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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/

7PHP.com:
Michelangelo van Dam - 7PHP Interviewee VIP Profile
July 18, 2014 @ 09:55:37

The 7PHP.com site has a new community spotlight posted today, focusing in on Michelangelo van Dam and providing his "VIP profile" (links to information about him).

Links for Michelangolo include:

There's also several quotes included in the post about Michelangelo from other members of the community.

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Link: http://7php.com/michelangelo-van-dam/

Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
Delving into CakePHP with James Watts
July 16, 2014 @ 09:13:33

The Three Devs & A Maybe podcast has posted episode #34 of their podcast today featuring a chat with James Watts, a member of the core CakePHP development team. They talk about the framework, his own background and how he got into the project.

This week we are very lucky to have James Watts, a core member of the CakePHP project on the show. Initially starting off with his journey into programming, we move on to talk about the differences we find between junior and senior developers. We then touch upon his previous start-up experience and how that resulted in him thinking more about the product as a whole. CakePHP has been around for almost 10 years now, we discuss how he got into the project - along with the frameworks key goals. We then move on to highlight some of the key differences/features you will find in the next major release (3.0). Finally, we discuss his upcoming book, and his experiences with organising a large open-source community event.

Topics mentioned include CakeFest, the CakeDC presentation about git workflow and a few video interviews posted over on the CakePHP Youtube channel. You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/posts/delving-into-cakephp-with-james-watts/

Matthias Noback:
The PHP testing experience Interview by Fernando Arconada
July 15, 2014 @ 09:54:12

Matthias Noback has a new post today, an interview that was conducted with him by Fernando Arconda about his experience and thoughts around testing in PHP-driven applications.

Fernando Arconada interviewed me about the subject of testing. He is writing a book about testing Symfony2 applications: Testing para Aplicaciones Symfony2. Fernando will translate this interview to Spanish and and add it to his book, together with the articles in my A better PHP testing experience series.

The interview starts with some background on who Matthias is and what kinds of things he's done in the past with BDD and TDD testing. He answers questions about testing, even for small projects, and if the sought after "100% coverage" is a good mark to try for. They discuss tooling and include some recommendations to beginner developers to help them get testing quickly. A large part of the interview also shares some of his thoughts around the "BDD/TDD is dead" debate that happened not too long ago.

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Link: http://php-and-symfony.matthiasnoback.nl/2014/07/the-php-testing-experience-interview-by-fernando-arconada/

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/

Developer's Lane:
Top 20 CakePHP Interview Questions and Answers
July 04, 2014 @ 13:48:25

The Developer's Lane site has posted a top ten list of questions answered about the CakePHP framework. The idea is that they could be used as a part of an interview to see how well the candidate knows the framework.

Here there are many questions and answers about How CakePHP Framework works? and basic questions related to CakePHP framework functionality.

Questions include:

  • What are are drawbacks of Cakephp?
  • What is the name of Cakephp database configuration file name and its location?
  • What are commonly used components of Cakephp?
  • Why does Cakephp have two vendor folders?
  • Can you remember what is the directory structure when you download Cakephp?

The questions provide a good overview of the framework, but won't tell you if the developer is any good...you still need to figure out that one on your own.

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Link: http://www.developerslane.com/top-20-cakephp-interview-questions-and-answers/

Toptal.com:
The Insider's Guide to PHP Interviewing
June 26, 2014 @ 10:43:39

The TopTal.com site has posted some suggestions on things to ask when interviewing PHP developers, especially those shooting for a senior level role.

Ubiquitous…that is definitely one word you could use to describe PHP in relation to the web. It really is everywhere. [...] What makes PHP so popular and widely-used? While there's no single answer to this question, PHP's ease of use is certainly a significant contributing factor. [...] But therein lies much of the challenge of finding highly-skilled PHP developers. PHP's relatively low barrier-to-entry and 20 year history means that PHP developers have become practically as ubiquitous as the technology itself. Yet while many can legitimately claim to "know" PHP, those who are true experts in the language are capable of producing software that is much more scalable, functional, robust, and maintainable.

There's a wide range of questions included in their list, each one with a brief description and the "right" answers a knowledgable candidate might give. This includes questions about:

  • Defining and using closures
  • What "global" is and when to use it
  • Describing the PHP superglobals
  • The use of "static"

There's also a section for the even more advanced development positions out there with questions about PHP's internals (the actual C code) as well as the differences between some built-in object types.

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Link: http://www.toptal.com/php#hiring-guide

7PHP.com:
A Comprehensive Interview About Slim The Micro PHP Framework
June 24, 2014 @ 10:42:35

On the 7PHP.com site today Khayrattee Wassem has posted the latest in his PHP community interview series. This time it's with Josh Lockhart, creator of the Slim framework, talking about his experiences as a developer and in working on the open source project. This time the focus is more on the framework than Josh himself, though.

Last time, I've introduced the Captain America of The PHP Ecosystem to you, aka Josh Lockhart, via a 7PHP 'PHP Interview series to help drive thy PHP aspirations'. This time we go a little bit further with Josh to find out 'as much as we can' about his little masterpiece, I named Slim Framework - the PHP micro framework. Let's get started..

Josh answers questions about:

  • How the framework got started and what was the motivation behind it
  • What need the project tries to solve
  • Why someone might choose Slim over other frameworks
  • How many developers are involved in the project
  • What's coming in Slim v3

There's lots more too, so be sure to check out the full post for the answers to these and other interesting (and enlightening) questions.

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Link: http://7php.com/slim-php-framework-interview/

LinkedIn.com:
Dev Recruiting 101 10 Ways NOT to Interview a Candidate
June 02, 2014 @ 10:21:50

For those out there hiring developers to join their team, you might read up on a few tips in this new article on LinkedIn for the "things not to do" during the interview process.

It has been my observation that most recruiters and hiring managers tend to make the same common mistakes. That is why I've decided to write this new series, "Dev Recruiting 101". In it, you will have the unique opportunity to view your industry from the perspective of a veteran developer. You'll learn the secrets that will win us over and the pitfalls that will make us run for the hills. My goal is to give you the "inside scoop", as it were, about how to attract the best talent in our industry.

The list it broken out into ten different points, each with their own descriptions and real-world examples from the author's experiences:

  • Discourage the candidate by telling them how lousy the job is.
  • Don't show-up for the interview or initiate the call at the agreed-upon time.
  • Don't speak clearly.
  • "Okay, now we'd like you to write some code. Here's some blank printer paper and a #2 pencil."
  • Spend 30 minutes giving a detailed history of the company, then say you've run out of time.
  • "As you know, our site is an adult-oriented webcam service. How often do you watch internet porn?"
  • Make the candidate spend 6 hours interviewing with virtually every single member of the engineering department.
  • Ask niche-specific technical questions that are neither part of the job description nor the candidate's skillset.
  • "If a plane crashes on the border between Russia and Ukraine, where do they bury the survivors?"
  • Judge the candidate based on whether or not they're a telepath.
There is nothing more important in hiring the right candidate than conducting an effective interview. Not only does it help you narrow down your choices, but it's also an opportunity to show the candidate why they want to work for you and not someone else.
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Link: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140530075430-11756056-dev-recruiting-101-10-ways-not-to-interview-a-candidate


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