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Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
Concurrency, Strict type-hinting and PHP 7 with Joe Watkins
Jan 23, 2015 @ 09:29:02

In the latest Three Devs & A Maybe podcast the hosts Michael Budd, Fraser Hart, Lewis Cains and Edd Mann are joined by Joe Watkins aka krakjoe for an update on all things PHP.

This week we are lucky to be joined by Joe Watkins, for a general catch-up on a host of PHP-related topics. We start the show off talking about his newly created blog and what drew him to start writing. Following this, we touch upon his first proposed talk on 'Parallel PHP' - hoping to resolve some of the confusion around concurrent terminology and patterns. We then mention his experience looking at YouTube Vitess (for MySQL scaling), and the pros and cons of the team deciding to use Go. His work on strict parameter type-hints is then discussed, along with how the idea has changed over time to be a little less strict. We then highlight the awesome work that Nikic has done for the PHP community, along with his most recent article on the improvements made to PHP's hash-table implementation. PHP 7 and the proposed 5.7 release are then touched upon, followed by the speedy Unicode String implementation. Finally, we discuss the common perception of fear around compiling PHP from source, along with the differences between static and shared libraries.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3 of the show and listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to subscribe to their feed to get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/concurrency-strict-type-hinting-and-php-7-with-joe-watkins/

Three Devs & A Maybe Podcast:
News on PHP 7, and how PHP internally works with Joe Watkins
Aug 28, 2014 @ 09:13:21

The Three Devs & A Maybe podcast has released their latest episode today - Episode #40, News on PHP 7, and how PHP internally works with special guest Joe Watkins. In it the guys talk about the upcoming (major) version of PHP and some of the work Joe's been doing related to Unicode and other parts of the language.

In this weeks show we are very lucky to have Joe Watkins on again to discuss all things PHP 7. Starting off with the decisions behind calling the next release 7, we delve into the reasons for 6 being abandoned. Moving on from this we look into what PHP 7 currently has scheduled to offer, including the PHPNG patch, an AST and maybe Joe's own Unicode String class. We then discuss how a PHP script is internally lexed, parsed/compiled and cached, - including how a JIT would speed up certain use-cases. Finally we touch upon the much requested String type hinting and how a solution similar to Java's could be implemented with minimal hassle.

Other topics mentioned in this episode include: the last PHP 5.3 release ever, PHPNG and upgrading extensions from PHP5 to PHPNG. You can listen to this latest episode either through the downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the episode, consider http://threedevsandamaybe.com/podcast.xml">subscribing to their feed and get the latest shows as they're released.

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Link: http://threedevsandamaybe.com/posts/news-on-php-7-and-how-php-internally-works-with-joe-watkins/

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 18: PHPDBG, HHVM and Internals
Jan 30, 2014 @ 09:15:19

The PHP Town Hall podcast has released their latest episode today - Episode #18, "PHPDBG, HHVM and Internals". This time the lineup includes Sara Golemon, a developer on the HHVM project, and Joe Watkins, a developer on the PHPDBG project.

Joe Watkins and Sara Golemon join Phil to make one hell of an episode. These two are not only core contributors to PHP, but are behind a lot of RFCs and decisions that make PHP considerably better. We talk about a whole bunch of awesome stuff, including progress of the named parameters RFC - and the chances of it making in, the new accepted PHP 5.6 feature PHPDBG and what it means for you, HHVM and its relationship to “The PHP”, wether PHP should have a spec for implementations of the language, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

You can listen to this latest interview in a few different ways - you can either listen with the in-page player, download the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live Google Hangouts recording.

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Link: http://phptownhall.com//blog/2014/01/29/episode-18-phpdbg-hhvm-internals/