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Ibuildings Blog:
Submit to the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) Call for Papers!
Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:52:45

As is mentioned in this new post to the Ibuildings blog, the Call for Papers for the Dutch PHP Conference is currently open and accepting submissions until February 22nd.

This year Ibuildings will host the Dutch PHP Conference (DPC) in Amsterdam for the tenth time in a row, on June 23rd - 25th. As you may have noticed, since a couple of weeks you can send in your tutorial or talk proposals. The Call for Papers closes on February 22nd.

DPC offers a stage to veteran speakers as well as the less experienced and debuting speakers. [...] We're looking for speakers who talk about subjects that they're passionate about. Talks don't necessarily need to be about PHP development: any subject that might be of interest to PHP developers is welcome.

The post also includes some suggestions that could help you get accepted as a speaker for the conference including:

  • sending more than one proposal
  • getting reviews of the proposals either from coworkers or something like helpmeabstract.com
  • practice giving presentations locally too

Be sure and get those proposals in the February 22nd deadline before

tagged: callforpapers cfp dutchphpconference dpc16 submit community conference amsterdam

Link: https://www.ibuildings.nl/blog/2016/02/submit-dpc-call-papers

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Christopher Pitt
Feb 02, 2016 @ 09:56:39

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode. This show, another in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community, features Cal talking with Christopher Pitt.

Cal and Christopher talk about his presentations at ZendCon this year: one talking about asynchronous PHP and the other about using generators to emulate co-routines. They also discuss each of the topics and share some of the things that can be done in PHP right now, not even necessarily a recent version. They mention his Nomad PHP talk on the asynchronous handling too. Christopher also talks about the company he works for, Silverstripe, and how they also contribute back to Open Source community and projects.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the episode be sure to either subscribe to their feed or follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates as new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview christopherpitt podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/02/02/interview-with-christopher-pitt/

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Schedule Posted
Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:13:37

As is mentioned in this quick post to the php[architect] site today, they've posted the schedule for this year's php[tek] conference happening in St. Louis in May.

We are excited to announce the schedule of sessions for php[tek] 2016! We had to sort through over 500 submissions to hand-pick the best 55 talks to fill out our schedule from over 30 internationally based speakers. You can see the schedule online now. Make sure and get your Early Bird Sale tickets and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

There's a huge range of talks happening during this year's event including sessions like:

  • "I Promise() to Teach You Asynchronous PHP" (Eric Mann)
  • "WordPress Code Performance" (Stéphane Boisvert)
  • "Legacy: a Retrospective" (Jessica Mauerhan)
  • "Becoming a Polyglot" (Kirsten Jones)
  • "Mastering the Basics of OAuth2" (Joseph Maxwell)
  • "Professional Development, professional Developers" (Steve Grunwell)
  • "On the Road towards PHP 7" (Josh Deckard)

Be sure to check out the full schedule for looks at these and more great topics being covered over the multi-day event. As mentioned, tickets are also already on sale so you can get yours now if there's sessions you'd like to see. You can find more information about the conference in general from the [https://tek.phparch.com](main conference site).

tagged: schedule posted tek16 phptek conference stlouis community

Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/01/schedule-posted-for-phptek-2016/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Wim Godden
Jan 27, 2016 @ 09:40:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new episode host Cal Evans talks with Wim Godden at ZendCon 2015.

They talk about the tutorial that Wim presented at the ZendCon conference about security and some of his thoughts on why it (security) is becoming more and more important. Cal also asks Wim which vulnerability he sees most often in both older and more current code. They also briefly talk about database security, tips for preventing SQL injection issues by using PDO or abstraction layers and "trust issues" between your application and database contents. They also talk some about the company Wim works for, Cu.be, a PHP consultancy company.

You can listen to this episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. Also be sure to subscribing to their feed or follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview wimgodden podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/01/26/interview-with-wim-godden/

Larry Garfield:
Giving Back in 2016
Jan 25, 2016 @ 10:57:14

In the latest post to his site Larry Garfield makes a charge to the community - both Drupal and the wider PHP community - to gave back in 2016 and make an effort to contribute in some way back to the projects you use and love.

At the end of 2014, I wrote a follow-up for Acquia's Future of PHP series. In that, I called on people to Build Bridges between communities through not just visiting them, but building with them. Build and launch a real project with some toolkit that's not your usual go-to tool, and then documenting and sharing that knowledge with others.

While recording another episode of the Acquia Podcast with JAM (who seems to like having me on for some reason), he asked me what was next. What was the next 2016 challenge to help build a more robust PHP community?

This one should be easy, right? Give back.

He suggests not only that you get out and give back but that you also do it in somewhat unfamiliar territory. He points out that with most of the software we use we're "standing on the shoulders of giants" and without these people giving their time to help the project, it wouldn't be where it is. He includes a few suggestions of things to think about when looking for a place to contribute:

  • look for projects "affiliated" with the ones you usually contribute to
  • if you've never contributed before, there's an even wider range of options (frameworks, extensions, libraries, etc)
  • report bugs if you don't feel like you can contribute code

He does include a reminder that not all projects and communities will be a good fit for you and how you'd like to contribute, so find a good fit and then dig in.

Three contributions, to three projects, in any way, that is new to you. That's the ask. That's #PHPGivesBack2016. And then talk about it. Giving back is something to be proud of so be proud of it, and encourage others to do so as well.
tagged: give back contribute project opensource phpgivesback2016 community

Link: http://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/php-gives-back-2016

CloudWays Blog:
Rob Allen In A Candid Interview With Cloudways
Jan 19, 2016 @ 12:20:41

The Cloudways blog has posted another interview with a well-known member of the PHP community today - Rob Allen, a speaker, author and open source contributor to projects like Slim and the Zend Framework.

Rob is the author of Zend Framework in Action and founder of Nineteen Feet where he provides consultancy on PHP and Zend Framework. He has vast experience in the field of PHP and in his interview with Cloudways he talks about his career, PHP 7 and what similar functionality of other language PHP can add in it.

In the interview Rob answers questions about:

  • how he got into software development as a profession
  • his thoughts about PHP 7
  • why he wrote his "Zend Framework in Action" book
  • some advice to students looking to get in to software engineering

They also talk about Rob's recent work with Swift, making REST APIs and a brief discussion about hosting PHP applications in the cloud versus a hosting provider. Check out the rest of the interview for the answers to these and other questions.

tagged: cloudways roballen interview community

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/rob-allen-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Frédéric Dewinne and Oswald De Riemaecker
Jan 19, 2016 @ 09:55:32

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member (or in the case members) of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Frédéric Dewinne and Oswald De Riemaecker , two representatives from Continuous PHP.

They talk about the Continuous PHP service and what continuous integration is and how it's important in developing applications. They also talk about why they created a PHP-specific solution instead of something more generic that could be applied across languages. There's also some conversation about the backend they use for the tool including Zend Framework 2 and Docker containers for the workers.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview podcast fredericdewinne oswaldderiemaecker

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/01/19/interview-with/

CloudWays Blog:
Rafael Dohms Shares His Plethora Of Knowledge About PHP And Its User Groups
Jan 14, 2016 @ 12:10:56

The CloudWays blog has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest post they talk with Rafael Dohms, originally from Brazil but now in the Netherlands and founder of several PHP User Groups.

Rafael Dohms is a very active person in PHP Community. He has more than 15 years of experience in PHP web development. This Brazilian guy moved to Netherlands to explore new horizons in development and user groups, as he believes in power of user groups. He has created 3 PHP user groups including AmsterdamPHP, PHPDF and PHPSP.

Rafael has contributed in various projects including Symfony, Doctrine, and has helped in both support and documentation. He also believes in sharing of knowledge and for that reason, he is a passionate teacher who believes in empowering new developers. He has been a speaker at different conferences of PHP in all over the world.

In the interview Rafael answers questions about:

  • how he got started with PHP
  • what role he plays at his job with Symbid
  • some about the user groups he helped to start
  • his Composer book

...and more. They also talk about Rafael's views on the future of PHP, frameworks, other members of the PHP open source community and PHP 7. Check out the full interview for his answers to these and more interesting questions.

tagged: rafaeldohms usergroup interview cloudways community

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/rafael-dohms-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Margaret Staples
Jan 13, 2016 @ 11:44:27

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, with host Cal Evans, has posted their latest in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Margret Staples, a member of the Seattle PHP Community.

Margret and Cal talk about the game that she's been working on for several years, Brunelleschi: Age of Architects, with predominantly a PHP backend. They talk some about the gameplay type and interactions of the game - an MMO (massively multiplayer online) with a focus on user interaction and a browser interface (with a desktop version coming in the future). They also talk about how PHP powers the game and what libraries/frameworks she used to create the system. They also talk some about her participation in the community and speaking experiences she's had.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to follow them on Twitter or subscribe to their feed to keep up and be notified when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview margaretstaples podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/01/12/interview-with-margaret-staples/

Cloudways Blog:
Sammy Kaye Powers Talks About PHP Community
Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:55:50

The Cloudways blog has interviewed another member of the PHP community in their latest post. In this article they talk with Sammy Kaye Powers, a PHP community member from Chicago.

If there is someone you are looking forward to following in the PHP community, then Sammy Kaye Powers is your go to guy! Sammy is a very active guy in the PHP Community. He is the host of PHP roundtable podcast and the co-organizer of Chicago PHP user group.

Along with being an active member of the PHP community, he has in his arsenal more than 15 years of experience in web development, along with having vast experience in Laravel. He is also a contributor of the official Facebook PHP SDK v5. In this interview with Cloudways, Sammy shared his views about PHP7, Laravel, Facebook and The PHP Community and how an amateur can benefit from becoming an active part of the community.

They start off with some basic introductory questions about Sammy's background in development and with PHP. They also talk about his work on the PHP Roundtable Podcast and his contributions to both the Laravel and Silex frameworks. Sammy then answers some questions about his work on Facebook applications, how he views the growth of the PHP community and his contributions including PHP documentation updates and speaking at conferences and online sessions.

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Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-sammy-kaye-powers