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Voices of the ElePHPant:
PHP South Coast Wrap-Up
Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:57:55

The Voices of the ElePHPant has posted their latest episode, a wrap-up of the PHP South Coast, a conference that just wrapped up in the UK earlier in July.

Host Cal Evans talks with the organizers of the conference, Rich Sage, Dave Baker and James Titcumb, about why they started the conference and what they hope to provide. Cal also asks about the bad side of things, what was the worst thing that happened as a part of planning the event. He also asks them about the speaker selection and how they handled the rejection letter. To counter, he also asks them about what the best part about planning and putting on the event was. Finally he asks each of them about their local user groups, when and where they meet and what their format looks like.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly for listening offline. Be sure to subscribe to their feed too if you enjoy the episode!

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview podcast phpsouthcoast richsage davebaker jamestitcumb

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/28/php-south-coast-wrap-up

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jacques Woodcock
Jul 21, 2015 @ 08:45:49

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of community interviews. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Jacques Woodcock,

Jacques and Cal talk some about his work in the leadership of the Nashville PHP user group. They also talk about how he's grown and what he's learned while he was organizing the group. There's also a mention of the "all user group leadership" meetup they have in the Nashville area, bringing together a cross-functional representative group of the local tech groups. Cal also asks Jacques about the work he's doing at a startup as CTO and how he actively works on the developer happiness of the team.

You can listen to the episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 to listen at your leisure. Be sure to subscribe to their feed too and get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/21/interview-with-jacques-woodcock-2/

JetBrains Blog:
PHP Annotated Monthly – July 2015
Jul 16, 2015 @ 08:40:29

The JetBrains blog has just posted their latest edition of the "PHP Annotated Monthly" series with their review for July 2015.

Our July issue of PHP Annotated Monthly is here, bringing you updates on PHP, frameworks, tools, tips for coding, community, and more. Read this month’s digest curated by Mikhail Vink, PhpStorm Product Marketing Manager.

In this month's article there's mentions of things like:

  • New PHP versions released
  • Work on PHP7
  • Updates to various frameworks and tools
  • Being able to order an elePHPant on demand (and the funding of the woolly mammoth
  • PHP cheatsheets
  • Information about contributing back to PHP

Check out the full post for even more topics and links to other great resources.

tagged: jetbrains phpannotated monthly july2015 newsletter summary language community framework articles

Link: http://blog.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/2015/07/php-annotated-monthly-july-2015/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ben Marks
Jul 14, 2015 @ 11:47:32

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. This time host Cal Evans talks with Ben Marks, a developer evangelist for Magento.

Cal and Ben talk about the work Ben does as a developer evangelist and how he got into the role. They also talk about how he handles the balance between the need to be social and the need to keep "doing the job" (and burnout). Ben also talks about what responsibilities he feels the role has. They also mention the eBay split (Magento is/was a part of eBay's products) and the work that's put in from that perspective to make it a good product.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the show. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/14/interview-with-ben-marks/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
It's the Booze Talking: Podcasters on Podcasting
Jul 07, 2015 @ 11:58:32

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted a special episode of their "It's the Booze Talking" series with a show of podcasters talking about podcasting. Besides host Cal Evans the episode also features other podcast hosts Sammy Powers (PHP Roundtable), Matt Stauffer (5 Minute Geek Show/Laravel Podcast), Chris Hartjes (DevHell), Ben Edmunds (PHP Town Hall), Kayla Daniels (No Capes), Beau Simensen (That Podcast) and NinjaGirl (#ossart).

They talk about why they started their podcasts and what they want their show to be for their listening audience. They also go around and mention who they think their target audience is (or if there is a target), how they present their content to match and some of the feedback they get. Cal also asks some of the "how" involved in creating their shows and sharing them with their listeners. Finally they talk about some of their own "horror stories" they've had during the production of their show.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community boozetalking podcasters podcasting

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/07/07/its-the-booze-talking-podcasts/

7PHP.com:
#20YearsOfPHP - Let’s Hear It From Ben Ramsey
Jul 07, 2015 @ 08:41:18

On the 7PHP.com site Khayrettee Wasseem has posted a new interview with Ben Ramsey about the recent anniversary of the PHP language - "20 Years of PHP".

This is the 2nd serie of our #20YearsOfPHP ! YES $this->year[‘2015′] needs to be over-brimmed with lots and lots of love and happiness to celebrate this amazing unique moment. All that PHP has achieved today, is the hard work of myriads of PHP rockstar from all over the world. It’s also because of a super-fantastic group (they know who they are!) of dedicated people who are doing their utmost best to keep shaping, giving consistence to and above all safeguarding the magical community that is The PHP Community! [...] Here over 7PHP, I’m taking this a step further by interviewing some of the PHP rockstars about what they have to say about #20YearsOfPHP

In the interview Ben answers questions about some of his own experience in the PHP community, lessons he's learned over the years, why he thinks PHP has survived so long and his advice to new PHPers just starting out.

tagged: 7php interview community benramsey series 20yearsofphp

Link: http://7php.com/20yearsofphp-benramsey/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sammy K. Powers
Jun 30, 2015 @ 08:50:28

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans has posted their latest episode featuring yet another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Sammy Powers.

Cal and Sammy talk about his PHP Roundtable podcast and why he (Sammy) started it up. Cal also asks Sammy his opinion of the PHP community as he's a relatively new addition to conferences and the wider community as a whole.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. You can also subscribe to their feed to get the latest episodes as they're released. Also be sure to check out the PHP Roundtable podcast!

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/06/30/interview-with-sammy-k-powers/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ben Ramsey
Jun 23, 2015 @ 08:30:16

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 new episode Cal talks with Ben Ramsey, a long-time member of the PHP community.

In the episode Cal and Ben talk some about Ben's own experience in the PHP community with a bit of a "retrospective" and how he felt good being a part of something good. He also talks about his experience getting back into the community and publishing an open source library. They also talk about his experience contributing to the core PHP language and his involvement with the VirtPHP project.

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

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/06/23/interview-with-ben-ramsey/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Matthew Weier O'Phinney
Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:11:21

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode interviewing a member of the PHP community. This time host Cal Evans talks with Matthew Weier O'Phinney of the Zend Framework team.

In this new episode Cal and Matthew talk about a conversation they were involved in about Conduit, a "middleware for PHP" project. It came from some of his testing with Node.js and wondering why PHP didn't have something similar. This lead to the PSR-7 proposal from the PHP-FIG group with a standardized HTTP request and response structure. They also talk about how these concepts are being integrated into frameworks like Zend Framework and how it's helping improve performance. They also talk about how this move will effect major projects like WordPress or Drupal. They wrap things up talking about Zend Framework v3 and the work that's currently being done to split up the components and lock down the framework as a "meta-package" with specific versions of the components.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed to get this and future episodes as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/06/16/interview-with-matthew-weier-ophinney-3/

Community News:
20 Years of PHP
Jun 08, 2015 @ 11:35:20

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the language we all know and love (or love to hate) - PHP. Rasmus Lerdorf started the language to "scratch an itch" he needed to make a more dynamic web site. It's grown over the last twenty years into one of the most popular web programming languages. Several members of the PHP community have posted some of their own thoughts about the event:

Also, be sure to check out Ben Ramsey's article on Infoworld too! Have you shared your own thoughts about today? Let us know and we'll add it to the list! Also be sure yo check out everyone that tagged their tweets too!

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Link: http://php.net