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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/

Community News:
ZgPHP Mini-Conference Announced
August 20, 2013 @ 14:02:52

The Zagreb PHP user group has officially announced the first conference to be held in Croatia. This one-day conference will be held September 14th at Hrvatska Gospodarska Komora.

As second anniversary of ZgPHP meetups is coming soon, we decided to organize a mini PHP conference in Zagreb, first PHP conference in this region. It will be held in Croatian Chamber of Economy, Nova Cesta 7, Zagreb on September 14th. [...] On our mailing lists, Facebook & Twitter we have around 250 members, in average we have 25 visitors on each of our monthly meetups and for mini conference we are hoping to gather 120 PHP developers (not only Zagreb but Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovenia ).

The event's call for papers is also currently open and will be until August 25th. If you're interested in speaking at this event, you can find information for submitting in the post. If you plan on attending, sign up on the Meetup page. They've also posted the fist round of speakers and sessions there as well.

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Link: http://zgphp.org/2013/08/mini-zgphp-conference-2013

7PHP.com:
How-To User Group - Hear It From James Titcumb & Organisers Of PHP Hampshire
August 06, 2013 @ 09:58:56

7PHP.com has posted another community interview, this time with James Titcumb, an organizer of the PHP Hampshire user group. It's part of a "How-To User Group" series sharing some experiences from current user group leaders to help those starting out.

This is the #2nd set of How To Start A PHP user group in an attempt to help PHP guys all around the world to spring out a local PHP user group if they do not have one nearby. So before you embark on this journey, you need to know what you have to expect, how to prepare yourself, the pitfalls, the to-do lists, the workload behind, the commitment behind and above all the gratification this can bring to your PHP life. [...] Last time I welcomed the PHP Hampshire User Group here on 7php - where James talked about the group, the crew, how it all started and everything else...

In this latest interview, however, James shares things like:

  • Things to keep in mind before creating a group
  • Some common challenges
  • Tips & tricks to do it right
  • what the group founders are responsible for
  • How to find (good) speakers for the group

If you're new to the user group game and are looking for some good advice, check out this interview (and the others in the user group how-to series.

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Link: http://7php.com/howto-php-usergroup-james-titcumb-phphampshire/

Inviqa techPortal:
Rasmus Lerdorf at PHP London
August 02, 2013 @ 10:52:31

On the Inviqa techPortal today there's a new post talking about the most recent speaker at the PHP LondonRasmus Lerdorf.

July's PHP London had a particularly notable speaker - Rasmus Lerdorf himself presenting what's new in PHP. So many people wanted to attend that, with limited venue capacity, a live (and recorded) video stream was used for the first time. You can skip straight to seeing the slides and video of the session if you like, or keep reading for my impressions of the evening.

They include a brief overview of what Rasmus talked about including: a brief history and evolution of the language, a few points about PHP 5.4 and then on to the "shiny and new" of PHP 5.5. and the features it introduced. He also added in a bit at the end about two tools that his employer, Etsy, has released to help with more atomic deployments.

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Link: http://techportal.inviqa.com/2013/08/02/rasmus-lerdorf-at-php-london

Joshua Thijssen:
PHP Phragmentation
July 31, 2013 @ 12:35:16

In this most recent post Joshua Thijssen looks at an interesting subject - fragmentation in the PHP community due to a higher level of regional user groups...and how it could actually result in isolation.

Until a few years ago, The Netherlands (wrongly called Holland) had only one single usergroup : PHPGG. After a few years a decision made to merge this Dutch group and the Belgium version of it into a single usergroup: PHPBenelux. [...] But there is a trend going on in the PHP world, especially in the Netherlands. There are usergroups popping out of the ground lately, mostly centered on a specific city. And it's easy: goto meetup.com, sign up, create your group et voila, you are born. If you are a high-end group, you even will register a domain-name as well.

He suggests that, because of these groups, the overall number of attendees in all groups is dropping - even the larger ones. This fragmentation of groups is also breaking down things into more specific technologies, reducing the number of people coming to the more general "web oriented" groups as well. He encourages developers to attend a user group that doesn't involve PHP and learn something new (and maybe even talk about it to other PHP developers).

Inspire attendees, not only talk about the same subjects over and over again. KEEP the userbase, get them enthusiastic, have them bring new people with.. GROW your userbase, not splinter it..
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Link: http://getoffmylawn.nl/php-phragmentation


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