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Community News:
Lone Star PHP 2016 Schedule Announced
Jan 27, 2016 @ 13:40:58

The Lone Star PHP Conference, happening April 7th-9th in Dallas, Texas, has officially announced their schedule for this year's event. This three day event (one training day and two days of regular sessions) will feature talks like:

  • "Is Your API Misbehaving?" (Keith Casey)
  • "TDD with PhpSpec" (Ciaran McNulty)
  • "Stop multiplying by 4: Practical software estimation" (Chuck Reeves)
  • "Writing Workers For Scalable Application" (Gary Hockin)
  • "Demystifying OAuth2: an understandable way to approach connecting to other systems" (Joseph Maxwell)
  • "Building PHP Daemons & Long Running Processes" (Tim Lytle)
  • "The Present and Future of WordPress's REST API" (David Hayes)

...and many more. Be sure to check out the whole schedule for more information and descriptions of these and other sessions happening over the three-day event. Tickets are also already on sale if you'd like to grab them at Early Bird prices while you can!

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Link: http://lonestarphp.com/schedule/

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Schedule Posted
Jan 27, 2016 @ 11:13:37

As is mentioned in this quick post to the php[architect] site today, they've posted the schedule for this year's php[tek] conference happening in St. Louis in May.

We are excited to announce the schedule of sessions for php[tek] 2016! We had to sort through over 500 submissions to hand-pick the best 55 talks to fill out our schedule from over 30 internationally based speakers. You can see the schedule online now. Make sure and get your Early Bird Sale tickets and we look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!

There's a huge range of talks happening during this year's event including sessions like:

  • "I Promise() to Teach You Asynchronous PHP" (Eric Mann)
  • "WordPress Code Performance" (Stéphane Boisvert)
  • "Legacy: a Retrospective" (Jessica Mauerhan)
  • "Becoming a Polyglot" (Kirsten Jones)
  • "Mastering the Basics of OAuth2" (Joseph Maxwell)
  • "Professional Development, professional Developers" (Steve Grunwell)
  • "On the Road towards PHP 7" (Josh Deckard)

Be sure to check out the full schedule for looks at these and more great topics being covered over the multi-day event. As mentioned, tickets are also already on sale so you can get yours now if there's sessions you'd like to see. You can find more information about the conference in general from the [https://tek.phparch.com](main conference site).

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Link: https://www.phparch.com/2016/01/schedule-posted-for-phptek-2016/

Cloudways Blog:
Sammy Kaye Powers Talks About PHP Community
Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:55:50

The Cloudways blog has interviewed another member of the PHP community in their latest post. In this article they talk with Sammy Kaye Powers, a PHP community member from Chicago.

If there is someone you are looking forward to following in the PHP community, then Sammy Kaye Powers is your go to guy! Sammy is a very active guy in the PHP Community. He is the host of PHP roundtable podcast and the co-organizer of Chicago PHP user group.

Along with being an active member of the PHP community, he has in his arsenal more than 15 years of experience in web development, along with having vast experience in Laravel. He is also a contributor of the official Facebook PHP SDK v5. In this interview with Cloudways, Sammy shared his views about PHP7, Laravel, Facebook and The PHP Community and how an amateur can benefit from becoming an active part of the community.

They start off with some basic introductory questions about Sammy's background in development and with PHP. They also talk about his work on the PHP Roundtable Podcast and his contributions to both the Laravel and Silex frameworks. Sammy then answers some questions about his work on Facebook applications, how he views the growth of the PHP community and his contributions including PHP documentation updates and speaking at conferences and online sessions.

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Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-sammy-kaye-powers

Community News:
Bulgaria PHP Conference 2015 Videos Posted
Dec 21, 2015 @ 12:11:55

This year's Bulgaria PHP Conference has officially posted the videos from all of their sessions at this year's event to the official conference website. There's lots of great sessions from this year's event including talks from Larry Garfield, Ilia Alshanetsky and Beth Tucker Long. The full list of videos is a bit long to have here, but here's a sampling:

You can check out the rest of the videos on the conference website or directly over on their Vimeo channel.

tagged: bulgariaphpconference bpc15 conference video sessions release

Link: http://www.bgphp.org/videos/

Joshua Thijssen:
My guide to commenting on joind.in
Dec 21, 2015 @ 10:44:16

If you've been to any PHP conference (or attended a PHP-related online event) in recent years, you probably have heard of the speaker/event feedback site Joind.in. The concept is simple: when you attend a talk or event you go to the site, give the speaker a star rating and leave them comments. This gives the speakers direct feedback on how they did and where they can improve. There's a a trick to giving valuable feedback, though, and Joshua Thijssen has posted some helpful tips to guide you and your comments in the right direction.

The joind.in website can be considered a presenter’s portfolio: it contains a list of talks they have done in the past (and where), plus it contains reviews from attendees. [...] This is why many conferences and presenters will talk about joind.in and ask you to rate and comments on their talks: it gives them feedback on how you experienced the talk, what can be improved to make it even better, and gives the presenters more chance to get accepted on even the larger conferences, where sometimes there are only 50 slots, but over 500 people submitted talks).

[...] Even though commenting and rating talks by itself isn’t really difficult and is quick to do so, there are some common “mistakes” and pitfalls which I’d like to discuss.

He breaks it down into five main points, elaborating on each as he goes through them:

  1. Stars don’t tell you everything
  2. Rate the presentation and speaker, not your expectations.
  3. Don’t punish the presenter for external faults
  4. Comment anonymously
  5. Give suggestions on how to improve

For each one he also gives examples of good feedback versus comments that aren't as helpful to the speaker. Each one of these is an easy trap to slip in to, so remember them next time you're giving a speaker feedback (even if it's not on Joind.in!).

tagged: speaker feedback useful commenting joindin event conference guide

Link: https://adayinthelifeof.nl/2015/12/17/commenting-on-joindin.html

Community News:
php[tek] 2016 Call for Speakers Announced
Dec 15, 2015 @ 13:55:32

The php[tek] conference has officially announce the opening of their Call for Speakers for the 2016 edition of their conference, happening May 23rd through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri.

PHP runs over 82% of the internet at the moment. Take a moment to think about that staggering statistic. Because of this, the use-cases of PHP are extremely broad, and we want php[tek] to reflect that. We therefore want submissions that cover the entire range of Web Development processes. We want to hear about how PHP is getting the job done throughout the world.

Importantly, we don’t necessarily look for talks that are only about PHP itself. Some of our most successful presentations have been on products built on PHP (such as WordPress, Drupal, and other frameworks) and on technologies that are crucial to building on the web (HTML5, JavaScript, Mobile Development, Apache, Databases, Deployment, etc.)

This Call for Speakers will end January 16th just before midnight UTC so get out there and submit those topic ideas soon! If you're interested in the package provided to speakers see this page on the CfP site or the general conference site for more information on the conference itself.

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Link: https://tek.phparch.com/call-for-speakers/

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).

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