Editor’s Desk: PHP 7.4 RFCs, Symfony Speaker Workshop, Call for Writers

Editor-in-Chief Oscar Merida records a mini-episode. In this first one, he looks at some RFCs submitted for PHP 7.4 and 8.0, and a new tool for detecting memory leaks with PHP Unit. Also, don’t forget to register to attend and support Symfony’s speaker workshop which starts soon.  Details are in the episode and links are in the show notes below.

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Episode 17 – Out on a Limb

In This Episode

This episode features Eric Van Johnson, John Congdon, Lukas Kawhe Smith, Jill Binder, and Oscar Merida.

Please support the Symfony diversity speaker mentoring initiative and mark your calendar to attend on March 24th and March 31s at 10:00 AM PST/ 19:00 PM CET. Note, the ticket you purchase through opencollective is for both days of the workshop because of the way it handles two-day events.  While you can attend for free, if you can afford it consider paying $10 for your ticket or, even better, $20 to help fund free tickets for others.

Please, share your thoughts on the topics discussed and leave a comment below. If you like this episode, please let us know by liking and reviewing it wherever you listen to the podcast.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss php[tek] 2017 and the track chairs, scaling web applications, diversity in tech, accessibility, using tmux and vim, upgrading to PHP 7.3, finding dead code, and more.
  • Oscar talks about upgrading a Drupal 7 site to use PHP 7 and the performance improvement he measured and kicking off a Call for Writers for the magazine.
  • Talking to Jill Binder about the workshop she created to support new conference speakers and Lukas Kawhe Smith about attracting more diverse contributors to the Symfony community.

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Episode 16 – Remotely Working

In This Episode

Eric Van Johnson, John Congdon, Jennifer Wadella, and Oscar Merida are featured in the first episode of 2019. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

You can read Jennier Wadellas’ There Are No Snow Days When You Work Remote article in the January 2019 issue.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss learning about how the OPCache works, working with Jenkins, being a remote worker, and diving into PHP internals.
  • Oscar talks lessons learned when adding AWS S3 service to phparch.com. He also describes the all-new approach to tracks and speakers for php[tek] 2019.
  • An interview with Jennifer Wadella from Kansas City about remote working, her community work to reach women and minorities in tech, and kombucha brewing,

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Episode 15 – Generics and php[world]

In this Very Special Episode

Eric Van Johnson, John Congdon, Chris Holland, and Oscar Merida recorded this episode live at php[world] just last week. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

You can read Chris Holland’s The Case for Generics in PHP article online for free.

Topics

  • Eric, John, and Oscar talk about snowy weather in Virginia.
  • The value of attending conferences and user groups, both in attending talks and networking.
  • Preparing and finding writers for the magazine and selecting talks for conferences.
  • Chris Holland explains the value generics would bring to PHP.

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Episode 14 – Prototyping with PHP

In this Episode

Eric van Johnson and John Congdon wrapped up recording on episode 14. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Topics

  • Eric and John talk about stickers (again), PHP internals, understanding framework trade offs, John explains MySQL 8 window functions, burning out, sub-domain takeovers, and more.
  • Oscar shares some lessons re-learned about software estimates and onboarding for a new project.
  • Marcia Burrows talks about writing learning games for Atari in assembler, picking up PHP and web development, why she’s known as “The Logical Woman”, speaking at Pacific Northwest, and how she used PHP+HTML5+MySQL to prototype and iterate on her board game.

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Episode 13 – PHP 7.3

In this Episode

Fresh off of hosting WavePHP in San Diego, Eric van Johnson and John Congdon put the finishing touches on the latest episode. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Topics

  • Eric and John talk about stickers, forthcoming PHP 7.3 improvements like garbage collection, how to make estimates, penetration testing for security, job hunting, and more.
  • Sammy Kaye Powers joins to discuss podcasting, swing dancing, and challenges when upgrading legacy applications. He touches on why you should upgrade,receiving active support from the PHP internals team, the upgrade path once you’re on PHP 7, deprecated features which most projects have to face, handling exceptions, and dealing with uniform variable syntax. Finally, he previews what might be added in PHP 8.

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Episode 12: Whole lot of Xdebug

In this Episode

Our twelfth episode is in the can, thanks to Eric van Johnson and John Congdon. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss freelancing and how it changed John’s life, regular expressions, PhpStorm, and how the PHP community gets together.
  • Oscar talks about trying to use Xdebug regularly and the value of debugging tools in general.
  • An interview with Mark Niebergall on his Xdebug article, his day to day work, and working remotely.

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Episode 11

In this Episode

After a summer holiday, Eric van Johnson and John Congdon return with a new format. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Please note we recorded this episode before the php[world] Call for Speakers closed but were unable to release it until now.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss conference speaking, static analysis with external services like Scrutinizer and CodeClimate, using MySQL’s JSON document store, and more.
  • Oscar talks about using Static Analysis to assess code quality, how it compliments tests, and the now closed php[world] Call for Papers.
  • A chat with Barney Hanlon about Domain Driven architecture.

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Episode 10: Treasure, Old and New

In this Episode

Our hosts, Eric van Johnson and John Congdon review Treasure, Old & New which is the May 2018 issue of php[architect] magazine. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss Deadpool, clean code, migrating to AWS, Packagist picks, BDD testing, and more.
  • Oscar takes a look at recent Drupal and WordPress developments.
  • An interview with Steve Grunwell, about Technical Debt, conference speaking, his work at Liquid Web, and more.

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Episode 9: Testing in Practice

In this Episode

Our hosts, Eric van Johnson and John Congdon dive into Testing in Practice and the April 2018 issue of php[architect] magazine. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.

Topics

  • Eric and John discuss unit testing, test suites, static analysis, authentication with Laravel and more.
  • Oscar talks about the importance of training for employees, rants against image carousels, and requirements gathering.
  • An interview with Robert Basic, one of the contributors to Mockery.

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