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Adam Culp:
Developer pool sustainability
August 05, 2014 @ 12:09:33

In his latest post Adam Culp talks about an interesting (and slightly disturbing) trend he's seeing in the technology and developer community in his area: developers are leaving/being picked up faster than they're being replaced.

Over the past couple years I've noticed a rise of good companies no longer outsource offshore to save money, instead they outsource because they can't find developers here. [...] I'm sad to see the dwindling number of developers available to fill a growing number of jobs in South Florida. [...] Couple this with most companies and recruiters simply drain the pool without giving back, and governments sinking more and more of our hard earned taxes into already flooded non-tech related fields. The end result is higher unemployment, folks with a degree who can't find work, and the vicious cycle continues on and on.

As the demand grows for more talented technical people, this gap is only going to widen. New developers aren't coming in fast enough (or learning fast enough) to fill the holes. He talks specifically about what he's seeing there in Florida, but it's a story that's happening in many places around the country...and some places around the world. Developers get "snatched up" by companies and they're no longer allowed or have the time to contribute back and teach the newer developers. He links to an article that discusses the same topic and comes to many of the same conclusions.

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Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/964

Derick Rethans:
Contributing Advent 1 Xdebug and hidden properties
December 02, 2013 @ 09:16:50

As a part of his "Advent Contribution" series Derick Rethans has posted about an update to XDebug that fixes a bug reported around hidden properties.

This first contribution is for bug #987: "Hidden property names not shown". In PHP it is possible to convert an array to an object. [...] Xdebug's standard HTML var_dump() as well as the CLI, the coloured CLI and the debugger interface DBGp all suffered from the same issues that numerical properties were not showing in output.

With the committed fix the output of the var_dump now shows these special property names with curly braces around them and makes them available via the property_get method. If you're interested in the actual commit, you can check it out here.

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Link: http://derickrethans.nl/advent01.html

Reddit.com:
Why don't you contribute to PHP?
September 05, 2013 @ 13:26:29

On Reddit.com today nikic asks you why you don't contribute to PHP, that is to the language itself or the community around its improvement.

I know many of you care about PHP and have suggestions about how to improve it. My questions is: What prevents you from writing a mail to the internals mailing list with your suggestion/proposal (or to participate in existing discussions)? [...] I'd be interested in your opinions and hope that things can be improved based on them.

Some of his own examples to kick off the discussion include time constraints, not being able to write the patch themselves and some of the issues with the culture of the internals mailing list. Other suggestions from the comments include lack of confidence in coding skills (C++), the possible lack of interest in the RFC and the current state of the language's codebase.

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1lsha2/why_dont_you_contribute_to_php/

Ben Ramsey:
Contributing to PHP Core
July 12, 2013 @ 11:31:06

Ben Ramsey has a new post to his site today related to a talk of his that was accepted at this year's ZendCon conference about contributing to the PHP core:

I've been accepted to speak at ZendCon this year. One of the three talks I'll be presenting is a new one: "Contributing to Core: My Journey to Add array_column() to the PHP Core." While PHP conferences sometimes include talks or tutorials on creating PHP extensions or the intricacies of the PHP internals, I've never seen a talk about one's personal experiences contributing to core, from start to finish, and how one would go about getting started. That's what this talk is about.

He also shares a tool that he used when he was doing his own work on the array_column function - a PHP development Puppet setup that could be spun up and reproduced as needed. He also spends some time talking about the build cycle, how to run tests and a link to the Puppet Cookbook he kept close for reference.

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Link: http://benramsey.com/blog/2013/07/contributing-to-php-core

Phil Sturgeon:
Testing and Contributing with Composer Packages
May 03, 2013 @ 11:47:16

Phil Sturgeon has posted a guide to his site about running tests and contributing back to packages that live in Composer.

While Composer has been around for a while now, many packages are still in their infancy (< 1.0) or sometimes are just not as feature filled as they could be. To be fair there is always more to be done. It can always do more, or do the same thing more efficiently. Whatever the case, pull requests are going to be a common thing for the PHP community to be doing to these packages and this needs to be done safely, with unit-testing. So, how do you run their test suite and add your own tests?

He includes a step-by-step guide to getting the environment set up to run the package's tests and how to add some of your own. He includes the commands to send the pull request back up to Github (on your own fork, of course) and how to use that same fork as your package resource until the main project is updated.

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Link: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2013/05/testing-contributing-composer-packages

7PHP.com:
Interview with Jakub Vrana - Co-Author Of The Official PHP Manual
April 29, 2013 @ 09:09:22

7PHP.com has another community interview posted today - this time it's with Jakub Vrana, a co-author that works on the official PHP manual.

In this edition I talked with Jakub Vrana who is a co-author of The Official PHP Manual. Adminer and NotORM. I invite you to know him better and to learn from his 7php PHP interview.

The interview shares Jakub's answers about things like:

  • His history as a PHP developer
  • What he sees as good and bad parts of it
  • His preferred tools
  • His choices on frameworks and ORMs
  • How to get started contributing to the documentation/manual
  • Some about his book "1001 tips and tricks for PHP"
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Link: http://7php.com/php-interview-jakub-vrana

Stefan Koopmanschap's Blog:
PHPNW12 You should be there, and someone can be there
July 11, 2012 @ 08:09:19

Stefan Koopmanschap, a speaker at the upcoming PHP North West Conference (in Manchester, UK the first part of October) is doing something interesting with a ticket he purchased - he's giving it back to the community and is taking nominations for the recipients.

It all started last year: I decided I wanted to go to PHPNW even if I wasn't accepted as a speaker. Being Dutch, I made sure to purchase my ticket for the conference during the blind bird period to save some money. But then I got accepted as a speaker. Part of the speaker package is a ticket to the conference, so I had this spare ticket. One option would be to get a refund. The PHPNW crew had no problem with this. But then I figured I could actually also try and do some good for the PHP community with the ticket. I'd spent the money already, why not use it for someone's benefit.

He wants to try to provide the same kind of experience and community interaction he did when he first got started with the language, so he's donating his ticket to PHPNW back to the cause. If there's someone you'd like to nominate for is ticket, send an email with their name, contact info and why you think they should be selected over to phpnw12@ingewikkeld.net. He'll select a winner on August 15th so they'll have plenty of time to make arrangements for travel and accommodations.

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Community News:
PHP, The Right Way Site Launches
July 10, 2012 @ 08:12:34

In response to some of the recent talk about the quality of PHP and some of the recent suggestions about the right and wrong ways to write PHP, the PHP The Right Way site has been lunched.

There's a lot of bad information on the Web (I'm looking at you, W3Schools) that leads new PHP users astray, propagating bad practices and bad code. This must stop. PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web. It is important to understand there is no canonical way to use PHP. That's the beauty of it. This website introduces new PHP developers to best practices, available options, and good information.

The site has some "getting started" tips for working with PHP 5.4, links to some of the current PSR standards and gets into some of the best practices for things like proper OOP structure, namespacing and using the SPL. There's also hints on using Composer for package management, working with databases and some basic parts on security and testing.

Additionally, the site is also an open source project so you can contribute your own content (it'll have to be approved before merging) on topics you might not see or want to improve.

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Community News:
Zend Framework 2 Development - CLA Not Required!
November 11, 2011 @ 08:43:32

As is mentioned by Matthew Weier O'Phinney (and expanded on by Robert Basic) beginning immediately, the Zend Framework 2 project will no longer require developers to sign a CLA before submitting their code.

In #zf2 news, effective immediately, we no longer require a CLA for #zf2 contributions. Let the pull requests flow!

Robert gives a bit more detail in his post, pointing out the official git repo, the issues list, section on the wiki and the mailing list/IRC meetings. There's also a blog to follow to get the latest updates for the project.

If you'd like to find out more about this new version of the framework, check out this video from ZendCon by Matthew.

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Philip Olson's Blog:
One way PHP may capitalize on its popularity
July 22, 2011 @ 08:05:46

Philip Olson has a (tongue-in-cheek) post to his blog today about how PHP can make the most of its popularity financially.

Today Rasmus mentioned that he received a $500 offer for the php.net domain name. Discussion ensued, which ultimately led to the indisputable belief that php.net is worth over 10 million US dollars. Therefore, let's think about this further...

He compares the worth of several popular languages (with a "reliable source") and does some math where PHP.net account holders would profit from the popularity over other languages. On a bit more serious note, though, he points out a few ways that you can contribute or get involved in the PHP project on several fronts:

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