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Zend Developer Zone:
30 Minutes With Wez Furlong
November 05, 2006 @ 08:48:03

Cal Evans has posted yet another illustrious interview with a member of the PHP community - Wez Furlong.

The fun part about the whole OSCON interview series was that almost one half of the interviews I did worked at OmniTI. Here's is my interview with Wez Furlong. As with others from OmniTI, Wez Furlong proved to be a fascinating subject to talk to.

They talk some about Wez's psat and how he got into PHP, what he's mainly working on now in the PHP core, some about streams and SQLite, Unicode in PHP6, and other questions.

He also finds out Wez's answer to a question he asks all of his interviewees - what technology are they looking forward to the most for the future. Of course, you'll need to read the interview to get that and the rest of the answers from this chat with Wez Furlong.

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Zend Developer Zone:
30 Minutes with Jeremy Johnstone
October 19, 2006 @ 15:07:04

In the neverending stream of interview that comes out of the Zend Developer Zone, Cal Evans is back with notes from his talk with Jeremy Johnstone, a speaker at this year's OSCON.

I had nothing on Jeremy, all I knew was that he was speaking at OSCON and he worked at Yahoo. As it turns out, it was a very interesting interview. Not for the normal reasons though. If you want more, you'll have to come inside and read the interview.

Well, I'll cheat a bit and tell you some of the topics they talked about such as:

  • Jeremey's experience and background
  • his experience at Yahoo!
  • some of the work he's done there (including the Address Book application)
  • Yahoo!'s move to PHP 5
  • everyone's favorite topic - "disaster recovery"
That's all I'm giving you, though - for the rest, you'll need to check out the full interview.

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Zend Developer Zone:
30 Minutes with Andrei Zmievski
August 30, 2006 @ 13:34:14

Continuing in his series of interviews from this year's OSCON, Cal Evans has posted this new interview he did with Andrei Zmievski.

This is another entry in the series of interviews I did at OSCON 2006. This time, I was privileged to sit down with Andrei Zmievski and talk about Unicode, Yahoo and other PHP topics. Andrei is a native of Uzbekistan and came to the US to study when he was 16 years old. He now works at Yahoo on their Infrastructure team and is pursuing a Master's degree in Linguistics.

They talk about Unicode for PHP6 (Andrei's big push), the status and some specifics of the project, his work wth Yahoo!, a look towards the future of PHP, and some of Andrei's personal background - including how he came to the PHP community.

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Zend Developer Zone:
Sometimes It's Not the Post, It's the Conversation.
August 14, 2006 @ 07:32:17

On the Zend Developer Zone today, Cal Evans looks back some more at his experiences at this year's OSCON and mentions his personal favorite session attended while there - the PHP Lightning talks.

The absolute best session I attended at OSCON 2006 was the "PHP Lightening Talks". Some of the presentations were interesting, others were hilarious. Theo Schlossnagle's Why PHP Sucks was both. Theo is a facilitating to sit and listen to, as you'll soon see when I post my interview with him. He's also quite funny when he wants to be. His presentation was interesting. It was part tongue-in-cheek and part dead serious but Theo left it to you to decide which was which.

He also points out another post about the talk from Chris Shiflett where a rather large discussion started about the contents of Theo's slides. And Cal hits the nail on the head:

The talk was good, don't get me wrong, but the conversation it inspired is much more interesting.
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Zend Developer Zone:
An Interview with George Schlossnagle
August 10, 2006 @ 14:23:13

On the Zend Developer Zone today, there's yet another of the interviews Cal Evans did at this year's OSCON, this time with George Schlossnagle of OmniTI.

At OSCON 2006, I caught up with most of the principals of OmniTI. They each gave me some time out of their busy schedule to ask them about their history, the company, PHP and technology in general. One of the OmniTI gang I got to talk with was George Schlossnagle.

I was able to pry George away from speaking and taking pictures long enough to sit down and talk tech for a few minutes. Here's how our conversation went.

They talked about how George got started, both with PHP and at OmniTI, some about the company, and what kind of work he does there. They get into more PHP-type things when they talk about scalability, session management, PHP mistakes, updates and its use in the enterprise. Oh, and of course, the fun questions...

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Adam Trachtenberg's Blog:
Dirty Secrets of OSCON 2006
August 08, 2006 @ 05:46:06

Adam Trachtenberg has posted, according to this new item on his blog, the slides from his presentation at this year's OSCON. The title of the talk? "Dirty Secrets of PHP 5's ext/soap Extension."

The slides [pdf] summarizes his talk, described as:

PHP 5's ext/SOAP extension is an excellent web services client. However, while the easy things are easy, lack of documentation means the hard things can appear downright impossible. Starting with SOAPClient basics and building upwards, learn the hidden secrets necessary to conquer even the strangest WSDL.

In the presentation, he not only describes the functionality the PHP 5 extension offers, but provides a few simple code examples to help with the explaination.

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Zend Developer Zone:
30 Minutes with Adam Tracthenberg
August 07, 2006 @ 07:58:32

On the Zend Developer Zone today, Cal Evans shares another interview he did at this year's OSCON in Oregon, this time with Adam Tracthenberg.

Adam is the senior manager of Platform Evangelism at eBay. His job is to communicate to developers all the cool things possible with eBay's web services. We sat for a half-hour to discuss PHP, eBay, where things are and where they are going. Here's what he had to say.

They talk about how Adam got into both PHP and made his way to eBay, a glimpse into the eBay web services API, some talk about Adam's book, and what he sees for the future of PHP and its community.

And, of course, what would an interview be without a "fun" question - Cal asks Adam about his favorite technology right now, but you'll have to check out the interview for the answer to that question.

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Christopher Jones' Blog:
OSCON, PHP 5.2 Windows Installer, and Testing
August 04, 2006 @ 06:01:12

Christopher Jones has posted his wrapup of this year's OSCON over on his Oracle blog today, mentioning specifically the PHP 5.2 Windows installer and some of the mentions of testing happening at the conference.

OSCON is a busy conference. I met some sharp minds. I missed catching up with others. In my spare time, I'm testing the PHP 5.2 Windows installer that John Mertic is writing. At the moment John is working hard on getting the installer neat and reliable.

He notes that testing applications, once something a bit more buried in the development process, had three different mentions at this year's conference, at the PHP Lightning Talks.

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Aaron Wormus' Blog:
What's Wrong with PEAR?
August 04, 2006 @ 05:47:06

In his latest blog post, Aaron Wormus asks the PHP community exactly "what's wrong with PEAR?"

I didn't attend Theo's talk, so the only information that I got was from the blog entries and slides. I realize that this short presentation was humorous, but it still brings up some points that have been nagging at the back of my head for a while now.

The comment in question is part of the Six Reasons PHP Sucks lightning talk.

The comment jokes about the quality of PEAR code. OF course, as Aaron notes, these types of comments aren't anythng new. The real issue at stake is that people don't understand PEAR. To help further the cause behind this (in)famous set of libraries, he's written an article for php|architect to dispell some of the myths.

I would like to dedicate this blog entry to people who think that PEAR does suck, and open up the discussion to what it is exactly that sucks. PEAR has issues, but I truly believe that most of the trash talking that is done is mainly due to the ignorance. So please, if you have issues, whether technical or package specific feel free to vent here.
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Chris Shiflett's Blog:
OSCON People and Random Tidbits
August 03, 2006 @ 12:01:01

Back with more from his experiences at this year's OSCON, Chris Shiflett has posted a few of the more random things he experienced while there.

One of the great things about OSCON is how it brings people together, and this year's conference was no different. I had the privilege of meeting a number of people for the first time.

People on his list include Cal Evans, Andrew van der Stock, Kevin Yank, Jeremy Johnstone, and Ed Finkler. He also mentions a "cool idea" from Zak Greant - the use of a bug/issue tracker to deal with community issues.

Chris also briefly mentions the "PHP trading card game", the PHP Security Hoedown, and the OmniIT book signing.

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