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PHP TestFest 2008

PHP.net has posted a nice overview of the PHP TestFest 2008 initiative, which aims to increase the PHP source code coverage through PHPT tests. Worldwide, the TestFest was carried out with different user groups, and of course the PHPBelgium and phpGG were also present. We arranged a meetup in Roosendaal earlier this year and with a group of 10 people, we managed to write about 40 tests! All efforts combined, there was about 10 % increase in code coverage for PHP, which was great to hear!

Actually, I found it so much fun and rewarding to help PHP as a whole in this new way, I decided to continue contributing tests to the submission system. You can imagine I was quite excited when the PHP-QA team actually asked me if I was interested in commit access to the PHP source tree! It’s a great way to give back to the community, and apparently I got mentioned for this in the php.net article, which of course made me somewhat proud ;-)

It was very cool to see the collaborative work around the world being rewarded with our favourite pets, and no less than 4 people from Belgium and the Netherlands (Michelangelo van Dam, Stefaan Koopmanschap, Rein Velt, Marc Veldman) were given an elePHPhant.

Actually I think initiatives like the PHP TestFest make this thriving and exciting community what it is right now, and it’s because of that I very much like the Emphpower initiative from Lucas Smith. To quote the mission statement: “emPHPower is a mediator and catalyst that empowers members of the community to follow their own ideas”. For example, things like the PHP TestFest could fall under the organisation of Emphpower.

I’m pretty much sure I’ll organise the next year PHP TestFest for Belgium (and the Netherlands), under the PHPBelgium / phpGG umbrella of course ;-) Testing is one of many great ways to engage in the PHP community, and the only thing you need to know is how to write PHP code. After all, most of you who are reading this probably know how :-) More information can be found on the PHP-QA website.

PHP TestFest 2008 on PHP.net” screenshot on flickr.

EmPHPower for PHP

I’ve been following Lukas‘ posts and news about EmPHPower for a while now, with great interest. To quote the mission statement:

emPHPower is a mediator and catalyst that empowers members of the community to follow their own ideas

This seems like a great initiative to me. Basically with the same views and motivations, we (Mike and me) have started PHPBelgium, to advocate the use of PHP with developers, companies and educators.

While our initiative is mostly regional (Belgium and to some extent, the Netherlands), emPHPower aims to be a central place to advocate and promote the use of PHP. It wants to connect PHP Core devs, companies and end users by providing a general platform (as a mediator) for them.

I fully support such initiatives (as I’ve been doing same things but for Belgium then) and hope this works out and actually will turn into something that helps every party involved. If there is something that can be done, I’d be glad to help out. In the end, this’ll create more visibility for PHP as a serious alternative, provide a place to go to as a company that wants to use/sponsor/develop PHP, and much more. PHP TestFest is an example that I believe could fall under organization of emPHPower.

Please note that emPHPower is currently just an idea. By the end of the year, if things look feasible, Lukas will actually start and take things further for emPHPower.

If you want to have a short overview of what emPHPower aims to be, have a look at this presentation