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Lorna Mitchell:
What Got You Involved in Open Source?
June 13, 2014 @ 12:16:04

Lorna Mitchell has shares some interesting results of a recent survey asking people how they got involved in working with open source projects. The results were from a poll announced on Twitter.

I did a very unscientific twtpoll recently regarding what brought each of us into open source. Plenty of people took the time to vote or retweet, so I thought I'd loop back around and let you know how it looked overall when the poll closed.

Not surprisingly, the largest group came from the "find a problem, submit a fix" category (40%) with the next in line being the group that open sourced their own code. The third category she mentions, coming in at 18% of the responses, was those seeking new skills either for personal growth or for their current (or next) job.

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Link: http://www.lornajane.net/posts/2014/what-got-you-involved-in-open-source

Loosely Coupled Podcast:
Episode 5 Side Projects
June 03, 2014 @ 11:49:56

The Loosely Coupled podcast has released their latest episode, Episode #5: Side Projects hosted by PHP community members Jeff Carouth and Matt Frost.

In this episode Matt and Jeff talk about how and why you should consider getting involved in side projects. Despite the jovial subtitle, "Getting a little side action," participating in development outside of your normal development routine is beneficial to you as a developer as well as to your employer or clients. They further expand on the topic by talking about non-code-related side projects such as podcasts, discussion groups, or even writing.

They point out one application that's a good starting point if you're not sure where to get involved: the PHP Mentoring Mentor App. You can listen to this latest episode either using the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, consider subscribe to their feed too.

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Link: http://looselycoupled.info/blog/2014/06/02/episode-5-side-projects/

7PHP.com:
Jacques Woodcock - The PHP Community Is Much More Than PHP Codes or Frameworks
April 18, 2014 @ 10:14:49

In the latest in their series of PHP community interviews, the 7PHP.com talks with Jacques Woodcock one of the leaders in the Nashville PHP community and of the Nashville PHP User Group (see his previous interview for more on that). In this interview they focus on some quotes from Jacques posted on the SouthernAlpha startup Twitter account about giving back to the community.

The 'level of wisdom' in them was too strong to be left there, I had to bring it out and I'm thankful to Jacques 'TheKit' Guy for sharing with me (and hence you) his precious experience he gained down the years and elaborating more on those quotes.

They go through each of the quotes and let Jacques expand on them a bit - why he got started with the community, some ways that people can get involved in their local group and remembering that a community is made up of more than just single actors.

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Link: http://7php.com/jacques-woodcock-wisdom/

Stefan Koopmanschap:
How to Get the Most Out of a Conference
November 01, 2013 @ 12:49:51

Stefan Koopmanschap recently posted a great new article about how you can get the most out of conferences and what they have to offer besides just the sessions.

At the most excellent PHPNW conference, Kat convinced me to deliver the first unconference talk of the day. It took me a while to get the right topic. I ended up with a topic I felt everyone at the conference could use for the rest of the two days that they were there: How to get the most out of a conference. For those that were not there, I want to try and put my unconference talk into a blogpost, so that everyone can use this information for their next conference.

He's broken it down into a few different major topics including the obvious "learn from the best" as well as:

  • Learn and meet the best
  • Find your new colleagues (or new friends)
  • The backchannels
  • Hack away! (at hackathons)

He also makes a great recommendation about providing feedback - not only is it important to the conference to let them know they've done a good job, but also to the speakers to help improve their skills.

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Link: http://leftontheweb.com/blog/2013/10/25/How_to_get_the_most_out_of_a_conference/

7php.com:
Interview with Lorna Jane Mitchell - Get Started! Stop Reading, Start Doing!
March 13, 2012 @ 08:48:38

On 7php.com today they've posted their latest interview with a well-known PHP community member - Lorna Mitchell:

In this edition I talked with Lorna Jane Mitchell, the Project Lead of Joind.in - built with PHP and proud to be Open-Source. She is the first female PHP programmer I'm interviewing on 7php.com and this makes it a special one. Lorna is a highly respected and highly looked-upon PHPer in the PHP Community with all her active contributions, writing so many insightful PHP articles, co-author of the famous PHP book "PHP Master|Write Cutting-Edge Code" and being a regular speaker at conferences - I was very lucky last week to have been able to attend her LIVE-online talk at Day Camp 4 Developers #4 (@daycamp4devs).

She answers some of the usual questions:

  • How she got started with PHP
  • Her top advice to PHP developers
  • The best PHP book she's read
  • What tools she uses for her development

Besides this, she also includes some words of encouragement to developers to get involved, not just in projects but in the PHP community.

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Derick Rethans' Blog:
Random Bugs and Testing RCs
February 27, 2012 @ 11:48:29

In a new post to his blog Derick Rethans mirrors the call made by Rasmus Lerdorf at this year's PHP UK Conference - get involved (and help test PHP)!

At the PHP UK Conference Rasmus mentioned that he wants more people contributing to PHP. There are plenty of ways how you can do that.

Derick points out two more immediate ways you can help, one not even requiring any C knowledge:

  • Help test the Release Candidates (like the current PHP 5.4.0 RC8) with a call to "make test" just after your compile.
  • The recently added "random PHP bug" functionality that's been added to the bugs.php.net site
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7php.com:
PHP Interview with Cal Evans - Get Involved if you want to be a Pro PHPer
February 13, 2012 @ 08:36:37

On 7php.com today there's a new interview with a well-known member of the PHP community - Cal Evans:

In this edition I talked with Cal Evans, the Icon Of The PHP Community. He is to the PHP Community what Pele is to the Football world, just to tell you about the influence he has on the PHP world. He shares, helps, mentors, propagates PHP wherever and as much as he cans. He was previously Chief editor of Zend Technologies (@Zend), worked for iBuildings (@ibuildings) one of the biggest PHP service companies in Europe where he lead the growth of a PHP Center of Expertise and ex Mister ZendCon (@zendcon).

In the interview questions ask include topics like:

  • How he started with PHP
  • His thoughts on the good and bad parts of the language
  • How he suggests getting involved in the PHP community
  • The best PHP book he's read
  • What tools he uses in his development
  • A framework recommendation
  • and how he defines "the PHP community"
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NetTuts.com:
The Best Way to Learn PHP
October 17, 2011 @ 09:08:55

On NetTuts.com today there a new article with what they think is the best way to learn PHP in a list of thirteen different "assignments".

Learning something from scratch is almost always an arduous affair - you simply have no idea as to where to start, or not to start, to kick things off. I loathed learning about the idiosyncrasies of C++'s syntax when all I wanted to learn were some darn programming concepts. As I'm sure you can agree, this is a less than ideal situation. [...] Today, we're going to figure out the best way to learn PHP.

Among their list of "assignments" are things like:

  • Disregard the Naysayers
  • Read a Few, Good Books
  • Create Something Simple
  • Try out a Lean, Lightweight Framework
  • Build Something Awesome
  • Get Involved and Be Up to Date

There's also some good comments with suggestions of other frameworks to learn, things to try out and a few comments that put an emphasis on learning the language before diving directly into a framework.

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Phil Sturgeon's Blog:
Getting involved with CodeIgniter
February 16, 2011 @ 08:05:44

If you've been looking for an open source project to get involved with and have thought about one of the many PHP frameworks out there as a viable option, you should take a look at Phil Sturgeon's guide to getting involved with CodeIgniter and some of the recent major changes the project's seen.

Now that CodeIgniter (Reactor) 2.0 is out people are starting to get involved, which is great. [...] what makes Reactor so much more different than CodeIgniter has been in the past? Well that is easy, anyone can be involved whether you are a hard-core developer who is happy to jump into the codebase and start changing things and adding features, or a new user who just wants to request some new features, you can do this on the UserVoice.

He talks about some of the things you can expect from the Engineers (the team heading up the development of the Reactor branch) and some of the things you can do with your code contribution to help it get accepted more readily.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Get involved in the PHP community 5 easy steps that take less than 5 min. each
August 19, 2010 @ 09:14:47

On the Zend Developer Zone there's a new post from Cal Evans about five ways to get involved in the PHP community that take about five minutes each (and can both help you and the community).

ome developers develop because it pays the bills. They don't want to be part of the community, they have other passions. I am ok with that, I don't want anyone involved who doesn't want to be. Other developers however tell me they didn't know the community existed, they don't know how to get involved or they are just too shy to step up. It is to this second group (and anyone who is already involved but wants more) that I want to talk to. If you want to get involved in the PHP community here are 5 quick ideas to get you going.

His five things are simple and cover a lot of different media, from blogs to twitter:

  • Email your local PHP User Group and offer to speak.
  • Setup a PHP tag on your blog.
  • Submit something to DevZone!
  • Re-tweet something about PHP.
  • Find at least one other PHP developer that is not involved in the PHP community and convince them to read this list and take action.

He equates this last one to a "chain letter" but it's key to helping th community grow. It's all about people getting together around a language they love and sharing that with more and more people.

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