Functional PHP, Laravel Horizon, MFA, Testing with Pest, Taylor Otwell, and more

Eric, John, and Oscar sit down to go over the August 2021 issue, Trimming One’s Sails.

Topics Covered

  • Grokking algebraic structures and functional programming with PHP
  • Laravel Horizon and diving into worker queues
  • Multi-factor authentication and why you should use add it to your application.
  • Testing with Pest PHP and how it’s different from PhpUnit.
  • Eric’s interview with Taylor Otwell, creator of Laravel.
  • Annotations, using them in legacy code and PHP 8’s implementation.
  • Interfaces and patterns for using them.
  • How step debugging improves your productivity.

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Interview with Scott Keck-Warren

Eric van Johnson and John Congdon interview Scott Keck-Warren, who wrote an article on Boosting User Perceived Performance with Laravel Horizon, in the August 2021 issue.

Topics Covered

  • Getting started programming with QBasic
  • Working with PHP, Laravel, and picking up new languages.
  • Scaling with queues and tasks to send surveys and synchronize data.
  • The benefits of using Horizon.
  • Building a youtube channel for new PHP developers.

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Interview with Ken Marks

Eric van Johnson and John Congdon talk to Ken Marks about his article in the July issue, Mentoring and Teaching PHP and his new book PHP Web Development with MySQL

Topics Covered

  • How he got stated writing and why he wrote a book.
  • How he teaches students to build web applications with PHP and MySQL.
  • Getting started in teaching PHP.
  • Becoming part of his local web development community.
  • Staying motivated as a student or intern.

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Elasticsearch, Teaching PHP, Design Patterns, People, Joe Watkins, and more

Listen to Eric, John, and Oscar discuss the articles in the July 2021 issue, Deep Dive into Search.

Topics Covered

  • Using Elasticsearch in an application.
  • Archery (for some reason).
  • Password complexity and entropy.
  • Why you should use a password manager.
  • Eric’s interview with Joe Watkins about Bus Factors.
  • Teaching and mentoring new developers.
  • Rocky Linux, a CentOS alternative.
  • Soylent Green, Stakeholders, and Requirements.
  • When to use the Decorator Pattern.
  • Returning to a new normal.

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Debugging, Automation, GitHub Actions, Bug Bounties, and API Security

Eric, John, and Oscar chat about the articles in the June 2021 issue, Debug, Rinse, Repeat.

Topics Covered

  • Debugging
  • Git Hooks and Automation
  • Make files
  • GitHub Actions
  • Bug Bounties
  • Docker Swarm
  • Longhorn PHP and in-person conferences.
  • Approaches for Securing APIs
  • Contributing to Open-Source

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Interview with Joseph Maxwell

Eric and John talk to Joseph Maxwell, from Swiftotter, about ecommerce, debugging, and his article in the June 2021 issue, Debug, Rinse, Repeat.

Topics Covered

  • Debugging with purpose in web applications and under pressure.
  • Coming from an ecommerce background.
  • His podcast “Smash the Bug” and upcoming book “The Art of Ecommerce Debugging.”
  • Understanding a bug or problem from the beginning with TAD.
  • Why debugging is such a critical skill.
  • What makes a developer “great.”
  • Why you should be using Xdebug with PHP applications.

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RoadRunner, Atoum, IDEs, Feature Tests, DIY API, Wizard Thinking

Eric, John, and Oscar try to review the May 2021 issue, Testing Assumptions.

Topics Covered

  • Fall Conferences, like Longhorn PHP (CfP is currently open).
  • Debugging long-running applications using RoadRunner, ReactPHP, or Swoole.
  • Does using an IDE make you a bad developer?
  • Feature tests w/Behat
  • PHP Internals interview w/Sara Golemon
  • Building an API with off-the-shelf components
  • Thinking like a wizard and learning to spot patterns in the code.
  • Sustainability of open-source projects like PHP core and documentation.

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Interview #2 with Joe Ferguson

We welcome Joe Ferguson back to catch up with us about PHP, his column “The Workshop”, and more

Topics Covered

  • Virtual conference experiences.
  • Looking forward to in-person events.
  • Laravel Homestead, which Joe maintains. Uses and tradeoffs versus Docker.
  • Docker Performance on Mac
  • Local Development Environments
  • Goals for his Workshop, eventually looking at Docker Swarm and Kubernetes.

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Interview with Mark Kelnar

This month, we chat with Mark Kelnar about his article in the April 2021 issue, Busy Worker Bees

Topics Covered

  • What he learned from beekeeping and using Agile techniques.
  • Working at WPEngine with the LAMP stack.
  • Working on headless/decoupled WordPress.
  • Applying agile outside of software development projects.
  • If/how agile has changed since its introduction.
  • Getting involved in beekeeping.

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