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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/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jonathan Sundquist
September 24, 2014 @ 10:22:17

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest community interview episode, this time it's with Jonathan Sundquist, an organizer of the Minnesota PHP User Group.

In this interview Cal and Jonathan talk some about the user group, his role in the group and how he got involved. They talk about some of the harder things about running the group. They also discuss some of the special meetings they have coming up (recording was made a few months back, so some of the events have already passed).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or you can download the mp3. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed to get this and future episode.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/09/23/interview-with-jonathan-sundquist/

Halls of Valhalla:
From PHP 5 to 7
September 22, 2014 @ 10:56:32

On the "Halls of Valhalla" site there's a new post the tries to explain the jump from PHP5 to PHP7 and what all that means for the language (and community around it).

Since around 2005 we've heard talk about PHP 6 development. There have even been books sold about it. But where is it? As of July of this year it was decided that there won't be one and that PHP will skip directly to version 7. Why is it skipping to the next major version, and what ever happened with PHP 6? And if we're already jumping to PHP 7, what kinds of features will it have?

They start with a "brief history" of PHP since its inception back in the mid 1990s and follow its evolution at a high level through the years. Then comes the topic of PHP6 and the work that was already being put towards it and integrated Unicode support. It talks about some of the difficulties of this conversion and the delays that ended up happening. Instead, it was decided that things would stay in the PHP 5.x series and 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 have been created since. The jump to PHP7 came from this vote with several different reasons influencing the decision.

The post finishes with a look at some of the new things that will be coming in PHP7 including major performance improvements, abstract syntax tree functionality and asynchronous programming, allowing for the execution of parallel tasks in the same request.

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Link: http://halls-of-valhalla.org/beta/news/from-php-5-to-7,146/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sara Golemon
September 18, 2014 @ 10:55:48

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted its latest episode, another interview with a PHP community member. This time they talk with Sara Golemon, a developer at Facebook that works on HHVM and Hack.

They talk about some of the current work being done with the HHVM and Hack projects, including parity with normal PHP and performance changes. They also talk some about Sara's favorite feature the team has worked on (xhp) and where the idea for it came from. Cal also has Sara define Hack and describe what it can and can't do.

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

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/09/16/interview-with-sara-golemon

Symfony Blog:
Thelia, a Symfony-based e-commerce solution
September 17, 2014 @ 11:16:48

On the Symfony blog today they've posted an interview with Manuel Raynaud, the lead developer on the Thelia project. Thelia is a Symfony-based e-commerce solution that is free to download and use (and can easily be installed via Composer).

An interview with Manuel Raynaud, lead developer of Thelia, a Symfony-based e-commerce solution. Introducing the new Thelia 2 and how it's in perfect harmony with Symfony.

The interview starts with a brief introduction of Manuel and a quick overview of what the Thelia project is about and the current state of things. They get into some of the story behind Thelia and what parts of Symfony (components) it uses behind the scenes. They finish out the interview talking about some of the advantages the project offers and challenges they've faced along the way. There's also a bit about how Thelia is involved in the Symfony events and community.

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Link: http://symfony.com/blog/thelia-a-symfony-based-e-commerce-solution


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