Today in the Laminas Slack, somebody asked if there was an equivalent to Laravel's Tinker REPL. The short answer is "no", but I had a suggestion for them.
The Laminas Project has close to 200 repositories between the main project, Laminas API Tools, and Mezzio. It's a lot to maintain, and keeping on top of incoming patches can be a gargantuan task, much less creating releases.
That's why this past year, we've spent a bunch of time on streamlining our processes; we want to be able to review, merge, and release changes quickly and confidently. To that end, we have developed a number of GitHub Actions to make these processes as easy as possible for our maintainers.
I fielded a question in the Laminas Slack yesterday that I realized should likely be a blog post. The question was:
Is there a way to register development-mode-only modules in Mezzio?
There's actually multiple ways to do it, though one that is probably more preferable to others.
Progress has been happening at a furious pace on the Zend Framework to Laminas transition, with major changes still dropping even now.
Most recently, we decided to rename the subprojects. Apigility will become the Laminas API Tools, and Expressive will become Mezzio.
For more background, read the Zend by Perforce blog post.
As of 2019-10-01, I am once again employed full-time. Thank you everyone who reached out!
Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, I received a job offer from Zend to join their nascent eBiz team, where I started contributing almost immediately to the yet-to-be-announced Zend Framework. Two years later, I joined the Zend Framework team full-time. A year later, I was promoted to Architect. A year after that, I was promoted to Project Lead of Zend Framework, a role I kept for the next ten years. Over the years, Zend was acquired by RogueWave Software, which was in turn acquired by Perforce earlier this year.
Two months ago, almost to the day, was my last day with Zend/RogueWave/Perforce.
I'm now looking for a new adventure.
Ten years ago this month, I was involved in a couple of huge changes for Zend Framework.
The other thing that happened that month was that I was promoted to Project Lead of Zend Framework. I've held that position ever since.
Today, I get to announce another change: Zend Framework is transitioning to an open source project under the Linux Foundation!