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CloudWays Blog:
Josh Lockhart Discusses Slim Framework And Photography
Jul 29, 2016 @ 12:30:58

The Cloudways blog has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community that has made major contributions. This time they talk with Josh Lockhart, the creator of the popular Slim framework and contributor to the PHP: The Right Way guide.

Josh Lockhart is the creator of Slim Micro Framework for PHP, a well known framework for writing powerful API and web apps. He is also managing PHP The Right Way, a project that provides best practices and quality information about PHP in one place. He works as a senior web developer and special project director at New Media Campaigns.

In this interview Josh talks about his experience with PHP. He also describes how he came up with the Slim Framework and offers great advice to PHP newbies.

In the interview Josh answers questions about:

  • his own history and experience in PHP development
  • how he sees PHP has progressed over the years (and where it's heading)
  • why he created the Slim framework and what makes it different
  • the tools/software he uses to do his work

He also shares some recommendations to beginners with the language and suggests some software for those looking at things like content management systems. The interview finishes up with Josh sharing some about his own passion for photography and his own work environment.

tagged: joshlockhart slim slimframework photography interview community

Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/josh-lockhart-interview/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Steve Grunwell
Jul 27, 2016 @ 09:47:48

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Steve Grunwell, a senior web engineer at 10up.

Cal and Steve talk about his presentation at this year's Sunshine PHP conference (2016) about "taking the web offline". Steve talks about the reasoning behind his group originally making an offline application and how it works. Steve also talks some about his background with WordPress and trying to get it to do "non-Wordpress-y things" in the past. They also commiserate over some of the client work they've each done in the past when they say "I just need....". They also talk about the WPEnforcer plugin he's created to enforce coding standards in a more automated way.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview and want to hear more, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates as the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview stevegrunwell podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/26/interview-steve-grunwell/

Laravel News:
Taylor Otwell - Community Experiences Contributing To Laravel
Jul 26, 2016 @ 13:28:34

On the Laravel News site there's a post sharing some of the results from a recent request for feedback from Taylor Otwell (creator of the Laravel framework) asking the Reddit community for their own experiences contributing to the Laravel project.

Taylor created a feedback thread on Reddit asking the community on why they do not contribute as well as asking for suggestions on how to manage issues.

Taylor said in the thread, “One thing that has been bothering me is I have seen a few people say they don’t contribute to Laravel because it seems like PRs get closed or shot down without much explanation. [...] Taylor continues, “My biggest challenge is the “Issues” tab on GitHub. It gets a lot of activity and its hard to filter out genuine issues from support requests, configuration problems, general questions, etc”.

Among the opinions shared in the responses were comments about how feedback was given by a certain member of the Laravel development team. Taylor has already said that processes have been put in motion to help make this situation better and move people to where they're most productive. The thread and shares a lot of other opinions besides just this, so if you're considering contributing it's worth a read.

tagged: community experience laravel taylorotwell contributing

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/07/taylor-otwell-askes-community-experience-contributing-laravel/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Robert McFrazier
Jul 22, 2016 @ 10:31:39

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted their latest in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Robert McFrazier.

In the show Cal and Robert talk about his presentation at the 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP conference introducing Docker to PHP developers that may not have used it before. They also talk about some of the technical editing he's done on books covering Cassandra. Robert briefly summarizes what Cassandra is and how it can be used (and why it might be used over a relational database). Finally they talk about one of Robert's other passion - music.

You can listen to this latest interview either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview robertmcfrazier podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/22/interview-robert-mcfrazier/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Phil Jackson
Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:05:51

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans has posted their latest episode, another interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode Cal talks with Phil Jackson, a member of the South Florida Magento user group.

Cal and Phil start the episode briefly talking about "nicknames" and the podcast that Phil hosts: MageTalk (a Magento-related podcast). They talk some about how he got into creating and hosting the podcast and what their shows are like. Phil also shares some insight of what the Magento community is like and how it has built up around the Magento product. They wrap up the show by talking about communities and Phil's own passion for music.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the show, be sure to also subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter of updates when the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/19/interview-phil-jackson/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michael Moussa
Jul 18, 2016 @ 09:49:04

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted the latest in their series of interviews with a member of the PHP community. In this new show Cal talks with Michael Moussa.

Cal and Michael talk about his session at this year's Sunshine PHP conference covering graph databases. He talks about the Neo4j database (the most popular graph database right now) and what kinds of functionality exists for integrating it with PHP. They also talk about a hobby that Michael has: brewing his own beer. He talks about how he got into it and how he's advanced in his methods (and that he's entered in competitions too).

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview michaelmoussa podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/15/interview-michael-moussa

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Matt Stauffer
Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:24:14

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview featuring a conversation with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Matt Stauffer in a recording from Sunshine PHP 2016.

Cal and Matt start off talking about his presentation covering going from "idea to application" quickly with the Laravel framework as the backend. They also talk about moving from Laravel if the need arises and some of the other tools in the Laravel ecosystem (like the Socialize package and Force/Envoyer for server management). They also talk some about the podcasting that Matt does (5 Minute Geek Show and Laravel Podcast) and they "geek out" over their gear. Matt also shares some about these shows and the motivation he had to create each.

You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show directly. If you enjoy the show, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when the latest episodes are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/11/interview-matt-staufer/

Davey Shafik:
Community Relations: Not Just a Megaphone
Jul 11, 2016 @ 10:49:04

Davey Shafik has continued his series of posts with advice about growing a community around your product/open source libraries. In his first post he talked more about how to engage the community. In this latest post he talks about the role of "evangelists" in community relations (and why he dislikes the term).

The role of the Community Builder is to sell you on the idea of the company and the product. Not necessarily to sell you the product. Often times what we’re selling are not bought without some decision making process behind them, so a sale is not going to happen then and there anyway. Provide the education, and build the trust, and the sale will happen.

Davey then talks about why he hates the term "evangelist" and how it seems to relate more to "fanatic" than "advocate". He then gets into what he sees as the role of an advocate, including the role honesty plays and selling the customer on the right product. He then turns it around and talks about the other side of the role - advocating for the customer back to the rest of the company. Finally, he talks about two other kinds of advocacy that should also be included in the role: advocating for the community/their input and for yourself (finding a product you can be passionate about selling).

tagged: community relation megaphone building advocate evangelist opinion series part2

Link: https://daveyshafik.com/archives/70035-community-relations-not-just-a-megaphone.html

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Ligaya Turmelle (#2)
Jul 11, 2016 @ 09:37:21

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In his latest show host Cal Evans talks with Ligaya Turmelle, a long-time member of the community.

Cal and Lig talk about the history of their own relationship in the PHP community and he current role as a MySQL support technician. Lig goes through how she ended up in the role and some of the duties that it includes. Cal also asks Lig about her favorite feature of the latest version (at the time of the post) of MySQL (5.7). They finish their conversation talking about Lig (and her husband's) love of off-roading Jeeps.

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 and follow them on Twitter to get updates when the latest shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview ligayaturmelle podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/08/interview-ligaya-turmelle-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jessica Dunbar
Jul 08, 2016 @ 09:43:35

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Jessica Dunbar, a keynote speaker at the 2016 edition of the Sunshine PHP Conference.

Cal and Jessica talk about her keynote presentation at Sunshine PHP where she shared some of her own stories about being involved in Open Source. They also discuss translation issues and priorities in work/development versus life. They both share some thoughts on cultural differences, diversity and how it makes an impact on projects. Jessica also talks about her work as a technical evangelist at concrete5. They end by mentioning "cat people" versus "dog people" and her own cat (an asian leopard cat mix).

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter to get updates when the latest episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview jessicadunbar podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/07/05/interview-jessica-dunbar/