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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Shawn Mayzes
Jan 20, 2017 @ 12:52:47

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans, has posted their latest in the series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal interviews Shawn Mayzes.

Cal and Sean talk about how Sean got into programming, starting from some original tinkering around to his education through to his work as a professional developer. They also talk about Sean being hard of hearing and how it has had an effect on his career. There's also a mention of the project Sean is a part of, the Larachat.co community. They finish up talking about Sean's participation in the Canadian Deaf Ice Hockey Federation as a player.

You can listen to this latest interview either using the in-page audio or video player, by downloading the mp3 or watching it directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get the latest updates as new shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/01/18/interview-shawn-mayzes/

Free the Geek Podcast:
Episode 21 - Talking With Dan Allen Asciidoc Project Lead
Jan 05, 2017 @ 09:20:25

The Free the Geek podcast, hosted by PHP community member Matthew Setter, has posted their latest episode today - Episode #21: Talking With Dan Allen Asciidoc Project Lead.

In this episode I sit down with Asciidoc project Lead, and all round good fella - Dan Allen. If you love technical writing, technical documentation, and documenting your code, then this is an episode you’re not going to want to miss.

Dan share’s so much valuable insight into why Asciidoc is the premiere format for writing, regardless of the type of work you do, how the format came to life, some of the tooling available, plus so much more.

If you’re just getting in to technical writing, love documenting your code, but want to spend less time doing it, or just want to find a toolchain that demands less of you, but gives you so much more, then grab your favourite beverage, put your feet up, and tune in!

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new shows are released.

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Link: http://freethegeek.fm/episode/episode-0021

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Taylor Otwell & Joe Ferguson
Jan 03, 2017 @ 10:19:49

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Joe Fergeuson and Taylor Otwell to chat about all things Laravel.

Cal and Taylor talk about some of the origins of Laravel and why he created it. He goes through some of the early days of the framework and why he included the features that he did. They also talk about the ecosystem around the framework itself both on the free and paid sides including Laravel Cashier, Homestead, Valet and Forge. Joe also talks about his approach to the framework back in the Laravel 3 days and how he came into the community and, eventually, started helping out with the Homestead project.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio or video player you can also download the mp3 directly for listening offline. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/01/03/interview-taylor-otwell-joe-ferguson/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beau Simensen (#2)
Dec 27, 2016 @ 09:36:09

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Beau Simensen of SensioLabs.

Cal and Beau talk about Beau's work at SensioLabs and some of his recent interactions with the community. They also talk about the difference between PHP conferences and Symfony conferences and why they vary so widely in audience size. They also talk about Symfony Flex (introduced in a recent keynote) and what it provides to make it simpler to bootstrap a new application. They also talk about SensioCloud, a new hosting platform geared for developers with a mostly command-line interface.

You can catch this latest episode either using the in-page audio or video player or you can download the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates as new episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/12/27/interview-beau-simensen/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Paul Jones (#2)
Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:51:26

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Paul Jones in the first live online interview for the show.

Cal and Paul talk about one of Paul's new projects, the "PHP Package Development Standards" project including why he started up the initiative and what kind of goals he has for it going forward. He also talks about the research done before making the proposal and if there's an intent for this to become a new method for standards definition. Paul also talks about issues with standards definitions overall and the difference between non-code and code-based standards.

You can listen to/watch this latest episode either through the in-page audio and video player or you can watch over on YouTube directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to keep up with announcements of new shows as they're released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/12/20/interview-paul-m-jones/

O'Reilly Web Development Blog:
On becoming a web artisan
Dec 07, 2016 @ 12:20:39

The O'Reilly Web Programming blog recently posted an interview with Matt Stauffer, the author of their recently published Laravel: Up & Running book. In the interview Matt talks about becoming a "web artisan" and offers some advice you could apply to your own development work.

I recently asked Matt Stauffer, Partner and Technical Director at Tighten Co. to discuss his work with the Laravel community, including what makes the PHP framework great for rapid application development and how it interoperates with new and emerging frontend tooling. Matt is also the author of Laravel: Up and Running, which O'Reilly published in November 2016.

Matt answers questions about the Laravel framework (why it's for "web artisans"), using it for prototyping, upcoming features he's excited about and advice he has for those just starting out in web development. Check out the full post for the answers to these and other questions.

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Link: https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/on-becoming-a-web-artisan

Laravel News:
24 Pull Requests
Dec 01, 2016 @ 10:31:21

On the Laravel News site there's a post talking about a holiday-themed project, 24 Pull Requests, and a bit of personal perspective about it from a participant, Joe Ferguson (of LaraTraining.com).

24 Pull Requests is a project to promote open source collaboration during the month of December. The idea is to “Send 24 pull requests between December 1st and December 24th,” and it encourages developers to give back to open source with little gifts of code.

This is the fourth year and there are currently 11,093 developers and 10,201 organizations participating. If you are new to open source or are a seasoned pro it’s a great way of supporting the community.

The remainder of the post is the interview with Joe sharing answers to questions about:

  • why he decided to start participating
  • how it has improved his skills
  • what his biggest take away from participation is

There's plenty of links and suggestions in the post too helping you get started on your own road to 24PullRequests this month.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/11/24-pull-requests/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sara Golemon & Elizabeth Smith
Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:34:36

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted a joint interview recorded at the ZendCon conference 2016 with guests Sara Golemon and Elizabeth Smith.

Cal, Sara and Elizabeth talk about SAPIs (Server Application Programming Interface) and how the core of the language uses it to work with the server it runs on (web server, command line, etc). With a bit of definition out of the way, they they start talking about the creation of custom and new SAPIs for PHP (and "middleware SAPIs"). Sara takes more of the side that no new SAPIs are really needed but Elizabeth offers opinions from the other side and how the "middleware" state layer could improve the language.

You can listen to this interview either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates when the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/29/interview-sara-golemon-elizabeth-smith/

Laravel News:
New Book: Laravel Up and Running
Nov 23, 2016 @ 13:52:15

The Laravel News site has a post about the official release of a new Laravel-related book, "Laravel Up and Running" from author and well-known Laravel-er Matt Stauffer.

Matt Stauffer who has been blogging about Laravel since the 5.0 release, the host of the Laravel Podcast, and partner and technical director at Tighten.co has been working on a new Laravel book, Laravel: Up & Running, published by O’Reilly.

The post lists out just some of the topics the book covers including:

  • Tools for gathering, validating, normalizing, and filtering user-provided data
  • PHPUnit, Mockery, and PHPSpec for testing your PHP code
  • Interfaces for file system access, sessions, cookies, caches, and search
  • Laravel’s specialty packages: Scout, Passport, Cashier, Echo, Elixir, Valet, and Socialite

You can order it now from O'Reilly as an ebook but the paperback will follow soon. The post also includes a mini-interview from Matt about the release of his book.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/11/new-book-laravel-up-and-running/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Todd Ross
Nov 08, 2016 @ 10:26:05

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Todd Ross, a developer at Answers.com.

Cal and Todd talk about what the technology stack looks like at Answers.com, the "second largest PHP-based site" on the web. Technologies mentioned include Java (for search indexing), Varnish for caching and various database technologies. They also cover the talk he presented at this year's php[tek] (2016) about deploying large scale PHP applications.

You can listen (and watch) this episode either through the in-page audio or video player. If you'd like to listen offline, you can download the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/08/interview-todd-ross/