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[php]architect to Produce Orange elePHPants
January 17, 2014 @ 10:28:22

If you've been around the PHP community for any length of time, there's a pretty good chance you've seen the language's "mascot" floating around - the elePHPant. This mascot has even been made into a stuffed toy in various colors - blue, red, yellow and now thanks to [php]architect, orange.

Ready to add, or start, your collection of elePHPants? We started a KickStarter campaign to produce a run of Orange elephants. [...] There's much more information over at our Kickstarter project. The campaign is set to a short timeframe and ends on February 3rd as we need to get our production order placed as soon as possible. So get over there and claim your orange elePHPant before time runs out!

The Kickstarter campaign, originally fully funded at $1,000 USD has now reached an amazing $16,000+ USD. There are still plenty of spots left open if you want to pledge and get in on this purchase. Options range from a simple $1 USD for support all the way out to a $250 USD option that gets you a "zoo" (ten small elePHPants and one large elePHPant).

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Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eliw/php-architect-orange-elephpant

7PHP.com:
How & Why Did The PHP Mascot Come To Birth? Creator Vincent Pontier Reveals the True Story
January 07, 2014 @ 09:59:50

On 7PHP.com today, they've posted an interview with Vincent Pontier about a few different things including how the elePHPant stuffed toys came about.

You cannot be a true fan of The PHP Community and a programmer with PHP in your heart, if you haven't heard of the magical, mystical and elegant PHP mascot that is coined as and known famously and passionately as ele.. PHP.. wait for it!: The elePHPant! If you are part of The Community, you probably already knew how it was created since the creator of the elePHPant answered it in his movie. But! Do you actually know why it was created and where the idea of creating it came from? And do you actually know Elroubio himself?

While the original interview was in French, it's written up in English to reach a wider audience (it's also in its original French at the end of the post). They talk about some of Vincent's background, where the idea for the elePHPant originally came from, what he thinks of the current status of the elePHPants.

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Link: http://7php.com/elephpant/

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Zend Framework Green ElePHPants for Pre-Order
September 25, 2012 @ 11:48:32

If you've been around the PHP community for any length of time, chances are you've seen the ElePHPant stuffed animals that have been floating around conferences and living on developers' desks. Well, the Zend Framework has decided to create some of their own - a more green variety. Pádraic Brady has posted about them.

Blue PHP ElePHPant plush toys are so yesterday. Ben Scholzen (you might know him as DASPRiD on IRC/Twitter) is now taking pre-orders for green Zend Framework ElePHPants. Yes, they are green. Yes, they have "ZF" printed on them. No, they are not a repository of Zend Framework knowledge. We tried really hard, but Intel insists that magical toys from the future are not real. Ben needs to reach a minimum production order of 1000 small ZF ElePHPants and is currently hovering at around 200 after the weekend. If you, your user group, or your pet poodle want one of these, visit Ben's pre-order page for more information.

As of the time of this post, the orders for these elePHPants is at about 190 out of the 1000 needed, so if you'd like to pick some up, get over and put in your pre-order now!

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Laura Beth Denker
March 06, 2012 @ 12:42:42

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - an interview with Laura Beth Denker of Etsy.

Cal's "three questions" for her were:

  • What's your title, what it means and what do you do? ("Anthropologist of Developer Culture")
  • Can you talk about the toolset Etsy uses for continuous integration?
  • Can you discuss private methods and why you like them?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 directly or by subscribing to their feed.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Luke Stokes
February 28, 2012 @ 14:16:31

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode - an interview with Luke Stokes, a co-founder of FoxyCart.

Cal's "three questions" for Luke were:

  • Why did you choose PHP to build the Foxycart platform?
  • What did you learn in the process of becoming PCI certified?
  • What lessons do you have for people looking to put together a platform and an API?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Chris Shiflett
February 16, 2012 @ 10:16:40

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode, an interview with Chris Shiflett (as recorded in 2011).

In the interview they talk about things like:

  • Chris' security experience
  • The PHP community's shifting focus on security
  • What's the biggest security mistake PHP developers still make?
  • Cross-site request forgeries
  • Chris' current work with Mapalong

You can listen to this latest episode either by using the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. You can also subscribe to their feed to get the latest.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Elizabeth Naramore
February 07, 2012 @ 08:16:18

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode (one recorded a while back) - an interview with Elizabeth Naramore, a well-known PHP community member.

This episode was recorded in 2011. Elizabeth now works for Orchestra.io. It's still a fun interview though because...well, it's Elizabeth.

You can find her blog here and follow her on Twitter here. If you'd like to listen to this latest episode, you can either listen in-page or download the mp3 directly.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sean Coates
July 28, 2011 @ 10:09:13

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted it's latest episode - an interview with Sean Coates (of Gimmie Bar).

Cal asks Sean his three questions about various projects and topics he's involved with:

  • Can you talk to us about what you see about the process of how PHP is developed and is this a positive or a negative?
  • Can you give us a quick synopsis of why Gimmie Bar moved from CouchDb to MongoDb and are you still confident that it was the right decision?
  • Can you talk a bit about your experience with Node.js?

You can listen to this episode either using the in-page player, by downloading the mp3

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Derick Rethans
July 26, 2011 @ 10:53:24

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - an interview with Derick Rethans, the author of the popular PHP debugger XDebug and a core contributor to the PHP project.

Cal's questions mainly revolve around Derick's contributions the PHP core (and one on OpenStreetMap):

  • Do you consider the current way PHP is developed functional or broken (and why)?
  • What would you do to change the way PHP is developed and why would you want to do it that way?
  • Explain to us what OpenStreetMap and why you think this is an important project.

You can listen to this latest episode either by using the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Rafael Dohms
July 21, 2011 @ 08:52:07

On the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. This time it's Rafael Dohms, a member of the Brazilian PHP community.

Cal's questions for Rafael are related to

  • The Brazilian PHP community has an umbrella organization that supports the local communities - can you describe how this works?
  • Can you explain the differences in the communities between the two countries [USA and Brazil]?
  • What one thing from the Brazilian PHP community would you like to see other communities use?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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