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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Adam Harvey
Aug 23, 2016 @ 09:41:24

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Adam Harvey, a core developer on the PHP project. This episode is a video recorded at the php[tek] 2016 conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cal and Adam talk about the pre-RFC "wild west" days of work on the PHP language, what he sees as better and what he sees as worse since the RFC process has been introduced. They talk about some of the "differences of opinion" that have happened on the php.internals mailing list, citing the strict type hinting conversations as an example. They also talk about the migration guides and Adam's contributions to them.

You can watch and listen to this latest episode either through the in-page video player or audio player. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/08/23/interview-adam-harvey/

The Changelog Podcast:
RFC #4: Jan Lehnardt – Building Healthy Communities
Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:41:22

On The Changelog podcast hosts Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Jan Lehnardt to talk about building healthy communities around software and Open Source projects.

On today’s show Nadia and Mikeal are joined by Jan Lehnardt to discuss the value of building healthy communities to reduce burden on maintainers and create sustainable projects, how healthy communities help grow a project, and contributor models.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for the show directly. If you enjoy the show and want to hear more from the podcast, be sure to follow their feed for more shows and articles as they're released.

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Link: https://changelog.com/rfc-4/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Matthew Turland (#2)
Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:03:59

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode, another in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Matthew Turland, a leader on the Phergie project.

Cal and Matt talk about Matt's role with the Phergie project and some of the history behind the project. Matt also shares some of his "lessons learned" about the project including bringing in other members of the community to help. They also talk about where Matt currently works - at When I Work - and what he does there.

You can listen to this latest episode either through 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 for updates when the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/08/16/interview-matthew-turland/

Laravel News:
New Community Project: Laravel Notification Channels
Aug 15, 2016 @ 10:53:13

On the Laravel News site there's a new post talking about a new community effort that's been started in the Laravel ecosystem centering around notification channels. A "notification channel" is a method used to interact directly with your users - in this case using Pusher notifications via a simplified interface.

Laravel 5.3 will ship with a notification system that includes a Nexmo SMS driver, a Mail driver, and the ability to include custom drivers. Now that we have this system built-in we can use the new Pusher service from inside our Laravel applications.

All we need to do is to create a custom driver and that’s it, we’ll be able to send Push notifications to our Mobile devices right away. With the help of Freek Van der Herten and Marcel Pociot we managed to build an easy to use driver for Pusher Push Notifications.

The Pusher system not only allows sending messages to you users via the web but also push notifications to mobile devices (iOS and Android). A simple code snippet is included showing the Laravel-centric interface to the functionality and a link to more code examples on a GitHub repository. The post ends with a brief section about creating customer drivers as well.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/08/new-community-project-laravel-notification-channels/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Woody Gilk
Aug 10, 2016 @ 09:53:33

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode with host Cal Evans interviewing a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Woody Gilk, a speaker at Midwest PHP 2016.

Cal and Woody talk about it talk about Midwest PHP covering domain-driven development and application architecture. They also talk about a package that he works heavily on - the OAuth2 server from League of Extraordinary Packages - and why he got involved. They also talk about some of the other packages in The League and their own personal experiences.

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 for updates when new episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/08/09/interview-woody-gilk/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with John Kelly
Aug 04, 2016 @ 10:32:41

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 latest show Cal talks with John Kelly.

Cal and John talk about the talk John presented at the Midwest PHP Conference covering dependency injection. They also talk about the PHP package he helps to maintain, the php-amqplib library (AMQP handling for RabbitMQ) and the PHP User Group he's an organizer of: Portland PHP. The interview ends with Cal asking John about some tips for those wanting to start and maintain a user group in their area.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the []in-page audio player(https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/08/02/interview-john-kelly/) 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 the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/08/02/interview-john-kelly/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Vesna Kovach
Aug 02, 2016 @ 13:19:15

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Vesna Kovach, one of the speakers at the Sunshine PHP Conference 2016.

Cal and Vesna talk about her "passion project" centered around the focus of women in technology. They cover a bit of history of code, comuting and the roles that women played. They discuss three examples involving working at NASA, computer science in education and the application of computers to "crunching numbers".

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 interviews are posted.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/29/interview-vesna-kovach/

CloudWays Blog:
Josh Lockhart Discusses Slim Framework And Photography
Jul 29, 2016 @ 12:30:58

The Cloudways blog has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community that has made major contributions. This time they talk with Josh Lockhart, the creator of the popular Slim framework and contributor to the PHP: The Right Way guide.

Josh Lockhart is the creator of Slim Micro Framework for PHP, a well known framework for writing powerful API and web apps. He is also managing PHP The Right Way, a project that provides best practices and quality information about PHP in one place. He works as a senior web developer and special project director at New Media Campaigns.

In this interview Josh talks about his experience with PHP. He also describes how he came up with the Slim Framework and offers great advice to PHP newbies.

In the interview Josh answers questions about:

  • his own history and experience in PHP development
  • how he sees PHP has progressed over the years (and where it's heading)
  • why he created the Slim framework and what makes it different
  • the tools/software he uses to do his work

He also shares some recommendations to beginners with the language and suggests some software for those looking at things like content management systems. The interview finishes up with Josh sharing some about his own passion for photography and his own work environment.

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Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/josh-lockhart-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Steve Grunwell
Jul 27, 2016 @ 09:47:48

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Steve Grunwell, a senior web engineer at 10up.

Cal and Steve talk about his presentation at this year's Sunshine PHP conference (2016) about "taking the web offline". Steve talks about the reasoning behind his group originally making an offline application and how it works. Steve also talks some about his background with WordPress and trying to get it to do "non-Wordpress-y things" in the past. They also commiserate over some of the client work they've each done in the past when they say "I just need....". They also talk about the WPEnforcer plugin he's created to enforce coding standards in a more automated way.

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 and want to hear more, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates as the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/26/interview-steve-grunwell/

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.

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