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FogCreek.com:
How to Find, Hire, and Retain Developers – Interview with Cal Evans
May 15, 2015 @ 09:58:54

On FogCreek.com they've posted a new interview they recorded with PHP community member Cal Evans about how to find, hire and retain developers for your business.

We’ve interviewed Cal Evans, author of ‘Culture of Respect’, and we discuss how to find, hire, and retain Developers. He gives tips on where to find great developers, how to write job ads which appeal to them and how best to interview them. We also discuss ways to build a great team culture that can help startups and growing businesses compete with the big guys for talent.

You can catch the interview in a few different ways - either through the in-page video recording, audio-only over on SoundCloud or you can download it for listening offline.

tagged: calevans interview video find hire retain developer cultureofrespect

Link: http://blog.fogcreek.com/how-to-find-hire-and-retain-developers-interview-with-cal-evans/

Community News:
"Are Conference Talks Getting Too Soft?" (Adam Culp & Cal Evans)
Mar 03, 2015 @ 12:57:42

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.

tagged: conference talk soft indepth opinion topic adamculp calevans

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

Voices of the ElePHPant:
It's the Booze Talking - ZendCon 2014
Dec 02, 2014 @ 14:13:24

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest in their special conference-recorded "It's the Booze Talking" series of episodes (this time it was at ZendCon 2014). In this new episode Cal Evans talks with guests Jeremy Mikola, Mike Stowe, Derick Rethans and Beth Tucker-Long.

They discuss the life of a developer evangelist including travel experiences, what it's like working conferences, and how it has an impact on their family life. They also all share their worst travel story in the course of their work and what they really enjoy about their roles.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show and want to hear more episodes like this (or their usual community interviews), be sure to subscribe to their feed

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant boozetalking developer evangelist calevans jeremymikola mikestowe derickrethans bethtuckerlong

Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/12/02/its-the-booze-talking-zendcon-2014/

Acquia Podcast:
Meet Cal Evans ... Meet Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire (Part 1)
Nov 21, 2014 @ 11:42:02

The Acquia podcast has released a special episode today spotlighting a video interview with Voices of the ElePHPant host Cal Evans and Jeffrey (jam) McGuire of the Drupal community. They decided to do a joint podcast, combining the Acquia and Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, giving you a look behind the scenes at Cal himself.

They talk about how Cal became involved in open source, how he discovered Drupal specifically, his involvement in the PHP community as a whole and where he works/what he currently does. They also talk about why Cal thinks PHP is such a success and his own "virtual user group" project, NomadPHP.

You can catch the interview either through the in-page video player or directly on YouTube.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant calevans community interview jeffreymcguire drupal acquia

Link: https://www.acquia.com/resources/podcasts/acquia-podcast-167-meet-cal-evans-meet-jeffrey-jam-mcguire

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 17: Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers
Dec 31, 2013 @ 13:54:15

The PHP Town Hall podcast has posted their seventeenth episode today - Authors Galore, Conferences and Game Changers. In it they feature guest Cal Evans a well-known member of the PHP community and author of Signaling PHP.

Cal Evans talks with us about some of the great projects he is (and has) been involved with, including training days, writing books, speaking, organising conferences and a bunch more.

They also talk some about Phil's own book, the Sunshine PHP conference and much more. You can listen to this latest episode a few different ways - either the audio via the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live recording on their YouTube channel. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to their feed for more PHP community goodness.

tagged: phptownhall ep17 podcast author conference calevans

Link: http://phptownhall.com/blog/2013/12/30/episode-17-cal-evans-nomad-bat-shit

Cal Evans:
Signaling PHP
Oct 28, 2013 @ 10:21:42

Cal Evans has a new post to his site today about a book he's published covering a topic not really focused on in the PHP world - command-line usage. The book, "Signaling PHP" covers the use of the process control extension to handle command-line signals.

Most of the PHP I write these days is CLI scripts. I really wanted to be able to trap signals in some of my scripts. I struggled with this for a while; I even spent an entire weekend googling and reading only to find out that most of the information out there was either wrong, confusing, or incomplete. I decided that once I figured it out, I was going to put everything I learned together in one place to help others that were struggling with this topic as well.

The eBook is available for purchase and download now at a suggested price of only $5 USD. If you've been looking for a quick, concise guide to using process control in PHP, you should check it out.

tagged: signaling ebook calevans cli commandline

Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2013/10/27/signaling-php/

PHP Podcast:
Episode #1 - Cal Evans
Mar 29, 2013 @ 13:38:30

The first episode of a new PHP-related podcast, the "PHP Podcast" produced by Zend, has been released. This first episode, hosted by Joe Stagner features a well-known PHPer, Cal Evans.

Cal Evans has been referred to as “The Ubiquitous Face of the PHP Community”. That’s made Cal an obvious choice for the first guest on the PHPPodcast. In this episode we chat about the evolving face of the PHP community.

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

tagged: phppodcast zend ep1 calevans community interview podcast

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Community News:
NashvillePHP Podcast 101 (Interview with Jon Wage)
May 08, 2012 @ 16:10:59

The Nashville PHP User Group has started up an interesting new series - the first in a (hopefully continuing) video series, the NashvillePHP Podcast 101. In this video, they interview Jon Wage, Director of Technology at OpenSky.

Cal Evans and Jacques Woodcock sit down with Jon Wage, Director of Technology at OpenSky, and chat about classic first person shooters that got him started in PHP, as well as, a bit about the OpenSky stack.

You can watch the interview over on Vimeo. Be sure to give them some feedback about the video in the comments!

tagged: video interview nashvillephp jonwage calevans jacqueswoodcock community

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7php.com:
PHP Interview with Cal Evans - Get Involved if you want to be a Pro PHPer
Feb 13, 2012 @ 09:36:37

On 7php.com today there's a new interview with a well-known member of the PHP community - Cal Evans:

In this edition I talked with Cal Evans, the Icon Of The PHP Community. He is to the PHP Community what Pele is to the Football world, just to tell you about the influence he has on the PHP world. He shares, helps, mentors, propagates PHP wherever and as much as he cans. He was previously Chief editor of Zend Technologies (@Zend), worked for iBuildings (@ibuildings) one of the biggest PHP service companies in Europe where he lead the growth of a PHP Center of Expertise and ex Mister ZendCon (@zendcon).

In the interview questions ask include topics like:

  • How he started with PHP
  • His thoughts on the good and bad parts of the language
  • How he suggests getting involved in the PHP community
  • The best PHP book he's read
  • What tools he uses in his development
  • A framework recommendation
  • and how he defines "the PHP community"
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Zend Developer Zone:
I'm back...and I brought friends!
Jul 13, 2010 @ 16:31:12

In a new post to the Zend Developer Zone, there's an announcement from Cal Evans about his temporary return to Zend's Developer Zone site and provide it with some great content.

For the next few months Blue Parabola will be helping out by managing DevZone. We will continue the 5 year tradition of finding great PHP related content from around the Net and making sure you have access to it. Along the way we may even write some new articles and tutorials. So come back often. See what, Marco, Keith, Beth and I find and share with you.

Keep an eye on the Zend Developer Zone for some great content from this group. You can also check out some of their other efforts over on the php|architect site.

tagged: content calevans keithcasey bethtucker marcotabini

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