized and communicates (with a large part of it being the main mailing list). There's some mention of the successes that the group has had (like PSR-0/PSR-4 that allowed for easier creation of the Composer package manager) as well as some disputes that have risen recently about the goals of the group. the post wraps up with a look at other open source communities, the fact that people don't always "see eye-to-eye" and some of the author's own thoughts about the state of PHP-FIG and its future.

One note here: be sure to read the comments on the post - they help clear up a few misunderstandings in the article's contents and give a wider context to the group and its current state.

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Link: https://www.sitepoint.com/php-fig-quo-vadis/