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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Chris Russell
Jun 24, 2016 @ 10:40:05

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. This latest episode, recorded live at Sunshine PHP 2016, has host Cal Evans talking with Chris Russell, a speaker at the conference.

Cal and Chris talk about Chris' talk at the conference covering design patterns - an overview of popular patterns and examples of them in use. They talk about how they're a "language" for "developers to talk to each other" and allow them to agree on one approach. Chris also shares how he "made the leap" from speaking at the local user group to presenting at the conference. They also talk about something outside of development Chris enjoys: backpacking.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates when new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/06/24/interview-chris-russell/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Brett Florio
Jun 22, 2016 @ 09:42:02

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted a new episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new show Cal talks with Brett Florio of FoxyCart.

Cal and Brett talk about the first time they met (through friend and fellow FoxyCart-er Luke Stokes). They also talk some about FoxyCart and how it came about originally. They also talk about the growth of the service and some of the work they've (Brett and Luke) put in to make it successful. They also discuss the "startup life". Cal also relates to some of these same lessons learned back to a project of his: Nomad PHP. They end the show talking about the company rebranding and the release of the new approach the company is taking - Foxy.io.

You can listen to this 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 shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/06/21/interview-brett-florio/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Elisa Towbis
Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:53:09

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode, another in their series interviewing a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Elisa Towbis at the 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP Conference.

Cal and Elisa talk about her talk at the Sunshine PHP conference about monitoring applications and some of the topics it covers. They also talk about her experience as a first-time speaker and what advice she has for others thinking about getting in to speaking. Elisa also talks some about the work she does developing software for GPS location of delivery trucks (with alerting and monitoring).

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.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/06/17/interview-elisa-towbis/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beth Tucker Long (#2)
Jun 14, 2016 @ 12:14:13

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Beth Tucker Long.

Cal and Beth talk about her tutorial presentation at Sunshine PHP 2016 about becoming an Open Source contributor. They cover things (other than pull requests) that people can do to make their first contributions to other projects, including the "people" side of things. They also discuss her involvement in the Madison PHP Conference and their inclusion of local speakers. She also offers advice for people wanting to speak at conferences including the most important one: finding a mentor.

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 the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/06/14/interview-beth-tucker-long-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Adrian Cardenas
Jun 13, 2016 @ 09:36:12

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted another in its series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans interviews Adrian Cardenas.

Cal and Adrian talk about Adrian's experience as a first time speaker with his talk about HTTP 2. They also get into detail about the changes in the HTTP 2 versus HTTP 1 protocols and handling (and what you might need to change). Adrian also shares the number one thing PHP developers need to know about HTTP 2 (hint: binary protocol). They also talk some about how Adrian prepared for his talk and advice to others looking to present at conferences.

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 also subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/06/07/interview-with-adrian/

Davey Shafik:
The Syntax of Tech Communities
Jun 07, 2016 @ 13:18:43

Davey Shafik has an interesting post to his site sharing some of his views on the "syntax" of different programming communities - PHP, Ruby, Python and Perl.

In my (almost) three years of being in a developer relations type role I have attended events in several communities and have observed how they differ from my primary community (PHP). As I’ve tried to understand those differences and the reasons behind them, I have had many discussions with members of many more communities also.

After attending my first PyCon (US) I was struck by just how welcoming and diverse the community is and had many conversations trying to understand why this is. This is not what this post is about. This post is about conferences specifically, and how communities place different priorities on different things when it comes to how they run, organize, speak at, and attend events.

He talks about conferences - both attending and speaking at them - and how the situation differs from community to community. He did some background research on why things are they way they are and how that has influenced the overall focus of the community.

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Link: https://daveyshafik.com/archives/69985-the-syntax-of-tech-communities.html

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Joe "Little Joe" Ferguson
Jun 02, 2016 @ 09:26:07

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode today, another in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with one of his "partners in crime" for the Nomad PHP virtual user group: Joe Ferguson.

In the episode Cal and Joe talk some about the role that Joe plays in the Nomad PHP user group (setting up and running the lightning talks). Joe shares some of the issues he's had with finding speakers between the US and Europe editions of the group. They also talk about Joe's involvement in the Laravel community and what he likes about the framework and the training he presents about it. They also talk about his involvement in the Memphis PHP user group and some of the things he's learned as an organizer.

You can catch this latest episode either through the in-page audio or video players or you can download the mp3 of the show for listening offline. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the latest shows as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/05/31/interview-joe-little-joe-ferguson/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beau Simensen
May 24, 2016 @ 09:18:27

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with another member of the PHP community: Beau Simensen, a developer on the Sculpin static site generator project. This is another in their series of video interviews done live at the [php]world conference.

Cal and Beau talk some about Sculpin and some of the responsibility that comes with working on a large, popular open source project. They also talk about burnout and some of the things that Beau has done in his own life to help avoid it. There's also some discussion about Beau's new role at Monii.com and the experience of moving to the UK from the US (along with his family).

You can catch this latest episode in a few different ways - either by downloading the mp3 of the show directly or using the in-page audio or video players. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/05/24/beau-simenson/

Ben Ramsey:
7 Tips for php[tek]
May 23, 2016 @ 09:42:29

Ben Ramsey has a post to his site sharing a few tips for those attending the php[tek] conference this year (though most of them could apply to just about any technology-related conference out there.

This week, I’m attending php[tek]. This is my seventh php[tek], and the first I’ve attended not as a speaker. It’s one of my favorite conferences, and I didn’t want to miss its first year in a new city: St. Louis. As we gear up for the eleventh php[tek] conference, I thought I’d list my seven tips for getting the most out of your php[tek] experience.

His suggestions cover things to help you get the most enjoyment from the conference, and not just from the sessions:

  • Hang out in the evenings, after the conference sessions.
  • After the conference events, follow folks to the bar.
  • Take advantage of the “hallway track,” and don’t forget the regular sessions.
  • Attend the morning keynote sessions.
  • Join the conference IRC backchannel: #phptek on Freenode.
  • Use the official hashtag: #phptek
  • Take lots of pictures and upload them to Flickr.

Each of the suggestions comes with a bit of description and photos from previous years. If you're attending this year's conference, I'd definitely recommend talking a look over the full post and getting prepared for a great week of learning and community at this year's conference.

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Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2016/05/phptek-tips/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Amanda Folson
May 18, 2016 @ 09:47:30

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode today, another in their series of (audio) interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Amanda Folson, a developer evangelist at PagerDuty.

Cal and Amanda start off talking about some of her own experiences being a developer evangelist. They also talk about the travel involved, what kinds of events she normally attends. They also discuss the company she works for, PagerDuty, and what they provide as a service. Cal asks Amanda about some of her own advice for those out there looking to either get started speaking at conferences (or improve if you already do).

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.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/05/17/interview-amanda-folson/