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Engine Yard Blog:
Celebrating 10 Years of PHP 5.0.0
July 16, 2014 @ 11:56:24

On the Engine Yard blog Davey Shafik has a new post celebrating ten years of PHP 5 as of July 13th, 2014:

Ten years ago yesterday on July 13th 2004, PHP 5.0.0 was unleashed onto the world. Bringing with it the Zend Engine 2, effectively a brand new PHP. [...] The truth is that until PHP 5, PHP was a mostly procedural language, while it supported classes and objects, they were a bolt-on feature. This history is still visible in the majority of its default feature set even today - including some of its newest additions like the new password hashing API.

He talks about the evolution of PHP even since version 5.0.0 and how other technologies, like Ruby on Rails, has influenced the language and its developers towards greater things. He shares his answers to a few questions including:

    What is the most significant change to PHP in the last 10 years?
  • What's the biggest change in the community in the last 10 years?
  • What's the most pressing issue for PHP?
  • What would you like to see in the next major version?

He also includes an infographic of the timeline that lead up to the PHP 5.0.0 release and the advancements since then. There's even a look at the "Future of PHP" with some emerging technologies and what might lie in store for "PHP 6" (whatever that may end up being).

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Link: https://blog.engineyard.com/2014/php-5-10th-anniversary

Engine Yard Blog:
Deploying PHP Applications on Engine Yard A How-To
September 27, 2013 @ 10:22:57

Matthew Weier O'Phinney has written up an article for the Engine Yard blog walking you through the full process of getting a PHP site set up and working with their platform-as-a-service hosting.

I've been experimenting with a variety of cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings lately, and naturally was interested in seeing what Engine Yard brought to the table for PHP developers with its Engine Yard Cloud offering. Deployment of my application includes several non-trivial aspects, and I wanted to see how easy, or difficult, it was to accomplish each.

He lists some of his criteria (including deployment from a git repo, usage of Composer and cronjobs) and notes that the EY service matches all of his needs. The rest of the post goes into the details of the deployment, breaking it up into sections:

  • Initial deployment: Git and Composer
  • Private Configuration setup
  • Deployment Tasks
  • Cronjobs
  • DNS
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Link: https://blog.engineyard.com/2013/deploying-php-applications-on-engine-yard-a-how-to

Community News:
PHP The Undiscovered Country (Event)
August 20, 2013 @ 09:10:25

At the end of this month (August 29th and 30th), there's a PHP event happening in San Francisco, CA that calls itself a "unique gathering of exceptional PHP developers from around the globe" - PHP: The Undiscovered Country. This two-day event includes speakers like:

  • Nate Abele
  • Graham Weldon
  • Garrett Woodworth
  • Dean Sofer

The sessions are covering things like the future of PHP application development, working with virtual teams, the HipHop VM and future-proofing your APIs. You can still pick up tickets for the event too. So far they've posted the Day 1 schedule to the site with more information (and other speakers) to come.

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Link: http://phpundiscovered.com

Oracle.com:
Oracle Invests in Leading Platform-as-a-Service Company Engine Yard
November 14, 2012 @ 12:19:35

According to a new press release on the Oracle.com site today, they've announced the company's investment in the popular PaaS provider (and big sponsor of several PHP conferences, events and the community) Engine Yard. From the official press release:

Oracle announced today that it has made a strategic minority investment in Engine Yard, a leading cloud development platform that supports Ruby, PHP and Node.js, popular web development languages. [...] In conjunction with this investment, Oracle and Engine Yard expect to work closely together to provide cloud application developers with a greater choice of development and deployment options. The two companies are expected to connect their respective PaaS offerings to enable more rapid development of applications in a secure, reliable and scalable environment.

No word yet on how this will integrate with Oracle's own cloud solutions but it should be interesting to see what comes out of it. Congratulations to the Engine Yard folks on the investment!

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Engine Yard:
Cloud Out Loud - PHP Evangelism at Twilio, TwilioCon (Keith Casey)
October 16, 2012 @ 08:52:06

In the latest episode of their "Cloud Out Loud" podcast series, Elizabeth NAramore of Engine Yard interviews Keith Casey about his role as an evangelist at Twilio.

They talk some about working at Twilio and Keith's role there, some about the Austin (Texas) technology scene that he participates in and a bit about the currently-happening TwilioCon that's running in San Francisco. There's also a mention of a conference that Elizabeth is involved in that's happening in November in Indianapolis, CodeConnexx (put on by the PHP Women group).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. If you'd like this and more great episodes, think about subscribing to their feed.

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Community News:
Orchestra Now Offers PHP 5.4 Instances
October 04, 2012 @ 09:48:11

Engine Yard/Orchestra, a PHP platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider has announced the release of PHP 5.4 as a part of their cloud offerings:

We're pleased to announce the general availability of PHP 5.4 for Orchestra PHP Cloud. We are committed to keeping your apps running on the latest and greatest version of PHP. After careful lab testing, we'll upgrade your apps as newer versions of PHP become available. What if you're still using PHP 5.3? Don't worry, Orchestra PHP Cloud will continue to maintain its PHP 5.3 stack. You will be able to choose which version of PHP you would like to use when you launch a new app.

The default when you set up a new application will now be PHP 5.4, so be sure you're paying attention on setup if you need something else. You can find out more about the Orchestra PaaS on the Engine Yard site and try it out for free to see how your app performs.

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Engine Yard:
Chicks That Rip Podcast Interview with Beth Tucker Long
September 24, 2012 @ 12:18:32

Engine Yard has posted their latest "Chicks That Rip" podcast episode, hosted by Elizabeth Naramore - an interview with Beth Tucker Long, the Editor of php|architect magazine. This podcast highlights women in technology in multiple communities across the web.

In the interview they talk about Beth and the work she does for php|architect, what her own favorite part of the job is and how she manages the responsibilities of working and being a parent at the same time.

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

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Engine Yard:
Introducing Lithium The simple, fast and flexible PHP framework
July 20, 2012 @ 10:49:48

For those that have heard about the Lithium PHP framework but haven't gotten a chance to get into it, Engine Yard is hosting a webinar just for you. Nate Abele, one of the core developers for the framework, will be presenting an introduction to the framework on July 26th.

Lithium is a framework for PHP 5.3+ that is focused on quality, speed, and flexibility. It's a set of no-nonsense philosophies and tools that enable you to build better applications, in less time, without sacrificing quality or extensibility. Lithium understands distributed storage and caching, queuing systems, micro-dispatch frameworks, with integrated support for document oriented databases like CouchDB and MongoDB, alongside relational databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL. Lithium's architecture allows you to get your application up and running quickly, and still allows you to take control of the framework to support the requirements of your application.

If you're interested, you can sign up for the webcast on the Engine Yard site. The event happens July 26th at 10am PST.

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Engine Yard Blog:
Announcing Our New PHP User Group Program
July 04, 2012 @ 14:07:55

The folks over at Engine Yard have launched a new PHP-related effort to try to do their part to help out PHP user groups all over the world - a new program that aims to provide user groups with support via a direct link with their leaders.

Since Engine Yard was formed, we've had a deep commitment to supporting the open source community. [...] What was missing, though, was a more organized way to reach out to PHP User Groups to offer our support. We didn't really have a consistent way to connect with user group leaders. That's why we're starting a PHP User Group Program.

User group leaders that sign up will get a monthly email describing the benefits available to your group, a list of upcoming events or conferences your attendees might be interested in as well as information on getting occasional swag/sponsorship for your group.

We'll also be highlighting a PHP User Group of the month, which will entail a blog post about your group, a visit from us and some extra special goodies for your members.

If you're a user group leader, you can get involved by signing up here and you'll be notified when you've been added.

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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Davey Shafik
July 03, 2012 @ 11:57:38

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted a new interview with a member of the PHP community. This time its Davey Shafik, an engineer at EngineYard (with their PHP PaaS Orchestra).

  • You work on a project called FRAPI, give a summary of it
  • With PHP and Ruby both in the same environment, talk about the cultural issues with the integration of the two communities
  • You write as well as speak, tell us some about that (and what you're working on now)

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

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