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.