Don’t believe everything you learn

Michael Heap (09.Jun.2017 at 16:25, 20 min)
Talk at PHP South Coast 2017 (English - UK)

Rating: 5 of 5

A minute always has 60 seconds, right? Wrong! Ok, but a country always has a capital city, right? Wrong again!

Come and join us for a lighthearted talk about some of the common falsehoods that developers believe which cause issues in real, production systems. We’ll cover the classics like timezones and names, as well as some new contenders such as geography and software versions.

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Rating: 5 of 5

09.Jun.2017 at 22:55 by Ben Plummer (44 comments)

A very entertaining, yet eye-opening talk. It definitely enforced that we shouldn't make assumptions into how things work and that often trade-offs are required. Really well presented with an effective arrangement of slides for the manner of the talk. Thanks!

Rating: 5 of 5

09.Jun.2017 at 23:40 by Koen Eelen (23 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Super excellent talk! Funny and educating at the same time. Also really good plus that there is lost of audience engagement, that makes you really invested in the talk. I think there went quite some research into the talk.

There was no discussion how to actually prevent you being trapped by the assumptions, like internalisation-libs, but I am not sure this talk needed that anyway. Might be a nice thing to mention on the side when there is time left or something.

The only (very) small thing I would maybe add is sometimes to put in an assumption that is actually true, so that the answer isn't always "no"... just to keep the audience on their tows. Would make it even more funny.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Jun.2017 at 15:27 by Michael Cullum (53 comments) via Web2 LIVE

A very good dynamic talk with good audience participation that was well presented and inspired people to challenge assumptions.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Jun.2017 at 16:30 by Mark Railton (64 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great talk with a large amount of audience participation and a general lighthearted tone.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Jun.2017 at 20:49 by Tim Stamp (23 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Well presented, hilarious overview of what to expect when working with date/time functions

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Jun.2017 at 22:32 by Chris Emerson (50 comments) via Web2 LIVE

A nice brief look at some assumptions we make as developers that don't necessarily hold (in fact, nearly always don't hold!). Shows that there's always lots to think about and ideas to challenge!

The presentation with the audience participation was really fun too, kept everyone engaged.

Rating: 5 of 5

10.Jun.2017 at 23:14 by Peter Fisher (37 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Great talk. Highly entertaining and at the correct pace with audience participation.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Jun.2017 at 09:49 by Jonathan Parker (16 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Lots of fun. Liked the idea of having datetime expert in front row as heckler.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Jun.2017 at 11:44 by Chris Sherry (80 comments) via Web2 LIVE

This was excellent as a lightning talk and I always enjoy Michaels talks.

I enjoyed the audience participation in here, and also think it was wise to not milk that too much by having it be all audience participation - the balance was just about right.

If I have one suggestion it would be to invert some of the questions to keep us guessing. 'False' was the answer to almost all of the questions.

Rating: 5 of 5

11.Jun.2017 at 19:42 by Lee Boynton (67 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Nice to have a light hearted and fun talk with audience interaction. It was good to be reminded that it may not be a good idea to enforce rules which may only be valid ~95% of the time.

Thanks Michael!

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Jun.2017 at 19:37 by Naomi Gotts (14 comments) via Web2 LIVE

This talk was not good... This talk was brilliant!!! 30th February 1712.... Sweden, what were you thinking?!? Had the whole place laughing and engaging whilst at the same time the underlying message was there - assume nothing in programming!

Rating: 5 of 5

12.Jun.2017 at 21:00 by Dave Liddament (69 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Entertaining, a great lightning talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

15.Jun.2017 at 22:59 by Neil Nand (46 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Really good fun talk, and I learnt some things about dates.

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