This was a great talk that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was amazing how many people I hear referring back to Cal's talk throughout the conference. The term "we are not normal" was heard on numerous occasions and was worn as a badge of honour.
Anyone who listens to the /dev/hell podcast has surely heard the points covered in the Micro PHP Manifesto. It's definitely great to have some alternate viewpoints on how code should be structured and used. Ed has some great points that will appeal to a certain percentage of Developers who may not feel that full stack frameworks are the best way to solve their use cases. He also acknowledges that there are many Developers who prefer the structure that the full stack offers, "and that's ok".
It is great to hear Ed speak on any topic. I feel like he could read from a phone book and it would still be entertaining.
( funny Mythbusters comment from the previous poster. Now that I think of it he is right )
It was a rock solid talk. Every point was well explained and it is clear that Paul is quite knowledgeable and does his homework.
On another note I think Paul has a great Radio voice and it reminds me of Alan Cross whom I greatly admire.
This was a nice high level overview of Puppet and a few other related tools. Joshua did a nice job explaining why you would use Puppet and assuring us that it may seem intimidating to newcomers but is not that complicated and make the job of managing your infrastructure much easier and better.
This talk has inspired me to look more into Puppet and learn how to unleash some of it's awesome power.
This talk definitely piqued my interest into Phar, but I did start to get a little confused and felt there could have been more examples on how to get started and seeing it in action.
Maybe some of the reason I didn't get as much out of it as I could was that I was feeling the effects of the previous night's partying, so it was a bit hard to concentrate.
I really like the LEGO theme and the Real-time demo showing the great power of Redis even on inexpensive, easy to obtain hardware.
Justin opened my eyes to Redis and was very clear on why and how to use it. He gave appropriate examples. I may have to go and have a look at Redis after seeing the power and hearing about the successes that have been achieved with it.
I love hearing Ed speak and I felt he did a good job explaining how to use Backbone.js. The pace was a little quick and the JS used was a little advanced. I think to get the most out of this talk you would have had to have already looked at a "getting started with Backbone.js tutorial". Fortunately I had already gone through such a tutorial a week or so previous. If not, you could probably do one after the fact, which might make Ed's approach make a little more clear.
Ryan is a great and energetic presenter. The talk was well thought out and covered the subject matter quite well. Ryan's approach of reversing the talk and teaching us the "wrong way" of doing things to demonstrate the "right way" was innovative but sort of confused me as a listener. Perhaps with a few more tweaks Ryan might be able to more clearly distinguish between which techniques are right and which are wrong.
Iterators are a bit of a mind bending subject if you're not used to them (perhaps the words iterator and recursive messes people up) but Jake did a great job of demystifying them. He gave many practical examples of how doing certain tasks can be made much easier through the use of Iterators.
I really liked Jake's slides. The code was clear and concise and he didn't use much fanciness which can sometimes be distracting.
The talk started quite well, but the pace was quite quick and I found it increasingly difficult to keep up. I found that by the end of it I was quite confused and had no idea what was going on in the code being presented. I think this was just too much info to try to cram into 1 hour.
Despite the difficult pace, Ian did give me a good idea of what types of things Clojure would be suited for. I also liked the "progressive" transformation of PHP concepts to Clojure. I'm sure if I looked over the slides a few more times it would start to make more sense to me and Ian's approach would really benefit someone coming from the PHP world to get started in Clojure.
I thoroughly enjoyed Garrison's talk. He did a good job of organizing and hiliting his example code to make it clear which parts to focus on.