I love the PHP community. We have a very diverse group of people in our community. Men, women, straight, gay, white, black, yellow, red, vegetarians, vegans, democrats, republicans, labour, tory, zend framework users, symfony users, people who hate frameworks, people who would prefer to write most of their code in C and compile it to a PHP extension. And all these people come together at conferences to eat, drink, listen, learn, make jokes and talk business.
Today I needed to get a client application up and running on my local system. This application uses the Geoip PECL package, so I needed to get this up and running. This turned out to be slightly more difficult than just a PECL install, as you're missing some libraries by default, so here is my log of things to do to get it up and running.
Yesterday there was a bit of discussion after uncon superstar Keith Casey mentioned he had been accepted to speak at an event, but the event required him to pay for his ticket. The discussion focussed on this specific event, but the topic is wider of course. And there are valid reasons for doing this, but you can also make mistakes with it.
Today, a riotfight strong discussion happened on Twitter regarding PHP. Some guy forked PHP and made some changes to it, then released his package on his own site. Some of the improvements were clearly just to please his own taste, others were definitely useful additions. The discussion following all this was interesting. Not just the one on Twitter, but I also got a more lengthy response through e-mail. While responding to that, I thought I'd write a blogpost as well to offer my 2 cents on what I think PHP needs.
The past week was the week of Symfony Live 2010 in Paris. One of the people there was Nils Adermann, the new Lead Developer of the phpBB project. The biggest news was that phpBB is considering moving to Symfony 2 as the basis of their new version of phpBB: phpBB4. As a result of this conference, Nils Adermann posted an RFC for this. This is my response, which I post here as an open letter to the phpBB community as well as in the thread where the RFC is being discussed.
So I have this rocking new laptop from work. It's a very nice HP Pavilion dv7. It is awesome! It can search through my entire workspace in a matter of seconds. It always runs smooth. But I had one problem. The sound was not working. It's working now.
On monday, I started my new job at Unet. And now, I am ready to announce another new job. I have been approached by Kris Wallsmith, the previous community manager of symfony, to see if I would take over that position, and I am excited to say that I have said yes to this job!
Last week there was some fuzz about something bad happening the community. Now I'm not going to really go into that, but it is in my humble opinion hard (if not impossible) to prevent the occassional problem in a community as varried as the PHP community. But there's also much beauty in our community.
posted on June 6, 2009 - 0 comment(s) - tags: php, community
Last week, I put online the new version of my dutch symfony advocacy website: symfony-framework.nl. The main focus is not advocacy anymore though, I feel that even though that still needs to be done, it's not anymore the main thing needed in The Netherlands.
Being involved in some forum software myself, I'm always interested in reading what people have to say about related topics. Venturus published an article on how to build a popular forum community, which contains some useful tips. I don't agree with everything said, but there are definately some valid points in this article. Basically, I agree with points 1, 2, 4 and 5, and just disagree with point 3. I don't like lying. Anyway, worth checking out.
posted on July 29, 2005 - 0 comment(s) - tags: community