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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michelangelo van Dam (#3)
May 22, 2017 @ 17:24:15

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast, hosted by Cal Evans has posted their latest episode with an interview of a member of the PHP community. In this latest show Cal talks with Michelangelo van Dam, a well-known PHP conference speaker and organizer of PHP Benelux.

They talk about why Michelangelo speaks at conferences and what he gets out of both presenting and being at the events. They also talk about conferences in general and, more specifically, the Lone Star PHP Conference (having had their last one this year, 2017). They also talk about the PHP Benelux conference, what they try to provide to their attendees and sponsors and how cultural differences play a part.

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 for updates when the latest shows are released.

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Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2017/05/16/interview-with-michelangelo-van-dam-3/

Cloudways Blog:
Michelangelo Van Dam Digs Deep Into The PHP Community
Dec 29, 2015 @ 17:31:24

On the Cloudways blog there's a new post spotlighting a well-known member of the PHP community, Michelangelo van Dam and talking with him about his experiences and involvement in the community.

Michelangelo van Dam is the co-founder and CEO of in2it. He has been working with the PHP community for many years and has become an expert on PHP and Zend Framework.

Recently, Cloudways got a chance to interview him regarding his experience and how he got involved in the PHP community. He also shared different things related to PHP, including the change of WordPress from PHP to NodeJS and how it will change the internet landscape.

In the interview Michelangelo (DragonBe) answers questions about:

  • his experience as a coach in CoderDojo Mechelen
  • the easiest way to change your code from mysql to mysqli
  • opinions on WordPress' move towards NodeJs
  • advice to students thinking of starting a career as a developer

Check out the full post for more on these and the answer to other questions with this great member of the PHP community!

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Link: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/michelangelo-van-dam-interview/

PHP Roundtable:
024: Becoming A PHP Entrepreneur
Jul 10, 2015 @ 13:13:37

The PHP Roundtable podcast has posted their latest episode - Episode #24: Becoming A PHP Entrepreneur. This time host Sammy K Powers is joined by PHP community members Michelangelo van Dam (of in2it) and Chris Hartjes (of Grumpy Learning).

So you have a 9-5 job but want to start your own business... where do you start? We discuss what realistic first-steps you'll need to take in order to transform yourself from a PHP employee to PHP entrepreneur.

The podcast was recorded live but you can watch it either via the in-page video player or directly on YouTube. If you enjoy the episode, be sure to either subscribe to their feed or follow them on Twitter to get information about the latest shows as they're announced.

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Link: https://www.phproundtable.com/episode/how-to-become-a-php-entrepreneur

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Michelangelo van Dam
Apr 07, 2015 @ 13:40:26

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted the latest in their series of interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Michelangelo van Dam, a well-known European PHP community member and speaker.

Cal and Michelangelo talk about the ZendCon PHP Conference: how it has changed over the years and some of the good/bad things about how it has evolved. They also talk about some of the European PHP user groups as well.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the mp3. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed too.

tagged: voicesoftheelephpant community interview michelangelovandam podcast

Link: https://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/04/07/interview-with-michelangelo-van-dam-2/

Acquia Blog:
PHP: Under the Hood, Running the Web
Dec 10, 2014 @ 18:08:01

The Acquia blog (of the Drupal community) has posted another in their series of guest posts with members of the wider PHP community. In this latest post well known PHP speaker and developer Michelangelo van Dam talks about PHP as a language that's "Under the Hood, Running the Web".

Most non-technical people out on the Web haven't heard of PHP before. They might not have even heard of many of the products that were built with this technology like Drupal, Magento, or WordPress. And together with other products built with PHP, these run about 83% of all internet web applications. The technology of PHP is very important to an enormous number of businesses, governments, and organisations around the world, so even though people might not be familiar with the language itself, there’s a very good chance they’ve used it online today.

He talks about the recent movements in the PHP community to be more standards-driven and focusing on better performance overall (both in applications and the language itself). He points to the work the Drupal community has done adopting Symfony components and the gains it gives them. He also mentions the huge impact things like Composer and the PHP Framework Interoperability Group have had on the PHP community and ecosystem.

Yes, the future of PHP looks very promising and the community is on a roll. [...] With strong communities working hard on each technological level and better able to cooperate than ever before, PHP will prevail where other technologies have failed. And let's have fun while we’re at it!
tagged: acquia blog michelangelovandam underthehood improvement standards interoperability

Link: https://www.acquia.com/blog/php-under-hood-running-web

Michelangelo van Dam – 7PHP Interviewee VIP Profile
Jul 18, 2014 @ 14:55:37

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/

What Is An UnConference (uncon) & How Is It Different From A Conference?
Jan 16, 2014 @ 15:18:57

If you've ever attended a conference (or are planning on it in the near future) you may have heard of something called an "unconference". If you're not 100% clear on what it is, check out this new interview with Michelangelo van Dam.

Have you been to an unconference aka uncon? I have not unfortunately (at least not yet)! But I was curious of what it actually is, the benefit you can reap from it, the responsibilities that it presents and how it’s different from a conference. I started looking around of a possible interview (with uncon organizers around) about it since last year. But this year, 2014, I was adamant of getting it rolling.

To concretise this wish, the perfect man for it was Michelangelo! Perfect because he never turns down an opportunity to share his knowledge and wisdom with The PHP Community and also mainly because he has organized and participated at so many different uncons. Besides, he’s the founder and co-leader of the PHP-BENELUX user-group – the level of insight and advice that you get from him is invaluable and of high quality.

They start off with a bit of talk about Michelangelo's background as a developer and his involvement in the PHP community. There's also a bit about the Zend Certification Exam and the PHPWomen group. Finally, they get into the unconference - what it is, what kind of content you can expect and how you can get involved in one at your next conference.

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Link: http://7php.com/unconference-dragonbe

Community News:
php|tek's Unconference Track & Chair - Michelangelo van Dam
Feb 13, 2013 @ 15:13:27

The php|tek conference has officially announced the Unconference track that'll be happening at this year's event and their excitement about the chair for the track - Michaelangelo van Dam.

We are excited to announce more details about the Uncon at tek13! This year we are honored to have Michelangelo van Dam (@DragonBe) serve as our Uncon chair. Michelangelo has done this for numerous other conferences in the past and we are deeply thankful to him for agreeing to help organize our Uncon as well.

This year's unconference will be an entire track happening all days of the conference instead of just later in the day on some days. If you're planning on attending the event and either didn't get a talk accepted or just want to talk about something you love, you should consider signing up when you arrive. Sessions for the next day will be selected at the end of each day from the ones added to the schedule.

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Voices of the ElePHPant Podcast:
Interview with Michelangelo van Dam
Jul 24, 2012 @ 16:56:28

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - an interview with Michelangelo van Dam, an organizer of PHPBenelux and well-known speaker.

Cal's three questions have to do with his user group and conference experience:

  • You're a leader of the PHPBenelux User Group that moves around a lot, tell us some about how that works
  • Tell us some about he PHPBelenux conference and some of the things you've learned about running an event like that
  • Why should someone be part of the PHP community?

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player, by downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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Interview With Michelangelo van Dam - President Of PHPBenelux PHP Use
Jan 23, 2012 @ 18:55:02

On 7php.com today there's a new community interview - this time it's with Michelangelo van Dam, the President of the PHPBenelux user group and well known PHP speaker/community advocate.

In this edition, I talked with Michelangelo van Dam a senior PHP/Zend Framework consultant. This man really needs no introduction; he is so much of an invaluable asset to the PHP community. As per wefollow.com, he is ranked as the 4th (out of 113) most influential person on Twitter for #zendframework and as the 25th (out of 2,543) most influential person for #php

Questions in the interview cover everything from a bit of history about Michelangelo out to how supportive the PHP community is:

Give and expect nothing in return. People appreciate it more when you give something from the heart instead of giving something as a favor for a future return.

Other questions touch on his "community animal" nickname, his community/life balance and his tracking of the work Microsoft is doing to help the PHP language.

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