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Phil Sturgeon:
The Tribal Framework Mindset
January 03, 2014 @ 10:37:15

Phil Sturgeon has an interesting post (with plenty of comments following it) about what he calls the "tribal framework mindset" - basically that certain technologies can provide a siloing effect on developers rather than engaging them as a part of the PHP community as a whole. One community centered around the Laravel framework sparked the post.

As much as I understand pushing the "Laravel Community", content, blogs, etc, can we stop this soloing of efforts and be a PHP community? [...] It should still have made sense. [...] Well, I thought so at least until I had a myriad of bizarre responses from people (mostly the well-known Laravel names) defending and picking issue with things I said, assuming instead of saying something logical I must have meant something moronic. That is rather offensive to me, so let's explain it for them.

He goes on to break it down into four different topics and summarizes how the "framework versus general PHP" point fits in - packages and functionality, developers and how they label themselves and books/other resources. He finishes off the post with a look at the "morals" behind it all and how, due to some of the "tribal bullshit" he's seen (even in his own CodeIgniter experience), developers are siloing into groups when really they should be a part of the community as a whole.

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Link: http://philsturgeon.co.uk/blog/2014/01/the-tribal-framework-mindset

Lukas Smith:
What is next for Symfony2?
November 25, 2013 @ 09:43:12

In a new post to his site Lukas Smith wonders what's next for Symfony2, the popular PHP framework. Rather than the actual framework, though, he looks at the framework community and wonders where they should direct their attention.

Avid readers of my blog might have noticed a theme in recent blog posts. A while ago I noted that core developers of the early days have become a lot less active. Then I posted about the need to start working on higher level code to make Symfony2 more rapid development friendly. Following this post I blogged about what is missing to make Symfony2 truly great for building REST APIs. Now last evening at DrupalCamp Vienna I was asked what is there left to do for the Symfony2 community and it didn't take me long to think of an answer: Bundles!

He talks about some of the current ecosystem around the framework's major bundles and wonders where people should be focusing. Are there bundles that should be worked on more, building up features and providing a more solid core group of developers (than maybe one or two)?

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Link: http://pooteeweet.org/blog/0/2239#m2239

SitePoint PHP Blog:
Becoming a PHP Professional The Missing Link
November 18, 2013 @ 13:55:36

On the SitePoint PHP blog today Bruno Skvorc has posted some tips to helping you become a "PHP professional" and advance your skills and, potentially, your career in web application development.

When reading various PHP related blogs, Quora questions, Google+ communities, newsletters and magazines, I often notice extreme polarization of skill. Questions are either at the "How do I connect to a MySQL database?" level or something in the range of "How do I best scale my mailing system to send over one million emails per hour without introducing a new server?" I personally distinguish between 4 distinct levels of PHP prowess (likely applicable to any language/profession): beginner, intermediate, professional and elite.

He starts by looking at "the extremes" - the absolute beginners and the highly experienced professionals that have spent a lot of time "honing their skill". Somewhere in the middle are the intermediate developers. These are the ones he focuses on for the rest of the article, providing them with the knowledge and resource to advance. His recommendations include:

  • Abandon spaghetti code
  • Learn to set up your own PHP environment
  • Exercise best practices early
  • Read
  • Find a buddy/mentor

There's a description for each one - and several more - with links to resources and other information to get more detail.

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Link: http://www.sitepoint.com/becoming-php-professional-missing-link/

Reddit.com:
PHP and Continuous Integration
September 28, 2012 @ 10:23:11

On Reddit.com there's a recent post answering a question asked about PHP and continuous integration during a project's development.

Does anyone have experience with PHP and Continuous Integration? If so, what tools and / or platforms did you use?

Suggestions in the comments include:

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Monitor.us Blog:
Website Performance PHP
March 23, 2012 @ 09:54:24

On the Monitor.us blog there's a recent guide to performance tuning your PHP with sections on lots of topics, some related directly to the code and others more towards the environment it lives in.

The World-Wide Web offers more PHP performance tips than can be comfortably discussed in one article, so the following is merely a list that can be used for reference purposes. The tips are divided into categories to group similar things together and make it easier to find what we need. The author's search for tips was extensive, but completeness still cannot be guaranteed.These tips fall into category #3.1 (the server executes a script) in the taxonomy of tips that we have been working with.Because of the sheer volume, these tips have not been tested. The reader is expected to test them in his own production environment before relying on them. This is not unreasonable, though, because the value of most tips depends on the unique environment within which PHP operates.

Sections in the guide include:

Also included in the post are a list of links that were references for the tips in the list..

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Chris Jones' Blog:
Oracle Resources for PHP
June 16, 2011 @ 12:20:28

On his blog today Chris Jones has posted a long list of resources that the PHP developers using Oracle as a backend could find useful in their development.

He's broken them up into categories to help split things out a bit:

  • Some overall links
  • The OCI8 extension
  • Databases like Oracle Express Edition, MySQL, Oracle Berkley DB
  • the NetBeans IDE
  • Oracle Linux and Tuxedo
  • Oracle Instant Client

Several of the descriptions also come with their own "Install Now" links to help you get started using them quickly. There's lots of tutorial links peppered through out the post too.

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Scott MacVicar' Blog:
Stupid Bug Reports
February 02, 2009 @ 09:34:18

Most of the bugs that get reported to the PHP project are pretty useful. They help developers track down those small, random issues that might slip through the cracks otherwise. There are, however, some of them that make you wonder a bit about the person that submitted them Scott MacVicar takes a look at a few of them in a new blog post.

Recently the PHP project has been receiving an increasing number of rather silly reports, these vary from simply not reading the manual, searching the internet or a fundamental lack of understanding how the internet works.

He points out three in particular (from the same person, no less) about things that shown an almost complete lack of understand of what PHP does. One was a request to make PHP use less CPU and another asking to make PHP censorship free and, finally, a request to make PHP more secure...by doing away with support for cookies.

Scott also suggests a few constructive things you can do before submitting a good (useful) bug report:

  • Gather together as much relevant information as you can (generalizations are bad)
  • Run performance checks against older PHP versions to try to pin down when the bug was added
  • And, finally: "don't get aggressive or be an asshole when your bug reports get closed".
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Odinjobs.com:
PHP Experts Why PHP Rocks
January 15, 2008 @ 11:19:00

The odinjobs website recently interviewed several PHPers in the community about their perspectives on PHP as a language and some of the resources they recommend. Among those on the list are Jeff Moore, Vidyut Luther, Matthew Turland and Richard Heyes.

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP), was introduced in 1998 by Andi Gutmans, Zeev Suraski and Rasmus Lerdorf (the original PHP/FI creator). In less than 10 years, there are over 20 million internet domains hosted on servers with PHP installed (source: Wiki). We will talk to our PHP experts to see why they think PHP rocks

Here's the questions they asked:

  • If you were to start afresh, would you learn PHP again?
  • What do you think is the most important feature of the PHP language?
  • What PHP forums would you recommend?
  • What book would you recommend to a newbie?
  • Name a programming language that you would like to learn? (if you had the time & resources, of course)

Check out the full article for their answers to these questions.

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Patrick Reilly's Blog:
Join the PHP Evangelism Team - Mailing List
October 17, 2007 @ 13:31:00

Patrick Reilly has posted about a new group that's being formed in the PHP world - a PHP Evangelism Team designed to help promote the language.

The goal of the PHP Evangelism Team is to bring together the right people, resources and experience from across the PHP Community to provide developers with the process guidance and best practices needed to create new opportunities for the web.

They're also looking to help support local user groups and aid in any PHP-related event they can. You can subscribe to their mailing list to get more information as the group develops. Check out the post for the address to join the list.

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HR World:
100 Resources to Attract, Retain and Utilize Rock Star Programmers
October 16, 2007 @ 11:12:00

Rich McIver has provided a guide of sorts for companies out there to help "attract, retain and utilize rock star programmers" for their business:

There are plenty of programmers out there, but rock star programmers? They are few and far between. Learn how to locate these gems and keep them happy with the resources below.

The article is broken up into five different sections:

  • Job Sites
  • Locating Quality Programmers
  • Screening
  • Care and Feeding of Programmers
  • Other Considerations

There's tons of links under each with some good advice not only for those doing the interview but also for the interviewee trying to land the job.

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