Lorna Mitchell

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Rating: 4 of 5

Practical SVN for PHP Developers

at php|tek 2009 (19.May.2009) | 5 comments | Matthew Weier O'Phinney, Lorna Mitchell

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Mar.2009)
Security-Centered Design: Exploring the Impact of Human Behavior
This isn't the first time I've seen this talk and I was still completely blown away by it. The ideas are so simple but powerful, and the presentation was impeccably well delivered
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Mar.2009)
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades (keynote)
As a person who usually knits through morning keynotes, this one was a revelation. Aral is an inspiring and energetic speaker, and his enthusiasm is contagious! This talk was so unexpectedly good, it made my day
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Mar.2009)
Of Lambda Functions, Closures and Traits
Clear and well-presented overview of these features of PHP with some good examples of how the syntax will be used alongside clear explanation of concept.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.May.2009)
PHPWomen Craft hour
This is a *must*. I might even finish my wrap on this trip, haven't even been making it for a year yet :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2009)
Zend Framework
I've been using ZF in a few projects recently but still learned a lot on how to do things and also evolved my ideas on good ways to do things. A very full day with a good variety of topics covered in an engaging way. Thanks Matthew!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
PHP: People, Code, Ideas
Great start to a conference, in particular the comments about the community and meritocracy. Thanks Andrei :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
Grokking the REST Architectural Style
Very happy to get to see Ben talking about REST in person, since he's an authority on the subject. There was plenty of content in this talk and although not much of it was new, this information was well thought out and nicely presented.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
Contribute!
Loving the call to action for all things community - with special emphasis on code projects. Great session :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
The Easy Problems are the Hard Problems: An in-depth look at the easy/hard parts of web applications.
Predictably, I liked the kittens :) Some of the issues around account locking and identification were nicely done - would have liked to seen an hour of this level of content.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
Making the Most of HTTP In Your Applications
HTTP is pretty dry and with all the examples in it took some time. I'd rather have seen more use-cases for the different status codes but I thought it was a well-researched and thorough session
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
What are you talking about? Document classification in PHP.
Well-prepared session, beautiful slides, and clear delivery. Well done Ian, hope we'll see you speaking at another event!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2009)
The Uncertainty Principle
Fabulous energetic keynote from Kevlin, he had an early morning geek audience laughing, impressive in itself and I know I learned a lot
Rating: 4 of 5 
(30.Jan.2010)
The State of SOAP in PHP
A bit disappointed that David had negative things to say about technologies he isn't using but great speaker and for the stuff he is using, it was world-class
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Jan.2010)
Living with Legacy Code
I had a sneak preview of the slides for this talk and was still blown away by the whole thing. Great work Rowan :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2010)
The lost art of simplicity
Great speaker, beautiful slides, and a timely reminder message for us all
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2010)
RDBMS in the social networks age
Nice talk with very approachable coverage of some very heavyweight theory. I saw slide numbers but I think room layout meant someone missed them. I definitely learned some new things, thanks Lorenzo :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(24.May.2010)
A Web Application Framework for People who Hate Frameworks - Lithium
This talk showed some nice PHP 5.3 features and made some interesting comments on how frameworks often try to solve problems for us. With these two eloquent and witty presenters, it could have been a great talk but the egos got in the way and I came away certain that I never want to interact with this community, I just don't fit in with their "humour"
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.May.2010)
HiPHoP for PHP
Some wonderful background information and very nice technical content, a speaker that (OK so I knew this already) clearly knows his stuff on so many levels. Only the occasional in-joke with the audience and slightly corporate slides stops this from getting the 5 thumbs
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.May.2010)
10 Developer Trends in 2010
I am very interested by statistics and submit links to dzone quite often, so I was very interested in this analysis of the patterns of topics they are observing. DZone has a wider technical community than the sites used just for PHP information so I thought this was an appropriate talk, perhaps not the world's most dynamic speaker but an interesting guy and a nice gentle start to the day.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(24.May.2010)
Best and Worst Practices Building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)
This session was a bit disappointing, I was hoping for more emphasis on clean and simple technologies, but mostly saw stuff that as a disabled user I'll never be able to interact with. Good session but I'd have liked to have seen a session with a wider appeal - this is open source after all, we're usually inclusive
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.May.2010)
Domain NoSQL: Next Generation Play-Doh
Great talk to see although these aren't technologies that am currently using. I got a good feel for how I would fit these into my existing MVC application and will be referring to the slides when I get there.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.May.2010)
The Lost Art of Simplicity
It isn't the first time I've seen this talk but it was excellent all over again - thanks Josh :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.May.2010)
Working with Zend_Form
I enjoyed this talk, would have loved more information or maybe a diagram about how the ordering needs to work or what happens when you get that order wrong. I learned a lot especially in the questions section
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jan.2011)
Why Service Oriented Architecture Is A Good Thing
Great talk, very busy in here and some great information, both technical and businessy. Diagrams are rather small though and in Dutch. Also, a difficult heckler handled very nicely, well done
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Jan.2011)
Designing HTTP Interfaces and RESTful Web Services
Great content from a subject expert. I found the running commentary of invasion jokes distracting and it took away from the technical content which was a shame
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
TDD and getting paid
Rowan is entertaining as always. The talk started with a few tangents before the real content kicked in, unfortunately the short talk slot meant we ran out of time and I think the audience would have liked to have asked some questions. Loved the social elements of actually making it happen and how to measure the business metrics as well as the technical aspects. Plus a live demo, nice job!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
Cooking up your development environment
This was a very competent talk from someone who clearly knew his stuff really well and was passionate about his technology. The slides were beautiful and the talk was nicely paced. The only minor downsides were a flat delivery and a demo that didn't add much. This talk would have benefited with some direct advice aimed at the people in the room and adopting the technologies mentioned
Rating: 3 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
So you think you know REST?
This talk was suffered from a title that didn't match its content and a speaker that was difficult to understand. The content that was included was absolutely accurate and well presented, and I think the speaker would have been engaging if he'd been more confident.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Oct.2011)
Playing nicely with Project Managers
Beautiful slides but with far too much content on them, which was distracting as I can't read and listen at the same time. The delivery was great, relaxed and engaging at the same time, good use of questions and pauses, and with some dynamic range. I wasn't sure the content was well-structured or targeted, although I thought that the individual points were nicely made. Overall: good job.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Oct.2011)
How to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
I had the pleasure of introducing Ian and then sitting about 8 feet away during the talk and it blew me away. A great balance of inspiration, geekery, and stories from close to home - what a way to kick off the event!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(11.Oct.2011)
Conference Speaking 101
Stefan made great use of his extensive experience and gave some excellent advice which new and experienced speakers alike would do well to listen to. The talk lacked a storyline however, and didn't seem to be sized correctly for the length of the slot. I'd say content: 5, but delivery not at the same standard.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
Big Data web - Big Data science - Big Data mining
Sorry, I have to agree with the others. Personable style but awful slides and I came away with no idea of what the speaker was trying to tell me :(
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
Data Abstraction In Large Web Applications
Always happy to hear Brandon speak and this time was no exception. The talk finished quite early despite valiant efforts by the audience to keep asking questions but other than that it was very practical and very geeky! Loved the real-world stories
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
Building and deploying applications with Phing
I've been using phing for a while but attended this talk to hear more about the detail and about the future of the project - and I got both! The slides were great, the pace was spot on, and the presenter did a really good job at telling his story. He also handled questions very well, and clearly knew his topic
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
HTML5 for PHP developers
Great talk, and some excellent real-world stories to tell. The presenter was clear and easy to understand, injected a mix of humour and very technical information, and handled questions very nicely. The topic wasn't quite what I was expecting as it was very much at an architecture level, but I work mostly with APIs and loved seeing how this application had been put together.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(03.Mar.2012)
So you want to be Self Employed
I needed this talk two years ago :) It was too US-centric to be totally useful to me but the principles behind much of what you said was spot on - thanks
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Mar.2012)
Career and Life Management
Thanks for making me really think tonight! As well as the financial planning aspect, which I know I have been letting slide while I started my business and had so little money, you have reminded me that I must read and think as well as just code in order to grow
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Apr.2012)
F as in Failure
Really enjoyed this talk to remind us that we are the sum of our experiences and sometimes we need to learn the hard way - and that's okay. Nice and calm for first thing in the morning, and I loved the stories. For me it could have done with more of a "next steps after failure" message, to send us on our way to the next great thing.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Apr.2012)
Essential Node.js For Web Developers
Loved seeing Mike talk, an expert from another field is always a breath of fresh air. I am doing some node.js but it was very reassuring to hear the stories from someone ahead of me on the path and still encountering some of the same issues. The sample code illustrated the points very nicely although the font size was much too small IMO. I'm not sure how much I learned, or how much someone without any node experience would have got from the session however.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Apr.2012)
Visualising Data
My favourite talk by a long way, and one that I'll remember. I love statistics and colours so I was interested in the topic before the talk even began. Brian is clearly an experienced and engaging speaker and he had some really good points to make and stories to tell. Thanks!
Rating: 0 of 5 
(09.Jun.2012)
Web Services
Some good feedback coming in but lots of comments about the sample code available to download - this link should have been sent to those people who indicated that they would attend this session in advance of tutorial day, I supplied it to the organisers along with some instructions. If you hadn't booked a particular slot in advance, you probably didn't get the specific info for this session, and I apologise for that.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Oct.2012)
Command Line: UNIX must-know tools
Such a lovely grounding in some very key skills - I think Elle was nervous, but she didn't need to be. Even covering the basics, the fact that she knew her stuff VERY well came across absolutely clearly!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Feb.2013)
How Google Builds Web Services
This was a fabulous way to start the day. Ian spoke without slides, switching between documentation, prepared code samples, and demo without missing a beat, showing us around the google APIs and telling us a bit about why they are built that way. Interesting content delivered in a professional but totally engaging manner. Thanks :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Feb.2013)
Using Beanstalkd to spread the work of your PHP application
Really enjoyable and informative talk about a hot topic. Andrew claims not to be a PHP developer but communicated really well with this audience, telling a clear story and showing some live demos (one didn't work but he handled that situation absolutely perfectly, gave it one more try and then moved on without it). He apologised for his strong accent but spoke clearly and well. I would echo the other comments about slides, I'd have liked less content on slides (spread it out over more slides if there are things you think we should see), and maybe more diagrams on how things communicate when they're federated. All in all, good job!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Feb.2013)
PHPUnit Best Practices
Nice list of tips for phpunit, delivered with just enough humour to help us remember the good advice :) Hardware failure didn't help at all (but well done for having already prepared a backup!), perhaps you can upload some slides somewhere for us? Great pace for a short talk slot, I enjoyed the session!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.May.2013)
Beyond the Bikeshed
I loved seeing the scientific angle to a traditionally soft subject. Emma presented clearly and well, and in a way that made sense to developers. Thanks :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(16.May.2013)
Service Oriented Architecture Panel Discussion
Short session with the guys taking turns to talk. I would have liked to have seen more stories, and also to have had them either sharing or taking turns on the stage. Sitting in front of the slides talking to the laptop made it harder for their good content to come across. 5 out of 5 for content, the delivery format didn't work brilliantly, and perhaps a bit more preparation/rehearsal would have helped to fill the slot more smoothly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.May.2013)
Keeping it Small: Getting to Know the Slim Micro Framework
I really enjoyed this presentation. Jeremy brought good technical content, backed up with clear examples, and presented in a way that was very easy to approach and digest. Questions from the audience (including me) can be tricky to handle but he did a great job.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.May.2013)
Open Sourcing Mental Illness
This is such an important topic but by its very nature, the people who truly understand it can find it hard to tell those stories. Ed gave so much of himself to tell that story today, I tweeted that he is a hero, and I meant it.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(19.Sep.2013)
Opening
I was very surprised to see the intro in Dutch, without even the housekeeping information given in English. As the first speaker to take the stage, it was very weird to not realise they had finished talking and it was my turn.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Sep.2013)
"Orcs 'n' All": A Journey to Mount Doom (via Facebook)
I enjoyed the story and for me the highlight was the list of things you learned, this would have made a great punchline! Don't be afraid to speak a bit slower, your accent isn't a problem but a more measured pace would help those who don't use Welsh English on a daily basis to "tune in"
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Sep.2013)
'ProTalking' your way into Open Source
this talk was full of good tips but there were a couple of things I might recommend you do differently next time. First of all, find a way to link your points together in a story. It started out really well but then turned into a list. secondly, now you have lots of advice, just share that with the audience. I felt terribly responsible for providing the content of the talk and would rather see you share what you know with authority than be trying to make an audience cooperate. I'm sure we didn't say much that you don't already know so feel free to give the advice as your own!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(07.Oct.2013)
Easy HTTP Clients with Guzzle
Guzzle is a great tool and I was happy to see it on the schedule. The talk had good pace and content. The speaker should address the audience and try to work on using fewer "erms" as I found it really distracting. Also talk to the audience rather than the slides - give line numbers as a way to guide people's attention to the correct portion of code (in a small room you can point, when you get the main stage, you won't be able to - and it is always better to face the audience). Finally: don't apologise. Your sorrow is not the point you're trying to get across, and it distracts from your technical message (which was great!). Look forward to seeing you speak again
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Oct.2013)
Forking Hardware!
Thanks for this, I had no idea that it was even possible to diff versions of a circuit layout. Felt that the git content was a bit weak, perhaps some real examples and a recommendation to ignore the built files would help with that.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Oct.2013)
Ask me about FirefoxOS
Fun to see other Firefox phones and to hear more about this project. Thanks!
Rating: 0 of 5 
(11.Nov.2013)
Best Practice in API Design
I'm so sorry I did such a bad job answering questions :( Even after asking for the person to speak up I think I was answering a different question to the one I was asked! The DELETE verb isn't particularly special so if the user makes an invalid request you should return a 4xx code, if something goes wrong on the server side then send a 5xx code. DELETE is idempotent which means that repeated requests should return the same result, but better people than me have written plenty on this subject - in fact Ross shared a link on twitter about exactly this, which I recommend as a much more eloquent version of what I ought to have been able to express after my talk: http://evertpot.com/idempotence-in-http/
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Nov.2013)
What's my name?
Loved all the examples from other places around the world - this talk was a great example of a talk that is relevant to developers everywhere, irrespective of their platform. I will now be asking "what should we call you?" in future :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Nov.2013)
Effective Communication for Developers
Right at the end of the day, this was a very difficult slot to take, but I enjoyed the talk. The content was spot on, and there was some very solid advice given. The delivery could have used some polish though - the slides weren't readable (try printing them with a laser printer, or even better rehearse on a projector if you know a meeting room that uses one that you can try), and the talk came over as a little rough around the edges. Although the advice given in the talk was not to rehearse talks too much, this one would have benefitted from a couple of full run-throughs, to help the points link together, and this would have also enabled you to realise that the talk was a little short for the slot. I'm nitpicking though - overall you did a great job and I'll certainly be looking out for the chance to see you speak again :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Feb.2014)
What Makes Technology Work
This was the perfect start to the day, nothing too glib or shouty, just some great stories and a call to action to us all to think about what we make as well as how we make it. Thanks :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Feb.2014)
Service Orientated Architecture for Robust and Scalable Systems
Nice talk, quite hard to follow from the video overflow track when you point at the screen ... we can't always see that! Great stories, good tech and I especially liked the warnings about not labelling your API as RESTful :) I think you could speak more slowly, might make you a little easier to follow and give better separation between points.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Feb.2014)
Caching Best Practices
This was a really good talk, lots of solid, useful technical material and while it did begin at the beginning, I thought it went off nicely into some depth and explained different types of caching well. I found it offputting that the speaker was speaking to and pointing at his slides - this was a main track talk so people need to see you, not the back of you, and there are relay screens as well which you can't point at. Recommend you put in line numbers or highlights and refer to your code that way - it will scale better. Best of all: I *loved* the stories, not many people have such a credible CV for this type of work and it made the techniques come alive.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Feb.2014)
Profiling PHP Applications
Good selection of tools and I loved the pre-prepared screenshots so lightly dismissed in favour of real demo for each of the recommended tools. You also covered the why as well as the how, I learned some new tricks and enjoyed watching you speak (even in quite a tricky low-ceilinged room)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
How PHP Changed the World of Programming
This was a nice way to get the event started, Anthony took to the stage and shared his ideas on life, community, and everything! Rough around the edges but perhaps that added to the charm. Sorry for the giggling!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Composer for Corporate Use
Nice talk! I think Composer can be too relaxed about real-world concerns, so this talk brought the tool that we all use into focus for a more business-like context. There were some good recommendations on what to look out for and tools to use to check your packages and to use satis. Personally I liked seeing Jenkins as an example because I think build servers are widely used. The talk ended in an interesting discussion about managing dependencies during development with composer/git submodules/svn externals/something else. The speaker had great content, ran a little bit short, but gave some gifts of knowledge to the audience.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
High Performance PHP
I'm one of those people who wandered into this industry by some other route and therefore don't have the CompSci degree. Thanks for bringing this session, I definitely learned something and also really improved my understanding of what's happening in the various PHP implementations areas. Delivering three talks at a conference is always tough going, but the content here was solid.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Your Mileage Should Vary
When I keynote myself, I worry about making it slick, or glib, or having a shiny slide deck - and you showed me the way :) This talk was full of challenges and important ideas for us all, with no unnecessary decoration. You position yourself well on the stage - I'm not sure you even needed your slide deck - and you share from the heart. Also the slightly panicky and breathless delivery that I have seen in the past was gone, without losing the smallest ounce of your enthusiasm or integrity. Great. Job.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Feb.2015)
Debugging Zen
I enjoyed Ben's take on bringing ideas from other places and using them to improve our professional practice. His stories were real and relevant, and as a person who can be rather excitable under pressure, there was some great advice here for me
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Feb.2015)
Symfony2 - The Very Basics
energetic, informative and engaging even on quite a dry topic - I really enjoyed this talk and also took a lot of seriously technical notes. If you wanted to make it even better, please make your fonts a lot bigger, and repeat audience questions before answering them - but these are small details and I'll be looking out for opportunities to hear you speak again :)
Rating: 0 of 5 
(09.Dec.2015)
Adventures in Advanced Git
If you saw the talk then you know that I didn't use slides, so I'm afraid I can't share them, sorry. For a much less chaotic version of the same content, plus bucket loads more where that came from, try http://gitworkbook.com which is literally what happened when I tried to scale up this talk to a longer session :)

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