Calum Bulmer

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Building a Zend Framework 2 Application
I was not sure what to expect as I have been playing with ZF2 for a few weeks and felt like ZF2 in a day was never going to happen. How wrong I was... Rob and Evan gave a well delivered tutorial and covered a massive amount in a short space of time. I followed 80% of it first time but did get lost and confused in the last exercise. I think this was due to it being late in the day and possibly too much at once. I would have liked more small exercises but due to time limitations it was understandable. Overall I feel that it was more than I expected and I would/will definitely go to another of their tutorials.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Developer Experience, API Design and craft skills
A fantastic keynote all round. Good Subject Excellent Delivery & handling of the early technical issues. I will try to improve api designs from this moment onward.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Don't reboot, debug!
I feel that this is something that all developers should understand but I have to confess until now I had not bothered to pay attention to it much myself. A very well delivered and entertaining talk with an important message. I gained a lot from this and will pa more attention to the underlying system in the future. We can all reboot a server but a server should not really need rebooting!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Designing systems to scale
I gained a massive amount from this speaker. I have used the... we just need to get it working route before and have faced many issues. I like the... build many small services and applications that combine to create a greater whole ...approach. It has altered my thinking and approach to application design and will hopefully make me a better developer. Thank You.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Scale and adapt with PHP and Responsive Design - A story of how we're building BBC News
Fantastic speaker and excellent delivery. This changed my approach to development. As has the conference as a whole. This taught me problems are to be tackled head on and they are not to be skirted around or ignored.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Building Better Developers
Entertainment and some key advice. An Excellent Key Note.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Documenting Code For Dummies
A Massive help and an introduction to a whole new world of how to use docblocks properly and how they can help you and your IDE (not to mention your team). Excellent information and at the last minute as well :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Post-conference social sponsored by Visualsoft at The Hood Street Club
Excellent Venue, hopefully I wasn't slurring too much by the end.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Keeping The Cloud In Check
Thijs being a true entertainer. A good closing Key Note with humour and a valid message. It helps to get a Cloud reality check every now and again.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Planning to fail
Excellent talk packed with information and ideas. I always find the 'how we did / do it' talks extremely helpful but this was better. It was almost a tutorial introducing you to the world of scalable application design.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Measuring and Logging Everything in Real Time
This was a real eye opener for me and an introduction to tools and concepts I had not encountered before. I will certainly be considering logging more and using that data effectively.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Registration & Breakfast
Breakfast was well received, it was a little tight for space but all in all it was a good start to the day
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Lunch sponsored by Sunderland Software City
The lunch box idea was great and was a nice surprise. The food was good, it wasn't that easy to find a seat but in all fairness I didn't try the other room.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2013)
Prizes & Farewell
Mac Humour :) What did the message say???
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Things I Believe Now That I'm Old
Well delivered keynote with some good advice about advice. Enjoyed it!!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Practical Event Sourcing
It makes so much sense! Why only record what you think you want. Record everything and then project it later. This is a concept I have thought about before but would never have thought it would have worked in the real world. I would have loved to have seen all the slides and had more time to go into depth. The problem is it would be too much for a talk. It might lend itself to a workshop or tutorial day though.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Introduction to Apigility.
This looks like a really interesting project. The idea of an api framework that you can mainly configure will enable rapid api development without compromising on documentation or error reporting. Also as a ZF2 module you have the power to extend and adapt it to suit your specific needs. Rob delivered the presentation in a clear and concice manner as always with a good balance of technical and functional information.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Moving Away from Legacy code with BDD
An excellent talk. I find too many people look at the tech aspect and not the balance between the tech and the business so it was nice to see a talk coming from this angle. There was a lot if information to take in but it was all of really good quality. An excellent talk both in subject matter and delivery.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Social sponsored by SendGrid at Lane7
I couldn't go :( I had to be in London at 9:00 so it was early bed and then up at 2am to drive down. I am sure it was an excellent event, not that I really remember last years. I will have to rate it full marks as I can't knock what I didn't experience.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Mar.2014)
Stacking the bricks
Well delivered, I would not have known you were a first time conference speaker. It is always good I have a talk like this that is not code or php related. I think it makes you think harder and makes you apply the concepts to yourself. Again well done!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Opening Keynote: Stealing People Lessons from Artificial Intelligence
Fantastic energy and drive to start the conference. Meri says it like it is and gets straight to the point. I learned a lot from this talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Pipeline Architectures
Good talk on how do deal with large systems. It was a shame that the microphone was for the benefit of the camera as the room was extremely busy.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
A First Look at ZF3
A very well presented talk. ZF3 looks like it will be awesome with some significant speed improvements!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Writing Interactive User Interfaces with PHP & React.js
I will look more into React.js following this talk. Live coding just added to the excitement and introduced an impromptu pair programming section.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
You Attended Talk: an introduction to event sourcing
The code examples were fairly hard to follow although I followed the principals fairly well. It did not help that the room was extremely hot and that the microphone was only for the benefit of the cameras.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
200K+ reasons why security is a must
Well presented with an important message to all.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Secure your web application with two-factor authentication
Well presented with excellent content. Rob basically delivered a 2FA 101 and showed how simple it was to implement in a number of different ways. I took a lot away from this talk. Cheers Rob.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Scaling & Managing Asynchronous Workers (and staying sane!)
I currently use Gearman & Supervisor quite heavily and this talk opened my eyes to other options. It also made me think about making my current workers more maintainable and more full featured. Well delivered and good content
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Closing Keynote: Developers are just like humans
It must have taken a lot of courage for skoop to talk openly about some of his personal struggles with mental health. It made me think about not only my own coffee into code situations but also looking out for others that appear to need help. The talk was made whole by michelangelo's comments / heckling. A strong message and purpose and a perfect closing keynote.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
HTTP/2.0 101 Introduction
A good introduction to HTTP 2.0. As another commenter mentioned sometimes it was unclear if you were talking 1.1 or 2.0 and it seemed to switch about a bit. Other than that it was well delivered and informative.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
I found this talk really useful and informative. It was well delivered and gave a good overview of how essential coding securely is as well as covering other attack vectors to the stack in general and ways to help avoid them. The information on the Timing attack really interesting and it has opened my eyes to a whole other set of potential attack vectors and vulnerabilities.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
Excellent talk Gary. It was the perfect ending to the conference.I really enjoyed learning about your career path and how you became the Developer you are today. Many of the points you touched on made me realise I had gone through some of the same expeirances, especially the one where you suddenly realise you are not alone. This is year was my 5th year at the PHPNW conference and your talk is easily up there in the top 5 talks ever. I am really inspired and plan to increase my open source contributions as much as I can. Thank You
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2016)
Deploying PHP 7
Excellent talk on PHP7 and how it has been improved. The depth of the information given was excellent and extreamly informative. Rasmus answered one of the Q&A's by live coding an example which was excellent. I really enjoyed this talk and certainly hope I get to see Rasmus speak again in the future.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2016)
Automation Automation Automation
Michael gave some good examples of use cases for automation and actually made me realise I automate many things already that I had not even considered to be using "Automation" but he also enabled me to think about how those smaller Automated tasks could be automated further. I really enjoyed the concepts behind this talk and am already planning to use more automation in the future.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2016)
The API Toolbox
Excellent insight into some really simple to use tools to aid in API development & debugging. The talk was well delivered and hopefully I will put some of the tools mentioned to use.

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Events They Were At

PHP North West 2017 Sep 28, 2017
ScotlandPHP 2016 Oct 28, 2016
PHP North West 2016 Sep 29, 2016
PHPNW15 Oct 01, 2015
PHPNW Lamp & Beyond 2 Apr 11, 2014
PHPNW12 Oct 04, 2012
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