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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Larry Garfield (#2)
Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:49:10

The Voices of the ElePHPant has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans interviews Larry Garfield, a well-known developer and member of the Drupal community.

Cal and Larry talk about Larry's work on the PHP-FIG overhaul (PHP-FIG v3), how it changes the structure of the group and how it effects its members. He talks about the "member projects", the "core community" and what's changing in the workflow related to these two groups. He also explains the new workflows the group's work will follow and the move of the group to include a wider focus on the entire PHP community ecosystem. They also talk about Larry's work at Platform.sh and what kind of services they offer.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twiiter when new episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/10/25/interview-larry-garfield/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Kirsten Hunter
Oct 20, 2016 @ 11:09:17

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new show host Cal Evans talks with Kirsten Hunter at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

Cal and Kirsten talk about her work as an API evangelist with Akamai. They also discuss her work across tech communities and different technologies as a "polyglot" developer. They also talk about some of the current technology in the PHP ecosystem and how it relates to making and maintaining APIs. Kirsten also talks some about her opinions on versioning in APIs and usability.

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 new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/10/14/interview-kirsten-hunter/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michael Heap
Oct 18, 2016 @ 12:55:19

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 interviews Michael Heap, one of the speakers at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

Cal and Michael talk about the presentation he gave at the conference covering profiling PHP applications. They cover the "proper" way to do it (hint: not var_dump or die) and some of the biggest issues Michael has seen people doing in their code. They also cover Michael's other talk about "code archeology" and some of his advice on where to start and tips on being productive.

You can listen (and watch) this latest episode through the in-page players or you can download the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, 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/2016/10/18/interview-michael-heap/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Katie McLaughlin
Oct 11, 2016 @ 13:38:26

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new interview host Cal Evans talks with Katie McLaughlin at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

Cal and Katie talk about the session she presented at the conference and "being nice to people" - basically how you can be friendly in open source work and your project. They also talk about Katie's experience getting started as a speaker at conferences, a talk covering some work she did on software in the past. They also talk about the differences in the PHP and Python communities and some of her own experiences.

You can listen to this latest interview either using the in-page audio player or download the mp3 directly for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, 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/2016/10/11/interview-katie-mclaughlin/