Noah Bratzel

@Noahone

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Mar.2013)
Rocking Responsive Web Development
I enjoyed this talk very much. I am going to make a concerted effort to steal all the slides from the beginning of this presentation to try to convince my bosses we need to work on this ASAP for our site. Also, you may have convinced me to go to your design talk tomorrow.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(03.Mar.2013)
Refactoring 101
I thought this talk was very good, particularly for people that aren't familiar with it. I will be using these concepts in my job, not necessarily to do things I haven't already been doing, but to help convince developers/managers of the importance of this. My only recommandation for change - I personally think there should have been more of the why before jumping into the examples. I felt like there was a little confusion from some people about why some of this refactoring was being done that didn't get explained until afterwards. But that might be just my preference.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2013)
HTML5 WebSockets
This was a very interesting topic that made me very anxious to try it out. But it's also frustrating to not have an easy/strait-forward description of how to handle the server side.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
A startup story: Sending a billion text messages
Funny, interesting story with a decent point. It could've had more substance. I like good stories, but if I'm at a conference, I'm looking for more value that I can take home with me.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
How I Learned to Stop Caring and Made Better Software
Pretty good talk, with important reminder that your processes have a point to them and match the companies environment. Could've had more points and specifics about when and why some processes can be chucked, and a little less story time.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Continuous Integration in Real Life
This talk covered a lot of things I don't know about, and was almost too dense with information. I feel this could've been split into four or five talks that dug into more of the details of each part. That's probably mostly because of my ignorance of the topic, though. Very good and interesting overview. I will definitely be going through these slides and doing a lot of research based on the information. Thanks
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Building rock solid software in the real world
This covered a whole lot of things my company should be doing and isn't yet. I'm making a todo-list based on this. Very good, funny, and too the point talk. Thanks
Rating: 2 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Much more Eggs than Bacon: A Development Environment Cookbook
I found the title of this talk strange and misleading, and the talk in general was not applicable to me. There was some very good points, in particular, the importance in fixing situations where environment bugs aren't caught in dev. But if the moral of the talk was that developers should spend a year setting up their environments, I very much disagree. The more detailed this talk got, the more convinced I became that the tasks of setting up dev environments like this should not be tasked to developers. But maybe that's just me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
7 Things I Wish Somebody Told Me
I agreed very much with the points and message of this talk. A lot of them were very good reminders.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
It Was Like That When I Got Here: Steps Toward Modernizing a Legacy Codebase
Very good information, very good points. I enjoyed this talk very much. I disagree with the absoluteness of the "never rewrite" rule, but I agree with the reasons behind it, and the process described was excellent. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Web Security and You
Very good overview and reminder of the various security issues web apps have. Enjoyable and to-the-point.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
HTTP ALL THE THINGS: Simplifying Rich Applications by Respecting the Rules of the Web
The title of this talk was misleading, and then it was very often off-topic from the central point. I don't think I took much away from this except that the speaker really likes Angular, and doesn't think anybody writes software correctly except himself. I found this very hard to follow, and I didn't feel like I could really ask for clarification because of how far away I was from getting it. Chock it up to me being dumb. In my opinion, there's such a thing as being too abstract, and having programming languages that are too high-level.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Introducing Tests in Legacy PHP Applications
Pretty good, informative talk. The characterization testing was an interesting concept that could've used more focus, and I will have to spend some time looking into. Good take aways - thanks
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Code Reviews: The "Secret" to Building Quality Software
This was a great talk for me to hear because our company doesn't currently do any code-reviewing. I found it very interesting and informative.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2014)
Sticks, Spit, and Duct Tape: Advanced Responsive Techniques
A very unique way of presenting that is always enjoyable. I really like the information and demos. Great stuff - thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
The Mindful Developer: Being Less Busy & More Productive
Loved this talk. Added a bunch of books to my wish list. Confirmed a few things that I've felt have helped me, and have a good list of things to attempt to add as good habits.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Bringing Old Legacy Apps To PHP 7 and Beyond
I appreciated all the info about php 7. Also really liked the emphasis on the "refactor loop".
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
TypeScript in Action
Good information. Had a few rough spots with the demos, but recovered well enough. Feel like I now have a good idea of the advantages of using typescript.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: Learning to Teach
I appreciated this talk, and thought the types of learning was interesting and important information. I kind of liked that this wasn't specific about software development, and was more universal.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Practical PHP Deployment with Jenkins
I thought this was very useful and worthwhile, but it assumed too much prior knowledge of the subject. I think it could use a least a brief intro to the basics.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Authenticating Against API Services
Good overview.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Storing Non-Scalar Data
I was impressed by how thoroughly this topic was covered. A lot of good info.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
MVC to ADR: Refining How We Think About Web Applications
I was pretty surprised by the conclusion of this talk. Almost, not sure, didn't actually endorse using ADR. Feel like maybe the title of the talk might need to get revised. That being said, I thought the history of MVC and it's use within PHP frameworks was interesting. I think more important was the details of how MVC was intended. I think more emphasis on that and the ways that MVC can be done right within a web app would be good.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Mar.2017)
Using our Superpowers for Good
This got a little over-emotional for me. Almost preachy. I think this could have used a lot more focus on all the ways that software development could be focused on the user without such long, somewhat-depressing stories. I think I could have got the point from one or two brief anecdotes. Could have used more of a positive focused message with more actionable take-aways.

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Events They Were At

Midwest PHP 2017 Mar 17, 2017
MidwestPHP 2014 Mar 14, 2014
MidwestPHP Conference Mar 02, 2013
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