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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Jacob Mather
January 29, 2015 @ 10:41:29

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode in their interviews with members of the PHP community. In this latest show host Cal Evans talks with Jacob Mather, a co-organizer of the San Francisco PHP Meetup group.

They talk some about Jacob's more recent migration into the world of devops and what he enjoys about it. He talks about the work he does to make sure the developers don't have to worry as much about the environment. They also talk about his involvement in the SF.PHP user group and some of the exciting things they're doing.

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

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/01/28/interview-with-jacob-mather/

Voices of the ElePHPant - It's the Booze Talking:
The Europeans
January 06, 2015 @ 09:12:32

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted a special episode of its series of "It's the Booze Talking" with members of the PHP community. In this latest episode host Cal Evans talks with "The Europeans": Michelangelo van Dam, Rafael Dohms, Thijs Feryn and Michelle Sanver.

They talk about their experience in starting user groups in the various parts of Europe. They also share some tips for those looking at getting into speaking at conferences, recommending they start at their local user groups. They also talk about what each of them see as "the secret" to getting a group started and going well.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page audio player or by downloading the full mp3 of the show. If you enjoy the show and would like to hear more (and interviews with other members of the PHP community), be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2015/01/06/the-europeans/

Cal Evans:
Five influencers you should thank this year for making the PHP community so awesome
December 22, 2014 @ 11:47:56

Cal Evans, PHP community member extraordinaire, has a new post sharing his suggestions of the top five influencers in the PHP community that "make it awesome" and help make it one of the best he's been involved in.

It is no surprise to anyone who has talked to me for more than five minutes that I think the PHP community is the most vibrant and engaging developer community out there. So as we approach the end of the year, I am going to list out the influencers that help keep this community at the top. These are the people that you need to seek out and thank because without them, the PHP community would not be what it is today.

He goes with categories rather than mentioning names (because, really, there's way too many too name them all):

  • 5: Core Developers
  • 4: User Group Leaders
  • 3: Conference Organizers
  • 2: Conference Speakers, Bloggers, and Teachers
  • 1: Any developer using PHP

That last one, while it might seem like an "everyone else" kind of category, is one of the most important in my opinion. After all, what is a language without its users. Core developers and community group/event leaders wouldn't have anything to talk about if no one was there to talk. There would be no one to teach or be taught to and the core developers wouldn't have any reason to drive the language forward. Even if you're not well-known in the PHP community, you and your code are making a contribution to the community, even if only in a small way.

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Link: http://blog.calevans.com/2014/12/21/five-influencers-thank-year-making-php-community-awesome/

Laravel News:
The Artisan Files Pablo Chiappetti
November 03, 2014 @ 10:30:41

On the Laravel News site they've posted another in their "Artisan Files" series of community interviews. In this latest post they talk to Pablo Chiappetti, organizer of the Laravel Buenos Aires meetup.

The interview includes questions about Pablo and some of his background as a developer:

  • Can you tell us about yourself? How'd you get into web development?
  • How did you first find Laravel and what made you start using it?
  • You run the Laravel Buenos Aires meetup. Can you tell us about it?
  • Can you tell us about your local environment?
  • Do you have any hobbies outside of the computer?

Check out the full interview for the answers to these questions and more. If you're in the Buenos Aires area and are looking for a good meetup, be sure to check out the Laravel group.

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Link: http://laravel-news.com/2014/10/artisan-files-pablo-chiappetti/

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Mike Stowe
September 10, 2014 @ 10:28:23

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released it's latest in its series of community member interviews. In this latest episode Cal interviews Mike Stowe, a developer evangelist at Mulesoft.

They talk some about the services that Mulesoft provides and how they're trying to branch out to various developer communities. They also talk some about another project Mike's been interested in: RAML (an API modeling language). They finish the episode with a mention of the San Francisco PHP User Group.

You can listen to this latest episode via the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 for listening at your leisure. If you enjoy the interview, be sure to subscribe to their feed.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/09/09/interview-with-mike-stowe

Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Beth Tucker Long
August 12, 2014 @ 10:40:06

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode, another in their series of community interviews. This time it's with Beth Tucker Long, an organizer of the Madison PHP Conference and former editor of the php[architect] magazine.

They talk some about her plans for the future (post-php[architect]), how she's trying to get back into coding. She talks about her mentor, Beau Simenson, and the consulting work she has going on. They also talk some about the Madison PHP User Group and Conference and the other organizers.

You can listen to this latest episode either through the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the feed and get the latest episodes as they're released.

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Link: http://voicesoftheelephpant.com/2014/08/12/interview-with-beth-tucker-long/

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/

PHP Town Hall:
Episode 26 Hello Front Range!
June 19, 2014 @ 10:55:55

The PHP Town Hall podcast has released their latest episode today - Episode #26, Hello Front Range!. In it, they try something a little different and, instead of one or two guests joining them, they have the Front Range PHP user group in a live show.

The Front Range PHP user-group joins the show as a live audience for the episode 26, in a new crazy bonus format which Phil thought might be fun. The idea of the episode is for people to generally pick our brain about PHP and code and tech and things. It kinda worked but the sound quality was terrible. Sorry about that folks. They ask us a bunch of questions about how we got started in PHP.

They ask about things like PHP frameworks (and picking one with lasting power) and what they use for integration testing. You can listen to this episode either using the in-page player, downloading the mp3 or you can watch the video of the live recording.

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Link: http://phptownhall.com/blog/2014/06/18/episode-26-hello-front-range/

Michelangelo van Dam:
There's no PHP user group here!
February 12, 2014 @ 10:27:28

Michelangelo van Dam has a new post to his site today talking about PHP user groups and some suggestions you can follow if you'd like to start one of your own in your local area.

When going to conferences you always hear "join a local user group, and if there's none in your area you're the person who needs to start one". But then what? Where do you get started? How do you organise a PHP user group? Basically, you're left in the dark and you're missing out of all the great stuff everyone else can enjoy.

He makes a few suggestions as far as sites and resources to use to help you promote your group (including Meetup.com and even LinkedIn). He offers some guidelines as far as what to do for your first meeting and a few other people and groups at your disposal to help promote and group your group.

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Link: http://www.dragonbe.com/2014/02/theres-no-php-user-group-here.html

7PHP.com:
Win Free Tickets To Nomad PHP EU - "Dispelling the Myths About Auth*"
October 15, 2013 @ 11:08:37

The 7PHP.com site has announced a giveaway of free tickets to this month's Nomad PHP virtual user group meeting, the European chapter. The topic for this month's EU meeting is authorization and authentication (disclaimer: I am the speaker).

Here I am again for another NomadPHP Ticket(s) give-away. Two tickets will be given away - to the 1st & 2nd draw winner! If you did not know, NomadPHP is virtual PHP User Group mainly for people who do not have the chance to avail of a local PHP user group. But it is open to ANYONE around the world. I also remind you that NomadPHP is an initiative brought forward by the icon of The PHP Community, namely 'His Awesomeness' Mr Cal Evans.

To enter the contest to win the tickets, you just make a comment on the post and he'll select the winners before the event. The meeting is Thursday, October 17th at 8pm CEST.

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Link: http://7php.com/nomadphp-tickets-17oct2013/


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