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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Evan Coury
July 23, 2014 @ 12:36:25

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast is back with a new episode of its podcast. This time it's an interview with PHP community member Evan Coury.

The interview is recoded live at this year's Midwest PHP Conference. They talk about Evan's work around Zend Framework and where he sees things going with the project. He also mentions some of the work being put towards Zend Framework v3 (and if there will be many backwards compatibility breaks like there was with ZF2).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. If you like what you hear, consider subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/07/22/interview-with-evan-coury/

7PHP.com:
Know The Las Vegas PHP User Group - Help Each Other & We All Benefit
July 23, 2014 @ 10:50:48

The 7PHP.com site has posted their latest PHP community interview. This time it's with a group from the Las Vegas PHP User Group about their community and group. The interview talks to Adam Englander, one of the organizers of the group.

This is the #4th set of 'Know Thy PHP Usergroup' in an attempt to create more awareness of: what is $this PHP UG about + get to know the leaders/Founders/Community behind it and what is a PHP User Group in general to personally know all the PHP user groups Around The World - that excites me and I hope you too! This concept is also a good opportunity for new #elePHPants to know about PHP UGs. [...] The Las Vegas PHP Users Group is a group dedicated to PHP developers learning from and teaching each other. [...] All skill levels are sought after. If you are looking to teach, learn, network, or just mingle, join the group and participate on the adventure.

They cover a lot of topics about the group including things like:

  • How the group started
  • How often they meet
  • What was their largest meeting attendance
  • Challenges in finding sponsors
  • How it's different than other user groups

Check out the full interview for the answers to these and other interesting questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/php-usergroup-las-vegas/

Reddit.com:
What constitutes the "PHP community"?
July 18, 2014 @ 12:09:37

There's a good conversation happening over on Reddit today about what constitutes the "PHP community" and how it can be defined. JordanLeDoux wonders if those who just write PHP are included in that group as well.

One conversation was with a dev who hates PHP because (mostly) they work with code that was written by some non-PHP dev who was asked to write it. The other was with /u/krakjoe from the PHP internals team, where I was commenting on a sentiment that sometimes finds its way into the internals mailing list: if you want a real programming language, then go use one. In both cases, I made the assertion that most people who utilize PHP or edit a script aren't actually part of the PHP community. [...] How can someone that is functionally isolated from any other person working in PHP be part of the PHP community?

Responses to the post are, for the most part, encouraging suggesting that

  • There's not a single "PHP community" but many smaller ones
  • sub-communitiies can revolve around technology or a product
  • The different definitions of community
  • The broad range of skills that "PHP developers" are known to have

Check out the full post for more opinions and share your own!

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/2ayxkg/what_constitutes_the_php_community/

7PHP.com:
Magento Certifications Tips & Tricks From Magento Certified Engineer Phillip Jackson
July 14, 2014 @ 09:04:17

The 7PHP.com site has a new community interview posted today, this time with Philip Jackson a Magento Certified Engineer. In this new post Khayrattee Wasseem asks him some questions about some of his own background as a developer and, more specifically, the Magento Certification and everything involved.

This is the #1st set of Magento Certification Tips and Advice to help anyone taking either of the FOUR Magento Exams powered by Magento - an Ebay Inc. Company: the Magento Front End Developer Certification, the Magento Developer Certification, the Magento Developer Plus Certification and/or the Magento Certified Solution Specialist. The aim being to help people who want to sit for those exams and inform them what it is all about & what to expect by hearing it from (pro) PHP Guys who have already been through it, that is.

Khayrattee's questions to Philip include things like:

  • What motivated you to start using Magento & when did your journey start?
  • Can you briefly give us an idea of what a Magento Certification is about & what it tries to achieve?
  • Could you help us differentiate between the three available Magento certification and which one most important to have?
  • Did you buy any learning material from Magento, how useful and critical were they? Would you have passed your exams without them?
  • Is a Zend Certification important before getting MDC? Is there any relevance?
  • Is you are good with Magento, does it mean you are equally good with Zend Framework?

Check out the full interview for the answers to these and more great questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/magento-certification-advice-phillip-jackson/

Symfony Blog:
First Online Symfony Community Hack Day July 5th!
July 01, 2014 @ 11:58:07

On the Symfony blog today Ryan Weaver has posted a note about the first ever Symfony online community hack day coming up on July the 5th.

Last week, I talked about the Symfony Experience, and announced a new Developer Experience Initiative. [...] And now it's time to put our ideas into action, with the first community hack day on July 5th. This hack day is for everyone and we'll focus on tasks from all around the Symfony world: the core code and third party bundles. This is our chance to really push on things that never quite get done as well as they could: third party bundle documentation, exception messages, shortcuts, etc.

The event will be happening on July 5th from 9am to 8pm Central European Time (3am to 2pm Eastern time in the US) and will be run from the #symfony channel on the Freenode IRC network. There'll be plenty to do, so if you're interested in getting involved, reach out to Ryan or Javier once you're on and they can point you in the right direction. More information can be found on the Symfony blog.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/first-online-symfony-community-hack-day-july-5th

Community News:
New Zealand PHP Conference 2014
June 26, 2014 @ 11:58:10

This coming August (28th & 29th to be more specific) New Zealand will host its first ever PHP conference, the New Zealand PHP Conference, at the Victoria University Business School in Wellington.

We are pleased to announce the New Zealand PHP Conference 2014 on the 28th and 29th of August, plus a pre-conference tutorial day on the 27th August. The Conference will be held at The Victoria Business School, located in the heart of Wellington's legal, government and business district. This conference promises to be one of the most important IT events in the region and will feature renown presenters, along with other expert speakers, presenting two concurrent tracks including over 22 talks and 4 workshops exploring web technologies trends to both inspire and challenge you. New Zealand PHP Conference is not just about PHP and will offer a Web Technology track to help developers improve their skill sets and expand their knowledge & experience.

Speakers for this year's event include some notable names including Nate Abele, Joshua Thijssen, Davey Shafik, Dustin Whittle and the creator of PHP himself, Rasmus Lerdorf. The conference will also be preceded by a tutorial day featuring sessions about design patterns, PHP components and Laravel. Tickets cost only NZD 390 (about $340 USD) for the main session and NZD 240 for the tutorial day. There's a student discount too, so be sure to check into that if you're eligible.

You can find out more about the event and pick up your tickets from the main conference website and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates!

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Link: http://www.phpconference.co.nz/

7PHP.com:
A Comprehensive Interview About Slim The Micro PHP Framework
June 24, 2014 @ 10:42:35

On the 7PHP.com site today Khayrattee Wassem has posted the latest in his PHP community interview series. This time it's with Josh Lockhart, creator of the Slim framework, talking about his experiences as a developer and in working on the open source project. This time the focus is more on the framework than Josh himself, though.

Last time, I've introduced the Captain America of The PHP Ecosystem to you, aka Josh Lockhart, via a 7PHP 'PHP Interview series to help drive thy PHP aspirations'. This time we go a little bit further with Josh to find out 'as much as we can' about his little masterpiece, I named Slim Framework - the PHP micro framework. Let's get started..

Josh answers questions about:

  • How the framework got started and what was the motivation behind it
  • What need the project tries to solve
  • Why someone might choose Slim over other frameworks
  • How many developers are involved in the project
  • What's coming in Slim v3

There's lots more too, so be sure to check out the full post for the answers to these and other interesting (and enlightening) questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/slim-php-framework-interview/

Dominic Tancredi:
PHP is a dying language - A Rebuttal
June 24, 2014 @ 09:47:14

In a recent post to his site Dominic Tancredi has posted some of his own opinions about the PHP language, a rebuttal to all of those who say that PHP is dying.

A junior programmer with a master's asked me, "Is PHP a dying language being taken over by trending technologies like Ruby on Rails?" Here are my thoughts. Order. It all comes down to order. Order is what defines us, clarifies ideas. Order allows us to get to market quicker, safer, and less defects. Order is a pristine engine that is maintainable, scalable and extendable.

He talks about the evolution of web development language over the years: how Ruby on Rails was the "next big thing" for a while and how PHP, despite starting from a small community grew into something a bit haphazard and crazy. Out of that craziness, though, came what he calls the "PHP Renaissance", a time when PHP is gaining order, standards are being defined and good practices are winning over the old ways. He mentions some adoption numbers and reinforces a suggestion from Phil Sturgeon that we all need to act more like a community and less like a tribe (or a set of tribes, centered around tools or techniques).

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Link: http://dominic-tancredi.com/posts/php-is-a-dying-language-a-rebuttal

Symfony Blog:
Making the Symfony Experience *Exceptional*
June 18, 2014 @ 12:52:34

In this new post to the Symfony blog Ryan Weaver talks about some steps the project is making to help improve the "developer experience" (DX) around using the framework. There's four things listed that they're trying out to see if they can improve the framework even more.

When Symfony was released, we (the community) thought a lot about the Symfony experience: working on documentation, improving error messages and creating open source bundles. But since then, innovation has slowed down and the Symfony experience has stopped evolving. Today, the Symfony Framework is still the highest quality PHP Framework available. But the Symfony experience has stagnated. The good news is that improving the developer experience is easy, and it involves you!

He includes the "four easy steps" that any developer using Symfony can follow to help out the development team and make things even easier (and more intuitive) to use:

  • The DX (Developer Experience) Label (on the Symfony issues list on GitHub)
  • Adding a suggested DX Label for your own repository
  • Working on DX issues at a Community Hack Day
  • Being Aggressive, Focusing on Beginners
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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/making-the-symfony-experience-exceptional

7PHP.com:
Lone Star PHP 2014 Review 02 Spotlight On Jeremy Lindblom's Stay
May 14, 2014 @ 11:19:44

The 7PHP.com site has posted their second interview/review about this year's Lone Star PHP conference with a little Q&A with one of the speakers, Jeremy Lindblom.

Lone Star PHP is a PHP conference which takes place yearly in Dallas/Texas. This year, it took place some weeks back on the 25th-26th April 2014. So what was the buzz, the happenings and the PHPing all about in there? To serve this purpose, 7PHP brings you some reviews based on the personal experience of the people who actually attended and/or spoken at that conference. With this edition, we are at the 2nd review of #lsp14.

In this interview Jeremy answers some questions about things like:

  • His overall impression of the conference
  • What talks he enjoyed attending
  • How he felt his own talk went
  • What he saw as different about the conference compared to others
  • Improvements he saw were needed for future events

You can see Jeremy's answers to these questions and more in the full post of the interview.

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Link: http://7php.com/lonestarphp2014-review02/


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