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/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 40 Poly Life Mentoring
March 03, 2014 @ 09:16:16

The /Dev/Hell podcast, hosted by PHP community members Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes, has released their latest episode - Episode 40: Poly Life Mentoring.

The big four-oh hits us, this time with our special Fictive Kin friend Sean Coates. We talk lots about deploying web applications in various languages, the impact Composer has had on PHP development, formal and informal mentoring, and how to get accepted to speak at conferences.

They also talk about a wide variety of other subjects in this edition including RVM+Bundler, Composer+Packagist, Flash, PHPMentoring.org and Webshell. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, consider subscribing to their feed for more great episodes.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-02-28/poly-life-mentoring/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 39 Animal Style
February 24, 2014 @ 10:22:39

The latest episode of the /Dev/Hell podcast, hosted by PHP community members Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes, has been released - Episode 39: "Animal Style".

This was recorded the night before SkiPHP started, which was an awesome PHP conference in Salt Lake City. We ramble about a lot of stuff, including our first conferences, America's first serial killer, our approaches for giving talks, and Chris' secret identity.

You can check out this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, consider subscribing to their feed to get this and future episodes.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-02-20/animal-style/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 36 Maybe PHP Isn't as Lame as We Thought
October 31, 2013 @ 12:06:19

The /Dev/Hell podcast, hosted by PHP community members Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler, has released its latest episode - Episode 36, "Maybe PHP Isn't as Lame as We Thought".

So our pace is a little slower due to work crap, but DEV HELL LIVES. Episode 6d6 kicks off with us waxing about what's exciting in PHP development nowadays. We also talk about upcoming appearances at TrueNorth PHP, NomadPHP and SkiPHP. Then we get into the discussion of alcohol consumption at tech conferences, and malware on the PHP.net site.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by following their feed in your reader of choice.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2013-10-29/maybe-php-isnt-as-lame-as-we-thought/

Engine Yard:
A Conversation About Testing in PHP
May 23, 2013 @ 09:42:29

On the Engine Yard blog today they've posted a conversation about testing between Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes (also the hosts of the DevHell podcast).

Our friends Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes recently had a chat about testing in PHP. Read on to get the low down on different testing tools and their relative merits-check it out as Ed and Chris weep for the future, come to some interesting conclusions and get their hands dirty so you don't have to.

They talk some about the current tools for unit testing in PHP applications and show what a sample test looks like. Ed talks about how the current testing tools can make it intimidating for people to get started testing and mentions the built-in testing library in Python that is a bit easier. There's also some mention of acceptance/functional testing and the Behat + Mink combo.

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Link: https://blog.engineyard.com/2013/a-conversation-about-testing-in-php

PHP Town Hall Podcast:
Episode #3 - The EE Revolt of 2012 and Why You Should Unit-test Your Shit
December 27, 2012 @ 12:11:32

The PHP Town Hall podcast has posted their latest episode - Episode 3: "The EE Revolt of 2012 and Why You Should Unit-test Your Shit".

ExpressionEngine Pro Anna Brown and Testing Hero Chris Hartjes join Ben Edmunds and Phil Sturgeon to discuss the recent rumblings in the ExpressionEngine community and the new EE StackExchange site. We talk about Inversion of Control (IoC), what it is, why its useful and how it's done. We also talk a little bit about how PHP has been (and is continuing) to move towards a post-framework world thanks to independant framework-agnostic components - and of course we talk with Chris about unit-testing.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading it directly. You can also catch up on the two previous epsidoes covering PHP 5.5 and Composer/Laravel 4.

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NetTuts.com:
Chatting With The Grumpy PHP Programmer
October 10, 2012 @ 08:25:59

NetTuts.com has posted an interview they've done with Chris Hartjes (aka "The Grumpy Programmer") about his stance on testing in PHP applications and some of his background as a developer.

Questions from Jeffery Way include:

  • You recently self-published "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide to Building Testable Applications." What made you want to write this specific title?
  • In your opinion, what is the single biggest advantage to testing your applications?
  • Testing applications is a bit odd, in that, overall, the idea is a simple one. [...] Was there a specific article or video that suddenly made you "get" it all those years ago?
  • What are your thoughts on the vitriol toward PHP lately - referring to various viral blog posts on the subject? Is it warranted?

You can find out more about Chris' book here or follow him on Twitter or his blog.

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/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 11 From Gas Station Attendant to Java Developer
April 27, 2012 @ 10:53:08

The /Dev/Hell podcast has released their latest episode (hosted by PHP community members Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler) - Episode 11: "From Gas Station Attendant to Java Developer".

This time out we are blessed by the presence of Fictive Kin brosef of Ed. We explore Jo ël's rags-to-riches story: a young academic schlepping coffee and 44oz soft drinks at a gas station, where he's discovered by a grizzled dev team manager in need of Java skills. From there it's been a whirlwind of web sites, programming languages, and more ops than you can shake a stick at. Actually I was sleepy and wasn't really listening for the first half-hour. I bet it's good though.

You can listen to this latest episode by grabbing the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed (either RSS or iTunes) and get this and other great episodes.

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Brandon Savage's Blog:
Book Review The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable Applications
April 18, 2012 @ 10:53:45

On his blog Brandon Savage has a new post reviewing a book from Chris Hartjes, "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable Applications".

When most developers think about books on testing, they think about books that highlight things like "test driven development" or "how to build a test for X." [...] This is not true of Chris Hartjes' book, "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable PHP Applications". When I asked Chris if I could review his book, I expected a step-by-step guide to writing tests. What I got was a step-by-step guide to building an application that COULD be tested. There's a big difference, and it's important to understand the distinction.

He points out that the book provides more about good application structure than who to write the tests for it. It provides a guide to creating modular applications that can be easily pulled apart and tested as well as some practical examples. He also includes a few "wise words" quoted from the book including: "if it's not yours, wrap it up" and "testing is good; testable applications are better."

You can pick up your own copy of the book fron its page on the Leanpub site.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Chris Hartjes
March 14, 2012 @ 13:25:34

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode - an interview with Chris Hartjes, author of the "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable PHP Applications", advocate of application testing and podcaster in his own right.

Cal's "three questions" for Chris revolve (mostly) around his testing emphasis:

  • Which unit testing framework do you recommend and why do you choose it over other options?
  • What is "enough" when it comes to testing your applications?
  • What's the biggest challenge you've faced in organizing a user group and how did you handle it?

You can listen to this latest episode either via downloading the mp3 directly.

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7php.com:
Interview with Chris Hartjes - The "Grumpy Programmer" of the PHP Community
February 20, 2012 @ 08:02:28

7php.com has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community - Chris Hartjes, the "grumpy programmer".

In this edition I talked with Chris Hartjes (@grmpyprogrammer), the co-organizer of the GTA PHP User Group (@gtaphp). Chris is a real Grumpy PHP Programmer! But grumpy in a very positive sense though. He focuses his effort in applying and transcending his best practice ideals with the codes he write. I would tag him as the "perfectionist programmer"; he will not hesitate to scrap his piece of work if he finds a fault or a room for improvement and start all over again with that "eye for perfection". In this interview, he will talk a bit about those coding best practices fortunately.

Chris answers questions about:

  • His history with PHP
  • His favorite PHP book
  • What tools he uses (IDE)
  • His description of the PHP community
  • His favorite conference

You can read the answers to these and more in the full interview.

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