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Midwest PHP 2018

Midwest PHP 2018

09.Mar.2018 - 10.Mar.2018
Radisson Blu Mall of America

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This is the sixth annual Midwest PHP Conference located in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. This is a two day PHP conference put on by the Minnesota PHP User Group. Tickets will go fast so make sure to get yours as soon as possible. For more information about the conference please visit

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KEYNOTE Community (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 24
TALK Writing Clean Code (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 18
TALK BASHing at the CLI (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 8
TALK Y2K and Other Disappointing Disasters: Risk Reduction and Harm (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 6
TALK Banishing Loops with Functional Programming (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 11
TALK Magento 2 Module in 50 Minutes or Bust (11:00) Rating: 0 of 5 1
TALK Conquering Continuous Integration & Deployment (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 15
TALK Get Rolling Fast with Symfony Flex (13:00) Rating: 5 of 5 8
TALK Make It Searchable (13:00) Rating: 4 of 5 17
TALK Don’t Eat Grandma: Common Grammatical Issues in Technical Writing (13:00) Rating: 4 of 5 4
TALK Go for PHP Developers (14:00) Rating: 4 of 5 8
TALK Make your Application Zend Expressive (14:00) Rating: 3 of 5 1
TALK Cryptography For Beginners (14:00) Rating: 5 of 5 15
TALK Intro to Laravel and getting started in the Laravel Ecosystem (15:00) Rating: 4 of 5 7
TALK Test Driving Test Driven Development (15:00) Rating: 5 of 5 10
TALK Managing the extreme client: PM 101 for devs (15:00) Rating: 3 of 5 5


TALK Essential AWS for PHP Applications (09:00) Rating: 5 of 5 13
TALK Hypermedia: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (09:00) Rating: 0 of 5 0
TALK Essential Tools for Modern PHP (09:00) Rating: 2 of 5 11
TALK Diving into MySQL 5.7: advanced features (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 9
TALK Practical API Security (10:00) Rating: 4 of 5 9
TALK Open Source eCommerce Melee (10:00) Rating: 5 of 5 2
TALK Virtual Machine, Container, or Serverless (11:00) Rating: 5 of 5 7
TALK Welcome to Our Product: Hospitality, Experiences, and Documentation (11:00)
Heidi Waterhouse
Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK Demystifying Algorithmic Complexity (11:00) Rating: 4 of 5 5
TALK APIs, Chains, & Graphs (13:00) Rating: 4 of 5 2
TALK Puppets, Chefs, and Ansibles - Making sense of the provisioning circus (13:00) Rating: 5 of 5 2
TALK Improving Technical Annotations and Estimates for Your Projects (13:00) Rating: 4 of 5 8
TALK They Are Watching You (14:00) Rating: 5 of 5 7
TALK Developing a Culture of Mentorship (14:00) Rating: 5 of 5 6
TALK Introduction to Event Sourcing and CQRS (14:00) Rating: 4 of 5 1
KEYNOTE Open Source, accessibility, and you - the superhero! (15:00) Rating: 5 of 5 7

10.Mar.2018 at 15:22 by Nelson Castillo (11 comments) via Web2 LIVE (Feedback)

No coffee after 10am, what is going on? this is my fourth year coming to this conference and I think you guys are doing a good job but... no coffee after breakfast? what is going on, I cant believe I have to come and go to freaking cariboo because you guys couldn't have coffee here, ohhh and for worst(even when I don't like to drink pop), I thought, well at least I can go and drink a coke, and ... wait they took all drinks away before the 2pm break.
I would like to add that I think you guys should give guidelines to all your presenters on how to make their slides or alter their slides for the presentations, I say this because for most of the talks I went to (even when I really enjoyed the talks) I had a really bad experience trying to read the slides, it is really hard to read when the lights are on, background is dark fonts are dark,I saw the dark rainbow on the slides, black background with, dark purple font, dark red font, dark blue font, small fonts, 3000 lines in one slide, who cares if the people in the back (or people in the front in most cases as well) can read the slides. I appreciate your guys time on putting this I believe it is hard and I am not trying to put you down, I just think that it may help to give some guidelines to presenters and make sure they follow them. Also please leave the coffee around, I can't believe that it needs to go away, if not coffee, then tea but leave caffeine around besides pop

10.Mar.2018 at 15:49 by Tessa Kriesel (20 comments) via Web2 LIVE (Feedback)

Awesome event. Super great content & speakers, good location and great food. Appreciate all your hard work putting this great event together.

12.Mar.2018 at 13:05 by Stephanie O'Neill (12 comments) via Web2 LIVE (Feedback)

Thank you for a well organized and valuable conference!

16.Mar.2018 at 15:54 by Crysta McKenney (20 comments) via Web2 LIVE (Feedback)

I had a great time, same as last year. It was a wonderful variety of session topics and while I loved seeing a lot of the same speakers I saw last year it was also nice to see some new people too. The organization for the whole thing was fantastic. And speaking of well prepared, I really appreciated how prepared you all were for different diets. I was fully expecting I'd just need to "get by" with whatever I could find or go out into the mall to buy something different and was blown away and touched by having a plate all ready for me. And the vegetarian meal was fantastic!

I do have a few things in the "less than great" column though:
I was a little disappointed in how few speakers were women developers, especially with the local organizations we have in town for women devs (Women Who Code and Hack the Gap as two great examples) to pull from. Last year there seemed to be a much more even balance and even some sessions on this subject and I was sad to see what seems a slide backward to see that not continued this year.

Also, I'd love to see a couple double length sessions. It seems a common theme of feedback I see is "not enough time" or "wish there could have been more detail about this". I think as long as all sessions are limited to the 50 minute (and often more like 40 minutes as most leave about 10 minutes for questions) windows it will be hard to really dig into any one topic. With some longer sessions available there could be more in depth, advanced, concepts talked about. I think it would be too much do all sessions longer, the majority of them the 40-50 minutes feels perfect to me, but having one or two double length sessions at the conference on a more advance level topic would make me very happy.

Finally as a very tiny gripe, they took the coffee away much too soon. Came out of the first session on Friday and coffee was already whisked away! As a developer who lives on coffee I was sad. But it remained on Saturday a bit longer, so that was nice.

Main Ballroom
Talks in Main Ballroom
12 sessions
Ballroom C
Talks in Ballroom C
10 sessions
Ballroom D
Talks in Ballroom D
10 sessions

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