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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Rachel Baker
May 04, 2016 @ 09:41:09

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new episode (another video interview from php[world] 2015) host Cal Evans talks with Rachel Baker, a developer on the WordPress API project

They talk about why and when the REST API project was started up and some about the current status of the work (mostly moved into core). Rachel also fills Cal in on why it migrated from the "JSON API" over to to the "REST API" to help prevent some confusion between it and other features. They also spend some time talking about some of the merging of developer communities an open API can help foster (like between the wider PHP community and the WordPress community).

You can listen (or watch) this latest episode either through the in-page players, both video and audio, or you can download the mp3 if you want to listen to the audio offline. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to also subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates as new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview rachelbaker podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/05/03/interview-rachel-baker/

CloudWays Blog:
“PHP 7 Has Done Wonders For The Language”, Says Stefan Koopmanschap Of PHPBenelux
May 03, 2016 @ 11:29:22

The Cloudways.com blog has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new interview they talk with Stefan Koopmanschap about some of his background in development and thoughts about the community and language.

Stefan is the co-founder of PHPBenelux and speaker of many PHP conference around the world. He has a vast experience of development. He was the community manager of Symfony framework. Stefan is the Zend Certified and have also contributed in Zend Framework. He is the co-founder and trainer at Tech Academy and the podcast host at Dutch Web Alliance.

In his interview with Cloudways Stefan talks about his career start, share his experience as a speaker. What he contributed in Zend Framework. Comparing NodeJS with PHP 7 and Zend with Symfony. Giving advice to students and telling us which people to follow in PHP community.

In the interview Stefan answers questions about:

  • How he started out his career as a developer and mentors that helped
  • Speaking at conferences and where he got his start
  • Thoughts comparing Zend Framework and Symfony
  • His avid use of GitHub
  • Recommendations of people to follow in the community
  • Advice to beginners just starting in the language

They also mention Stefan's other passion - DJing for On Air Radio - and how he got started there. You can read the answers to these and other questions in the full interview.

tagged: cloudways community interview stefankoopmanschap

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/stefan-koopmanschap-interview/

CloudWays Blog:
“The Biggest Improvement In Our Ecosystem Is The Composer” Proclaims Laravel Develop
Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:31:59

The CloudWays blog has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new article they talk with Freek Van Der Herten.

Freek is a Laravel enthusiast and a PHP developer. Also, he has been writing on his blog. He is a developer at Spatie. He lives in Belgium and is a Zend Certified Engineer. He was a speaker at the “Uncon” of PHP Benelux conference 2016.

In the interview Freek answers questions about:

  • How he originally got into computers/programming
  • His opinions on the Laravel ecosystem
  • His views on the overall PHP community growth
  • The web development competition in Belgium

There's also a bit about his own hobbies and interests including music, writing articles for "P-Magazine" and reading up on the latest in programming blogs. You can read the full interview with answers to these and many more questions here.

tagged: cloudways interview freekvanderherten laravel community

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/freek-van-der-herten-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Juliette Reinders Folmer
Apr 26, 2016 @ 09:38:22

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode with host Cal Evans interviewing a member of the PHP community. In this new (video) interview Cal talks with Juliette Reinders Folmer,

Cal and Juliette talk about some of the work that she does with WordPress plugins and some of her recent activity on the TGM Plugin Activation project. This project aims to help bring in some of the package/plugin management idea that Composer has for the wider PHP community. They also talk about the Yoast SEO plugin and her contributions there.

You can watch this latest episode either through the in-page video player or directly over on YouTube. If you're more audio inclined you can also use the in-page audio player or download the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview juliettereinderfolmer podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/04/26/juliette-folmers/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Taylor Otwell about Spark
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:47:36

In the latest episode of the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast host Cal Evans talks with Taylor Otwell, creator of the Laravel framework about Spark, the Laravel-based package that provides many of the basic features needed to run the business around your application.

Cal and Taylor start off talking about why Taylor wanted to create Spark and where the need came from in his own development work. He wanted to share the results and make it faster for people to work on the application and not these features around it. They also talk about some of the features that are included in Spark and why they exist. There's also a discussion about why he chose to go with Vue.js for the frontend of the application, the user impersonation feature and

This is a live video interview that Cal did with Taylor you can watch either through the in-page audio player or directly over on YouTube. If you enjoy the interview be sure to follow their feed and keep up with them on Twitter.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview taylorotwell podcast spark laravel

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/04/20/interview-taylor-otwell/

Free the Geek:
Episode 16 - Talking Testing and Building YOUR Dream with Chris Hartjes
Apr 20, 2016 @ 09:13:51

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode (#16), a chat with Chris Hartjes about testing and "building your dream" based on some of his own experiences.

In this episode I chat with Chris Hartjes, the Grumpy Programmer himself, about the ins and outs of testing and what it’s like to spend part of your working week building your dreams, instead of someone else’s.

Amongst the talk on testing, we cover a range of interesting points, such as monkey patching, mutation testing, and how TDD is more a design process than anything else. When it comes to building your dream, Chris shares some personal insights in to what prompted him to build grumpy learning, and who some of his greatest mentors have been.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the show be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for more updates when new shows are released.

tagged: freethegeekpodcast ep16 chrishartjes testing dream community interview

Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0016

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Mark Story
Apr 19, 2016 @ 09:17:56

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest in their series of video interviews with members of the PHP community recorded at the php[world] 2016 conference, Mark Story, a developer on the CakePHP project.

*Cal and Marks talk about CakePHP in general, Mark's involvement in it and some of the recent advancements in the project. They also talk about his role at FreshBooks and how PHP is used there. They also talk about Mark's session there at the php[world] conference and the Magic: The Gathering games he participated in at the game night there at the conference.

You can listen (or watch) this latest episode either through the in-page video or audio player or directly over on YouTube. If you enjoy the episode be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to find out about the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview markstory podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/04/19/interview-mark-story/

CloudWays Blog:
Samantha Quiñones Shares Insights On APIs, Elasticsearch And R-Language Programming
Apr 18, 2016 @ 09:05:32

On the Cloudways blog they've posted another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest post they talk with Samantha Quiñones, a principal software engineer at AOL and user group organizer.

Samantha Quiñones is the principal software engineer at AOL, organizer of DC PHP user group and a speaker. She is a certified R-programmer with vast experience in developing REST APIs. In her interview with Cloudways she talks about the early years of her career, her experience as a speaker and in the end gives advice on who to follow in the PHP community.

In the interview Samantha answers questions about:

  • how she got started in her career as a developer
  • why she started speaking and where she'll be speaking
  • her experience as a security developer at Saint
  • what she enjoys doing when not programming

Finally, she makes a recommendation of someone to follow if you want to get involved in the wider PHP community or just want a good person to start with: Cal Evans.

tagged: cloudways interview samanthaquinones api rest elasticsearch rprogramming community

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/samantha-quinones-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Tessa Mero
Apr 12, 2016 @ 11:55:07

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another video interview taken live at php[world] with a member of the PHP community. In this new episode host Cal Evans talks with a speaker at the event and Joomla fan, Tessa Mero.

Cal and Tessa talk about the keynote that she presented at the event and provides a bit of introduction as a "new" speaker at many PHP conferences. They also talk about how being a part of the video gaming community she was a part of first and how it shaped her for her participation now in PHP. They also talk about how "bad behavior" has been handled in both communities. Tessa shares how she got into the Joomla community and her experiences there. Finally, they talk about the PHP conference she's involved with, the Pacific Northwest PHP Conference.

You can listen (and watch) this latest interview either through the in-page video or audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening offline. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed or follow them on Twitter to get information about the latest episodes as they're released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview tessamero podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/04/12/interview-tessa-mero/

CloudWays Blog:
“The Main Thing I Stress Is That You Determine Your Real Needs” Reveals MySQL Expert
Apr 05, 2016 @ 10:16:58

The Cloudways blog has posted an interview today with Dave Stokes, the MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and frequent speaker at PHP conferences and user groups.

Dave Stokes is MySQL Community Manager at Oracle and a certified MySQL 5.6 database administrator. He has vast experience of DB administration and has been MySQL Certification Manager at SUN. In his interview with Cloudways, he talks about the start of his career, compares MySQL with MariaDB and other MySQL forks in some detail, also talks about NoSQL in detail and, in the end, he gives wonderful advice to students. Enjoy the wide-ranging interview.

Dave answers questions about:

  • How he got started as the MySQL Community Manager
  • His suggestions for choosing one fork of MySQL for you needs
  • How MySQL competes with other database types (like MongoDB)
  • Where people can follow the MySQL community
  • His advice to beginners and students looking to build a career in database development

You can read Dave's answers to these and more questions in the full interview.

tagged: cloudways interview davestokes mysql community oracle

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/interview-dave-stokes/