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Community News:
php[world] Keynote Videos Posted
Nov 20, 2015 @ 10:49:30

If you missed it or weren't able to attend this year's php[world] the keynote from Taylor Otwell, creator of the Laravel framework, has been posted: "Laravel - Lessons Learned".

In four years, Laravel has become one of the most popular application development frameworks for PHP. In addition to the framework itself, a vibrant community has emerged including Laracon, Laracasts, Laravel Forge, Envoyer, and more. In this session, we'll discuss the history of the framework, its core philosophies, and what makes its community so passionate.

You can watch it either though the in-page video player or directly over on YouTube. There's also other videos posted from the conference (keynotes) from Tessa Merro (of the Joomla project) and Lorna Mitchell (on open source communities).

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Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUEzH08rDNBfljD9PGVZujg

Thijs Feryn:
Interviewing Adam Culp from Zend (ZendCon, SunshinePHP, SoFloPHP & Ultra Running)
Nov 09, 2015 @ 10:44:34

Thijs Feryn has posted his latest video interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode he talks with Adam Culp, organizer of the ZendCon and Sunshine PHP conferences as well as the SoFloPHP user group, while they were both at this year's ZendCon conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I’ve started a good habit of releasing new episodes of my podcast and video blog on a weekly basis. Let’s continue to do that! This week’s episode features Adam Culp from Zend. Adam is a community animal.

They talk about the conferences Adam organizes, his involvement in the PHP-FIG and contributions to the Zend Framework project. You can watch this latest video either through the in-page video player or directly on YouTube. If you're more audio-inclined, you can listen over on Soundcloud too.

tagged: thijsferyn interview adamculp zendcon sunshinephp soflophp organizer conference video

Link: http://blog.feryn.eu/2015/11/09/interviewing-adam-culp-from-zend-talking-about-zendcon-sunshinephp-soflophp-ultra-running/

Thijs Feryn:
Interviewing Gary Hockin from JetBrains (Dev Evangelism, travel, PHPStorm & PHP cons)
Nov 06, 2015 @ 13:13:33

Thijs Feryn has posted his latest in his series of video interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode he talks with Gary Hockin of JetBrains about developer evangelism, the PHPStorm IDE and community conferences.

A couple of weeks ago I was in Las Vegas for Zendcon where I had to opportunity to chat with a lot of friends from the PHP community. This week’s episode features Gary Hockin, developer evangelist at JetBrains. Gary advocates the PHPStorm project and is a proud Welshman.

Because Gary and I are both evangelists, one of the central themes of the interview is developer evangelism. We talk about the life, the travel, the public speaking, but also about the not so glamorous parts of the job. Throughout the conversation we also talk about PHPStorm and PHP community conferences.

You can watch the video either through his in-page video player or over on YouTube. If you prefer the audio-only route, you can also listen on SoundCloud. You can also check out previous interviews Thijs has done in this category on his site.

tagged: community travel evangelism phpstorm ide jetbrains garyhockin thijsferyn video interview conference zendcon

Link: http://blog.feryn.eu/2015/11/06/interviewing-gary-hockin-from-jetbrains-talking-about-developer-evangelism-travel-phpstorm-php-community-conferences/

Symfony Blog:
The wait is finally over: the Symfony ElePHPants have arrived!
Nov 06, 2015 @ 12:56:03

The Symfony project has joined the ranks of several other groups in the PHP community and has created their own elePHPant, a Symfony branded version of the plush toy modeled after PHP's elephant mascot.

Conference after conference, we get endless requests from people longing to have their very own ElePHPant. And so, to mark the momentous occasion of Symfony’s 10th birthday we decided to take some serious action. You’ve seen personalised ElePHPants before, but you’ve never seen special edition Symfony ElePHPants!

[...] After having failed to rescue the ElePHPants from Customs, our manufacturers, already extremely busy with their Christmas orders, found a little window to resend us some precious mascots. Although much smaller in numbers than originally planned, we are happy to announce that the Symfony ElePHPants have finally touched down in Paris and are ready in time to celebrate 10 years at SymfonyCon Paris 2015!

You can get your hands on one at the [SymfonyCon Paris 2015 conference] happening next month but that's the only place so far. They're not being sold online (yet) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the conference for 20 Euro. If you've been planning to attend the conference, be sure to register now and get in on some great talks (and maybe an elePHPant while you're there).

tagged: symfony elephpant plush project symfonycon paris conference

Link: http://symfony.com/blog/the-wait-is-finally-over-the-symfony-elephpants-have-arrived

Community News:
Sunshine PHP 2015 Speakers Announced
Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:53:24

The Sunshine PHP Conference (happening in February 2016 in Miami, Florida) has officially announced their speaker list for their upcoming event on the main conference website.

Speakers and topics for this year's event (well, the 2016 one) include:

  • Adam Wathan: "Applying the 4 Rules of Simple Design"
  • Amanda Folson: "Give Me a REST!"
  • Chris Russell: "The Pattern to Design Patterns"
  • Dave Stokes: "MySQL's JSON Data Type"
  • Eli White: "Web Security and You"
  • Gemma Anible: "Navigating Your Git Repository"
  • Jessica Mauerhan: "Behat: Beyond the Basics"

...and much more. Check out the speakers page for more information about the who and what of this great conference. They've also already opened registration so if you want to pick up tickets, head over to the Registration page and get yours today. Early bird tickets are available until December 15th and are only $240 USD each.

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Link: http://2016.sunshinephp.com/speakers

Thijs Feryn:
Interviewing Jeremy Coates, the organizer of the PHP North West Conference
Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:21:15

Thijs Feryn has posted another in his series of video interviews with various people in the PHP community. In this latest episode he talks with Jeremy Coates, an organizer for the North West PHP conference that happens each year in Manchester in the UK.

My special guest is the organizer of this very conference. His name is Jeremy Coates and we’ve known each other for quite a while. It was Jeremy who inspired us to organize the PHPBenelux Conference, which we did back in 2010. Safe to say that this man is a source of inspiration. This year marks the 8th edition of the conference. I’ve been to 5 of them and I’ve been a speaker at 4 of the ones I attended.

Most of the discussion is about organizing conferences (as they're both organizers) with a look at how each respective conference started out and how it's grown over time. You can catch this episode either through the video player in the post or the audio-only version over on SoundCloud. You can also find previous interviews he's done with other PHP community members in this section of his site.

tagged: video interview thijsferyn jeremycoates organizer northwestphp conference

Link: http://blog.feryn.eu/2015/10/19/interviewing-jeremy-coates-the-organizer-of-the-php-north-west-conference/

Community News:
Midwest PHP Conference Call for Papers Ends November 15th
Oct 19, 2015 @ 12:08:41

A reminder from the Midwest PHP Conference has been posted today about the upcoming end of their Call for Papers for their 2016 event. The Midwest PHP Conference will be happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 4th and 5th. The CfP ends November 15th, just under a month from now.

We’re pleased to announce our conference, Midwest PHP should be one of the best PHP conferences where community members from around the world come together to learn and share information about the latest trends and technologies in professional PHP development. [...] We're committed to bringing together some of the best speakers from all around the world to share their knowledge with you here. We provide a travel and accommodation package to all selected speakers to help make this possible.

Other amenities in the speaker package include a free pass to the conference, airfare/travel to the event, two hotel nights and pickup service at the airport. They strongly encourage more than one submission as it does give them more to select from and some that may fit better into the schedule than others. You can go over to the Call for Papers site to submit those proposals now or the main conference site to find out more about the event.

tagged: midwestphp16 conference callforpapers cfp reminder enddate

Link: http://cfp.midwestphp.org

That Podcast:
Episode 23: The one where we're in Manchester
Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:11:16

That Podcast, hosted by PHP community members Beau Simensen and Dave Marshall, has posted their latest episode. In Episode #23 they're in Manchester for the PHP North West 2015 conference along with several other members of the community around for the recording.

Beau and Dave get together again, this time at PHPNW 2015. We talk about testing, Laravel's awesome container, chatops and security and react, before touching on docker and otto. A big thanks to all who came to talk with us and sorry to listeners for all the clicks, pops, whistles and background noise!

Topics mentioned include speaking.io, the Full Stack Radio podcast, paircasts.com, the Facebook React devtools and several fellow PHP community members including Adam Wathan, Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler. You can listen to this latest show either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get the latest as future episodes are released.

tagged: thatpodcast ep23 beausimensen davemarshall phpnw15 conference live recording

Link: https://thatpodcast.io/episodes/episode-23-the-one-where-we-re-in-manchester

Community News:
Update on php[cruise]
Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:04:24

php[architect], the group behind the php[tek] and the php[world] conferences has posted more information about the latest addition to their conference lineup coming in 2016 - php[cruise]. They've launched the full conference site over at cruise.phparch.com

Well we’ve already actually announced it at php[tek] 2015, but it’s time to start sharing some information about it.

Yes, we are going to revive php[cruise], and once again host a conference-cruise for the PHP community. This 7 day cruise will take place from July 17-23, 2016 and leave from the port of Baltimore.

We still have lots of details to work out – but wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of this early! We will be working on making this a family friendly experience. Daycare/kids activities are included in the cost and we are even looking at scheduling some 'teach kids to code' type events.

The cruise will be happening in July 2016 (17th through 24th) and will feature several days of talks as well as plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and evening activities. One thing to note, the cost of the ticket for the conference does not include the cost for the cruise itself. That is paid separate because of the wide variety of accommodations available (and how many will be in your party). One of the goals with this event was to make it as family-friendly as possible, so the schedule isn't wall-to-wall talks like a normal conference. There's plenty of time to enjoy the trip and be with loved ones should they come along.

You can find out more about this conference at sea over on the official php[cruise] website.

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Link: https://cruise.phparch.com

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Functional Prog, Distributed DBs, JSON-Patch and More!
Oct 07, 2015 @ 10:31:27

The SitePoint PHP blog has posted a wrapup/review of the WebCampZG conference that happened in Croatia back on October 3rd & 4th (2015). It's "an annual conference for web developers, held in Zagreb on the first weekend of October".

This weekend, Chris Ward (the mobile channel editor at SitePoint) and me attended [Webcamp ZG](http://www.sitepoint.com/webcamp-zagreb-2015-a-conference-you-must-not-miss), the annual international web-oriented conference in Zagreb, Croatia. [...] The conference is a two day event, each day spearheaded by a keynote type of talk before diving into the bulk of the content. The schedules of both days contained plenty of breaks with food, drinks and snacks scattered throughout, providing for both energy and excellent socialization and networking contexts.

He covers both days of the event, talking about the sessions that were presented (including one from SitePoint-er Chris Ward) and the evening activities that followed. Despite some missteps in session content and the wifi - always a problem at tech conferences - Bruno found the event "a blast" and plans on attending in the future.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/functional-programming-distributed-databases-json-patch-and-more/