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.

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.

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?

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.

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 We pretend that our work is amazing and worry too much about how it was a good idea, and never admit that it became outdated.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.

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?