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Free the Geek:
Episode 18 - Talking Conferences and Mental Health with Matthew Turland
May 25, 2016 @ 09:25:26

The Free the Geek podcast hosted by PHP community member Matthew Setter has posted its latest episode. In this new show Matthew talks with Matt Turland about conferences and mental health.

In this episode I wonderful chat with Matthew Turland about what it’s like speaking at conferences and mental health - especially within the IT community.

It’s a chat which I feel privileged to have had, primarily because it can be such a sensitive topic for so many people around the world. Matthew was very kind to open up to me and share with me some of his struggles, and how he’s dealt with them over the years.

He also shared a host of links to some excellent resources, should you or someone you know, be in the same position; links which you can find in the related links section.

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 and want to hear more chats with members of the PHP community, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow the show on Twitter to get the latest updates when new episodes are released.

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Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0018

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.

tagged: phptek tek16 conference opinion tips enjoyment community

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

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 17 - Talking Conferences and Security with Chris Cornutt
May 03, 2016 @ 09:45:26

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by PHP community member Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode - an interview with Chris Cornutt about conferences and security topics.

In this episode I chat with Chris Cornutt, founder of PHPDeveloper.org, websec.io, and Lone Star PHP about conferences and all things security.

It’s a rousing chat about the state of security within the PHP and wider development community. He also gives me an inside look at what it’s like to run the long-running Lone Star PHP conference in Texas. Grab your favourite beverage and your comfy chair, and get ready for a rousing fireside chat with Chris and I.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show for listening at your leisure. 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: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0017

php[architect]:
php[tek] 2016 Conference : Speaker Previews
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:27:20

If you've been considering attending the php[tek] conference this year but aren't quite sure what it's all about, you should check out these speaker preview videos for a bit more detail.

A number of our speakers for our php[tek] 2016 conference have graciously offered to make preview videos for us, showcasing what their talk will be out.

We started releasing them a few days ago and will be continuing to do so over the coming week. You can see a full playlist of these from Youtube below. Make sure to pick up your ticket soon, the conference is just 4 short weeks away!

You can find the current list of videos in this playlist over on YouTube that includes speakers like:

  • Cal Evans
  • Joe Ferguson
  • Tim Lytle
  • Jeff Geerling
  • Doris Chen

If you're ready to pick up a ticket of your own, check out the main conference site for more details about the event, sessions and to order your tickets.

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/04/phptek-2016-conference-speaker-previews/

Community News:
ZendCon 2016 Call for Papers Opens
Apr 21, 2016 @ 13:40:48

The ZendCon conference has just announced the opening of the Call for Papers for their 2016 event. The conference will once again be happening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in October (18th-21st).

We’re pleased to announce the ZendCon 2016 PHP Conference, the most anticipated PHP centric event of the year, where community and enterprise PHP developers from around the world gather to share and learn the latest hot trends and technologies in today's professional PHP development.

We know speakers are key to the success of a conference and hope you will submit a talk. In appreciation for the efforts provided, our speakers package ensures they will not need to worry about anything other than delivering the best talks.

They're not just looking for PHP topics either. They'll consider a wide range of topics including PHP frameworks, devops, source control, continuous delivery and many more. The Call for Papers ends May 31st, 2016 so be sure to get those submissions in early (and often) before time runs out.

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Link: https://cfp.zendcon.com

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 15 - Talking Sunshine PHP, Project Estimates, and Conferences with Ad
Apr 04, 2016 @ 09:48:54

The Free the Geek podcast, with host Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode featuring another interview with a member of the PHP community - Episode #15: Talking Sunshine PHP, Project Estimates, and Conferences with Adam Culp.

In this episode I chat with Adam Culp, founder of the Sunshine PHP, in sunny south Florida, about starting and running conferences, project estimates, and being professional developers.

In our fireside chat we start off by having a lively discussion about how Sunshine PHP got started. Adam shares what inspired him to kick off a conference in sunny Florida, as well as how you can do it too. He provides a number of tips, suggestions, and insights as to what it takes.

We then chat, at length, about one of his personal bugbears, thumb-suck time estimates for software projects. This is some seriously quality advice for any developer, regardless of where you are in your career. If you're not good at estimates, or have been burned by working with people who aren't, you won't want to miss this.

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 (either RSS or iTunes) to get the latest shows as they're released.

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Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0015

Juozas Kaziukenas:
From PHP to Machine Code
Mar 28, 2016 @ 09:41:29

In his latest post Juozas Kaziukenas shares a video of his "From PHP to Machine Code" talk he presented at the PHP UK Conference earlier this year (2016).

I recently gave a talk at a few conferences titled “From PHP to Machine Code”. It explains how compilers and interpreters work in general, where are the performance gains to be found and how I applied all of that to build PyHP. PyHP is a little toy project which showcases the basics of taking source code of a programming language and executing it.

As I mention a few times in the talk, it is completely and utterly useless for practical use, but it’s one of the fundamental skill-sets for any programmer. I think knowing how a bunch of text makes a computer do things at the low level is required knowledge for everyone.

The video of the presentation is embedded in the post or you can watch it directly over on YouTube if you'd like. In it he walks you through the entire process that happens from the time the PHP is executed all the way down to opcodes and bytecodes.

tagged: video presentation phpuk16 conference bytecode compiler machine code execution

Link: https://juokaz.com/blog/from-php-to-machine-code.html

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 13 - Talking Nomad PHP, Laravel, and Conferences with Joe P. Ferguson
Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:06:27

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode - Episode #13: Talking Nomad PHP, Laravel, and Conferences with Joe P. Ferguson.

In this episode I have a fireside chat with the voice of Nomad PHP, Joe P. Ferguson. Joe shares how he got started as the voice of Nomad PHP.

He gives a rousing tale of what it was like to effectively build the community from scratch, with nothing but the backing of Cal Evans to open doors for him. Ok, Cal's name is legendary in the PHP community. He also shares what it's been like for him personally, growing over that time, and how he keeps sounding so passionate and enthusiastic on the show. You won't believe his secret. As well as this, we talk about being a conference speaker, whether that's starting out, or being a professional, along with some of the ups, downs, dos and don'ts.

And what would a chat with Joe be without a bit of Laravel. So grab your favourite beverage, your comfy chair, and get ready for a rousing fireside chat with Joe and I.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 itself for listening offline. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed to get information on the latest shows as they're released.

tagged: freethegeek podcast ep13 joepferguson nomadphp conference laravel

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0013

Marc Morera:
Symfony Catalunya
Mar 04, 2016 @ 10:55:51

In a new post to his site Marc Morera talks about a new Symfony conference happening in Barcelona, Spain in July of 2016 - Symfony Catalunya.

Imagine yourself in front of the Barcelona’s beach in July. It sounds good, right? Then, continue imagining yourself with a great Symfony environment, with a very cold beer, amazing people and even better topics to talk about.

Isn’t it the best plan ever? Well, if you feel that you need it, then you should continue reading this post…

I’m very very pleased to tell you that this plan is going to happen this summer. The Symfony Barcelona Association is working very hard on this first edition of Symfony Catalunya, an international Symfony event placed in our city. This event is 100% in english and is going to be very focused on how Symfony can help us in our day by day and in our jobs.

He talks some about the conference too including the emphasis on new talks, amazing speakers, ticket pricing and the emphasis on community. If you're interested in the conference, want to see some of the current lineup or just want to get tickets, visit the main conference site at Symfony.cat.

tagged: symfony catalunya spain conference barcelona

Link: http://mmoreram.com/blog/2016/03/03/symfony-catalunya/

CloudWays Blog:
Joomla Ace Tessa Mero Shares About PHP, Community & Offers Advice To Students
Mar 02, 2016 @ 10:48:11

The Cloudways blog has posted a new interview in their series of talks with members of the PHP community. In their latest interview they talk with Tessa Mero of the Joomla project.

Tessa Mero is Joomla Extension Directory(JED) Assistant Manager and a contributor to different PHP open source projects. She performs as a speaker in different PHP conferences and she is also an instructor and PACE-IT Mentor at Edmonds Community College. You can also contact her and she can provide you best guidance for your career. In this interview, she talks about her initial career, developers to follow in the PHP community and also gives useful consultancy to students.

In the interview Tessa answers questions about:

  • How she got started in her career as a PHP developer
  • How she became involved in conferences (both in attending and speaking)
  • Her experiences at Sunshine PHP
  • People in the community that have influenced her
  • How she sees Joomla fitting in with other similar software like WordPress and Drupal

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

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Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-tessa-mero/