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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Laura Beth Denker
March 06, 2012 @ 12:42:42

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - an interview with Laura Beth Denker of Etsy.

Cal's "three questions" for her were:

  • What's your title, what it means and what do you do? ("Anthropologist of Developer Culture")
  • Can you talk about the toolset Etsy uses for continuous integration?
  • Can you discuss private methods and why you like them?

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

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Marcelo Gornstein's Blog:
Unit test your PHP IVR applications with PAGI
March 01, 2012 @ 13:25:49

Marcelo Gornstein has a recent post to his blog about a method he's come up with to test your PHP-based IVR ("interactive voice response" systems for telephony) applications with the help of PAGI.

Since version 1.9.2, PAGI comes with a mock of a pagi client, suitable to be used in your own unit tests, so you can test your telephony applications, like IVRs. The idea behind the mocked client is to let you test the callflow side of your application, the user interaction and the exact sequence an ivr application should obey. Let's see how to use it.

He shows how to test a basic PAGI application by hooking in the PAGI client into his PHPUnit test for the app and the code coverage of the result. The MockedClientImpl client lets you test the application without having the external dependency of actually running it. He includes some examples of commands and how they'd be mocked out with this client as well as a handy list of the "on*" methods available (like "onDial" or "onSayAlpha").

You can find the complete source for everything in the article on his github account.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Luke Stokes
February 28, 2012 @ 14:16:31

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest episode - an interview with Luke Stokes, a co-founder of FoxyCart.

Cal's "three questions" for Luke were:

  • Why did you choose PHP to build the Foxycart platform?
  • What did you learn in the process of becoming PCI certified?
  • What lessons do you have for people looking to put together a platform and an API?

You can listen to this latest episode either via the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Chris Shiflett
February 16, 2012 @ 10:16:40

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode, an interview with Chris Shiflett (as recorded in 2011).

In the interview they talk about things like:

  • Chris' security experience
  • The PHP community's shifting focus on security
  • What's the biggest security mistake PHP developers still make?
  • Cross-site request forgeries
  • Chris' current work with Mapalong

You can listen to this latest episode either by using the in-page player or by downloading the mp3 directly. You can also subscribe to their feed to get the latest.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Elizabeth Naramore
February 07, 2012 @ 08:16:18

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode (one recorded a while back) - an interview with Elizabeth Naramore, a well-known PHP community member.

This episode was recorded in 2011. Elizabeth now works for Orchestra.io. It's still a fun interview though because...well, it's Elizabeth.

You can find her blog here and follow her on Twitter here. If you'd like to listen to this latest episode, you can either listen in-page or download the mp3 directly.

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PHPBuilder.com:
Create PHP Voice Recognition Apps on the Cheap
January 18, 2012 @ 09:49:14

On PHPBuilder.com today Jason Gilmore has a new tutorial showing how to create voice recognition applications with PHP and the help of open source voice interpretation tools.

Voice recognition or speech recognition technology is not easy to develop. In-house development would be very costly, and buying proprietary libraries that convert voice to text would make the developed application very expensive for end users. On the other hand, when developing in PHP, you have many open-source solutions available. The same dilemma happens with voice recognition in PHP -- there is an open-source class that can be used in voice applications. That way your application would cost less, and you also can offer it for free.

His tool of choice is Voice PHP, an open source project that uses four classes with support for SSML, SRGS, CCXML and VoiceXML. In his sample application he shows how to use the libraries to generate an application that can listen to a user's voice and translate that into certain menu options.

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Sean Coates
July 28, 2011 @ 10:09:13

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted it's latest episode - an interview with Sean Coates (of Gimmie Bar).

Cal asks Sean his three questions about various projects and topics he's involved with:

  • Can you talk to us about what you see about the process of how PHP is developed and is this a positive or a negative?
  • Can you give us a quick synopsis of why Gimmie Bar moved from CouchDb to MongoDb and are you still confident that it was the right decision?
  • Can you talk a bit about your experience with Node.js?

You can listen to this episode either using the in-page player, by downloading the mp3

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Derick Rethans
July 26, 2011 @ 10:53:24

The Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has released their latest episode - an interview with Derick Rethans, the author of the popular PHP debugger XDebug and a core contributor to the PHP project.

Cal's questions mainly revolve around Derick's contributions the PHP core (and one on OpenStreetMap):

  • Do you consider the current way PHP is developed functional or broken (and why)?
  • What would you do to change the way PHP is developed and why would you want to do it that way?
  • Explain to us what OpenStreetMap and why you think this is an important project.

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

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with Rafael Dohms
July 21, 2011 @ 08:52:07

On the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast has posted their latest interview with a member of the PHP community. This time it's Rafael Dohms, a member of the Brazilian PHP community.

Cal's questions for Rafael are related to

  • The Brazilian PHP community has an umbrella organization that supports the local communities - can you describe how this works?
  • Can you explain the differences in the communities between the two countries [USA and Brazil]?
  • What one thing from the Brazilian PHP community would you like to see other communities use?

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

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Voices of the ElePHPant:
Interview with David Rodgers
July 19, 2011 @ 12:52:47

New on the Voices of the ElePHPant podcast is an interview with David Rogers, the organizer for the Orlando PHP User Group (Florida).

Cal asks David a few questions about his involvement in this group:

  • Why did you get involved with the user group and why get involved in the leadership of it?
  • Why did you decide to allow recruiters to post to your mailing list and has it had any kind of negative impact on the group or list?
  • What was the coolest or best thing that you've done for a meeting?

As always, you can listen either by using the in-page player, downloading the mp3 or by subscribing to their feed.

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