Yesterday Jetbrains announced the formation of the PHP Foundation, “a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the long life and prosperity of the PHP language.” Last year, PHP celebrated its 25th anniversary, with the language currently powering 78.2% of the open web.

And yet every year at this time I am reminded of the fact that PHP is not just a language. PHP is a group of people, a community of developers who build things for the web. The PHPamily spans the globe, and while we might not always agree or get along, we have one thing in common, we’re passionate about what we do.

This site is the place to share that passion. Each year we reach out and ask for contributions. Each year it’s often a scramble to get those contributions in, but we do it because we want to share your thoughts with the rest of the PHPamily, and have open discussions about the things that matter to all of us most.

This will be the 6th edition of 24 Days in December, and as always we’d like to invite you to share your stories with us. If you’ve had a thought or idea in your head you’d like to share with the PHP community, this is your chance.

I thought this might be a good time to cover some of the more common questions:

What should I write about?

In all honesty, your contribution is whatever you want it to be about. Did you learn something recently you’d like to share in a guide or a tutorial? Do you have an opinion about the current state of PHP core development? Have you been working on something cool you’d like to share with the community? Do you want to share something less technical you learned this past year? The content is entirely up to you.

How much time do I have?

There are no hard and fast deadlines, except that we try to post at least one new article every day for the 24 days leading up to the 25th of December. If we have more contributions we keep going, but that’s our goal. Given that the 1st is a week away if you choose to contribute today, you’ll have at least a week.

How long should it be?

There are no guidelines here. It could be a few short paragraphs or an entire deposition. We don’t mind.

What format should I send it to you in?

Markdown is preferable, but plain text is also acceptable. You can send it in an email, as a text attachment, via Google Doc, tied to the leg of a carrier pigeon, we honestly don’t mind, as long as we can get it.

We hope to hear from you soon. If you would like to contribute to this year’s edition, please email us at info AT 24daysindecember DOT net, or contact us via Twitter at @24DaysInDec.

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