Announcing PHP TestFest 2017

July 13, 2017 15:42 ben@benramsey.com (Ben Ramsey)
(Cross-posting to php-qa and ug-admins mailing lists.)

TL;DR: PHP TestFest is back! Join the Google Group (link below) for
discussion.

Hi, all,

For those who’ve been around the PHP community for a while, you’ll
recall the successful PHP TestFest events that began after a discussion
at PHP Quebec in 2008 [1]. Many user groups and mentors signed on to
host and help with events, and a lot of folks became first-time
contributors to the PHP project, helping improve our code coverage. It
ran strong in a _global_ sense from 2008 to 2010. After that, various
groups (particularly the Brazilian groups) have continued the tradition.

A few months ago, at php[tek] in Atlanta, I mentioned to Michelangelo
that I’d love to bring back PHP TestFest. Sammy had given an excellent
talk on writing PHPT tests [2], and Gemma tweeted a link to the old PHP
TestFest wiki page [3,4]. From there, things snowballed.

We’re bringing back PHP TestFest!

The PHP TestFest will run for 4 months this year: September through
December. This should give groups plenty of time to plan and prepare one
or more local events. In early January, we will award prizes; if your
organization/company is interested in offering products or services as
prizes, let us know (send email to <sponsors@phptestfest.org>).

This time around, I’ve set up a dedicated website at
<https://phptestfest.org/> and Google Group for discussion [5]. We also
have the #phptestfest channel on Freenode IRC [6]. All are encouraged to
contribute to the website and tools repository [7]. We need technical
tutorials, as well as tutorials from veteran TestFest organizers on how
to lead successful PHP TestFest events. Additionally, I’ve provided a
stub for a console application in the repository, and I’d love to see
that evolve into a robust tool for helping people write and contribute
PHPT tests.

I’ll be updating the “Getting Started” page on the PHP TestFest website
soon with this information and more, so keep posted [8].

Let’s get to work on improving code coverage of the PHP language!

Cheers,
Ben

P.S. Special thanks to Sammy for letting us use “Wooble” as a testing
mascot.


[1]: http://news.php.net/php.qa/64083
[2]: https://speakerdeck.com/sammyk/writing-tests-for-php-source-php-tek-2017
[3]: https://twitter.com/ellotheth/status/868583446498734084
[4]: https://wiki.php.net/qa/testfest
[5]: https://groups.google.com/a/phpcommunity.org/group/testfest/
[6]: https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.freenode.net#phptestfest
[7]: https://github.com/phpcommunity/phptestfest.org
[8]: https://phptestfest.org/start/