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"Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?" (Adam Culp & Cal Evans)
March 03, 2015 @ 11:57:42

There's an interesting set of posts from PHP community members Adam Culp and Cal Evans each on a similar subject centering around conferences and the presentations made at them. They both wonder if talks are getting too "soft" and not focusing as much on the technology and getting in-depth as they should be. From Cal:

PHP conferences are changing very slowly, and not in a way that I like. I blame myself. As a frequent speaker I am getting lazy. I get caught up in the excitement of the CfP, I write up 5-10 abstracts and shotgun them into the CfP system hoping that something hits the mark. I've not actually written these talks. In most cases, I'm pretty sure I can get 45 minutes on the topic, but I don't know for sure because I've not bothered to write it yet. Adam Culp talks about this very thing in his post "Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?".

Adam points out that, while introductory talks and overviews are acceptable level coverage for someone new to the speaking scene (or development), the trend seems to be that everyone is providing less "meat" in their talks.

It is hard to teach a great amount in a 1 hour talk, but if there is not some immediately usable content an attendee will have a tough time proving to their short sighted boss that it was worth their time.

Both Adam and Cal set out a challenge, both to themselves and other speakers in the community. They encourage you to spend more time with your subjects, get in-depth into the topics, present on what you're excited about and maybe even try them out locally first.

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Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/1076

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Sunshine PHP 2015 Wrap-Up
February 12, 2015 @ 13:06:30

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode following this year's Sunshine PHP conference, a special episode wrapping up the conference with organizer Adam Culp.

Cal and Adam talk some about the event, how Adam thought it went and how strong the schedule was with great sessions. They also talk about how Sunshine PHP uses themes in their event (this year's was "teams"). They end the episode talking about what Adam learned from this year's event and the diversity of the crowd.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening offline. Be sure to subscribe to their feed for more episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/02/11/sunshine-php-2015/

Adam Culp:
Fun with Travis CI and PHP projects
July 14, 2014 @ 10:43:53

Adam Culp has a new post to his site sharing some of his fun with Travis CI and his PHP-based applications. He recently started using it and provides a step-by-step guide of how he got started with some handy tips along the way. Travis CI is a continuous integration platform providing processes that run automated testing or other build processes when new commits are made to a repository.

I know I should have done this a long time ago, but I finally got my hands dirty with Travis CI. I wanted to set up a php project on github to use Travis CI to monitor the status, in case I forgot to run the tests prior to pushing. Unfortunately it was not as easy as it's made out to be. But now that I've done it once, it'll be easier next time. So, here is how I tackled it.

He walks you through five (or really six) different steps to getting a build process set up for your repository (complete with screenshots):

  • Create a Travis CI account and link it to your GitHub account
  • Add the repository to connect the build to
  • Make a ".travis.yml" file to configure the build (his runs PHPUnit tests)
  • Validate that PHPUnit runs locally
  • Verify the webhook for Travis CI has been set up correctly

Finally, he includes a bit of description about a successful build and how to add the "badge" showing the current build status to the README of your repository (using Markdown syntax).

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Link: http://www.geekyboy.com/archives/908

PHP Podcast:
Episode #2 - Adam Culp
April 23, 2013 @ 10:47:38

The PHP Podcast (from Zend) has posted its second episode - Episode #2, an interview with Adam Culp who recently joined the team at Zend and is a organizer for the South Florida PHP User Group.

In this episode we talk to Adam Culp on his very first day as a Zend employee. We talk about PHP community and Adam's decision to move from the realm of independent consultant to Zender! Adam is the organizer of SunshinePHP, PHP Guru and joining the Zend Professional Services Team.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. You can also subscribe to their feed of you want this and future episodes pulled automatically.

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Link: http://phppodcast.com/episode-2-adam-culp/

7PHP.com:
Interview with Adam Culp - Organizer of SoFloPHP & the Sunshine PHP Conference
December 10, 2012 @ 13:09:51

On 7PHP.com today they've posted their latest PHP community interview - the answers to their questions with Adam Culp, the organizer of the South Florida PHP User Group and Sunshine PHP Conference.

In this edition I talked with Geeky Boy, [Adam Culp @adamculp], who is The Leader and Organizer of The South Florida PHP User Group (aka @SunShinePHP will be held in Miami / Florida in feb 2013 and is promising a 'dedication to putting together the best Community led conference of the year'.

Adam answers questions about:

  • How he got started with PHP
  • His opinion of PHP now as compared to when he started with it
  • Advice to up and coming PHP developers
  • Resources/books he recommends
  • His respect for Michelangelo van Dam and his work in the PHP community
  • Advice to people wanting to get involved in the PHP community
You can read the full interview here.
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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Adam Culp
August 14, 2012 @ 08:14:12

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. This time it's with Adam Culp, an organizer of the South Florida PHP User Group.

Cal's three questions for Adam revolve around his user group participation:

  • How did you get it started and did you start the group?
  • What's the most interesting meeting we've had so far?
  • Tell us about your: mailing lists, leadership structure, your rules for sponsorships and how you found your meeting space

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

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