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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Erika Heidi Reinaldo
October 28, 2014 @ 12:54:17

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest PHP community interview episode. In this new episode Cal interviews Erika Heidi Reinldo, a developer and author from Amsterdam.

They talk about how she got started speaking and in the PHP community. She also offers some advice to those wanting to get into speaking at conferences. They also talk about her subject matter of choice, Vagrant, and how she decided to focus on it. They also talk some about her new job as a developer advocate at Digital Ocean.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/28/interview-with-erika-heidi-reinaldo/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files Yitzchok Willroth
October 24, 2014 @ 12:26:13

On the Laravel News site today they've posted an interview with a member of the PHP community: Yitzchok Willroth, aka @coderrabbi. They talk some about his past, how he came to be a developer and what tools he works with on a daily basis.

This week I'm happy to introduce you to the most interesting developer in the world, Yitzchok Willroth aka @coderabbi. Yitzchok is the organizer of the ShorePHP User Group, an active participant in the PHPMentoring Initiative, and a conference speaker.

They start with a look at his past and how he made the transition over from rabbi to developer, mainly based around a major change in his family's life. He talks about the classes and programs he took to improve his skills and how he found some of his first work. They also talk about his contributions to mentoring other developers and where he sees the value in it. They talk about his upcoming php[world] talk, how he came to find and work with Laravel and what a typical day is like for him and his work.

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Link: http://laravel-news.com/2014/10/artisan-files-yitzchok-willroth/

Phil Sturgeon:
PHP Wars Attack of the Clones
October 21, 2014 @ 10:18:02

In one of his recent posts Phil Sturgeon talks about what he calls the "Attack of the Clones" on Packagist. In this case, he's referring to the number of packages that all pretty much do the same thing, just in slightly different ways.

n the last article I said I wanted to write about when its a good idea to release a component. A lot of this comes down to: is there one out there that does what I want, and if so, can I use it. This blog post is going to touch on a lot of points already made well by Anthony Ferrera. His article Reinvent The Wheel! says many of the same things, so if you only have time to read one article right now, go and read that. I've been talking with various people on Twitter about how I see a lot of people building what I consider to be clones. [...] It should go without saying that I'm not trying to quash innovation; I just don't think building identical shit over and over again is innovation. I see people wasting their time, and I know that time could go to better use.

He talks about how he's not opposed to innovation and development for the sake of learning, but that often the packages released are lower-powered versions of already established, well-tested packages. These kinds of packages can clutter the results when the packages are searched and prevent developers from finding the best fit for what they need. He mentions frameworks, but doesn't dwell on them as they're a bit more "self-contained" than just packages. He also touches on the curation of packages (guiding people to the right ones) as a possible solution and looks at how some of the other communities out there handle this same problem.

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Link: https://philsturgeon.uk/blog/2014/10/php-wars-attack-of-the-clones

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ross Tuck
October 21, 2014 @ 09:27:18

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released its latest community interview, this time with Ross Tuck, well-known PHP speaker and community member.

In this episode Cal and Ross talk about the speaking he does at conferences and various events. They talk about how developers can make the jump into speaking and how it's a way to "give back" to the community. They also talk about Ross' decision to move to the Netherlands and the community that's coming from that area. Finally, they talk about his wide range of conference types.

You can listen to this latest show either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/21/interview-with-ross-tuck/

Phil Sturgeon:
What is The League of Extraordinary Packages?
October 16, 2014 @ 10:48:29

In his latest post Phil Sturgeon talks about a project that's been running for a while, the The League of Extraordinary Packages and aims to clear up some recent misconceptions about the group and what they strive for in the projects they endorse.

This is the story of group of friends, who decided to write some code, but somehow confused and angered everyone with a keyboard. [...] Where should I release this code [I was super excited about releasing]? Should I release it with a vendor name of Sturgeon? That seemed rather egotistical. I could make something up, but what is the point of a single vendor with a single package? I wondered if any of my buddies were having this problem. [...] Being as hungover as I was, I thought long and hard, for about 5 seconds until something amazing happened in my brain... The PHP Super Best Friends Club! The guys loved it, and we started making plans immediately.

He goes on to talk about The League and some of the goals of the organization including the stated desire for quality code and a constant stream of work on the project (no abandoned or stale projects). He talks about how some of the rules for inclusion were created and some of the members of the various projects it includes. He then gets to the "recent misunderstanding" part of things with the clash of the League and the PHP-FIG (see here). He clears up some of the confusion in that thread by stating that:

  • League != PHPClasses
  • League != PEAR

He finishes off the post talking some about the leadership of the group (hint: it's an organization, not really run by a person or persons) and some of the work he's doing to ensure the future of the League and the packages it includes.

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Link: https://philsturgeon.uk/blog/2014/10/what-is-the-league-of-extraordinary-packages

Loosely Coupled Podcast:
Episode 12 Elephpantitus
October 16, 2014 @ 09:28:15

The Loosely Coupled podcast, with hosts and PHP community members Jeff Carouth and Matt Frost, has released their latest episode: Episode 12: Elephpantitus.

In this episode Jeff and Matt finally discover the mystery of the Trello card "Elephpantitus" and attempt to cover how important or how unimportant it is to diversify your programming background within a given language community. Perhaps it's a good idea to focus on being a PHP developer rather than a WordPress developer or a Magento developer, or maybe it isn't. This episode could be titled Maybe since they weren't really sure which way to lean starting out.

You can catch this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 for listening when it's best for you. Be sure to subscribe to their feed if you enjoy the show and want more great listening from these two.

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Link: http://looselycoupled.info/blog/2014/10/14/episode-12-elephpantitus/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Andrew Nacin
October 14, 2014 @ 11:15:55

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest community interview where host Cal Evans talks with Andrew Nacin, one of the core contributors to WordPress.

They talk about Andrew's work on WordPress and how he got into the project (and core development). They also talk some about the history of WordPress and the work being done to track it all down. There's also a mention of the "Modern WordPress" talk and the evolution of WordPress through the years.

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by grabbing the mp3 directly and listening at your leisure. Be sure to subscribe to their feed to get the latest interviews as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/14/interview-with-andrew-nacin/

/Dev/Hell Podcast:
Episode 51 Strange Loops for Serial Killers
October 13, 2014 @ 10:38:24

The /Dev/Hell podcast, hosted by PHP community members Chris Hartjes and Ed Finkler, has posted their latest episode: Episode 51: Strange Loops for Serial Killers.

We're joined for Episode 51 by Margaret Staples, backend programmer extraordinaire on Brunelleschi: Age of Architects. She shares her experiences doing indie game dev, traveling to the Strangeloop conference, and meeting geeks celebs. We also talk about serial killers and Ed's new job (obviously).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like the show and want to hear more from Chris and Ed, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://devhell.info/post/2014-10-10/strange-loops-for-serial-killers/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jenny Wong
October 07, 2014 @ 11:18:03

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. This time Cal talks with Jenny Wong live from WordCamp Europe.

Cal and Jenny talk some about the work she does organizing the PHP North West conference and some of the things she's learned along the way. She also talks about some of her first experiences attending a user group before becoming an organizer.

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the episode be sure to subscribe to their feed to get the new episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/07/interview-with-jenny-wong/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Yitzchok Willroth
October 01, 2014 @ 09:03:56

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted its latest episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Yitzchok Willroth (aka CodeRabbi.

They talk some about Yitzchok's involvement in the PHP community including his work to start up the Shore PHP user group in central New Jersey. They talk about some of the surprising things about running a user group, some of the speakers they've had present and the "skills lab" they've introduced into the group as a part of each meeting. They also cover some of Yitzchok's work freelancing and his "Ten Tips for Freelancing" article.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 for listening at your leisure. You can also subscribe to their feed for the latest episodes.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/10/01/interview-with-yitzchok-willroth/


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