Rob Allen

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Nov.2008)
Social Event: Drinks & Dinner at Revolution Deansgate (Friday)
Music was too loud. Other than that, great to meet people and prices seemed okay.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Nov.2008)
Social Event: Dinner & Drinks at Revolution Deansgate (Saturday)
Nice food. Free drinks were good :) Music was too loud, though. Great wrap up to the conference.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Feb.2009)
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades (keynote)
Good opening talk - about 10 mins too long though.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Feb.2009)
Security-Centered Design: Exploring the Impact of Human Behavior
Great talk - glad to see a security talk that made me think about the wider context.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Feb.2009)
Sharding Architectures
Good stuff to be aware of, but can't imagine every having the issues raised. I also, agree that additional real-world examples would have helped solidify the information presented.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Feb.2009)
Clouds on the horizon? Get ready for Drizzle
Interesting technology to hear about. I think a little bit more prepardness for a PHP conference would have been useful though.
Rating: 0 of 5 
(12.Jan.2010)
Zend Framework Certification Refresher & Overview
Those slides were not included in the talk. I have fixed the download.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jun.2009)
PHP: People, Code, Ideas
Great keynote. Very well presented.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jun.2009)
Grokking the REST Architectural Style
Good talk on what Rest is and its principles.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jun.2009)
Contribute!
Excellent talk with great points. Be nice!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jun.2009)
Advanced CouchDB
Fascinating talk. Lots of information about CouchDb which helps making decisions on whether to investigate more easier. How about a tutorial on it?
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
The Easy Problems are the Hard Problems: An in-depth look at the easy/hard parts of web applications.
I found the section about handling account login issues very interesting and it's an area that I now intend to improve in my code. More detail about detecting that what attacks are happening would be appreciated too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
State & Ajax - How to Maintain Browser and Application State in an Asynchronous World
I enjoyed the talk. It was well presented, clear and I learnt something. Possibly slightly too much hard sell on YUI, but I completely agree that good docs make a framework usable. I also learnt stuff which was useful :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
Making the Most of HTTP In Your Applications
Was very interested in the status codes section and would have liked more time for the last few slides along with more use-cases. The section on methods felt a little similar to content covered in the REST talk, so could have been skipped through faster.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
The Ivo and Cal Show (With friends)
This session worked quite well, but I felt that the questions for Andrei and Paul were not as well structured as the ones for Lorna. Also, I agree with Eli in that picking a couple of clear topics for discussion would have tied the interviews together. Ivo needs to talk more, but that's hard when you're competing with Cal on a roll! The slide show running above their heads with Twitter and Flickr photos from the conference was very funny :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2009)
Habits of Highly Scalable Web Applications
Eli is an excellent speaker; very clear and well researched. The topic very quickly went over anything I'll ever need to do, but it was fascinating to hear how the pros scale big sites.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(31.Aug.2009)
Enriching your views
Sounds good.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Sep.2009)
Intro into Solar Framework
+1
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Oct.2009)
The Lost Art of Simplicity
+1
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2009)
Keeping Your PHP Lean
+1
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2009)
The Uncertainty Principle
Good talk by Kevlin - learnt some good stuff.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2009)
Passing the Joel Test in the PHP World
Good overview of important best practices and why you need to be aware of them.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Oct.2009)
Taming the Deployment Beast
Good overview of everything that needs to be considered when doing deployment properly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Oct.2009)
MySQL Server Performance Tuning 101
Lots of interesting information in the slides and Cal did a good job standing in for Lig.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Oct.2009)
Architecting Your Models
Excellent speaker with good ideas provided. Some more concrete examples of the integration of the various layers would be nice, but would be very code-heavy, I suspect.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Nov.2009)
PHP in the Cloud
Nicely done keynote which wasn't a informercial for a company.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Nov.2009)
Zend Framework and the CLI
Excellent talk on using ZF applications from the command line. Cal is a good speaker that engages his audience too.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Nov.2009)
Extending Zend Framework and Extending with Zend Framework
Good look at ZF and how it's intended to be extended. Ralph then looked at how to integrate it into other projects which was less interesting to me.
Rating: 0 of 5 
(25.Nov.2009)
Zend Framework Certification Refresher & Overview
Slides link has been updated now. Sorry!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Mar.2011)
Varnish In Action
Great introduction to Varnish. Learnt enough that I'm going to investigate it some more.
Rating: 0 of 5 
(12.Jan.2010)
Zend Framework Certification Refresher & Overview
Praveen, Sorry. Those additional placeholder slides were not developed further.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Mar.2011)
Advanced project tracking with arbit
Good overview of Arbit; what it does, how it does it and the philosophy behind it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2010)
RDBMS in the social networks age
Interesting topic that was well presented. I learned new things to apply to my work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2010)
The lost art of simplicity
Excellent keynote by an engaging speaker. Quotes on the slides were a little wordy though.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Feb.2010)
Best practices for web service design
Excellent coverage of the subject by an expert.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.May.2010)
Cross Platform PHP
Another excellent, informative talk by Elizabeth. Lots of information about potential gotchas about how PHP works on different operating systems.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.May.2010)
Open Source Your Career
Nicely done presentation that showed how engaging in the PHP community has helped her career and how that is relevant to everyone else. Lorna showed her speaking flexibility by presenting with no slides and just some notes in her hand and not missing a beat.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.May.2010)
Streams, Sockets and Filters - Oh My!
Very interesting look at streams by a very engaging speaker. I have the photos of bucket brigade :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.May.2010)
MongoDB for Mobile Applications
Excellent introduction to MongoDB. The PHP extension for MongoDB seems well thought out and I will definitely be investigating Mongo out. Interesting to see discussion of using multiple instances even for small systems.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2010)
Domain NoSQL: Next Generation Play-Doh
Good high level overview of domain modelling. Interesting to learn the similarities and differences when using a "NoSQL" database vs a RDBMS. Would like to see more details on the process of how to decide what goes in the server layer and what goes in the model layer and why.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.May.2010)
Subversion in a Distributed World
Great talk. Well paced and objective overview of svn, hg, git and bzr.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Mar.2011)
Making PHP see
Interesting to see the uses that PHP can be put too. Good talk where Michael showed the features of OpenCV in an engaging manner. I particularly liked the elephpant matching.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Mar.2011)
Improving QA on PHP development projects
Good talk showcasing the tools available to improve the quality of your PHP code.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jun.2010)
Under PHP's hood
A very approachable talk by Johannes which covered interesting topics in an easy to understand way.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jun.2010)
Crash! Burn! Recover!
Excellent introduction to Flash Builder by Cal. It's refreshing to find out both the good and the bad about the product. Cal is a very good presenter who is fun to listen to.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jun.2010)
Security-Centered Design: Exploring the Impact of Human Behavior
I can only second everyone else. Excellent keynote providing food for thought.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Mar.2011)
The Solar Framework for PHP
Great overview of Solar
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jun.2010)
Technical Writing 101
Good talk on how to write a quality article. Elizabeth is an engaging speaker and very motivational.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jun.2010)
Doctrine 2
Good introduction to ORMS and Doctrine 2.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Mar.2011)
Analyzing Site Performance with XHGui & XHProf
Excellent introduction to XHProf and XHGUI.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Mar.2011)
Caching on the Edge
Good talk. Would have been interested in how to implement ESI within an application.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2010)
The curious case of php|architect
A very enjoyable talk with lots of information about what worked and what didn't on the system that run php|a. Possibly the best case-study I've heard.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Oct.2010)
Practical Applications of Zend_Acl
A good talk by a good speaker. Nice to see assertions being covered as the ZF manual's coverage of them is woeful. Possibly a little too many consecutive code slides making it hard to keep track and I'd have liked a little more strategies for how to choose your ACL organisation.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Oct.2010)
Optimizing Zend Framework
A good talk about where the performance bottlenecks are in ZF1 and some ideas on the strategies you can use to combat them. Would have liked some concrete examples that included before and after benchmarks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2010)
Saturday Post-Conference Social
Good social and nice to have a free drinks :) I also liked having food on-site as it kept more people around for longer.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jan.2011)
27 Ways To Be A Better Developer
Enjoyable keynote with useful information. The speakers coordinated well too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Jan.2011)
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Open Source Communities
Great talk, very engaging.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2011)
Speaking Tips for Developers
Great talk on presenting in front of an audience.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2011)
Work/Life Balance
Interesting talk. Lots to think about with the practicalities of working from home, especially in terms of doing too much work and not enough family.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2011)
The Well-Equipped Remote Worker
Good information on the tools you should be thinking about.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
Tips and Tricks for Tuning PHP for Windows and IIS
Good overview of PHP/WinCache on Windows with practical examples showing relative advantages of the different caching choices available.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
Inside DocBlox
Good presentation, covering the Docblox project very well.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2011)
Developing & Deploying High Performance PHP Applications
I also found the "State of the Oracle Union" overview valuable as I don't keep up with where they are and it was an excellent summary of where their tech is. It's a shame the synopsis in the pamphlet didn't include the information that it would be there like the website did. If anything, the title was incorrect though as it implies a more generic talk than what the actual talk was, which concentrated on the features within Oracle that allowed for high performance.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.May.2011)
Securing Your API
Excellent overview of security considerations in relation to API design and development.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.May.2011)
First Class APIs
Great presentation showing the considerations of making APIs a key part of your product. Nicely delivered and great handling of audience participation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.May.2011)
Introducing Zend Framework 2.0
Great overview of where ZF2 is and where it is going. Exciting times ahead!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.May.2011)
Open Source Communities and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Great keynote by Elizabeth who is a joy to listen to. Community is a great topic and was covered well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.May.2011)
ZeroMQ Is The Answer
Excellent presentation by Ian that covered all you need to know about what ZeroMQ is and why it is good. Ian coped very well with the loss of power and it didn't distract at all from his presentation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.May.2011)
Designing Beautiful Software
Good presentation showing how design is important. I especially liked the focus on maintainability.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.May.2011)
Best Practice in Web Service Design
Every API developer should be made to listen to this talk. Absolutely love that Lorna's knowledge that's born from real-world experience of developing and consuming APIs.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Why you should be using and contributing to OpenStreetMap and not GoogleMaps.
Good overview of Open Street Map and why open geolocates data is so useful.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
How to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
Inspiring talk. Good keynote.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Playing nicely with Project Managers
Good presentation style. The content could have been better focused for the audience.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Lessons learnt from UI FALE!
Good points on how to avoid making life hard for users.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Developers! Y U NO open source your code?
Good presentation, engaging speaker.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Introducing Quality Management - A practical approach
Good introduction to introducing quality processes within a company and the challenges that have to be overcome.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Join In With Joind.In
Enthusiastic introduction to the join.in project.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Conference Speaking 101
Good talk covering the important points. It seemed like there was more content planned, but Stefan ran out of time.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
PHP and Continuous Data Processing
Interesting talk about the challenges faced when handling lots of data.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Mar.2012)
Time and Money
Excellent coverage of the importance of the importance of scheduling and understanding how you manage time. Also, liked the section on billing.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Mar.2012)
Career and Life Management
Fantastic talk with lots of practical tips and tricks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(13.Apr.2012)
OpenStreetMap For The Web
Good overview of what Open Street Map is and what you can do with the data.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Apr.2012)
F as in Failure
Josh is an excellent speaker. It's good to hear someone giving us permission to fail as long as we learn from it!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Apr.2012)
Visualising Data
Fascinating overview of how data visualisation can be done. Very much liked the information on scripting things like colour choice.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(13.Apr.2012)
Lessons Learned From Testing Legacy Code
Good set of tips on how to approach testing legacy code with some real world anecdotes of how this has worked with the SugarCRM project.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2012)
PHP 5.4 Features You Will Actually Use
Very well presented introduction to key features of PHP 5.4.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2012)
Zend Framework 2 for ZF1 Developers
Good introductory talk from Gary who was enthusiastic & knew his subject. Needed a 'resources' slide at the end.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
The Art Of Application Logging
Extremely well presented talk on logging. Ben knows his content, was rehearsed and provided an entertaining and informative talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Oct.2012)
ZendDb 2.0
Good introduction to Zend\Db 2.0.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Oct.2012)
Cranking Nginx up to 11
Great overview of nginx.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Oct.2012)
How Sysadmins View Your Stinking Code
Great talk by a clearly knowledgeable presenter.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Oct.2012)
API Security
Very informative talk. I learnt a lot.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
The Evolution of PHP on Windows Azure
I agree with Tom. The Windows Azure of 2013 is significantly better than the Windows Azure of 2011 and is worth a look if you're in the market for cloud based hosting. I was particularly impressed with the command line tooling that works on Linux and Mac OS X. Brian is a good speaker that managed the difficult task of live demoing well. He presented the key features of the new Azure system as it applies to PHP developers very effectively.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.May.2013)
Keeping it Small: Getting to Know the Slim Micro Framework
Good introduction to Slim. Very well presented too.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.May.2013)
Scaling PHP with HipHop
Very clear introduction to HipHop. It's moved on a lot since I last looked at it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.May.2013)
Open Sourcing Mental Illness
Provided lots of food for thought about issues that aren't discussed. Very well presented.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Jul.2013)
Practical Software Estimation Techniques, or “How Late?”
Informative talk on estimation by Lorna. She covered all the key points you need to know about how to estimate and then track those estimations. The aside on running a meeting effectively was important too!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Nov.2013)
Alice & Bob: public key cryptography 101
Very good introduction, nice pacing.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Nov.2013)
Closing keynote: Things I Believe Now That I’m Old
I can only agree with Ivo. Excellent keynote, that is a must-see.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Nov.2013)
Zend Framework 3 Sneak peak: routing
Really good discussion
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Jun.2015)
Extremely defensive PHP
Marco talked about some very good practices that we should all be using in our day to day development. I feel that it was a bit rushed and maybe a couple of the points could have been dropped in order to allow more time for the other ones.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Nov.2015)
What's New in CakePHP 3
I didn't know anything about CakePHP before this talk and came away intending to investigate more. Mark's presentation was well structured and informative, though at times assumed that I did know CakePHP already.

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