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Acquia Podcast:
New Wave PHP with Lorna Jane Mitchell
February 17, 2015 @ 11:49:40

The Acquia podcast has a new episode from host Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire with guest Lorna Jane Mitchell talking about the "new wave PHP" and recent advancements in the community and language.

Lorna Jane Mitchell is back to show us some great reasons for upgrading your projects to PHP 5.3 or newer. Drupal 8's minimum version requirement is already up there at 5.4.5 (as of 2015.Feb.02), so we're doing well! Lorna and I have a quick chat about her history and experience, open source versus proprietary software development ("Projects and companies that work in that open source technology space make much better use of tools ... and they are wonderful, free, and well-supported tools!") ... specifics of how and why the PHP "Renaissance" is happening, and Drupal 8 as a PHP meta-project before she gets down to her jam's Drupal Camp presentation.

The post includes a video of her Drupal Camp session covering the same topic and the slides as presented. This also includes a video of the interview and a link to both the audio file and an in-page audio player.

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Link: http://www.acquia.com/resources/podcasts/acquia-podcast-178-new-wave-php-lorna-jane-mitchell

Laracasts.com:
Laravel 5 Fundamentals (Screencast Tutorial Series)
February 16, 2015 @ 09:47:41

The Laracasts site has put together a series of videos they're currently offering for free to help you get started with the latest release of the Laravel framework, version 5.

The video series covers things like:

  • Virtual Machines and Homestead
  • A Gentle Introduction to Routing, Controllers, and Views
  • Eloquent 101
  • Dates, Mutators and Scopes
  • Eloquent Relationships
  • Route Model Binding
  • Syncing Tags

Check out the full list for a great introduction to the new features and offerings of this latest Laravel version.

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Link: https://laracasts.com/series/laravel-5-fundamentals

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 37 Sunshine Round-Hall? Town-Table?
February 12, 2015 @ 09:40:41

The PHP Town Hall podcast has released their latest episode - a roundtable recorded live at this year's SunshinePHP conference, episode #37 - "Sunshine Round-Hall? Town-Table?"

We all know that SunshinePHP is one of the PHP communities finest conferences. It attends an amazing group of people, wonderful speakers and Rasmus usually pops in for a drive-by-keynote. Every conference Phil or Ben attend has some vague promise of "yeah we'll probably try and do a recording there or something," but this SunshinePHP we actually did it, all thanks to the wonderful Sammy K off of PHP Roundtable.

Guests included well-known PHPers Sara Golemon, Matthew Weier O'Phinney and Davey Shafik. You can catch this episode in a few different ways, either: through the in-page audio player, by downloading the mp3 or by watching the live video recording.

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Link: http://phptownhall.com/blog/2015/02/07/episode-37-round-hall-sunshine/

Laravel News:
Easy Image Processing in Laravel with Glide
January 30, 2015 @ 10:06:41

On the Laravel News site there's a new post sharing a video tutorial of how to use the Glide image handling library with your Laravel-based application.

Glide is a new package by Jonathan Reinink which is an on-demand image manipulation library. In this video he shows you how to set it up and the basic usage in Laravel 5.

In the tutorial Jonathan walks you through an introduction to the library and how it wraps around the Intervention image handling. He creates a basic application that, when an image endpoint is called, output the image with any given configuration options (like height and width). Glide is one of many packages making up The PHP League.

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Link: https://laravel-news.com/2015/01/using-glide-laravel/

Acquia Blog:
PHP Getting the job done, really easily - meet Stephan Hochdörfer
January 15, 2015 @ 10:51:12

On the Acquia blog today Jeffrey A. McGuire has posted another of his interview with members of the PHP community (both video and audio available). In this new interview he talks with Stephan Hochdörfer about "getting the job done, really easily" with PHP.

Stephan Hochdörfer from bitExpert AG and I got the chance to sit down and chat in the event hotel lobby following his session (and my keynote address :-) at SymfonyLive Berlin, 2014.

Stephan answers questions about his background with PHP, why he's chosen to stick with it and thoughts about the general PHP community. They also talk some about Composer and how it's making it easier on them to replace custom, proprietary code with robust PHP packages. You can listen to the audio of this interview either using the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 of the session. If you'd prefer to watch the video, you can check it out on Youtube too.

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Link: https://www.acquia.com/resources/podcasts/acquia-podcast-175-php-getting-job-done-really-easily-meet-stephan-hochdoerfer

php[architect]:
Posting videos from php[tek] 2014
December 05, 2014 @ 11:08:09

php[architect], organizers of the annual php[tek] conference, have start to post the videos recorded at their 2014 event over on YouTube. Not all of the sessions are published yet, but there's a few to get you started if you missed the event (or just want a refresher):

Be sure to subscribe to the channel to be notified when new videos are added of the over forty sessions that happened during the event.

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Link: http://www.phparch.com/2014/12/posting-videos-from-phptek-2014/

ThePHP.cc:
Goodbye LAMP Stack?
August 05, 2014 @ 10:52:11

The PHP.cc has a new post today sharing a video from their own Arne Blankerts that wonders if it's time to say goodbye to the LAMP stack.

The LAMP stack has been the tried and true backbone of the web for almost two decades. Lately though, more and more websites replace Apache HTTPD with nginx and move from just (My)SQL to No(t only)SQL. [...] In my "Goodbye LAMP Stack?" presentation at this year's International PHP Conference - Spring Edition, I gave a hands-on introduction to HHVM, the powerful new runtime for the PHP language, and showed how to get PHP applications to run on it.

The video is embedded in the page but it's a little difficult to read some of the slides so you can always head over to YouTube for a larger version. If you're just interested in the slides, you can find them here.

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Link: http://thephp.cc/viewpoints/blog/2014/08/goodbye-lamp-stack

PHPClasses.org:
7 Reasons Why TDD Failed to become Mainstream
June 11, 2014 @ 09:44:39

In the latest PHPClasses.org post Manuel Lemos suggests severn reasons why TDD failed to become mainstream in most development communities. This is related to comments from an leader in another community about his perspective on the "TDD movement".

Recently the creator of Ruby On Rails declared that TDD (Test Driven Development) is dead. Despite he used to be a supporter of TDD as the right way to do software development, he finally decided to announce that he really does not agree that TDD is really the right way. Read this article to learn more about what happened and what does this mean for developers that support TDD or not.

He starts with a brief look at what TDD (test-driven development) is and a link to a ThoughtWorks video of DHH talking about his new stance. Among his reasons are things like:

  • TDD is Expensive
  • You Will Change Your Projects and Old Tests Become Waste
  • Extensive Testing is Boring
  • Many TDD Preachers Do Not Use it Most of the Time But Do Not Admit it

Manuel shares some of his own opinions on the matter, though, pointing out that he doesn't think TDD is dead. He suggests that it helps to "make you rethink" when developing and that your (and your development group's) practices shouldn't be influenced by outside opinions - use what works.

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Link: http://www.phpclasses.org/blog/post/237-7-Reasons-Why-TDD-Failed-to-become-Mainstream.html

HHVM Blog:
Hack Developer Day 2014 Keep Hacking
April 11, 2014 @ 09:40:00

On the Facebook HHVM blog today there's a post about the Hack Developer Day they recently held in Menlo Park. The event brought in developers for a day of presentations from the Hack/HHVM engineers.

150+ Members of the PHP and developer community came to Facebook headquarters and joined over 2000 people online for presentations by the engineers of Hack and HHVM. Afterwards we held a five hour hackathon, where the attendees worked with those engineers to write Hack code, either by converting current codebases or writing new code from scratch.

For those that weren't able to attend or are interested in catching up on what was presented, they've posted videos of all of the sessions in a YouTube playlist as well as PDFs of all the slides. If you want the short version of what was presented, there's a quick list in the post or you can read a recap on the Facebook Engineering blog.

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Link: http://hhvm.com/blog/4685/hack-developer-day-2014-keep-hacking

KillerPHP.com:
Why PHP should be the first language you learn
February 13, 2014 @ 10:43:46

On the KillerPHP.com site there's a new post from Stefan Mischook where he suggests that PHP is the first language you should learn if you're new to development.

Anyone who reads my stuff knows that if I am anything, I am practical. So when it comes to learning (and teaching) programming to someone new to the whole programming game, for several pragmatic reasons, I think PHP by far is the best language to begin with. Here are some of the reasons: it is easy to learn, it is the most popular web scripting language and it is fast to program with.

He shares these thoughts and a few more in a short video (or here on YouTube).

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Link: http://www.killerphp.com/articles/why-php-should-be-the-first-language-you-learn


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