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Acquia Podcast:
Meet Cal Evans ... Meet Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire (Part 1)
November 21, 2014 @ 10:42:02

The Acquia podcast has released a special episode today spotlighting a video interview with Voices of the ElePHPant host Cal Evans and Jeffrey (jam) McGuire of the Drupal community. They decided to do a joint podcast, combining the Acquia and Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, giving you a look behind the scenes at Cal himself.

They talk about how Cal became involved in open source, how he discovered Drupal specifically, his involvement in the PHP community as a whole and where he works/what he currently does. They also talk about why Cal thinks PHP is such a success and his own "virtual user group" project, NomadPHP.

You can catch the interview either through the in-page video player or directly on YouTube.

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Link: https://www.acquia.com/resources/podcasts/acquia-podcast-167-meet-cal-evans-meet-jeffrey-jam-mcguire

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Mike van Riel
November 18, 2014 @ 12:10:31

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode in their community interview series. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Mike van Riel, the project lead on the PHP Documentor project.

Cal and Mike talk about Mike's work in a community-focused company, his own experience at the WeCamp conference, his experience speaking and the work he does on the PHP Documentor project.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview and want to hear more from the PHP community, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/11/18/interview-with-mike-van-riel/

Symfony Blog:
Introducing the Symfony Marketplace
November 13, 2014 @ 11:05:22

On the Symfony blog today they've announced what they call the Symfony Marketplace, a resource to locate products and services, all related to Symfony.

Today we are thrilled to introduce the new and long-awaited Marketplace section on symfony.com website. The Symfony Marketplace is a directory of products and services related to Symfony and its ecosystem. [...] We envisioned this marketplace for the first time when we launched Symfony 2.0. Thanks to the recent boom of Symfony related services and applications, the marketplace is now a reality.

Currently they have around 45 projects (open source and commercial) and tools that are popular in the Symfony community. There's also links to several Symfony-friendly services out there including Microsoft Azure and Platform.sh. Sound interesting? Be sure to check it out or find out how to get your projects/product/service added to the lists.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/introducing-the-symfony-marketplace

Symfony Blog:
Symfony November Camp in Sweden
November 06, 2014 @ 10:53:05

On the Symfony blog they've made the announcement about the Symfony November Camp happening in Sweden (back for their second time) November 14th in Stockholm.

As an organizer of the Swedish Symfony community I'm happy to say that we are hosting our second Symfony Conference. It is a one-day, single-track conference with speakers from 6 countries. The event takes place in Stockholm on November 14th. We will have two workshops the day before the event with Matthias Noback and Magnus Nordlander. One is a workshop on getting started with Symfony, and the other is for advanced Symfony application architecture. Both of our workshops are small groups, to ensure that you'll have plenty of access to the trainer.

They have a great list of speakers lined up for the day's event including Matthias Noback, Mathias Verraes and Raul Fraile. Tickets for the conference itself are 109 Euro and the training is 439 Euro. You can find out more about the event and pick up tickets on the November Camp website.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/symfony-november-camp-in-sweden

Acquia Blog:
PHP is getting Faster
November 04, 2014 @ 13:35:29

On the Acquia blog they've posted another in their guest post series, this time from Richard Miller, a Senior Technical Consultant with SensioLabs (the people behind the Symfony framework). In this new post he talks about how the performance of PHP is getting better and why.

PHP is not the fastest language in which we could write web applications, yet we continue to do so for many other reasons. Pure speed of a language is rarely the main deciding factor for many projects. [...] So why worry about the speed of the language at all? Well, application architecture is improving and we are finding ways to avoid all those other bottlenecks. [...] Trying to gain speed through profiling and optimising code can be a long and tedious process. Thankfully, improvements in the speed of the language itself give us an improvement in these other areas for free.

He looks at "a brief history" of the language and the major milestones that have lead to the biggest performance gains over the years. He also talks about some of the alternatives out there to "normal PHP" for execution including the HHVM and HippyVM projects. He ends the post with a warning, though - be careful of fragmentation and separation of the community based on these different tools and embrace things like the language specification to keep things on an even keel.

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Link: https://www.acquia.com/blog/php-getting-faster

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Frank de Jonge
November 04, 2014 @ 11:55:34

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of community interviews. This time it's with Frank de Jonge, a member of the Amsterdam PHP user group.

Cal and Frank talk about some of Frank's experience in speaking, how he got started and the events he's spoken at. He shares some tips about getting started in the world of speaking (hint: start local) and how to write a good abstract/proposal. They also talk about Frank not being a native English speaker and how he deals with it. They also talk some about his project, flysystem, where it came from and the functionality it includes. There's also some discussion about the League of Extraordinary Packages and Frank's involvement.

You can listen to this latest interview either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/11/04/interview-with-frank-de-jonge/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Erika Heidi Reinaldo
October 28, 2014 @ 12:54:17

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest PHP community interview episode. In this new episode Cal interviews Erika Heidi Reinldo, a developer and author from Amsterdam.

They talk about how she got started speaking and in the PHP community. She also offers some advice to those wanting to get into speaking at conferences. They also talk about her subject matter of choice, Vagrant, and how she decided to focus on it. They also talk some about her new job as a developer advocate at Digital Ocean.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/28/interview-with-erika-heidi-reinaldo/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files Yitzchok Willroth
October 24, 2014 @ 12:26:13

On the Laravel News site today they've posted an interview with a member of the PHP community: Yitzchok Willroth, aka @coderrabbi. They talk some about his past, how he came to be a developer and what tools he works with on a daily basis.

This week I'm happy to introduce you to the most interesting developer in the world, Yitzchok Willroth aka @coderabbi. Yitzchok is the organizer of the ShorePHP User Group, an active participant in the PHPMentoring Initiative, and a conference speaker.

They start with a look at his past and how he made the transition over from rabbi to developer, mainly based around a major change in his family's life. He talks about the classes and programs he took to improve his skills and how he found some of his first work. They also talk about his contributions to mentoring other developers and where he sees the value in it. They talk about his upcoming php[world] talk, how he came to find and work with Laravel and what a typical day is like for him and his work.

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Link: http://laravel-news.com/2014/10/artisan-files-yitzchok-willroth/

Phil Sturgeon:
PHP Wars Attack of the Clones
October 21, 2014 @ 10:18:02

In one of his recent posts Phil Sturgeon talks about what he calls the "Attack of the Clones" on Packagist. In this case, he's referring to the number of packages that all pretty much do the same thing, just in slightly different ways.

n the last article I said I wanted to write about when its a good idea to release a component. A lot of this comes down to: is there one out there that does what I want, and if so, can I use it. This blog post is going to touch on a lot of points already made well by Anthony Ferrera. His article Reinvent The Wheel! says many of the same things, so if you only have time to read one article right now, go and read that. I've been talking with various people on Twitter about how I see a lot of people building what I consider to be clones. [...] It should go without saying that I'm not trying to quash innovation; I just don't think building identical shit over and over again is innovation. I see people wasting their time, and I know that time could go to better use.

He talks about how he's not opposed to innovation and development for the sake of learning, but that often the packages released are lower-powered versions of already established, well-tested packages. These kinds of packages can clutter the results when the packages are searched and prevent developers from finding the best fit for what they need. He mentions frameworks, but doesn't dwell on them as they're a bit more "self-contained" than just packages. He also touches on the curation of packages (guiding people to the right ones) as a possible solution and looks at how some of the other communities out there handle this same problem.

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Link: https://philsturgeon.uk/blog/2014/10/php-wars-attack-of-the-clones

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ross Tuck
October 21, 2014 @ 09:27:18

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released its latest community interview, this time with Ross Tuck, well-known PHP speaker and community member.

In this episode Cal and Ross talk about the speaking he does at conferences and various events. They talk about how developers can make the jump into speaking and how it's a way to "give back" to the community. They also talk about Ross' decision to move to the Netherlands and the community that's coming from that area. Finally, they talk about his wide range of conference types.

You can listen to this latest show either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/21/interview-with-ross-tuck/


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