Welcome to the AppFog Weekly Roundup

First and foremost, hello world! I’m Leslie Hawthorn and I’ve just joined AppFog as our Community Manager. I’m looking forward to hearing from you about the cool stuff you’ve built using AppFog and PHP Fog. Drop me a line anytime on Twitter or in our community forum.

Product Enhancements

In the past week, we’ve made some great progress on our flagship platform, PHP Fog. If you’re a fan of Chyrp, the lightweight but full featured blogging engine, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve added it as a jumpstart in PHP Fog. Come try it out and let us know what you think!

We’ve also upgraded CakePHP on PHP Fog, so you can take advantage of the new features and enjoy the bug fixes in the 2.0.5 release. CakePHP is our most popular jumpstart on PHP Fog, so we’re hoping this change enhances happiness for many of you.

But wait! Just what is this “jumpstart” thing, you say? Jumpstarts are pre-configured packages for popular web frameworks and applications, from WordPress to Zend, designed to work for developers out of the box. You select the jumpstart you’d like to use and just a few clicks away you’ll find the code available to modify to your heart’s content in your Git repository.

logos of all jumpstart packages available in PHP Fog
PHP Fog Jumpstarts

 

Upcoming Events

The fine folks at VMWare will be hosting the next Cloud Foundry Community Updates Meetup in their hometown – Palo Alto, California – next Tuesday. If you’re around on the 17th, come to the meetup to hear more about AppFog and the PHP support we contributed back to the Cloud Foundry code base from our Senior Engineer, Jeremy Voorhis. You’ll also be treated to discussion of Cloud Foundry internals, as well as deploying the platform. Registration is required but the event is free of charge to attend.

I’ll be heading to linux.conf.au in Ballarat, Australia next week to speak on a topic near and dear to my heart: mentoring in open source communities. Entitled “Mentoring: We’re Doing It Wrong,” the talk will explore what works and what doesn’t for bringing new developers into open source projects. If you happen to be attending LCA and would like to talk more about AppFog or mentoring in open source projects, please stop by my talk and introduce yourself!

Last but not least, our Director of Marketing, Chris Tacy, will be attending the Cloud Mafia Meetup in San Francisco, California next Wednesday. Registration is required, but the event is cost free and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. If you’re heading to the meetup on the 18th, make sure to find Chris and say hello!

From the Things You Probably Already Knew Department

News
We’ve had some great coverage for AppFog and our PHP Fog product since 2012 kicked off. Here are some of the highlights:

Products
AppFog, our language agnostic PaaS, is still in private beta. You can sign up for an invite at http://appfog.com.

If you’re developing PHP applications, PHP Fog awaits your pleasure. I look forward to hearing from all of you how we can improve our offerings!

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