James Dunmore

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2011)
Advanced OO Patterns
Enjoyed this presentation - well thought out and well delivered
Rating: 1 of 5 
(18.Mar.2011)
NoSQL Databases: What, When and Why
Worst talk of the day - terrible - boring, badly presented, too much detail, not useful. Didn't learn anything useful from it. Yes - the topics covered were interesting, and I'm sure this guy knows his stuff - but it was irrelevant based on the subject of the talk. Overall, very poor.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Opening Address
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
PHP in 2012
Great start to the conference
Rating: 1 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Big Data web - Big Data science - Big Data mining
Felt this was a "hey look at my half finished app" talk, rather than the theories behind in. The room was lost after about 15mins in. Sorry,
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Develop & deploy using hybrid cloud strategies
Great talk, and Thijs really engaged with the crowd. Would have gone 5*, but felt it could have been a little bit more advanced, giving it a little bit more "how" rather than "why" and "can"
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
To a thousand servers and beyond: scaling a massive PHP application
Great talk. Would have a liked a little bit less "this is what we do at WP" and more "this is what you can do and why/how" but otherwise great. Work on trunk, commit & deploy... WOW
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Scaling Communication with Continuous Integration
Ditto Rowan. But great to confirm that we (at my company) are heading in the right direction, and the way this talk was presented was brilliant.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
PHP at Scale
Not the fault of the speakers nor content, but the whole panel needed a Microphone. Otherwise, very enjoyable.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Mid Conference Party
It was a good fun party (and the free drinks very much appreciated), but would have preferred more of an "upstairs of a pub" type venue - or more drinks at the business design centre.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Networking and Raffle
Sorry, perhaps just me, but wasn't sure how we got entered into the raffle. Think it could have gone on a bit longer too.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Networking and Raffle
Sorry, perhaps just me, but wasn't sure how we got entered into the raffle. Think it could have gone on a bit longer too.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Opening Address
I think a slightly later Saturday start would have been appreciated - after the heavy heads from the night before.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Challenges at scale: extreme data and platforms at eBay
Good talk, some great stats in there (mind blowing).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
PHP 5.4: The New Bits
Excellent talk. I'm not sure that all the new bits in 5.4 are going to be useful, especially some of the advanced traits stuff (you have to worry that the only example is american spelling of Mom/Mum). But the talk was very good, engaging, and very useful. Thanks.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Monitoring your backend for speed and profit
Took a while to "get going" I did appreciated the insight to the BBC infrastructure (pretty amazing) & the background, but took a while to get to the monitoring bit which felt a bit rushed through. The speaker himself said that this was one of the first times he has done this talk, and that felt evident. But it was useful, engaging, thanks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Recognizing smelly code
Agree with Kim.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
HTML5 for PHP developers
Excellent! Sorry for my fluffed question (asking does your front end site use the API internally or via a SOAP/REST interface!).
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
The Misguided Manager
I missed the joke at the start (that wasn't me complaining on twitter though) - but once I got it, brilliant talk. So true in places. It did finish a bit early though, and I would have liked to have heard a bit more on how the situations are dealt with. Would have been great to have the last 20mins as a proper workshop.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
SQL vs NoSQL
Only got going towards the end, and each panel member needed a mic. Didn't really learn anything new - perhaps a short presentation at the start to get the "fight" going early. Someone pointed out that at other conferences, the end of day keynotes are presented after the evening beers have come out - I think that is a nice touch, it adds a more social relaxed feel to the end of the day. However, the panel were really good.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Closing Address
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Feb.2012)
Conference After Party
Didn't need somewhere quieter, but somewhere with a more reserved area - felt squashed in and was difficult to know what was going on at the start. But did some "networking" and though it was good. Thanks.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
Advanced JavaScript Techniques for Modern Web Applications
Nice introduction to tools but talk jumped around too much.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Looking Ahead: PHP 5.5
Nothing that I couldn't have googled but really interesting to hear it from the horses mouth and understand a bit more of how and why. Well presented talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
From the Ground Up - Coding, Deploying and Scaling with AWS
Great way of presenting and nice way to tie it all in. It was only a "have a think about what you can do with these tools" talk but that's what you want.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Pair Programming, TDD and Other Impractical Things
If only all talks were this inspirational
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
PHP is evil and wants to eat your babies: A look at defensive programming techniques in PHP
Well presented. Content a bit dull... nothing new.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Opening Keynote - The Diabolical Developer
Brilliant. If you didn't get it then give up your development career now! Really thought provoking once the penny dropped (quite early on). Although enough truths behind the curve balls to make you question everything....which was the the point (I think! )
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
The future of the PHP Development Environment
Monday morning, 9am... vagrant up! Informative and good presentation.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
MVC Events and Module: the New Architecture of ZF2
Nothing that I couldn't have learnt from the online tutorials but good to have the time to review and be introduced to it.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Planning To Fail
"We got caught out by nye! " ... that doesn't inspire confidence. Some good analysis and ideas on how to test your app but lacked a killer punch on what to do and why.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Making PHP See
Too short, lacked any inspiration. Sorry... it could have been a really good talk with lots of interaction but was really just a "use this tool" talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Usability for Developers
Just a usability talk, rather than for developers but good content and well delivered
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Keynote Panel - Open Source in Action
Needed to hit a few more of the issues head on (maybe something vs something) but good panel and discussion
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
Service Orientated Architecture for Robust and Scalable Systems
Very good talk, but would have liked more detail on actual tools used and a couple of practical examples.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
What Makes Technology Work
Good talk and some good topics to think about, but lost it's way a bit towards the end
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
Unbreakable Domain Models
Agree with @Luis Ferro
Rating: 2 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
Caching Best Practices
First slides interesting, couple of interesting points but had too much of a tutorial. The only real interesting talking point was about the green dots on Dogg but that was the last slide and glossed over. Would have liked more real world experience examples like that.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
Gathering Metrics with Statsd and Graphite
Really useful info. Will be putting into practice. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
(Re)discovering the SPL
Thought this was just going to be tutorial but ended up being an enlightening talk and really well presented.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
The Future of PHP is in the Clouds
Really good, but far too short.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
Debugging HTTP
Learnt some useful tools but it strangely felt rushed at the same time as feeling like it could be delivered in half the time. But some good tips. Thanks.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
RPM'ing your apps and tools
Well presented but didn't feel relevant (with chef/puppet/composer etc). Also an introduction to yum probably wasn't needed. Still, I learnt about yum history!
Rating: 2 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
PHP in Space
Interesting and well presented, fun topic, but not relevant.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2014)
Profiling PHP Applications
Great talk. Perfect mix of advice, ideas, content and examples. Picked up lots of good tips. Good q&a and bonus slides too. Up to date info and really relevant too.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Feb.2014)
Building scalable PHP applications using Google’s App Engine
Well presented, good talk (although not a fan of 2 presenters either). Although I was glad it wasn't a sales pitch, would have liked to have seen a little bit of "app engine is better than AWS/someone else/ because of XYZ". (and it was quite funny that the last talk in the rackspace track was about app engine!) Thanks.
Rating: 0 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
RPM'ing your apps and tools
Hi Joshua, The 2stars was more about the relevance of the talk - not how it was presented. I thought the talk was really good (presented), but I didn't really find how (or why) it was useful to me in a world of composer, etc. - so yes, more about the how and why really.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Everything That I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Rabbinical School
Good opening talk, has made me want to contribute to open source.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Adding 1.21 Gigawatts to Applications with RabbitMQ
It was a good talk, and a good speaker, but I was expecting a bit more of the "advanced" stuff you can do with queues, the first part was an introduction to queues which I felt the title of the talk lead me to believe it would be more in depth. But still, enjoyed the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Devops for PHP Developers
Brilliant talk, struck a chord with me!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Application Logging & Logstash
It was a shame we were crammed into the room, PHP conference has got to sort out the overflow from that trak (TV screen in the refreshement room maybe?). Good informative talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Barely Enough Design
Marcelllo is a great speaker, and delivers the talk really well. Enjoyed the content, but I did feel it was a little similar to his past talks (which was sort of expected, it´s nice to have a refresh, but was expecting something a bit "new")
Rating: 2 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Continuously delivering PHP projects
The speaker was great, well delivered, but really sorry for the 2 stars but it sounded like it should be more than an introduction to CI/CD; I think a lot of people around me felt similar and were after more advanced detail/examples/implementation. Perhaps the conference should indicate the level of the talk in future.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
The Future of Programming
Like the annoymous comment, it was interesting, but it lacked structure - felt like more of a ramble of what he was thinking. Kinda left feeling a "what point were you trying to make"
Rating: 2 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Integrating Communities
As some of the other comments said, Jenny is obviously passionate about the topic and made some good points, but - and I'm really sorry to say this - I felt "told off" and the points were over-laboured to the point I thought it was very condescending. I know there are points that needed to be made, but rather (than for example the closing keynote) than making us feel enabled to make a change it felt quite deflating. My point is, that I understand the battles, but we still need debates, so take that passion and belief and tell people wordpress is good rather than tell us off for dissing it (I incidentally like Wordpress!); I mean as PHP devs we are mocked frequently but the "real" languages, but we stand strong and fight our corner but at the same time, we do laugh at ourselves.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Are you out of memory, or have plenty to spare?
Brilliant - well presented and thought out. My only why not 5 stars, perhaps was expecting a little bit more insight into PHP itself and how to solve memory issues, or maybe a bit of relevance into the how/if the tools work with cloud deployments. But overall, fantastic, thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Hexagonal Architecture in DDD
A Eureka talk for me. Although I had actually sub consciously started to make these sort of architectural decisions, it was good to back up those choices with an actual "yes, this is why we do that". Although 5 stars, I also think the diagrams could be tidied up a bit.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Build RESTful APIs easily with Symfony
Sorry, I really hate giving 1 stars, but I haven't left a talk mid way through before.... I thought it was un-engaging, presented badly (felt like a class room lecture). I don't have anything further to add than the other comments above.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
The Power of Modern Version Control
Arrived late (as left another talk as wasn't enjoying) - wish I had got there earlier. As I was late, was in the 2nd room and half the screen of the demo was missing (hence 3 not 4 stars) [well, half the left hand, which was the important bit!] Good presenter, and some really useful tools (especially the debug bit). Thanks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Debugging: past, present and future
I would have loved to have seen a VIM-Xdebug demo (otherwise 5 stars!). Useful talk, great presenter.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Why Your Test Suite Sucks
Best talk of the conference. Well presented, excellent content, and a few "Eureka moments". I think switching between 'spec and 'unit might have been confusing for some, so maybe stick with one or the other, or psudeo code in the future? Well delivered, hope the throat gets better soon!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Open Source, Love, and Social Responsibility
Fantastic - inspiring and well delivered. Really nice to think about the bigger picture. I wouldn't have been able to present that well with my Mum present!
Rating: 2 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
Sorry to say I didn't enjoy this - as per Jenny's talk last year, I found the style aggressive and condescending and the style alienated a lot of people in the room (from where I was sitting anyway); I've not often seen that many people in a key note zone out and check phones/laptops. I'm not saying that we shouldn't cover important items like this in keynotes and we need to raise awareness, but at the same time, I like keynotes to be more technology focused.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Really well presented, and really interesting - just wished it touched on some of the freely (or very cheaply) available tools to do this rather than a pet project. But the ideas were really interesting and given me some good things to research. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Every Millisecond Counts: Performance & UX
Brilliant - well thought out and well presented, really useful and informative.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
PSR-7 HTTP messages in the wild
Clear presentation and good demo, useful information. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Elastic scaling in a (micro)service oriented architecture
Well presented and really useful information - learnt about a couple of tools that are going to be useful. Thanks.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
HHVM and MongoDB — the perfect combination
Interesting to hear how it's all put together, and really well presented and delivered. Only 3 out of 5 because at the end of it, there wasn't much "useful or practical" information for the average developer (that you couldn't gleam from google), but it was still an interesting topic and good insight.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
Funny and informative, and another motivation and reminder to contribute to Open Source in one way or another (p.s. I'm still laughing about the composer logo bug report)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
A contrast from yesterday, an really engaging and informative thought provoking key note. Well presented with good humour. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Security Theatre
Ditto all of the above. Thanks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Real-Time Data Pipelines
Really useful, but would have loved to have heard more about the plans for kensis and going forwards, rather than a few too many details over mistakes made. Well presented, good information. Thanks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Introducing Zend Framework 3
Can't say it's the most exciting of topics, but Rob made it interesting and I'll certainly be having a look at ZF3
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
Really great talk, lots of good tips and reminders. Engaging talk, but as ? Marijus said in comment above, it really overlapped with the earlier talk (would have given this 5 stars otherwise). Yes, why did I attend if I had already been to the other talk - the other talks on the same time didn't appeal.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Automation Automation Automation
Good fun - especially the VIM automation. If I'm being really critical, felt it ran out of steam mid way through, could have done with a few more real world examples rather than just talking about tools, other than that, really enjoyed it. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Got 15 minutes? Then give something back!
15mins taken to do Joind.in ! Can't add much more than the other 5 stars haven't already said. Really took inspiration from how to get involved - always think it means coding, but as Liam pointed out, it's more than that. Thanks.

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PHP UK Conference 2016 Feb 18, 2016
PHP UK Conference 2015 Feb 18, 2015
PHP UK Conference 2014 Feb 21, 2014
PHP UK Conference 2013 Feb 21, 2013
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