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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Larry E. Masters
May 24, 2017 @ 11:17:07

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 Larry Masters

In this episode Cal and Larry talk about Cake PHP and some of the backstory on how it was started and where it is now. They also talk about some of the features of the framework (including built-in internationalization support). Larry also talks about the interchangeable pieces of the framework and how the Cake PHP Development Corporation fits into the overall picture. He also shares about some of the training resources the group provides and the conference they host.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview podcast larrymasters calevans cakephp

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/05/23/interview-with-larry-e-masters/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michelangelo van Dam (#3)
May 22, 2017 @ 12:24:15

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans has posted their latest episode with an interview of a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Michelangelo van Dam, a well-known PHP conference speaker and organizer of PHP Benelux.

They talk about why Michelangelo speaks at conferences and what he gets out of both presenting and being at the events. They also talk about conferences in general and, more specifically, the Lone Star PHP Conference (having had their last one this year, 2017). They also talk about the PHP Benelux conference, what they try to provide to their attendees and sponsors and how cultural differences play a part.

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 shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview podcast michelangelovandam calevans

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/05/16/interview-with-michelangelo-van-dam-3/

TutsPlus.com:
Programming With Yii2: Building Community With Voting, Comments, and Sharing
May 19, 2017 @ 10:27:21

The TutsPlus.com site has posted the latest in their "Programming with Yii2" series of tutorials with this new article looking at features for the application useful to build community around the site.

In today's tutorial, I'm going to show you how to extend Yii to easily mimic a site like Reddit with voting, comments, and sharing.

[...] I built some my latest Twitter API episodes on the early version of this platform, following friends on behalf of users and analyzing our followers. The site I described in those, Twixxr, forms the foundation of my Yii customization work.

So adding core functionality like voting, comments and sharing makes so much sense. As you expand your Yii codebase with these kinds of features, building new sites becomes faster, easier and increasingly powerful.

He then spends the rest of the article showing how to use three Yii2 plugins to help provide the community functionality he needed: a voting extension, a plugin for integrating Disquis and a "social extension" for other social plugins and widgets. He shows how to get these extensions installed and what code updates you'll need to make to use them across the application. This also includes screenshots of the results so you can be sure that you're on the right track.

tagged: tutorial series yii2 community voting comment disquis sharing

Link: https://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/programming-with-yii-building-community-with-voting-comments-and-sharing--cms-27798

CloudWays Blog:
Anna Filina On PHP Trainings And Future Of PHP Frameworks
May 16, 2017 @ 12:09:55

On the Cloudways blog they've posted another interview with a member of the PHP community. This time they talk with Anna Filina, a well-known speaker and one of the organizers of the Confoo conference that happens in both Montreal and Vancouver.

Today we are honored to have Anna Filina for this interview. She was a vice president at FooLab and an organizer for ConFoo, a world-renowned conference for developers in Montreal and Vancouver area. Additionally, Anna speaks regularly at international PHP conferences, provides training and consultancy to the developers around the world.

In the interview Anna answers questions about:

  • How she got started in development
  • What topics she usually covers in her training sessions
  • Her favorite framework
  • Her opinions on conferences

The interview finishes with Anna talking about some of the things she does to unwind and relax when she's not training or running Confoo.

tagged: cloudways interview community annafilina training framework

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/anna-filina-interview/

Matt Stauffer:
What happens to Laravel if Taylor Otwell disappears?
May 09, 2017 @ 11:52:25

In this post to his site Matt Stauffer poses an interesting question around one of the more popular PHP frameworks these days. He wonders "what would happen to Laravel if Taylor Otwell disappears?"

After we talked a bit about enterprise apps on the Laravel Podcast the other day , a few folks in the Laravel community have been talking about what makes a tool enterprise-ready. I have a lot of thoughts about support plans, SLAs, and other such features of "enterprise-readiness", but I'll save those for a later date. Today, let's talk about the easiest-to-dismiss concern: What happens if Taylor disappears suddenly?

This question brings up the point that, unlike a framework backed by a company, a framework backed by an individual relies on that individual's desire and ability to keep the project running. What happens if Taylor decides he wants to retire and be a goat farmer?

He shares the plan that's already been set in place with Jeffrey Way (of Laracasts) being the next in line to head up the project. He also mentions the Laravel, LLC company that wouldn't go away if Taylor did and how the community would fit in.

tagged: laravel taylorotwell project leader jeffreyway company community

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/what-happens-to-laravel-if-taylor-otwell-disappears

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Eric Poe & John Kary
May 04, 2017 @ 11:11:49

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted a new interview with two members of the PHP community: Eric Poe and John Kary

In the episode Cal, Eric and John talk about setting up and managing a user group (they're both co-organizers of the Kansas City PHP user group). They discuss why they help organize the user group and how they go about finding speakers and encourage them in the group. They also share things that they do to help foster speakers and get them to get up and take the leap into being a speaker. John also shares a story about how he mentored Eric and helped him get into programming and make a transition into a new career. The show wraps up with each of them talking about their own experience speaking at conferences.

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening offline. 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.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview ericpoe johnkary podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/05/02/interview-eric-poe-john-kary/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Adam Englander
Apr 26, 2017 @ 12:52:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted its latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Adam Englander, Senior Engineer at Iovation.

Cal and Adam talk about the work Adam does in cryptography circles and some of the main issues he sees developers using over and over. They also talk about some of the current PHP functionality around hashing, multi-factor authentication, the use of JWT/JOSE for authentication. They also talk about the Lets Encrypt service and how it's helping to make the web a safer place.

You can listen to this latest episode 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 for updates when new shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview adamenglander podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/04/25/interview-adam-englander/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Matthew Weier O'Phinney (#4)
Apr 14, 2017 @ 11:07:04

On the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast host Cal Evans once again talks with Matthew Weier O'Phinney, the lead developer on the Zend Framework (and Zend Expressive) project.

Cal and Matthew talk about Matthew's work on the Zend Framework project and when he moved into the role as lead developer. They also talk about what the difference between Zend Framework 2 and Zend Framework 3 (hint: not too much, mostly project-related changes not functional). They then move on to one of the other recent projects from Zend, Apigility. Finally, they discuss the most recent framework-related effort from the Zend Framework team: Zend Expressive.

You can listen to this latest episode you can either use the in-page audio player or you can download the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their feed to get updates when the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview matthewweierophinney podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/04/04/interview-with-matthew-weier-ophinney-4/

Michelle Sanver:
We can all learn from the Drupal community
Mar 02, 2017 @ 09:17:51

Michelle Sanver has written up a qucik post on the Liip blog sharing a few things she thinks we can all learn from the Drupal community.

I started hearing about Drupal 8 back in 2014, how this CMS would start using Symfony components, an idea I as a PHP and Symfony developer found very cool.

That is when I got involved with Drupal, not the CMS, but the community.

I got invited to my first DrupalCon back in 2015. That was the biggest conference I have ever been to, thousands of people were there. When I entered the conference building I saw several things, one of them was that the code of conduct was very visible and printed. I also got a t-shirt that fit me really well – A rarity at most tech conferences I go to. The gender and racial diversity also seemed fairly high, I immediately felt comfortable and like I belonged – Super cool first impression.

She goes on to talk about more of her experiences at the conference, both in how it was run and about her fellow attendees. She ultimately shares the main message of the post:

[...] Embrace our differences, and each other, and accept that we do different things and we are different people and it doesn’t matter because that is what makes community work, that is what makes us awesome. Diversity matters, Drupal got this.
tagged: drupal community opinion learn experience conference

Link: https://blog.liip.ch/archive/2017/03/01/can-learn-drupal-community.html

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.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview shawnmayzes podcast

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