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Tobias Hermann:
Programming language subreddits and their choice of words
August 21, 2014 @ 12:14:13

Tobias Hermann has put together some interesting statistics pulled from the various programming subreddits on the Reddit.com site. He measures the choice of words for each community based on how own they're used.

While reading about various programming languages, I developed a hunch about how often different languages are mentioned by other communities and about the average conversational tones used by relative members. To examine if it was just selective perception on my site, an unconscious confirmation of stereotypes, or a valid observation I collected and analysed some data, i.e. all comments (about 300k) written to submissions (about 40k) in respective programming language subreddits from 2013-08 to 2014-07 using PRAW and SQLite. In this article I will present some selected results.

He first covers the "mutual mentions" for each of the groups with the largest connection from the PHP subreddit being to Python. He also compares the results to the TIOBE index for each (average popularity). He gets into more details about the words used (abstract, category, pure, etc) with PHP placing somewhere roughly in the middle for most data sets. The most interesting result, however, came with the set of curse words and the frequency of their use. In the PHP Reddit community the usage of these terms is, by far, the most of any group. Unfortunately, PHP also ranks lower on the "happiness" scale.

If you're interested in seeing how he came up with these results, you can get the raw results and the code he used.

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Link: https://github.com/Dobiasd/programming-language-subreddits-and-their-choice-of-words/blob/master/README.md

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beth Tucker Long
August 12, 2014 @ 10:40:06

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of community interviews. This time it's with Beth Tucker Long, an organizer of the Madison PHP Conference and former editor of the php[architect] magazine.

They talk some about her plans for the future (post-php[architect]), how she's trying to get back into coding. She talks about her mentor, Beau Simenson, and the consulting work she has going on. They also talk some about the Madison PHP User Group and Conference and the other organizers.

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, be sure to subscribe to the feed and get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/08/12/interview-with-beth-tucker-long/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michael Babker
August 05, 2014 @ 09:05:46

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest community interview, this time it's with Michael Babker, a member of the Joomla community.

They talk some about his attendance at WordCamp (despite being a "Joomla Guy") and how WordPress has influenced the development of Joomla. There's also some discussion about what's currently happening in the Joomla community.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. If you like the interview, there's lots more to check out - be sure to subscribe to their feed and get the latest.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/08/05/interview-with-michael-babker/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Joel Clermont
July 30, 2014 @ 09:37:56

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their series of community interviews. This time it's with Joel Clermont, an organizer of the Milwaukee PHP User Group.

They talk some about a newsletter Joelputs out "learning how to learn" based around a conference talk he's proposed/given. Joel also mentions the book he's working on following the same topic. They also talk some about his involvement in the Milwaukee user group.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, consider subscribing to their feed too.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/07/29/interview-with-joel-clermont

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Evan Coury
July 23, 2014 @ 12:36:25

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast is back with a new episode of its podcast. This time it's an interview with PHP community member Evan Coury.

The interview is recoded live at this year's Midwest PHP Conference. They talk about Evan's work around Zend Framework and where he sees things going with the project. He also mentions some of the work being put towards Zend Framework v3 (and if there will be many backwards compatibility breaks like there was with ZF2).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3. If you like what you hear, consider subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/07/22/interview-with-evan-coury/

7PHP.com:
Know The Las Vegas PHP User Group - Help Each Other & We All Benefit
July 23, 2014 @ 10:50:48

The 7PHP.com site has posted their latest PHP community interview. This time it's with a group from the Las Vegas PHP User Group about their community and group. The interview talks to Adam Englander, one of the organizers of the group.

This is the #4th set of 'Know Thy PHP Usergroup' in an attempt to create more awareness of: what is $this PHP UG about + get to know the leaders/Founders/Community behind it and what is a PHP User Group in general to personally know all the PHP user groups Around The World - that excites me and I hope you too! This concept is also a good opportunity for new #elePHPants to know about PHP UGs. [...] The Las Vegas PHP Users Group is a group dedicated to PHP developers learning from and teaching each other. [...] All skill levels are sought after. If you are looking to teach, learn, network, or just mingle, join the group and participate on the adventure.

They cover a lot of topics about the group including things like:

  • How the group started
  • How often they meet
  • What was their largest meeting attendance
  • Challenges in finding sponsors
  • How it's different than other user groups

Check out the full interview for the answers to these and other interesting questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/php-usergroup-las-vegas/

Reddit.com:
What constitutes the "PHP community"?
July 18, 2014 @ 12:09:37

There's a good conversation happening over on Reddit today about what constitutes the "PHP community" and how it can be defined. JordanLeDoux wonders if those who just write PHP are included in that group as well.

One conversation was with a dev who hates PHP because (mostly) they work with code that was written by some non-PHP dev who was asked to write it. The other was with /u/krakjoe from the PHP internals team, where I was commenting on a sentiment that sometimes finds its way into the internals mailing list: if you want a real programming language, then go use one. In both cases, I made the assertion that most people who utilize PHP or edit a script aren't actually part of the PHP community. [...] How can someone that is functionally isolated from any other person working in PHP be part of the PHP community?

Responses to the post are, for the most part, encouraging suggesting that

  • There's not a single "PHP community" but many smaller ones
  • sub-communitiies can revolve around technology or a product
  • The different definitions of community
  • The broad range of skills that "PHP developers" are known to have

Check out the full post for more opinions and share your own!

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Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/PHP/comments/2ayxkg/what_constitutes_the_php_community/

7PHP.com:
Magento Certifications Tips & Tricks From Magento Certified Engineer Phillip Jackson
July 14, 2014 @ 09:04:17

The 7PHP.com site has a new community interview posted today, this time with Philip Jackson a Magento Certified Engineer. In this new post Khayrattee Wasseem asks him some questions about some of his own background as a developer and, more specifically, the Magento Certification and everything involved.

This is the #1st set of Magento Certification Tips and Advice to help anyone taking either of the FOUR Magento Exams powered by Magento - an Ebay Inc. Company: the Magento Front End Developer Certification, the Magento Developer Certification, the Magento Developer Plus Certification and/or the Magento Certified Solution Specialist. The aim being to help people who want to sit for those exams and inform them what it is all about & what to expect by hearing it from (pro) PHP Guys who have already been through it, that is.

Khayrattee's questions to Philip include things like:

  • What motivated you to start using Magento & when did your journey start?
  • Can you briefly give us an idea of what a Magento Certification is about & what it tries to achieve?
  • Could you help us differentiate between the three available Magento certification and which one most important to have?
  • Did you buy any learning material from Magento, how useful and critical were they? Would you have passed your exams without them?
  • Is a Zend Certification important before getting MDC? Is there any relevance?
  • Is you are good with Magento, does it mean you are equally good with Zend Framework?

Check out the full interview for the answers to these and more great questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/magento-certification-advice-phillip-jackson/

Symfony Blog:
First Online Symfony Community Hack Day July 5th!
July 01, 2014 @ 11:58:07

On the Symfony blog today Ryan Weaver has posted a note about the first ever Symfony online community hack day coming up on July the 5th.

Last week, I talked about the Symfony Experience, and announced a new Developer Experience Initiative. [...] And now it's time to put our ideas into action, with the first community hack day on July 5th. This hack day is for everyone and we'll focus on tasks from all around the Symfony world: the core code and third party bundles. This is our chance to really push on things that never quite get done as well as they could: third party bundle documentation, exception messages, shortcuts, etc.

The event will be happening on July 5th from 9am to 8pm Central European Time (3am to 2pm Eastern time in the US) and will be run from the #symfony channel on the Freenode IRC network. There'll be plenty to do, so if you're interested in getting involved, reach out to Ryan or Javier once you're on and they can point you in the right direction. More information can be found on the Symfony blog.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/first-online-symfony-community-hack-day-july-5th

Community News:
New Zealand PHP Conference 2014
June 26, 2014 @ 11:58:10

This coming August (28th & 29th to be more specific) New Zealand will host its first ever PHP conference, the New Zealand PHP Conference, at the Victoria University Business School in Wellington.

We are pleased to announce the New Zealand PHP Conference 2014 on the 28th and 29th of August, plus a pre-conference tutorial day on the 27th August. The Conference will be held at The Victoria Business School, located in the heart of Wellington's legal, government and business district. This conference promises to be one of the most important IT events in the region and will feature renown presenters, along with other expert speakers, presenting two concurrent tracks including over 22 talks and 4 workshops exploring web technologies trends to both inspire and challenge you. New Zealand PHP Conference is not just about PHP and will offer a Web Technology track to help developers improve their skill sets and expand their knowledge & experience.

Speakers for this year's event include some notable names including Nate Abele, Joshua Thijssen, Davey Shafik, Dustin Whittle and the creator of PHP himself, Rasmus Lerdorf. The conference will also be preceded by a tutorial day featuring sessions about design patterns, PHP components and Laravel. Tickets cost only NZD 390 (about $340 USD) for the main session and NZD 240 for the tutorial day. There's a student discount too, so be sure to check into that if you're eligible.

You can find out more about the event and pick up your tickets from the main conference website and follow them on Twitter for the latest updates!

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Link: http://www.phpconference.co.nz/


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