181: PHP: The entire world is your development team – Beth Tucker Long

Beth Tucker Long, PHP Developer and Advocate at Code Climate, and I got in front of my cameras at the 2014 PHP World conference and got to talk about her history and priorities in development, PHP, and open source; her welcome into the PHP community, the culture of sharing and teaching in PHP, her work and the mission of Code Climate ... including how she got hired as a Perl programmer right out of college and was handed a PHP codebase to fix. "So I had to learn PHP really, really fast." When she had to ask some questions the weekend she learned PHP, the welcome the PHP community gave her convinced her to stay and inspires her to this day to give other just as warm a welcome to the project.

The biggest open source advantage

The biggest advantage for developers in open source is also a huge advantage for businesses: "The biggest advantage for open source is that you aren't the only developer out there making sure the code is good. You have teams of developers all over the world double-checking the code, making suggestions for ways to improve it, adding features that you can use. It's like having the entire world as your development team instead of just you by yourself somewhere in an office. We don't have to know everything, we just have to know the person who does. I don't have to be an expert in every, single aspect of my field, I just have to know the experts." ... or how to search online to find them :-)

On the PHP "Renaissance"

Thanks to new standards, many PHP projects are now compatible with each other, leading to previously unheard of cooperation between developers from various camps within the PHP sphere. "As programmers, we've always had a tendency to make fun of anyone who is not using our specific technology or area. And lately there's been this awesome motivation to stop doing that and we're starting to learn from other languages and other technologies. It has brought about so many amazing new features in PHP and so many new things to make our lives easier. I think we're really starting to appreciate that fact. I love the fact that we're bringing more people in through this sort of renewed appreciation for outside things."

Guest dossier, links and references from the interview

Interview video

Also in the Future of PHP series

  1. Future of PHP series landing page
  2. Perspectives on the future of PHP – "The Future of PHP" series intro, Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire
  3. The future of PHP ... at a distance – Lukas Kahwe Smith
  4. Composer – Dependency Management in PHP – Lorna Mitchell
  5. The Future of PHP is Shared Power Tools – Ryan Weaver
  6. PHP is getting Faster – Richard Miller
  7. PSR-What? Shared Standards for a Bright Future – Lorna Mitchell
  8. Voices of the ElePHPant / Acquia Podcast Ultimate Showdown Part 1 & Part 2 - Acquia Podcast audio/video with Cal Evans and Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire
  9. PHP: Under the Hood, Running the Web - Michelangelo van Dam
  10. A Symfony Shop Embraces Drupal 8 & Gets Down to Business - Acquia Podcast audio/video interview with Chris Jolly
  11. Building Bridges, Linking Islands - Larry Garfield
  12. Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – Part 1 & Part 2 - Acquia Podcast audio/video interview with Larry Garfield
  13. PHP: Getting the job done, really easily – Acquia Podcast audio/video interview with Stephan Hochdörfer
  14. Get more done, better & faster – together. – Acquia Podcast audio/video interview with Dustin Whittle
  15. New Wave PHP – Audio/video interview and conference session presentation with Lorna Jane Mitchell
  16. Writing secure PHP: "F.I.E.O." and more – Acquia Podcast audio/video interview with Chris Cornutt
  17. PHP: The entire world is your development team – Beth Tucker Long – Acquia Podcast audio/video interview

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