John Cleary

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Rating: 3 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Zend Framework 2: state of the art
Good points were that it showed us some of the new stuff in ZF 2.0. What to expect in the next release etc. Slightly disappointed that although DI is an important addition, speaker was not ready for questions about Unit Testing, which must be a key reason for implementing DI. Overall an interesting insight into the next release.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Doctrine 2
Overall I liked this talk. Speaker was well versed on the topic and excited about it which is brilliant. If I had to pick a negative aspect, I would say the talk lacked direction or perhaps focus. Perhaps if it focused on just a few of the key benefits of Doctrine 2.0 rather than try to list them all. I feel a talk should be like a story with beginning, middle and end. So perhaps the structure could have been Beginning: Propel and Doctrine 1 - what they gave us and what was missing Middle: Doctrine 2.0 - why this is awesome and why you should use it End: Why every app should be using an ORM and why Doctrine is that ORM. It has made me think again about using D2.0 so from that point it was very successful. Thank you. Great Talk!!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Estimation - or How to Dig your own Grave
For me, the best talk of the day (and there were some good talks for sure). Projector fair may actually have added (was this planned ?) Fun (without being silly) Interesting and topical I though satisfaction was measured in cats, not squeaks - please confirm!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(08.Oct.2011)
Are Your Tests Really Helping?
Liked the talk but would have preferred to perhaps see an introduction at the start of the talk to say what we were about to see/hear. Speaker just jumped straight in to the topic. Felt some of the anecdotes were slightly too personal and went into too much detail. Would the talk have been better titled "Testing Smells" ? Overall - great. i liked it. I was interesting and I definitely have seen some of this issues before so nice to know Im not the only one. Thank you :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Feb.2012)
Deliberate Practice
Really great and explains why I should be doing some deliberate practice. Not sure I've got 10,000 hours to spare though ;)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
PHP in 2012
Interesting history of PHP but the PHP in 2012 was more about "PHP 5.4 features" rather than "what the future holds for PHP in 2012". Relaxed and chatty presentation style went down very well.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
Big Data web - Big Data science - Big Data mining
Possibly a very interesting topic but difficult to grasp what exactly it was. I would preferred to have seen the finished product first with an explanation of what problem it solved, then the audience would have a greater appetite for how it worked and how the speaker got there.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
Git Plus Jenkins: The Great DDOS Client
Pretty interesting as at Etsy they have a different take on CI so the problem and solution to grabbing big git repos was novel. Answered questions very well.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
Distribute the workload
Long list of technologies, what they are used for and when to use them. Presenter was excellent - very relaxed and answered questions well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
Teaching Your Machine To Find Fraudsters
Not your standard talk and for that reason it was very good. Ian is a great speaker.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Feb.2012)
PHP at Scale
For me the highlight of the day. Interested when the speakers agreed with each other - and also when the didn't (cookies - ahem)!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
0x0F Ways to be a Better Developer
I think the split room worked better than I expected it to. In fact it was pretty entertaining - especially when we weren't sure if Lorna was giving us a dramatic pause of the mic was genuinely off (which Lorna handled well). Would maybe have preferred some concrete info about the effectiveness of for example exercise on productivity - but perhaps that's not the point of a keynote. Good talk which I enjoyed.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
The future of the PHP development environment
Lots of information in this talk and even though I was familiar with the topic I still took something away. I agree with some of the other reviews in that I would liked to have seen something other that chef+vagrant in there - maybe a little on cloud-based IDEs. Overall a good talk with a nice easy delivery.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
Introducing Dependency Injection
A good talk that explained an otherwise daunting topic in easy to understand terms.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
The Big 'Why equal doesn't equal' Quiz
A real eye opened to just how dangerous type juggling can be. Useful tips which I hope many of us are using already, and some new stuff in there too (for me, anyway). Probably too many questions for my liking - would liked to have spent more time on the "how to dodge the bullets". Speaker was very good and handled the room like a pro.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
How Silex and Cilex became the glue for a media transcoding application
Start felt a little unplanned, but as the talk went on it gained pace. I do feel however there could be a bit more material in there for us to dig our teethe into. Speaking style was good and the information was both presented well and easy to follow.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
Don't be STUPID, Grasp SOLID
Anthony is such a natural on the stage. He kept the audience's attention for the whole 45 minutes whilst serving up some really deep topics in a both a humours and engaging manner. Easily my favourite talk of the conference. Thank you!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
Making PHP go fast
I nice peek inside the doors of a company that have to deal with real scaling and performance issues. I would liked to know a little bit more about the framework and what it can do. Good presentation style - glad I went.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2013)
Building Better Developers
Nailed it! Again!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
How PHP Changed the World of Programming
Great great talk. That fact that is was conceived and written ON THE FLIGHT on the way to Manchester does not seem to have detracted one little bit. Honest, inspiring and fun. Thank you
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Handling Highly Connected Data with the Neo4j Graph Database
A super talk with plenty of smiles both from the speaker and the delegates. The delivery style was great too: Michelle didn't try to explain every aspect of Neo4j in depth, but instead guided the audience around the subject and then let the questions at the end fill in the gaps. It worked very well. Thank you
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
PHP 5.NEW: The Best Bits
A good talk with lots of interesting nuggets about recent version of PHP. We've even got yield now !
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Making Kanban Work For You
I loved this talk. I have read about Kanban before, but this talk really brought it to lift. The speaker was entertaining and kept the audiences attention throughout. He knew his subject well and answered the questions with ease. It is also one of (at least!) there talks that included a slide with a kitten - do you know what the others? Answers on a postcard
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Design How Your Objects Talk to Each Other Through Mocking
Very useful and practical look at what your tests are telling you about your design. Managed to relate all these test smells back to violations of SOLID principles - very clever. 5.5 stars. Thanks for the talk
Rating: 3 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
This Code Review Talk is Excellent but...
I would have to agree with some of the other reviews in that there was too much content on the slides. The content itself was useful and well structured. I would loved to have heard some more real world examples and anecdotes.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Your Mileage Should Vary
Even though the speaker admitted to being nervous at the start, he totally owned the room. The audience hung on his every word. Some great messages to take home - "Every time you criticise a WordPress developer, a Ruby developer gets to criticise you". I want to see the video NOW! Thank you so much Volker - that was just great.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Software Architecture In an Agile Age
I guess I was expecting more about the what and the why of software architecture in a world where Agile is the thing. We did get some of the why which was very good. The speakers still was nice and relaxed and the "build a house" video was great - so true!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Beyond Design Patterns
This talk really made me take another look at design patterns. Though provoking.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Oct.2014)
Bring Your Application into 2014
A well structured talk that was presented well, but I agree with some of the others that a mention of refactoring in the title or description would have been useful.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Oct.2016)
Continously delivering
Useful information on feature switches and delivery was nice.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Oct.2016)
From Doctor to Coder: A Whole New World?
Great talk, excellent delivery. Really useful insight into how the tech world can look from the outside.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Extracting wisdom from stupidity
Really great talk, fun and engaging speaker. Slides were fun, and yes, it made me think. I'm going to go home and do something really stupid - thank you.

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PHP North West 2016 Sep 29, 2016
PHPNW 2014 Oct 02, 2014
PHPNW 2013 Oct 03, 2013
PHP North West 2011 Oct 06, 2011
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