Pim Elshoff

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
Introductie van kwaliteitsmanagement - een praktische benadering
Lineke had a good and clear story. If she intended in the excellent discussion to ensue, then props to her. If she didn’t, then even more props to her for talking about her personal experience and what others can learn from it. If PHP needs one thing it’s QM! I was told she was nervous, but I barely noticed and it absolutely didn’t bother me. There was nothing to be nervous about, because she did great.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
Let's live inside the browser
Richard has a great composure. Maybe he goes a bit too much with the euh’s and ehm’s, but he didn’t lose track of his story. It was a great presentation overall. I think the overview of the topic was quite complete, but what the story lacked was an overview of external, non-technical stimuli that can influence the future of web apps. Richard is a very engaging speaker and the talk was very entertaining.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
PHP Extensions, why and what?
Derick is an amazing speaker. He is very funny, relaxed and insightful wish a dash of healthy nerd. I learned a lot and had a great time. He may have given me the best tip anyone has ever given me: just look at what others before you did and try to copy what you need.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
SPL Data Structures and their Complexity
His satin American English delivered a hugely interesting story. Kudo’s for making a difficult subject understandable in less than half an hour ánd making a point with it in PHP. I still think quality assurance is even more important for PHP, but this topic definitely deserves more attention. The talk itself was quite relaxed and Jurriën expertly answered the few questions that came his way.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
DocBlox: your source matters
Mike came across as very relaxed and confident, convinced of the qualities of his baby. I loved the presentation and wasn’t bored, even though I have been using DocBlox for months already. The code examples in the slides were unreadable, but Mike handled that fine.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Sep.2011)
Lost In The Cloud: cloud computing, hope or hype?
The other speakers were great, but Thijs is ‘hors category’. If giving presentations were a mmorpg, he would be a lvl 90 paladin. Or orc. I don’t know, I don’t play mmorps, but he absolutely rocked. If you ever get the chance to see him speak, take that chance. The talk was very polished: the slides were high quality, Thijs was very knowledgeable and engaging and he interacted with the audience extremely well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Large-Scale Data Processing with Hadoop and PHP
I thought the content of this talk was very interesting. I was amazed how easy Hadoop was to use (but perhaps David just made it seem easy?). The statistics were very interesting, the example were clear and engaging and the demo was enlightening and very fun. David was very engaging and relaxed as a speaker and I have no negative comment to provide. Thanks David!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Doctrine 2: An Introduction
The feature overview was very informative and, as others have said, the history wasn't so much. Not that it wasn't nice to know, but with only so little time I would have rather heard about what you used it for and what you found working/not working, rather than silly propel ;-) You spoke quite fast, especially at the start. Maybe it was the nerves or that you wanted to tell so much in so little time. It wasn't too fast, but it may be something to pay attention to. You handled all the questions really well (and the blackouts). I enjoyed myself and learned enough about Doctrine to use it for my next personal project. Thanks!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Writing testable code
The topic was very interesting and well-scoped, but it still was a bit too much information to also have some back-and-forth between each other during the presentation. The information density was so high that the speakers switches distracted a bit and I found myself drifting away occasionally. The more difficult topics lacked slides, which was a serious minor. Both speakers were very well versed in the topic, very engaged and engaging and the questions were handled very well (especially considering the difficult and sometimes abstract topic).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Estimation or, “How to Dig you own Grave”
Very enjoying, informative and engaging talk. No comments, really!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Redis – Your advanced in-memory key-value store
The content of the talk was excellent. To make the presentation even better you could speak more clearly and especially finish the sentences or don't start if you don't know how to finish (perhaps it was the language barrier?). As mentioned, question handling could be better. You obviously were well-versed on the topic and carelessly threw around some very valuable insights. The slides were great and with a better presentation the next audience will be blown away.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jan.2012)
Magic Behind the Numbers – Software Metrics In Practice
Great overview of very useful information and a decent presentation.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
Your code sucks, let's fix it
I thought your form was very good: you were passionate, funny and knowledgeable. Your content was great stuff, even though some of the examples maybe could have been refactored even more. Although I understand it's easy to say it out of context, the functions doing form construction and then using it violated 'seperating factories and workers' which is a testability killer. But code examples are difficult with so much critics and I thought you did great. You practiced what Skoop preached :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Feb.2012)
Conference Speaking 101
Great advice; I loved how a big part of the talk was sharing your own experiences, something new folk don't just pick up out of theory and text. I feel enthusiastic to do more with this! Even though you talked a lot about slides already, I think the slides could have been a little bit less minimalistic ;-)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.May.2012)
Improve your software with SOLID code
At times you seemed a bit nervous and had some difficulties finding your words (which was probably not helped by presenting English slides in Dutch), but you are obviously very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.May.2012)
How to deal with REST in practice
On one hand you could say you need to look at the time, but on the other hand I was completely fascinated and feel sorry you had to skip some of it.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(26.Jan.2013)
Symfony Content Management Framework
As the commenter before me, I had different expectations. But even as a demo it was not that good in my opinion. The product is awesome, but where was your enthusiasm? You did not keep my attention very well, it was even a bit boring. Also, probably due to questions you tried to answer, the demo was messy. You jumped back and forth, which made it difficult to follow. Sorry for being rather negative, I really do think the product is awesome, and you know it well, but you can give a better presentation than this I'm sure.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Being grumpy for fun and profit
I really enjoyed the philosophical approach and I thought the analysis was pretty spot-on. I feel inspired to be more grumpy, myself! You did lose me a bit with the GWF part, which may be my fault as much as yours of course, but I didn't get the reference and feel lost as to which parties are fighting what battle on which grounds.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
PHP Annotations: They exist!
Great talk as always. I disagree with your views on annotations and I was not convinced by your arguments, but your presentation was well structured and your case well constructed too. If I had different business needs, your talk would have definitely convinced me to use annotations.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Algorithm, Review, Sorting
As a speaker you are still fantastic. The subject was great and the examples were really cool. The only thing I would remark, is that I think it's a disservice to the audience to present something you say you don't really understand. Maybe I misunderstood, because it certainly didn't seem like you don't understand heapsort, but I think it's a bit weird to say: "I'm going to present you with this information, a quarter of which works but don't ask me why". Maybe you could add a picture of the tree structure of a heap and show what happens when the heap has to be rebalanced?
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Introducing PHP 5.4
Good overview, good speaker. Nothing to remark!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Usability for Developers
Good talk, covered a lot of points, good examples too. I do think that criticising the Facebook and Google pages was not valid; even if you were right in theory, they have proven their efficacy in practise (as we heard from Scott :) )
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
The Pomodoro Technique
This talk was my favourite of all this weekend. Content and structure and presentation were all in line. I have used the pomodoro technique in pair programming but found it difficult to keep it up alone. Your example sheet was inspiring and I will start using that idea. To me, this is the reason to go to conferences over reading blogs; the personal experience of the speaker is what really adds value to a talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
React: Event-driven PHP
I have no idea what I should do with React*, and I don't care. This talk was awesome! It was well structured, the speaker was funny and engaging, confident and composed (telephone goes off, "silence!" and speaker continues, hilarious!) * The talk made everything clear, I just have no business case for it :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Scaling your development team
The scale Facebook is working on is almost unimaginable to me. Thanks for sharing some of your insights, experiences and troubles. You're a good, confident and witty speaker and the talk was good. At times, due to the questions, it was a bit tough to follow, but that's to be expected with so many people curious about Facebook's inner workings.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2013)
Application Logic Security
Good overview again, *a lot* of information (almost overwhelming). I already reviewed your other talk and only now find the word I was looking for to describe how I experience your style of presentation: clinical. As an attendee, I personally would like to see more humour in your otherwise excellent talks.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Functional Application Design in PHP
A very interesting topic and obviously a very knowledgeable speaker. I think there is a lot of value in these ideas and commend you for bringing them up. However I feel that the topic is not intermediate, but advanced. Judging by the amount of slides you skipped, there was way too much you wanted to share in way too little time - the ten minute delay notwithstanding. The functional paradigm is hard to grasp for people who have been doing almost exclusively procedural or OO and you need to be more empathetic towards your audience if you want to deliver your message better. I feel there is a lot of potential in this talk hope you can deliver it again, with a bit less content, clearer slides and on a conference with less technical difficulties :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Refactoring to Design Patterns
Very clear, fit well within the time and well executed.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Models and Service Layers; Hemoglobin and Hobgoblins
Content and form were just excellent. That is all :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
The seven deadly sins of Dependency Injection
I have nothing to add to the other comments. Good job!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Philosophy of Programming (Uncon)
Nothing to add. Good job! I enjoyed your thoughts (and lovely accent).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Your (coding) standards matter
I expected a bit more "why you should have standards" and a bit less "here's how to use the tools", but that's my own fault for not reading the description well enough before attending. I didn't find the drinking annoying at all (having a drink now and then paces the talk, which is a good thing anyway). I also disagree with the "meh" attitude; your presentation style seems relaxed and well-paced to me. Some speakers are constantly hyped, others are more relaxed, either is fine. Your presentation was very composed and the examples made everything clear.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Social human architecture for beginners
Fantastic subject and presentation. I lost my attention somewhere during the last part of the middle section, but found it during the last section again. I especially enjoyed your calm and collected style of presentation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jan.2014)
Extract Till You Drop
This was just awesome. So many little tips and tricks! I enjoy the theoretical talks for sure, but seeing someone's experience in action was really valuable. ps. You scared me when you flagged that code as legacy; I've seen so much worse! Also, thanks for not using vim. I have nothing against vim, but PhpStorm deserves a spotlight moment too. I've been using it for years, including the refactorings, and it's a really awesome tool.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
Introduction to Rust
Introducing an entire language in just a lightning talk is no small feat. I think you pulled it off, but only just. You seems to be a confident, comfortable speaker, but that can come off as somewhat sloppy or even unprepared. You radiated knowing your stuff. I think this talk has a lot of potential, but it needs some more work. I want to be made enthusiastic about a language, really, not as a joke.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
Stack Overflow ⚡ Top Ten Tips!
Sound advice, well presented. Maybe an open door here and there, but that's alright. Seemed well timed too, fitting well into the lightning talk slot.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
DNS
I shouldn't give you a high score, because you can't have nice things, but I had too much fun and learned a couple of things. Great talk! Informal, but that was perfect for this evening.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
Measuring Maintainability; Software metrics explained (lightning talk)
It's really smart to focus on just two metrics that look quite alike, given the short time. Well presented, with some humor. You know your metrics, the polymorphism question caught you off guard, but that's ok.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Dec.2015)
Paradoxes and theorems every developer should know
Couple of great insights, still a bit sloppy here and there, with some polish and practice an easy 5/5
Rating: 0 of 5 
(01.Feb.2016)
7 steps to become a mediocre programmer
Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Jul.2016)
The Creative Developer
I love these kinds of talks, because they level us up in ways technical talks can't. Very interesting subject, albeit painful at times ;-) Renato can polish and practice the talk a couple of times, but I have no on-topic criticism to provide. Go see it!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(10.Aug.2017)
The happy path
Talk and speaker with a lot of potential. Both can do with some polish and exposure and this will be a very solid experience. Martijn mentioned up front he was quite nervous and not an expert. Good to mention, but don't make too much of it. Once this hurdle was taken, the talk picked up speed with a very good grab: memory lane. Go easy on the personal *data*, because that is not as relatable as the personal *story*. And Martijn has some great stories! The thread of the talk was clear in retrospect, but could have been clearer during. At times I felt a bit lost and until the very end I had no clue why we are talking about "The happy path". Most examples were fine, though in my opinion some principles could have been taken further. But, focusing on what you can sell your client rather than what you theoretically should do is great stuff. Overall solid, some room for improvement in all regards but great potential. Thanks Martijn, and I hope to see you out there at other opportunities.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
Exploiting the brain for fun and profit
This is definitely a talk worth having, and a topic that makes a great keynote. You're great on stage, though perhaps a little bit too excited for my taste, and judging by the other comments for other attendee's as well. I think it was a tad on the extravert side and with such a huge introvert crowd it didn't land as well as it would with different crowd. You did your research and pointed out stuff developers absolutely need to know if their want a long career and good health. For a 4/5 I would have loved to see more of you first and slides later. With somewhat of a research based talk you're going to get a lot of bullets on slides, but in the moment I'm there for you and your story, and your slides should support and not lead. Tailor it better to the audience and you'd get a 5/5 from me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
The Science of Code Reviews
How could I not give 5/5? Event through all the mic troubles, with a cold and a tough crowd on the first rows you were rock solid. You're sometimes a bit afraid to take a stand for what you say, but that's ok. Great content everyone should know, good speaker everyone should hear.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
Go for PHP Developers
Came for a decent introduction, hoped for more, but these kind of topics are really hard to do deliver an extraordinary experience on. It was decent and I was not disappointed.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
Jamming with Technology (UNCON)
Great potential. It needs more structure and I as a visitor want to have a clearer takeaway. You're clearly passionate about it and that's a big plus. I'm curious to see it after it's polished.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
Building teams, what can we learn from professional sports
I heard from other attendee's you seemed a bit nervous, but I didn't pick up on that. Your delivery was solid and the info was good and important. For 5/5 I would love to see the sports theme coming out more in the first part and some more of your own experiences, as it was somewhat theoretical.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Jan.2018)
Immutability to Save an Ever-Changing World
Excellent, in-depth, quality content and a very solid speaker. Two things I think could be improved is the structure and the closing. You suggest a structure consisting of four parts and you show which part we're currently at but then jump back and forth. That's a little bit confusing and I'd prefer a linear approach. As for the closing, you add a few more points at the end to send the attendee away with, but imho that's too much and I'd prefer you to save some content, such as the part on FP, for your follow-up talk that I very much would like to see from you.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(13.Apr.2018)
Pragmatic TDD
Very good testing primer with a challenging example codebase. Luka obviously knows his stuff and is comfortable in front of the group. The workshop was a nice mix. First a wider, high level approach, then a deeper, low level approach. I would have liked to see and hear more about tests and confidence; run tests often to make sure you *stay* on the path, and not just back to the path often. To make this a 5/5 for me, polish it up more and send the audience off with homework to keep them on the testing path.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
Building Text Adventures and Other CLI Apps in PHP
Agreed entirely with Iain. For 4/5 I'd like to see a game developed and for 5/5 you could engage the other side of the audience more. This talk was already more than ok, and has a lot of potential.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
State in a Stateless World
I want to give this talk a lower score. I loved the idea of the state pattern, but I am a strong opponent of business logic in framework / package code. I would like to see more people separate these concerns better. But Luka was really good. I have nothing to add to this performance. You rocked our pants off!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
Websites at the Speed of Light
Slow pace but good content. Remember to check if the audience can see the demo; you were in the way at times. For 4/5 more pace to keep the audience engaged, for 5/5 one or more real examples of websites you brought to light speed.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
The Security Code Review guide
Good content that is always relevant. People should hear this every year. You were rushed by the organization to hurry and you certainly did hurry, but don't let the audience know.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
Moving Towards Better Coding Standards
This had everything. Personal experience combined with theory and call to action. Don't change a thing, Scott.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Apr.2018)
Introduction to Cynefin (keynote)
Liz channelled her inner Dave Snowden to deliver a talk that had everything. Full attention. Even after a full conference day.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
Write history, keep a diary
Give the speaker feedback Jachim shared with us some hard won wisdom, that I think everyone should know. He was knowledgable and had the gusto to do a live demonstration! But as these things go, the first live demo had a little mistake and Jachim became nervous after that. For a 4/5 I would like to see a little bit less content and more call to action. I can't remember everything from a list of bulletpoints, so show me the model again and get me to go to the next level. For a 5/5 I want to see you remain composed during the live demo. Worst case scenario you demonstrated that mistakes are easily made in git - and easily fixed. Thanks for your talk. I would love to see you speak more.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
Browser APIs: the unknown Super Heroes
I am not a front-end developer and I still felt inspired to start using these techniques :-| Clean and engaging presentation and speaker, good vibe and good connection with the audience. Calm and composed, good content, what more can the audience ask for.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
The Creative Developer
Funny and engaging as always. Renato is a sure bet for a good time for the audience. Content wise I would like to be sent home with something to do, a call to action. And as an audience member I do not appreciate the speaker not accepting questions. You got on stage, you can try and answer a question :-)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
Keynote : The New Revolution
I enjoyed the content a lot, the message I'm not sure and I would appreciate more brevity. Samantha is obviously not a first time speaker and has a really good and comfortable stage presence. I'm not even sure it's the keynote that went over time or if the organisation was already over time, but it had an impact on the day that should not happen at a conference like this.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
Developing your soft skills
Kenneth has done a lot of work on soft skills and is sharing that with us. The workshop is well-paced and contains some useful content. Kenneth is aware of people's limits and encourages *but does not push* people to step out of their comfort zone. For a 5/5 I would love to see Kenneth be prepared to take charge of the close too. We had a great conversation during the final hour, and he created the atmosphere for that conversation, but there was no real close to send us off with. I would recommend this workshop highly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Jun.2018)
The Code Review Workshop
Workshop had everything I came for. Damien not only gave us the tools, but took us along in his way of thinking, thought *with* us on how to think and approach. Enthusiastic about trying it out for myself.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Coding Horrors - A Horror Film Fan's Guide to PHP Coding Nightmares
Lovely themed (is lovely the right word for a horror theme?) talk about various things juniors tend to misunderstand, and the more experienced tend to misunderstand that juniors misunderstand. Mark is a serene speaker with a lovely accent and soothing presentation. I don't mean to offend when I say granddad, but Mark is like a granddad telling us nice stories. Introduced as the comic relief by himself, I think there was indeed not that much value for more experienced developers in the content, but definitely in the form.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Uncon Power of the soft skills
Very good, game changing information. Kenneth has a collected stage presence and radiates calmness. What would make this a 5/5 for me is a better close. A summary, a call to action and a nice one liner to send us off or something :) Would love to see on a proper conference stage some time.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Keynote : Controlling the variables
Proper crafted talk. The video bits were edited perfectly and used very well. Thijs has an amazing stage presence; even in front of the full group he's comfortable. The talk was funny, touching and with great messages to send us off.

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