Alien Status: Extraordinary Again

Posted 2014-11-15
Category Personal
A few months ago I wrote a bit of an emotional article about my visa status, and how I was in a bit of a pickle. A few people since have wanted an update, so here it is.

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Composer: It's ALMOST Always About the Lock File

Posted 2014-11-04
Category PHP
When is it a good idea to commit your composer.lock file, and when should you leave it out? 

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Describe Your PHP Component

Posted 2014-10-21
Category PHP
I've been talking recently about what The League of Extraordinary Packages is up to in regards to components, and made a plea to avoid "Not Invented Here" syndrome to help the community focus on quality instead of quantity. Today I noticed a new pet-peeve.

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PHP Wars: Attack of the Clones

Posted 2014-10-20
Category PHP
In the last article I said I wanted to write about when its a good idea to release a component. A lot of this comes down to: is there one out there that does what I want, and if so, can I use it? Should I release a PR or make my own? Why should I maybe avoid writing something that already exists?

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What is The League of Extraordinary Packages?

Posted 2014-10-16
Category PHP
This is the story of group of friends, who decided to write some code, but somehow confused and angered everyone with a keyboard.

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Try out PHPbrew and VirtPHP

Posted 2014-10-12
Category PHP
As a developer working with multiple languages regularly, I come across a lot of different ways of doing things. Some of the flows and development tools available in other languages are nothing at all to do with the language, they were just something a developer using that language decided to do. Now and then, those things cross the "barriers" between languages, and PHP gets some nice new toys.

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Stop Pretending Everything Is OK

Posted 2014-08-15
Category Personal
We work in an industry where far too many people pretend that everything is O.K. We pretend that sexism isn't rife. We pretend that startup failures are a "success" in some way. We ignore negative feedback and only publish success. We pretend that our work is amazing and worry too much about how it was a good idea, and never admit that it became outdated. That is unrealistic bullshit and I am asking you to stop.

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I was an Extraordinary Alien... For a Week

Posted 2014-08-04
Category Personal
A personal write-up of something I've not been able to talk about for a while. Probably the most complicated year of my life.

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The Neverending Muppet Debate of PHP 6 v PHP 7

Posted 2014-07-23
Category PHP
There are a few major, important conversations happening in the PHP internals mailing list as we speak... and then there is the discussion about calling the version that comes after PHP 5 either PHP 6 or PHP 7. Um?

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Send PSR-0 to the Standards Farm in the Sky

Posted 2014-07-19
Category PHP
This article attempts to convince you that deprecating the PSR-0 auto-loading standard in favor of the PSR-4 auto-loading standard is not only a good idea, but a problemless wonderland of happy benefits, in the hope that when I try to get this done on the FIG mailing list, people will be happy about it instead of sad or rage-mode.

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