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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Paul Jones
March 04, 2014 @ 09:23:50

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode in their community interview series. In this new episode Cal Evans talks with Paul Jones (lead developer on the Aura PHP framework).

They talk some about Aura project and the current status, including the work on the version 2 components and what's to come (recombining v2 packages back into the vs framework). They also talk about Paul's book Modernizing Legacy Applications.

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

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/03/04/interview-with-paul-jones/

Paul Jones:
Book Announcement Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP
December 10, 2013 @ 09:23:53

Based on his popular conference session "It was like that when I got there", Paul Jones has announced the release of an ebook covering the migration of legacy applications to a more recent, well-structured system. The book, "Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP", is still in the works, though.

My upcoming book, "Modernizing Legacy Applications in PHP", [shows how to improve your application with small changes]. Using my talk "It Was Like That When I Got Here" as a starting point, I condense 15 years of fixing PHP codebases into a collection of specific steps to complete in order. As you apply these small fixes, each one building on the last, you will be able to restructure your codebase from a spaghetti mess to a testable, organized, modernized application, free of globals and mixed concerns.

If the premise sounds interesting, be sure to sign up to be notified of updates as they happen. There's also some freebies that'll come along with the subscription including a pre-publication chapter.

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Link: http://paul-m-jones.com/archives/5828

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Two New Episodes - #37 & "Dark Secret Branding"
November 22, 2013 @ 10:40:17

The /Dev/Hell podcast has released their latest two episodes, one in the usual format recorded prior to the True North PHP conference - Episode 37: Jets vs Sharks - and the other following, Dark Secret Branding.

In episode 37 they talk with Paul Jones of the Solar/Aura projects about "lots of stuff about confusing things like dependency injection and human behavior in tribes".

In the second of the two episodes they talk with Jonathan Snook about Twitter application development, Jonathan's past and more.

You can, of course, listen to either of these via the in-page players or you can download the mp3s directly for offline listening: Episode 37, Dark Secret Branding.

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Link: http://devhell.info

Community News:
Drafts of PSR-1 (and prelim PSR-2)
May 11, 2012 @ 13:17:08

In the wake of the success of the PSR-0 standard (used in autoloading structures across frameworks and various applications), the PHP-FIG (Framework Interoperability Group) has start on drafts of other standards to help provide some guidelines to standardize PHP development across projects.

Among the group, Paul Jones has been writing serveral proposals under the PSR-1 standard banner that include:

If you want to know more about the PHP-FIG group, you should listen to this excellent panel interview of the group from the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast. Paul and others get into the point of the group and how the standards are progressing.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Paul Jones
June 24, 2011 @ 08:50:25

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode today, another interview from the Microsoft Jump In! Camp - an interview with Paul Jones, lead architect of both the Solar and Aura frameworks.

Cal and Paul talk about the Aura project, a PHP 5.3 framework and how it relates to some of the base work that the Solar framework provided for it. He mentions the work being done on the database components to work with SQL Server and how some of the coming SQL Server features will be implemented.

You can listen to this latest episode in a few different ways - either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Paul Jones
March 03, 2011 @ 08:07:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode today - an interview with Paul Jones.

Things they talk about include Paul's involvement with the Solar framework project and Cal asks him his "three questions":

  • What do you look for in a potential employer?
  • Why did you write Solar?
  • What advice do you have to Open Source projects to help foster community?

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

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Paul Jones' Blog:
Zend Devzone Podcast Solar Overview
July 12, 2007 @ 08:34:00

In a new post to his blog today, Paul Jones mentions his podcast for the Zend Developer Zone (a Solar Overview) and provides the script that he worked from to record the show.

In this episode, I'm going to give a brief overview of Solar project and how it helps with the mundane aspects of building applications. Solar is an open-source library and framework for PHP 5; you can read more about it at solarphp.com...

The rest of the show notes includes links to things like Yawp, Solar's built-in localization and it's exception handling code.

Check out more about Solar at Solarphp.com and check out the PHP Abstract podcast episode Paul recorded on the Zend Developer Zone site.

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Zend Developer Zone:
PHP Abstract Podcast Episode 10 Solar Overview
July 10, 2007 @ 12:47:00

The Zend Developer Zone has posted the latest podcast in its PHP Abstract series. This time it's hosted by Paul Jones, developer of the Solar framework project, who talks gives an overview of the project and its place in the PHP community.

Today's special guest is Paul M. Jones. Paul is an internationally-recognized expert PHP developer and technical consultant living in Memphis, TN. On his blog, he writes mostly about his software projects, but also touches on management, business, politics, and culture.

You can grab the show directly or subscribe to the feed to get this and more great shows from the podcast (with topics covered like PHP & Java, CodeIgniter, Security and much more)

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Zend Developer Zone:
Fluent Interfaces in PHP
December 20, 2006 @ 08:55:00

The Zend Developer Zone has posted a new article from editor of the dZone, Cal Evans, looking at using fluent interfaces in PHP.

Fluent Interfaces are not a new programming construct. However, PHP developers have not been able to use them until PHP 5. Now with PHP 5 and the ability to directly dereference an object, PHP developers can build objects using fluent interfaces.

He starts off with a look at what they are and how (and why) they can be used in an application. He includes code example to help show how you would create an interface (makeNormal).

The code and other information are pulled from a few sources: Cal also mentions what he got into the fluent interfaces game for - creating a tag cloud with a fluent interface over the normal arguments/properties method.

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