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Laravel News:
Taylor Otwell - Community Experiences Contributing To Laravel
Jul 26, 2016 @ 13:28:34

On the Laravel News site there's a post sharing some of the results from a recent request for feedback from Taylor Otwell (creator of the Laravel framework) asking the Reddit community for their own experiences contributing to the Laravel project.

Taylor created a feedback thread on Reddit asking the community on why they do not contribute as well as asking for suggestions on how to manage issues.

Taylor said in the thread, “One thing that has been bothering me is I have seen a few people say they don’t contribute to Laravel because it seems like PRs get closed or shot down without much explanation. [...] Taylor continues, “My biggest challenge is the “Issues” tab on GitHub. It gets a lot of activity and its hard to filter out genuine issues from support requests, configuration problems, general questions, etc”.

Among the opinions shared in the responses were comments about how feedback was given by a certain member of the Laravel development team. Taylor has already said that processes have been put in motion to help make this situation better and move people to where they're most productive. The thread and shares a lot of other opinions besides just this, so if you're considering contributing it's worth a read.

tagged: community experience laravel taylorotwell contributing

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/07/taylor-otwell-askes-community-experience-contributing-laravel/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Robert McFrazier
Jul 22, 2016 @ 10:31:39

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Robert McFrazier.

In the show Cal and Robert talk about his presentation at the 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP conference introducing Docker to PHP developers that may not have used it before. They also talk about some of the technical editing he's done on books covering Cassandra. Robert briefly summarizes what Cassandra is and how it can be used (and why it might be used over a relational database). Finally they talk about one of Robert's other passion - music.

You can listen to this latest interview 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 for updates when the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview robertmcfrazier podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/22/interview-robert-mcfrazier/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Phil Jackson
Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:05:51

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans has posted their latest episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Phil Jackson, a member of the South Florida Magento user group.

Cal and Phil start the episode briefly talking about "nicknames" and the podcast that Phil hosts: MageTalk (a Magento-related podcast). They talk some about how he got into creating and hosting the podcast and what their shows are like. Phil also shares some insight of what the Magento community is like and how it has built up around the Magento product. They wrap up the show by talking about communities and Phil's own passion for music.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview philjackson podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/19/interview-phil-jackson/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michael Moussa
Jul 18, 2016 @ 09:49:04

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted the latest in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community. In this new show Cal talks with Michael Moussa.

Cal and Michael talk about his session at this year's Sunshine PHP conference covering graph databases. He talks about the Neo4j database (the most popular graph database right now) and what kinds of functionality exists for integrating it with PHP. They also talk about a hobby that Michael has: brewing his own beer. He talks about how he got into it and how he's advanced in his methods (and that he's entered in competitions too).

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 new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview michaelmoussa podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/15/interview-michael-moussa

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Matt Stauffer
Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:24:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview featuring a conversation with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Matt Stauffer in a recording from Sunshine PHP 2016.

Cal and Matt start off talking about his presentation covering going from "idea to application" quickly with the Laravel framework as the backend. They also talk about moving from Laravel if the need arises and some of the other tools in the Laravel ecosystem (like the Socialize package and Force/Envoyer for server management). They also talk some about the podcasting that Matt does (5 Minute Geek Show and Laravel Podcast) and they "geek out" over their gear. Matt also shares some about these shows and the motivation he had to create each.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview mattstauffer podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/11/interview-matt-staufer/

Davey Shafik:
Community Relations: Not Just a Megaphone
Jul 11, 2016 @ 10:49:04

Davey Shafik has continued his series of posts with advice about growing a community around your product/open source libraries. In his first post he talked more about how to engage the community. In this latest post he talks about the role of "evangelists" in community relations (and why he dislikes the term).

The role of the Community Builder is to sell you on the idea of the company and the product. Not necessarily to sell you the product. Often times what we’re selling are not bought without some decision making process behind them, so a sale is not going to happen then and there anyway. Provide the education, and build the trust, and the sale will happen.

Davey then talks about why he hates the term "evangelist" and how it seems to relate more to "fanatic" than "advocate". He then gets into what he sees as the role of an advocate, including the role honesty plays and selling the customer on the right product. He then turns it around and talks about the other side of the role - advocating for the customer back to the rest of the company. Finally, he talks about two other kinds of advocacy that should also be included in the role: advocating for the community/their input and for yourself (finding a product you can be passionate about selling).

tagged: community relation megaphone building advocate evangelist opinion series part2

Link: https://daveyshafik.com/archives/70035-community-relations-not-just-a-megaphone.html

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ligaya Turmelle (#2)
Jul 11, 2016 @ 09:37:21

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In his latest show host Cal Evans talks with Ligaya Turmelle, a long-time member of the community.

Cal and Lig talk about the history of their own relationship in the PHP community and he current role as a MySQL support technician. Lig goes through how she ended up in the role and some of the duties that it includes. Cal also asks Lig about her favorite feature of the latest version (at the time of the post) of MySQL (5.7). They finish their conversation talking about Lig (and her husband's) love of off-roading Jeeps.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview ligayaturmelle podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/08/interview-ligaya-turmelle-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jessica Dunbar
Jul 08, 2016 @ 09:43:35

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 Jessica Dunbar, a keynote speaker at the 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP Conference.

Cal and Jessica talk about her keynote presentation at Sunshine PHP where she shared some of her own stories about being involved in Open Source. They also discuss translation issues and priorities in work/development versus life. They both share some thoughts on cultural differences, diversity and how it makes an impact on projects. Jessica also talks about her work as a technical evangelist at concrete5. They end by mentioning "cat people" versus "dog people" and her own cat (an asian leopard cat mix).

You can listen to this latest episode either through 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 episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview jessicadunbar podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/05/interview-jessica-dunbar/

Davey Shafik:
Building a Community Presence
Jul 07, 2016 @ 10:17:40

Davey Shafik, a developer advocate at Akamai, has shared some of his own thoughts and perspective on his site about building a community presence for your company and help it "do community".

Your company has decided it needs to “do community”, whatever that means, you’re community manager 1 number one, what now? From my time as a developer advocate/evangelist under both marketing and engineering teams, I have come to some conclusions about how to build community presence. Though my experience is mostly with technical communities, this should apply pretty well to any community building.

He breaks it up into three man sections, filling each in with some background and concrete suggestions you can use to help get the ball rolling:

  • Identify Your Products Potential Audience(s)
  • Breadth First Evangelism
  • Depth First Evangelism
  • Localized Evangelism

He ends the post by reminding you that, while these suggestions can help you "get your foot in the door". He'll be following this post up with another providing more about how you can use the feedback you get to enhance and improve your efforts.

tagged: community presence company audience evangelism opinion

Link: https://daveyshafik.com/archives/70023-building-a-community-presence.html

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ibis Arrastia
Jul 07, 2016 @ 09:29:09

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted another in their series of interview with a member of the PHP community from Sunshine PHP 2016. In this new episode host Cal Evans talks with Ibis Arrastia.

Cal and Ibis start off talking about the work she does with women in technology in her role as an organizer for her local Girl Develop It group. Ibis also talks about the group itself - what the group is about, how many members it draws in and their activities. They also talk about her presentation at this year's Sunshine PHP - "APIs for the Brain".

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 to get the latest updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview ibisarrastia podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/01/interview-ibis-arrastia/