I'm a release manager for PHP 8.2

I'm a release manager for PHP 8.2

Last year, Sara Golemon announced a vote for PHP 8.1 release manager.

What a release manager does

The roles of the release managers are about being a facilitator:

  • Manage the release process;
  • Start the decisions discussions and vote about the features and change for a given release;
  • Create a roadmap and planing according to this RFC;
  • Package the releases (test and final releases);
  • Decide which bug fixes can be applied to a release, within the cases defined in this RFC

But they are not:

Decide which features, extension or SAPI get in a release or not.

First approach

I've been maintaining the Russian translation of the PHP documentation for several years now, we're the first ones to complete the translation 100% and keep it up to date, and I wanted to contribute even more to the community, so I applied for election.

Ben Ramsey and Patrick Allaert were elected — professionals in their field, there is no harm in "losing" to them ;)

Second approach

Over the course of the year, I expanded my area of responsibility: I helped translate the German and French documentation and wrote the English documentation.

Over the year, my fervor didn't fade, I still wanted to contribute even more to the community that I love so much, I waited for the call for applications by March-April 2022, but there wasn't one.

I had a thought that once the PHP Foundation was organized, the release process might also have changed and release managers would be chosen from among the Foundation members — which turned out not to be the case.

In early May, Christoph announced a call for volunteer candidates and I put my hat in the ring, with Ben further moderating the election process.

As a result of the vote, the PHP 8.2 release managers were Ben Ramsey (as a "veteran") and two "rookies", Pierrick Charron and me.

I'd like to say thank you to all those who voted for me, thank you for your support and, of course, your trust.

What's next?

I look forward to working with Ben and Pierrick, PHP 8.2 Alpha 1 should be out in less than a month, I believe we have a lot of work ahead of us.

So let's do it!