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O'Reilly Web Development Blog:
On becoming a web artisan
Dec 07, 2016 @ 12:20:39

The O'Reilly Web Programming blog recently posted an interview with Matt Stauffer, the author of their recently published Laravel: Up & Running book. In the interview Matt talks about becoming a "web artisan" and offers some advice you could apply to your own development work.

I recently asked Matt Stauffer, Partner and Technical Director at Tighten Co. to discuss his work with the Laravel community, including what makes the PHP framework great for rapid application development and how it interoperates with new and emerging frontend tooling. Matt is also the author of Laravel: Up and Running, which O'Reilly published in November 2016.

Matt answers questions about the Laravel framework (why it's for "web artisans"), using it for prototyping, upcoming features he's excited about and advice he has for those just starting out in web development. Check out the full post for the answers to these and other questions.

tagged: interview mattstauffer oreilly laravel questions

Link: https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/on-becoming-a-web-artisan

Laravel News:
24 Pull Requests
Dec 01, 2016 @ 10:31:21

On the Laravel News site there's a post talking about a holiday-themed project, 24 Pull Requests, and a bit of personal perspective about it from a participant, Joe Ferguson (of LaraTraining.com).

24 Pull Requests is a project to promote open source collaboration during the month of December. The idea is to “Send 24 pull requests between December 1st and December 24th,” and it encourages developers to give back to open source with little gifts of code.

This is the fourth year and there are currently 11,093 developers and 10,201 organizations participating. If you are new to open source or are a seasoned pro it’s a great way of supporting the community.

The remainder of the post is the interview with Joe sharing answers to questions about:

  • why he decided to start participating
  • how it has improved his skills
  • what his biggest take away from participation is

There's plenty of links and suggestions in the post too helping you get started on your own road to 24PullRequests this month.

tagged: 24pullrequests project interview joeferguson opensource pullrequest

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/11/24-pull-requests/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sara Golemon & Elizabeth Smith
Nov 29, 2016 @ 09:34:36

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by PHP community member Cal Evans, has posted a joint interview recorded at the ZendCon conference 2016 with guests Sara Golemon and Elizabeth Smith.

Cal, Sara and Elizabeth talk about SAPIs (Server Application Programming Interface) and how the core of the language uses it to work with the server it runs on (web server, command line, etc). With a bit of definition out of the way, they they start talking about the creation of custom and new SAPIs for PHP (and "middleware SAPIs"). Sara takes more of the side that no new SAPIs are really needed but Elizabeth offers opinions from the other side and how the "middleware" state layer could improve the language.

You can listen to this interview 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 episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview saragolemon elizabethsmith podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/29/interview-sara-golemon-elizabeth-smith/

Laravel News:
New Book: Laravel Up and Running
Nov 23, 2016 @ 13:52:15

The Laravel News site has a post about the official release of a new Laravel-related book, "Laravel Up and Running" from author and well-known Laravel-er Matt Stauffer.

Matt Stauffer who has been blogging about Laravel since the 5.0 release, the host of the Laravel Podcast, and partner and technical director at Tighten.co has been working on a new Laravel book, Laravel: Up & Running, published by O’Reilly.

The post lists out just some of the topics the book covers including:

  • Tools for gathering, validating, normalizing, and filtering user-provided data
  • PHPUnit, Mockery, and PHPSpec for testing your PHP code
  • Interfaces for file system access, sessions, cookies, caches, and search
  • Laravel’s specialty packages: Scout, Passport, Cashier, Echo, Elixir, Valet, and Socialite

You can order it now from O'Reilly as an ebook but the paperback will follow soon. The post also includes a mini-interview from Matt about the release of his book.

tagged: book laravelupandrunning mattstauffer interview oreilly

Link: https://laravel-news.com/2016/11/new-book-laravel-up-and-running/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Todd Ross
Nov 08, 2016 @ 10:26:05

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Todd Ross, a developer at Answers.com.

Cal and Todd talk about what the technology stack looks like at Answers.com, the "second largest PHP-based site" on the web. Technologies mentioned include Java (for search indexing), Varnish for caching and various database technologies. They also cover the talk he presented at this year's php[tek] (2016) about deploying large scale PHP applications.

You can listen (and watch) this episode either through the in-page audio or video player. If you'd like to listen offline, you can download 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 toddross podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/08/interview-todd-ross/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Steve Grunwell (#2)
Nov 01, 2016 @ 09:13:38

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest in its series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In its latest episode host Cal Evans talks with Steve Grunwell.

Cal and Steve talk about WordPress and the ElasticPress plugin for more effecting searching in WP applications. They talk about how the plugin came to be at 10up. They also chat about Steve's presentation at php[tek] 2016 about "professional development for professional developers". They cover some of the points that he covers in his talk and how passion fits into the overall picture.

You can listen to this latest episode 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 to get updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview stevegrunwell podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/11/01/interview-steve-grunwell-2/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Larry Garfield (#2)
Oct 25, 2016 @ 10:49:10

The Voices of the ElePHPant has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans interviews Larry Garfield, a well-known developer and member of the Drupal community.

Cal and Larry talk about Larry's work on the PHP-FIG overhaul (PHP-FIG v3), how it changes the structure of the group and how it effects its members. He talks about the "member projects", the "core community" and what's changing in the workflow related to these two groups. He also explains the new workflows the group's work will follow and the move of the group to include a wider focus on the entire PHP community ecosystem. They also talk about Larry's work at Platform.sh and what kind of services they offer.

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

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview larrygarfield podcast phpfig

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/10/25/interview-larry-garfield/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Kirsten Hunter
Oct 20, 2016 @ 11:09:17

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this new show host Cal Evans talks with Kirsten Hunter at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

Cal and Kirsten talk about her work as an API evangelist with Akamai. They also discuss her work across tech communities and different technologies as a "polyglot" developer. They also talk about some of the current technology in the PHP ecosystem and how it relates to making and maintaining APIs. Kirsten also talks some about her opinions on versioning in APIs and usability.

You can listen to this latest episode either through 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 for updates when new shows are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview kirstenhunter podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/10/14/interview-kirsten-hunter/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michael Heap
Oct 18, 2016 @ 12:55:19

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans interviews Michael Heap, one of the speakers at the php[tek] 2016 conference.

Cal and Michael talk about the presentation he gave at the conference covering profiling PHP applications. They cover the "proper" way to do it (hint: not var_dump or die) and some of the biggest issues Michael has seen people doing in their code. They also cover Michael's other talk about "code archeology" and some of his advice on where to start and tips on being productive.

You can listen (and watch) this latest episode through the in-page players or you can download the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed and follow them on Twitter for updates when new episodes are released.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview michaelheap podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2016/10/18/interview-michael-heap/

CodeForALiving.io:
How I Open Sourced My Way to My Dream Job: Mohamed Said
Oct 17, 2016 @ 10:15:19

On the CodeForALiving.io site (from StackOverflow) there's an interview with Mohamed Said, the first official employee for Laravel (and its related ecosystem).

Mohamed Said got his first computer at age 13—they were just becoming commonly accessible in Egypt—and started learning to code almost immediately. Flash was what drew him in, he says, with its animations and color and, well, “flashy” stuff.

[...] Last month, Mohamed Said became the first full-time hire at Laravel, an open source PHP framework built by Taylor Otwell. Otwell built the framework as a side project, and when it took off, quit his job to work on it full time. Just a few months ago, he decided he needed help maintaining the project and posted his first full-time job opening, and Said was an obvious choice.

The interview gets into some of Mohamed's background as a developer and his own personal experiences with the Laravel framework. The article then moves on to some of his work in open source software and how he grew into the Laravel community overall. He talks some about roadblocks he came up against along the way but encourages people to contribute, mentioning both the growth it can provide and how to get started with your own contributions.

tagged: opensource mohamedsaid laravel employee developer interview story

Link: http://www.codeforaliving.io/how-i-open-sourced-my-way-to-my-dream-job-mohamed-said