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Matt Stauffer:
What packages do you install on every Laravel application you create?
Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:29:44

On his site Matt Stauffer has a post that asks the readers about the packages they always install for their Laravel applications (and not necessarily just Laravel related packages either).

In preparation for my upcoming [talk](http://customlaravel.com/) at [Laracon 2017](https://laracon.us/), which I'm titling "Custom Laravel," I [asked a quick question](https://twitter.com/stauffermatt/status/885666786036899840) on Twitter to my followers. [...] I wanted to know for my talk, but I was also just curious for my own purposes. Are there any packages I should check out that everyone else already knows about? Here's what I found, in order of the number of recommendations I received...

While most of the packages in his lists (unanimous support, well-loved, etc) are Laravel specific, mostly because of his audience on Twitter, there are some that weren't. These included:

You can check out his full listing in the remainder of the post and a link to another listing from Mike Erickson asking the same kind of question.

tagged: package install laravel application community feedback list

Link: https://mattstauffer.co/blog/what-packages-do-you-install-on-every-laravel-application-you-create

Ben Ramsey:
Announcing Testfest 2017
Jul 17, 2017 @ 11:14:53

In a new post to his site long time PHP community member Ben Ramsey has officially announced PHP Testfest 2017, an event that gathers developers to write tests for the PHP language itself to help improve its quality and show them how to contribute back to the project.

For those who’ve been around the PHP community for a while, you’ll recall the successful PHP TestFest events that began after a discussion at PHP Quebec in 2008. Many user groups and mentors signed on to host and help with events, and a lot of folks became first-time contributors to the PHP project, helping improve our code coverage. It ran strong in a global sense from 2008 to 2010. After that, various groups (particularly the Brazilian groups) have continued the tradition.

A few months ago, at php[tek] in Atlanta, I mentioned to Michelangelo that I’d love to bring back PHP TestFest. Sammy had given an excellent talk on writing PHPT tests, and <a href="https://twitter.com/ellotheth/status/868583446498734084>Gemma tweeted a link to the old PHP TestFest wiki page. From there, things snowballed.

Ben the provides the details of the planned Testfest that will run for four months and can be worked on from anywhere, not just one single event. The plan is to have it run from September through December of 2017 and there's plenty of support to help out. Organizers can email for more help getting started. There's also a website, Google Group and IRC channel as well as tools and resources to help bring you up to speed on testing the PHP language with phpt tests.

tagged: testfest17 testing language phpt event quality testfest community

Link: https://benramsey.com/blog/2017/07/phptestfest/

Josh Lockhart:
Advice For Aspiring PHP Developers
Jun 30, 2017 @ 09:18:09

On his site Josh Lockhart, author of Modern PHP and the Slim framework has shared advice for aspiring PHP developers, mainly centering around one core idea.

As a fledgling PHP developer, I aspired to be in the same league as legendary figures like Cal Evans, Chris Hartjes, Larry Garfield, Anthony Ferrara, Paul Jones, Sebastian Bergmann, Taylor Otwell, et al. I consider these folks members of PHP's inner sanctum, so to speak. They are decision makers, tool builders, and opinion shapers.

[...] My advice to aspiring PHP developers: there is no great Wizard of OZ. There are only opinionated men and women behind a veil of authority who bicker of politics and standards. It's not magical. It's messy. It's a minefield of polarizing politics, sensitivities, and opinions.

He points out that, no matter why you say or do, there'll always be someone that will take it the wrong way - it's just human nature. He uses a recent example of an interaction he had with another member of the PHP community around contributor guidelines on a project.

Aspiring PHP developers, stay above the fray. Don't seek out a Wizard of OZ. He does not exist. PHP's inner sanctum isn't worth your time. Instead, do your research, recognize and avoid propaganda, and trailblaze your own path.
tagged: advice aspiring developers community experience opinion

Link: https://joshlockhart.com/blog/2017/6/advice-for-aspiring-php-developers

Zend Developer Zone:
June 2017 PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service winner
Jun 22, 2017 @ 12:29:42

The Zend Developer Zone has announce their "Coffee Cup of Service" winner for the month of June 2017: Sara Golemon.

It is time for the June 2017 PHP Community (coffee) Cup of Service award. This month it goes to someone who has been giving to PHP for more than 15 years, Ms. Sara Golemon.

Sara is a regular speaker at PHP conferences worldwide, an active core contributor, [and] one of the release managers of PHP 7.2.

Please join us here at Rogue Wave in saying thank you to Sara for her more than fifteen years of service to PHP and the PHP community.

This is the second winner of the "Coffee Cup of Service" winner with the first being Michelangelo van Dam himself who the award was inspired by.

tagged: coffeecupofservice winner saragolemon zend roguewave community

Link: https://devzone.zend.com/category/community/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Heather White (2)
Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:42:03

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode interviewing a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal welcomes back Heather White of All For One events. Unfortunately, due to recording conditions the audio on this episode is muffled at some points but the content is as great as always.

They talk about her presentation at CakeFest 2017 in New York City about stepping outside of your "comfort zone" and get up and present what you've learned (teaching). They also discuss mentorship and what can be done to become a mentor to those in your company, group or community. They also discuss how the overall community can help to train up the next "generation" of developers. They also mention the Coder Cruise conference, the speakers that'll be presenting and the other activities that will be happening on the cruise for families of attendees.

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 and follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates on new shows as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview heatherwhite podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/06/21/interview-with-heather-white-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Oscar Merida
Jun 16, 2017 @ 10:46:30

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest episode interviewing a member of the PHP community. In the latest show Cal talks with Oscar Merida of php[architect].

In the episode Cal and Oscar talk about when Oscar got into PHP development and the community in general. They also talk about his work on the php[architect] magazine, working with Cal in the past and recommendations for speakers who want to get started presenting. Oscar also talks about some of the surprises he found when moving into editing and the tech involved with creating the magazine.

You can listen to this latest episode 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 updated when the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview oscarmerida podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/06/14/interview-with-oscar-merida/

CloudWays Blog:
Why Industry Leaders Think Managed Cloud Hosting Is A Better Option
Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:57:20

On the CloudWays blog there's a new post with comments from several members of the PHP community about why they feel that managed cloud hosting is a better option when it comes to hosting their applications.

Not many people realize that their choice of hosting solution could determine the success or failure of their project. Even the best code base fails to perform to its maximum potential because of a hosting solution that fails to provide appropriate support.

[...] In order to understand why many industry leaders recommend managed cloud hosting for PHP projects, it is important to understand the benefits of these hosting solutions. In effect, managed cloud hosting offers three important benefits.

These three benefits involve the offloading of the usual hassles of server management, improved security and scalability. Members of the PHP community that contributed their opinions include:

  • Anna Filina
  • Adam Wathan
  • Josh Lockhart
  • Tessa Mero
  • Matt Stauffer
  • Manuel Lemos

Check out the full article to read their thoughts on why managed cloud hosting is the way forward.

tagged: managed cloud hosting recommendation community member quotes

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/why-managed-hosting-is-better/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Maurice Kherlakian
Jun 12, 2017 @ 11:22:25

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has released their latest episode featuring an interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Maurice Kherlakian, a co-worker of Cal's at Zend (Professional Services)

In the show Cal and Maurice talk about how Maurice got into programming and when he decided to make it a career. They also talk about "enterprise" use of PHP, why PHP enjoys a large adoption in bigger companies and how the "modern era" of PHP evolved into what it is now. They also cover the ease of evolution from simple PHP to more complex, architected products and some of the services Zend offers to help.

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 be updated when new shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview mauricekherlakian podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/06/07/interview-with-maurice-kherlakian/

CloudWays Blog:
James Titcumb Talks About Last PHP South Coast And Zend Framework
Jun 07, 2017 @ 13:27:21

The CloudWays blog has posted another in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In their latest interview they talk with James Titcumb, an organizer of the PHP South Coast conference, Zend Framework developer and well-known community speaker.

Today we are honored to have James Titcumb for this interview. He is a PHP Consultant at Roave and an Organizer of the PHP South Coast Conference. He runs PHP Hampshire PHP user group. Additionally, He is the project lead for the Browser Capabilities and Better Reflection project.

In the interview James answers questions about:

  • His career as a PHP developer
  • About Roave and what they do
  • the "Better Reflection" project's goals
  • his thoughts on the Zend Framework
  • his expectations for this year's PHP South Coast conference

You can read his answers to these and other questions in the full interview.

tagged: cloudways community interview jamestitcumb phpsouthcoast

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/james-titcumb-interview/

CloudWays Blog:
Taylor Otwell Wants You To Build Your PHP Apps On Laravel
Jun 02, 2017 @ 09:47:26

On the Cloudways blog they've posted another in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest article they talk with Taylor Otwell, the creator and lead developer of the Laravel framework.

Even today, PHP developers face the tough question of which framework to choose for their next project. The choice has largely been restricted to a handful of frameworks, out of which Laravel and Symfony stand out of the competition.

To clarify the situation, I reached out to Taylor Otwell, the creator of the Laravel framework to clarify some of the important points of the debate. This interview covers Otwell’s opinions on Laravel vs. Symfony debate and the competition between PHP and JavaScript.

In the interview Taylor answers questions about:

  • selecting a framework (Symfony vs Laravel)
  • the differences between the two frameworks and their usual audiences
  • workflow automation with Laravel
  • framework release cycles
  • the communities around each framework

You can read Taylor's answers to these and other questions in the full interview.

tagged: cloudways community interview taylorotwell laravel symfony

Link: https://www.cloudways.com/blog/taylor-otwell-interview/