Posts marked with “community”

Community Corner: Greater Toronto Area PHP

by · February 4, 2020


This month, in our little community corner, we travel back to Canada, Toronto, more specifically. This city sports a population of over 5.6 million people who speak over 180 languages and offices of some of technology’s heaviest hitters such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, Twitter, and Google.


Community Corner: Vancouver PHP

by · December 4, 2019


For our next stop on our tour of user groups, we travel to the Great White North of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is often listed as a top city to live for quality of life, and it’s one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities. Over recent years, Vancouver has gotten the tag […]


You Can Do Open Source

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Have you ever contemplated whether it’s necessary to contribute to open source? Ever been at a point where you think open source is too complicated to delve into? Have you ruled out open source because you believe it’s a community where people come to massage their ego? In this article, we’ll be looking into how […]


Community Corner: San Diego PHP

by · November 4, 2019


You might recognize me as one of the contributors to the php; if you’re not familiar, it’s a great companion to the magazine and the community of PHP podcasts! I’ve been a subscriber to the php[architect] magazine since 2003, so I was thrilled when Oscar Merida asked me if I would be interested in contributing […]


finally{}: Dark Matter Developers

by · October 2, 2019


Back in 2012, Scott Hanselman wrote a blog post on Dark Matter Developers, and I think the concept still rings true today, maybe more. So what are they?


finally{}: The State of PHP User Groups

by · September 3, 2019


I was researching user groups on various websites such as and, as well as Meetup for work. As I did, I saw three trends forming which I’m sharing here.


Symfony 4, Legacy Code, the Future of PHP, and Karl Hughes

by · August 26, 2019


Eric, John, and Oscar discuss Symfony 4, legacy code, and interview Karl Hughes about what it takes to run a user group.


Cultivating a Community: Five Things I’ve Learned Running a PHP User Group

by · August 2, 2019


In my first year of co-organizing the Chicago PHP User Group, I have learned a lot and met many wonderful people. Combining insights from the community with some of my own, I wanted to pass on some of the things I’ve learned about building and maintaining a thriving technical community. Whether you’re an organizer or attendee, I hope this gives you some insight into what goes on behind the scenes of running a user group.


finally{}: Semver, PHP and WordPress

by · July 2, 2019


Recently there was a big announcement that with WordPress 5.2, that they would be updating the minimum required version of PHP to 5.6. That’s a huge deal, but as can be expected, a vocal minority of the PHP community immediately erupted in anger


finally{}: Conferences and Community

by · June 5, 2019


So as someone who runs conferences for the community (And does so full-time, so does need to make a buck or two), I wanted to address a recent discussion that came up on twitter. A gentleman who was running a design conference in Dallas (for only $200 ticket price), was ranting about speakers, and how […]