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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Shawn Mayzes
Jan 20, 2017 @ 12:52:47

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest in the series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal interviews Shawn Mayzes.

Cal and Sean talk about how Sean got into programming, starting from some original tinkering around to his education through to his work as a professional developer. They also talk about Sean being hard of hearing and how it has had an effect on his career. There's also a mention of the project Sean is a part of, the Larachat.co community. They finish up talking about Sean's participation in the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation as a player.

You can listen to this latest interview either using the in-page audio or video player, by downloading the mp3 or watching it directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates as new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/01/18/interview-shawn-mayzes/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Taylor Otwell & Joe Ferguson
Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:19:49

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Joe Fergeuson and Taylor Otwell to chat about all things Laravel.

Cal and Taylor talk about some of the origins of Laravel and why he created it. He goes through some of the early days of the framework and why he included the features that he did. They also talk about the ecosystem around the framework itself both on the free and paid sides including Laravel Cashier, Homestead, Valet and Forge. Joe also talks about his approach to the framework back in the Laravel 3 days and how he came into the community and, eventually, started helping out with the Homestead project.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio or video player you can also download the mp3 directly for listening offline. 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.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/01/03/interview-taylor-otwell-joe-ferguson/

Laravel Daily:
Bobby Bouwmann: “2 Years and 1000 Best Replies on Laracasts”
Dec 28, 2016 @ 11:41:56

On the Laravel Daily site they've posted an interview with Bobby Bouwmann, one of the most active (and awarded) members of the Laracasts website. Laracasts is an online learning site for instruction on the use of the Laravel framework and related technologies.

In recent years, Laracasts has become a no.1 resource for learning Laravel. Also, there’s a really active discussion forum on the website, so we decided to chat with one of the most active members there. Bobby Bouwmann has almost 1000 “Best Reply” awards on the forum, which is a huge number. So what is it like to be so active on Laracasts? Let’s find out.

In the interview Bobby answers questions about:

  • what drives him to participate in the forum
  • what value he finds in Laracasts
  • how he handles "developers" that don't bother looking for answers in documentation
  • what he does when he sees the same question asked over and over

His final answer offers some advice to Jeffrey Way about the forum itself, making a suggestion of how to improve it by "keeping the forum clean".

tagged: laracasts best replies forum bobbybouwmann community feedback

Link: http://laraveldaily.com/bobby-bouwmann-lessons-1000-best-replies-laracasts/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Paul Jones (#2)
Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:51:26

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Paul Jones in the first live online interview for the show.

Cal and Paul talk about one of Paul's new projects, the "PHP Package Development Standards" project including why he started up the initiative and what kind of goals he has for it going forward. He also talks about the research done before making the proposal and if there's an intent for this to become a new method for standards definition. Paul also talks about issues with standards definitions overall and the difference between non-code and code-based standards.

You can listen to/watch this latest episode either through the in-page audio and video player or you can watch over on YouTube directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to keep up with announcements of new shows as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/12/20/interview-paul-m-jones/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sara Golemon & Elizabeth Smith
Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:34:36

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted a joint interview recorded at the ZendCon conference 2016 with guests Sara Golemon and Elizabeth Smith.

Cal, Sara and Elizabeth talk about SAPIs (Server Application Programming Interface) and how the core of the language uses it to work with the server it runs on (web server, command line, etc). With a bit of definition out of the way, they they start talking about the creation of custom and new SAPIs for PHP (and "middleware SAPIs"). Sara takes more of the side that no new SAPIs are really needed but Elizabeth offers opinions from the other side and how the "middleware" state layer could improve the language.

You can listen to this interview 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 episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/29/interview-sara-golemon-elizabeth-smith/

Zend Developer Zone:
Welcome to PHP
Nov 09, 2016 @ 11:05:02

It's no secret that PHP is one of the most popular languages for web development available. The language has enjoyed quite a bit of popularity over the years with more and more developers discovering and learning it all the time. On the Zend Developer Zone they've put together a guide just for those new to the PHP language and its community: Welcome to PHP.

Every day new developers discover the power of PHP and start looking for resources to help them learn more. It would be impossible to gather a complete list of all the resources, people, and projects that are useful to developers new to PHP. However, I decided it was time to put together a list designed to be starting point.

Ok, so all we need on the Internet is one more list. That having been said, I couldn’t think of a better way to organize this data other than into a list of lists. [...] Otherwise, here it is, presented to you in all its glory. If you like it, if you know someone new to PHP, please share it. I do hope that it is useful to anyone and everyone looking to get more involved or learn more. As the title says, Welcome to PHP!

The post is broken down into several sections (lists) including:

  • Language Resources
  • Community
  • Forums
  • Frameworks
  • News

There's plenty of links and descriptions of each resource linked to in these and a few other sections. If you're new to the world of PHP or even just looking to expand your horizons to more PHP-related things outside of your "developer bubble" check out the full post.

tagged: welcometophp language community guide introduction list resources

Link: https://devzone.zend.com/welcome-to-php/

Laravel News:
Laracon.us 2017 Announcement
Nov 09, 2016 @ 09:56:21

As is mentioned in this post to the Laravel News site, the official announcement has been made about the location and date for the Laracon 2017 conference - July 25th & 26th in New York City, NY.

Laracon 2017 has just launched its new site for the 2017 event and it will be held in NYC on July 25th and 26th. Both days will have talks starting at 9:00 AM and dinner and mingling after each day.

The venue is New World Stages which features a contemporary design and positioned between Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen.

The 2017 event will feature the "Laracon Science Fair", after parties and a wide range of speakers on both Laravel and non-Laravel related topics. Tickets aren't on sale yet but you can find out more about the conference and, if you're interested in potentially speaking at the event, submit your session ideas for consideration.

tagged: laravel community laraconus17 conference announcement

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/11/laracon-2017/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Todd Ross
Nov 08, 2016 @ 10:26:05

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Todd Ross, a developer at Answers.com.

Cal and Todd talk about what the technology stack looks like at Answers.com, the "second largest PHP-based site" on the web. Technologies mentioned include Java (for search indexing), Varnish for caching and various database technologies. They also cover the talk he presented at this year's php[tek] (2016) about deploying large scale PHP applications.

You can listen (and watch) this episode either through the in-page audio or video player. If you'd like to listen offline, you can download 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.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/08/interview-todd-ross/

Chris Hartjes:
True North PHP Is Done
Nov 08, 2016 @ 09:45:24

Chris Hartjes has a new (sad) post on his site today sharing news about the True North PHP conference, the "first PHP-centric event in the Greater Toronto Area since 2006" - the organizers have made the decision to end the conference's run after five years.

Why are you stopping the conference?!?"

This is the most common question I've been asked since earlier in the year when my conference partner Pete and I decided that we would run our small PHP-centric conference TrueNorthPHP one more time and then shut it down.

[...] But why did I go along with shutting down such an awesome event. Sure, I could keep doing this another 5 times. But I'm just not wired this way.

He gets into the details about why the conference was started, the work that he and Peter Meth put into the project and why they made the decision to no longer run the event. Chris talks about how his "restlessness" played into the decision and how, despite the conference being a success for several years, it was time for him to move on to another challenge.

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Link: https://www.littlehart.net/atthekeyboard/2016/11/07/true-north-php-is-done/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Steve Grunwell (#2)
Nov 01, 2016 @ 09:13:38

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest in its series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In its latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Steve Grunwell.

Cal and Steve talk about WordPress and the ElasticPress plugin for more effecting searching in WP applications. They talk about how the plugin came to be at 10up. They also chat about Steve's presentation at php[tek] 2016 about "professional development for professional developers". They cover some of the points that he covers in his talk and how passion fits into the overall picture.

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 updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview stevegrunwell podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/01/interview-steve-grunwell-2/