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PHP Town Hall:
Episode 27 Josh Lockhart and Jeremy Mikola
June 30, 2014 @ 09:30:35

The PHP Town Hall podcast is back with their latest episode, number 27, featuring two special guests: Jeremy Mikola and Josh Lockhart.

This episode is a long one, but we are back to improved audio and the video is not just one dude eating pizza for an hour. Josh Lockhart of PHP The Right Way and Slim fame, and Jeremy Mikola who is well known for banging on about clouds and playing magic the gathering. Oh, he also works for MongoDB.

The episode's discussion includes a wide range of topics (and plenty of rambling) about things like plans for Slim 3, Silex vs Slim, PHP The Right Way, Illuminate/Pagination and difficulties around pull requests. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live Google Hangout recording.

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Link: http://phptownhall.com//blog/2014/06/29/episode-27-foo/

7PHP.com:
Josh Lockhart - Find Good Online Resources And Communities & Use Them To Your Advantage
April 28, 2014 @ 09:17:41

7PHP.com has posted their latest community interview, this time with Josh Lockhart, an author behind the PHP The Right Way project and the Slim microframework. They talk some about his history with PHP, some thoughts on the current state of the language and resources/tools he recommends.

Someone finally took the responsibility to make things go in The Right Direction. And this man, this brave man, this 'super-hero' is here to make a change happen - he is named Mr Josh Lockhart. He is The Captain America of The PHP Community! Josh came forward with a convincing righful movement (if I can allow myself to tag it as such) to help PHP-ers get a sense of good direction when it comes to 'dealing with/and taming' PHP as a tool to make good software. This initiative is named as PHP The Right Way!

Josh answers other questions about his preference in environments, what he sees as the good and bad of PHP and his overall feel of the PHP community and where he feels e fits.

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Link: http://7php.com/php-interview-josh-lockhart/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 43 Erotic Art the Right Way
April 16, 2014 @ 09:15:47

In the latest episode of the /Dev/Hell podcast (Episode #34, "Erotic Art the Right Way") hosts Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes talk with Josh Lockhart of Slim framework fame.

Our latest episode features someone who we're been trying to get on for a while: Josh Lockhart, the developer of the Slim Framework for PHP and the founder of the PHP The Right Way project. We also have a new sponsor in Nude New Relic!

Topics they discuss include things like Slim, Sinatra, Flask and Guzzle. You can listen to this latest episode either by downloading the mp3 or using the in-page player. You can also subscribe to their feed to get this and other great shows.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-04-13/erotic-art-the-right-way/

SitePoint PHP Blog:
PHP The Right Way The Book
February 03, 2014 @ 12:05:57

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Bruno Skvorc talks about one of the best resources out there for people new to the PHP language (or even those wanting to hone their skills) - PHP: The Right Way. In his post he talks about the guide, it being published on LeanPub and where the proceeds from the book are going.

We can't keep the newbies away, and we can't educate the clients because most clients learn exclusively on mistakes. Shared host environments are also to blame, because their plans seldom include the most recent version of PHP, and are, due to price and ease of use, still the preferred hosting solution for legions of newcomers. So what can we do to spread best practices?

PTRW is a community effort, a website built entirely around spreading best up-to-date PHP practices. It's far from exhaustive - instead, it tries to bullet-list the things you should pay attention to, and links to quality resources where one can learn more about the various aspects it covers.

The book is an online resource, but it's been put on LeanPub to make it more portable and available offline. Since the book is a community resource and no one person should make the money from it, the choice was made to have all proceeds go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He finishes off the post with a brief interview with the book's maintainers Phil Sturgeon and Josh Lockhart.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/php-right-way-book

Reddit.com:
What are the must see talks/tutorials about php?
December 11, 2013 @ 12:47:36

On Reddit.com a conversation has started about some of the "must see" talks or tutorials that are out there for PHP. It starts with a suggestion of this talk about Symfony2 and includes other suggestions of:

If you have a talk or tutorial you think is a good resource for any level of PHP developer, head over and add it to the list!

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/1shr8o/what_are_the_must_see_talkstutorials_about_php/

Community News:
PHP The Right Way adds Dependency Injection Information
December 02, 2013 @ 11:54:39

The popular "PHP The Right Way" site has added a new section about a technology that's already in wide use across PHP frameworks and other applications in the community - Dependency Injection.

Dependency Injection is providing a component with it's dependencies either through constructor injection, method calls or the setting of properties. It is that simple. [...] If you have ever read about Dependency Injection then you have probably seen the terms "Inversion of Control" or "Dependency Inversion Principle". These are the complex problems that Dependency Injection solves.

The new section talks about some of the fundamentals behind the use of DI (dependency injection), what the "Inversion of Control" and "Dependency Inversion Principle" are and a bit about a common implementation - dependency injection containers.

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Link: http://www.phptherightway.com/#dependency_injection

Community News:
The League of Extraordinary Packages
August 16, 2013 @ 11:19:14

A new site has started up that's trying to provide a listing of the "highest quality packages" out there for PHP based on PHP-FIG standards and good practices - the League of Extraordinary Packages.

The League of Extraordinary Packages has one driving mission, to track down and develop PHP packages of the highest quality possible, using modern tools, standards and practices to distribute, test and strengthen the code.

Members of The League follow the standards put forward by the PHP-FIG, follow the best practices detailed by PHP The Right Way and distribute all code through Composer.

So far there's a few on the list, but it promises to grow quickly. Libraries already included are things like Geotools, oauth2-client and statsd.

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Link: http://www.thephpleague.com

Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Josh Lockhart
August 07, 2012 @ 09:47:10

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest interview with a PHP community member - Josh Lockhart, creator of the PHP - the Right Way project.

Cal's three questions center around his involvement in this project:

  • Why did you start "PHP - The Right Way"?
  • What makes "PHP - The Right Way" different from other beginner PHP resources out there?
  • Who can contribute to "PHP - The Right Way"?

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

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Community News:
PHP, The Right Way Site Launches
July 10, 2012 @ 08:12:34

In response to some of the recent talk about the quality of PHP and some of the recent suggestions about the right and wrong ways to write PHP, the PHP The Right Way site has been lunched.

There's a lot of bad information on the Web (I'm looking at you, W3Schools) that leads new PHP users astray, propagating bad practices and bad code. This must stop. PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web. It is important to understand there is no canonical way to use PHP. That's the beauty of it. This website introduces new PHP developers to best practices, available options, and good information.

The site has some "getting started" tips for working with PHP 5.4, links to some of the current PSR standards and gets into some of the best practices for things like proper OOP structure, namespacing and using the SPL. There's also hints on using Composer for package management, working with databases and some basic parts on security and testing.

Additionally, the site is also an open source project so you can contribute your own content (it'll have to be approved before merging) on topics you might not see or want to improve.

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