David Yell

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
Event Stream Processing
Awesome talk. It broke down what seemed like an enormously complex topic into easily understandable chunks. Live demo with React was great.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
Opening Keynote - You Are A Designer
Superb. Executed well and fun to listen to.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
Cranking Nginx up to 11
Great talk about Nginx, I learnt loads in a short time! Will be using these slides for reference in the future for sure
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
API Design: It's not Rocket Surgery
Awesome overview on a complex topic, went by a bit quick for me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
Pair Programming, TDD and Other Impractical Things
My best talk of the day so far. Funny, clever, inspired, energetic and engaging. It's made me want to write tests!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2013)
PHP is evil and wants to eat your babies: A look at defensive programming techniques in PHP
Good talk. A little too focused on problems rather than solutions, but all portent stuff none the less.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Opening Keynote - The Diabolical Developer
Didn't really understand this.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
The future of the PHP Development Environment
Great talk, interesting and inspiring. Motivated me to get started right away.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Ten Commandments of a Software Engineer
Great talk, nice to know I'm on the right track already and provided a good counterpoint to the dissapointing opening keynote.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
Planning To Fail
Fantastic talk, a great speaker, solid presentation and interesting.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2013)
A Hands-On introduction to writing Unit Tests using PHPUnit
As a total unit testing noob this talk was a great intro and the on screen demo was superbly helpful. The flashes of humour helped keep the talk engaging. Between this talk and Marcels TDD I'm on board for TDD!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(14.Nov.2013)
Building sites with Drupal, its 'Lego'-like modules and Vagrant for general web development
A little too brief for me. It felt more like a quick skim over the top. Some more in depth usage examples and live examples of modules would have been handy. I also felt that Rob was a bit nervous, but could have spent more time facing and addressing the audience, as he was stood sideways talking to noone most of the time.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(14.Nov.2013)
I'm Probably Doing It Wrong
I didn't enjoy this talk. I found it to be quite unfocused and meandering with a focus on bespoke Wordpress hacks, rather than actual Wordpress. Perhaps I misunderstood the point of the presentation. With "wandering mic" syndrome it was hard to hear clearly the whole time. I also found the actual presentation to be over complicated and it didn't communicate things in a clear and concise way.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Dec.2013)
How to develop your development of being a developer without doing any developing
I found the talk a little waffly, a few too many pauses and 'erms'. Hopefully with more practise it'll become more focused and the delivery more punchy and vibrant.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Dec.2013)
PHP & Enums
Really enjoyed this talk, I felt it was paced well, clear, concise and delivered well. It made sense and got me interested in the topic which was great. Good talk enjoyed this one.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
The Seven Deadly Sins of Dependency Injection
A great talk about DI, with interesting points on both implementation and some common pitfalls which are worth avoiding. Would have been nice to have a little intro about DI frameworks, or a single slide about the basic DI containers.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
Unbreakable Domain Models
Good talk overall. Bit disruptive to take questions during the talk but some spots did require it. Not sure I would want to implement this pattern myself but I can see how it would be handy.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
Caching Best Practices
A great well rounded and practised talk delivered well. Good intro to caching backed up with solid first hand experience.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
Facebook's Approach to Common Web Vulnerabilities
Well delivered and a few interesting things however nothing really new or interesting on the security side
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2014)
(Re)discovering the SPL
Amusing talk basically bashing SPL and saying why its crappy. I think I'll be avoiding the SPL in the future.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Mar.2014)
intl me this, intl me that
Excellent talk with some super useful tools thrown in to boot. Presented well, clear and concise. Really enjoyed this one.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(13.Aug.2014)
The benefit of sneezing code into an editor vs clean code
A long talk essentially about when to chose a coding style. So many analogies that I lost track of what we were talking about at times, but I did enjoy talking ravioli and milking your server. Although I still have no idea what Technical Debt actually is. Perhaps some real world examples? I found the concepts were repeated a few times, which did make them sink in a bit better, but it felt a bit strained. The Why could have been wrapped up in the When I think. The whole talk is based on a running analogy which didn't really work for me. Marathon to me means 'big' rather than 'slow'. Perhaps 'sprint' and 'jog' might be better, with jogging allowing you time to take in the scenery (more analogy! ;)). Plus as someone who works in a fast paced RAD style job I found the inevitable panning of RAD frameworks and the glorification of Symfony quite amusing, even if it did take 45 minutes to finally bubble to the surface. I'd like to see more real world examples which demonstrate when to 'sprint' and when to 'jog', also a real world example of technical debt & interest and some use-cases for when using RAD tools is a good thing. Perhaps replace the whole section on finance with code these code based examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
The road to CakePHP 3.0
Clear, well delivered and kept interest.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
Advanced querying with the new CakePHP 3.0 ORM
Great talk about the new ORM. Think talk could have been really long and complicated, but it was clear concise and covered enough of the ORM to hopefully inspire people to find out more.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
CakePHP and Auth
Great talk with a good structure which made understanding the concepts easy.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
Effective debugging
Some great examples and highlighting pitfalls which we've all done! Well structured and well presented.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
Frontend asset management with Bower and Gulp.js
As a backend developer this was an awesome talk. I use Sass for my CSS, but I build it by hand as I develop so having the ability to compile it as a task looks interesting. I've already tried out Bower :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2014)
Writing code that lasts
Great talk delivered well. Vibrant, funny, interesting and conveyed the concepts brilliantly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
Profiling and Optimization: A practical approach
Great presentation. Good pace, interesting topics, delivered clearly and with enough humour to keep it light. I knew a bit of the front-end stuff, but there is plenty in this presentation for me to try, especially the profiling and sql optimisations.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
API Pain Points
A roller coaster of emotion.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
Why You Can't Test
A great talk, enjoyed this one. I will definitely be trying to automate more and get better coverage on my tests as I want to go home on time!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
Payment processing: you are DOING IT WRONG
Good talk this one, some interesting points. I especially liked the idea of processing even fraudulent transactions but logging all the data.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
AngularJS Fundamentals Tutorial
Great start to Angular. I knew of it but nothing about it, now I think I'll give it a try and build an application with it! Professionally delivered and being able to follow along with the code from GH was great.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Aug.2014)
A/B Testing on a Variety of Platforms
Good talk about an interesting topic. Was nice to include a real example with the results too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Adding 1.21 Gigawatts to Applications with RabbitMQ
A great talk about messages with enough overview and detail to match. We'll delivered too, interesting and easy to follow. Having code examples was a great bonus.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Devops for PHP Developers
A very knowledgeable speaker and a very interesting topic. Just felt a bit rushed at times with stumbles due to reading slides and trying to talk too fast.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
The Future of Programming
A good talk to attend. Felt a little slow at times, but that might be the delivery. Interesting topic though for sure, great to try and think about programming in different ways
Rating: 2 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Bring your PHP application to the next level with React.JS
As someone who had not heard of react.js before this talk didn't have enough introduction, was overcomplicated and seemed to be more about PHP than JS. I left after about 15 minutes.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Integrating Communities
A great talk. Inspiring to think about how we act as people in our community. Anything to help people get on and help each other is a good thing.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Be a Bold Coder
A great talk covering the getting started basics. Although my expectation was that the talk would be more about contributing to open source, getting code review from the community and overcoming the stigma that some developers feel towards contribution to open source
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Understanding the OWASP Top 10
Good fun and interesting talk
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Your API is a UI
An interesting overview of all the concepts to think about when designing and building apis
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Apr.2015)
Debugging: past, present and future
It was a good talk this one because it covered the three, past, present and future debugging really well. I liked the idea of the Wayback debugger, I think that will be a great tool in the future. It's also rekindled my interest in trying more live debugging and using breakpoints more to debug stuff.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Down the Rabbit Hole: Lessons Learned combining Career and Community
A cracking talk. Really inspiring, and makes me want to get stuck into my local ug more.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
The Art of Programming
A very interesting take on something which I don't really think about because I code day to day.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Sharing Knowledge
A great talk about talking. Which seemed odd but actually is really good to get more speakers.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Who is the real Winner? How to Use Google Analytics and PHP to Track X-factor
Brain bending, interesting and funny. A great talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Dependency injection, the right way.
Very interesting and in depth talk delivered well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Sep.2015)
Getting artistic with code
Interesting and entertaining, great talk
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2015)
Building a Pyramid: Symfony Testing Strategies
An interesting talk. For me it lacked a little excitement to keep me engaged. Bit more colour in the slides would be nice too imho
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Sep.2015)
Puli: PHP's Next Package Revolution
Very interesting idea, and nice to see someone tackling it. Look forward to seeing more of Puli
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Oct.2015)
How we use Kubernetes at the Home Office
A really interesting talk from a real expert. Knowing nothing about Docker or Kubernetes this talk gave a good overview of what the tools are, what they achieve and why Billie thinks you should be using them. It's given me the impetus to go and find out more and speak to our devops team about how we can use the tools at work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
A complex and daunting topic delivered confidently in an easy to understand way.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Every Millisecond Counts: Performance & UX
Great talk about optimisation although it seemed to lack other optimisation topics and focused on images and http2 primarily. Delivered very quickly, it would be better if it was just a little slower.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Docker & PHP - development and deployment
An interesting talk, well paced, structured well and delivered confidently.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
Great talk which raises good issues. Interesting to get an insight into open source from a seasoned open source developer
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
A great take on Imposter syndrome focused on numbers and SCIENCE! Delivered very professionally. An engaging, interesting and fun keynote.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Step Into Debugging
Simple to follow and fun talk delivered in a nice relaxed way from a confident speaker. Good use of humour kept the talk going. I'll be trying to let go of var_dump for sure, maybe
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
How I learned to stop worrying and love Regular Expressions
A good presentation considering its all about regular expressions! Some good tips and tricks, all the way to some mind bending magic.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
A good talk which covers quite a broad range of topics in a way which is interesting.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Mar.2016)
Lightning Talk
An interesting talk and one that I'd be keen to hear more about. Delivered confidently but conversationally which kept it interesting. I would like to find out more about ideas which worked and those that didn't. Recovering from a stumble in a tech business often is a great teacher.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.May.2016)
Advanced Workshop
Some great tips and tricks. Delivered well, with good pacing and some humour. Nice to take suggestions from the audience too, which helped make the session more valuable.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.May.2016)
CakePHP Keynote
A nice reveal of the new branding, a real highlight of the conference.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.May.2016)
Effective background processing with CakePHP
An interesting talk about the topics with some ideas which I had not thought of before. Time to re-evaluate my queues and automating thier management.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.May.2016)
What to Expect from PHP 7
Great talk which covered lots. Delivered a little too quickly for me, I'm not sure I'll remember everything! Great that the slides are already available online though.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.May.2016)
Implementing an API in CakePHP
A good talk for getting started building apis. Lovely that it's cake specific too, and shows off some nice patterns.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.May.2016)
The future of HTTP messages in CakePHP
A great talk from a confident speaker, delivered well, and paced nicely with humour to keep things rolling. Nice to see CakePHP taking on PSr7 early and making the upgrade path simple for the community.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
The hidden gems in CakePHP 3
An interesting talk, with some good tips, but I worry that showing the community how to hack the framework is beneficial instead of demonstrating core framework features. Hopefully these tools can be wrapped up into a plugin, or incorporated into the core of the framework.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
The CakePHP 3 ORM, Even More Awesome Than You Realize
A great introduction to the ORM, with some advanced techniques on top. A knowledgeable speaker and a well paced presentation, delivered well.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
Developing CakePHP plugins
A great talk, but I'm not sure how much value talking about SOLID has in the talk. I'd be more interested in plugin development workflow, advice and thoughts on being a plugin maintainer and collaborating with the community on your own plugins.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
PHP deployment, 2016 flavor
An interesting and funny talk which actually raises some really interesting and important issues about how you host the parts of your application. Such as files and session etc. It really made me think about how I setup the parts of my application.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
API Tips From the Frontline
A good talk with some great tips on the real nuts and bolts of api implementation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.May.2016)
CakePHP 3 as a powerful backend API framework
A great talk and good live demo of using CakePHP with AngularJS. Really interesting to see how the integration works and some thoughts on the design of the application.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
An Oral History of How I Got Grumpy
A great talk about a career in PHP. Its nice to see the progression and draw some parallels with my own career.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Profiling Your PHP Application
An interesting topic that was delivered in a measured way which made it easy to understand and follow along. Some good thoughts at the end about judging if you should profile or not.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
There's More to Code Reviews than You Might Think
Some great points in this talk. Things you know you should be doing but might not be. A good reminder.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Version Control - Tips, Tricks and Good Citizenship
Nice to hear Subversion mentioned in relation to the 'real world', and good tips on version control generally.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Extremely Defensive PHP Programming
A whistle stop tour of many complex topics. I found some of them complex and hard to understand. Not many reasons why these are good ideas beyond 'because bugs'
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Anatomy of a Type System
A great talk on an interesting topic delivered well
Rating: 3 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
HTTP/2.0 101 Introduction
This talk could benefit from being cut down a little to focus purely on HTTP2 allowing more time to focus on it's benefits, rather than trying to cover everything in a single talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
State of the PHP Community
A great talk which really encapsulated that being part of the php community is to be part of something bigger than your framework or toolset. Delivered superbly and paced well.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
How the real-time communication between things can simplify our everyday life
A great high level talk but I think it could have benefitted from more in depth integration examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
The Road to Continuous Deployment: a case study
A superb case study talk delivered in a comprehensive and confident manner. An interesting topic with lots to take away and think about.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
Building RESTful APIs with Symfony components
A potentially interesting talk but delivered at real speed. Too fast for me to follow properly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
Introduction to SOLID
One of the best SOLID talks I've attended, engaging, paced well and using good examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
Classic Hockin. Some great points in the talk and a super success story
Rating: 2 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
I Think I Know What You’re Talking About, But I’m Not Sure
Although interesting, having someone read Wikipedia to you on stage doesn't make for a great keynote talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
JWT - To authentication & beyond!
An interesting and informative talk. Great to understand that JWT can be used for lots of things.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Code review beyond code style
Good talk
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Driving Design Through Examples
Incredibly coherent and organised talk with a super example running through the session.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Demystifying Object-Oriented Programming
Clearly a great speaker, with energy and good delivery. The topic however I felt was too basic for a PHP specific conference.

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