Mark Hamstra

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Mar.2015)
The Stateful ElePHPant
It's risky to do live coding as part of a presentation, but it went great. Aside from the great introduction to the state pattern and state machines, there were lots and lots of great tips on how to make the most of PhpStorm that could be a great talk on its own. Learned a lot during this meetup and would definitely recommend it to other user groups and conferences.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
Scrum, klant belang voorop
Erg interessant en leuk om de presentatie als een Scrum sprint vorm te geven met Trello, maakt het allemaal net wat makkelijker om te volgen en interactiever dan slides.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.May.2015)
Getting started with ReactPHP
Learned a lot about React in an hour, but have to agree the talk could use a bit more structure to link the various concepts together. Instead of starting with the dependencies for the example project, an introduction of react, what problems it solves and how it does that might be better. The used dependencies could then be discussed when going over the part of the project that uses it. Speaker seemed comfortable talking to the group and communicated clearly.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Mar.2016)
HHVM, Hack & PHP
Interesting topic! The talk was very technical and also mostly theoretical. I would've liked some more examples during the talk, and existing examples should be a lot bigger on the slides. Some of the terms and concepts that were new to me were explained as "similar to Java/C/etc". They were shown in an example later, but as I haven't worked with Java/C, those initial explanations were not very useful. Overall I learned a lot about hhvm and hack, so well done!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Keynote : The New Revolution
Passionate, great advice, and a great opener for a great conference.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Behat for characterisation on tests
As someone new to behat, I decided to look it up and look at some examples prior to the talk. Sometimes talks about specific tools can be boring and just rehashing of the documentation, but Michael gave a great introduction to why you would do this and also practical advice on what (not!) to do. Definitely looking forward to applying this in upcoming projects.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Cryptography For Beginners
A lot of information! While I liked the background into what cryptography is and the explanation of different things you can do and for what use cases they are applicable, the practical cryptography (basically, in PHP7, use libsodium) was very brief and appended to the end. Would've given this 5 thumbs-up if it included more practical PHP tips, but who knows, maybe it really is just that simple to get it right now...
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Technically DDD
My favorite talk of day one! Filled with humour, theory, and lots of examples of applying DDD that was good to follow for someone not familiar with the concepts yet. Pim is a great speaker that gets the crowd involved, but stays in control and on topic.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Mastering message Queues
Tobias is a great speaker and very knowledgeable. Was a little bit chaotic, maybe also because it was a very large crowd and the interaction with the crowd wasn't always on-point (which did lead to some humorous situations). Talk was filled with lots of knowledge and insights into what can be done with the new Symfony component.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
The way we teach tech
Great talk with practical tips and comparisons. Memes on point too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Journey through "unhappy path" - Dealing with exceptional conditions
Practical, educational, well done.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Designing for Autonomy
Inspiring with plenty of food for thought on how to approach services. Not necessarily something you can run off and implement just from the presentation, but a balanced and nicely visualized introduction on some different concepts.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Keynote : Controlling the variables
Thijs is a great and engaging speaker who is very comfortable on stage, and the slide deck is amazing. The talk details his path towards delivering the closing keynote (which is quite meta!), and contains useful advice like focusing on a passion and working hard to achieve that. There are good lessons to be learned from this story and it is clear that Thijs earned the spot he was given. However, it also had a bit of a sour undertone that I wasn't quite expecting at the end of DPC. Where the opening keynote on Friday by Samantha was uplifting, inspiring, and instilled a sense of community, "Controlling the variables" came across as very selfish, or individualistic, in a "take what you want" kinda way. Work hard, grab every opportunity that comes your way, and most of all don't complain, coupled with soundbites from Gary Vaynerchuk saying among other things that "people don't care about you". For me, a self-employed developer who's been working on his passion for 5 years (and counting!) who is now dealing with burnout because of working too hard, the talk wasn't quite as inspiring as it may be to others. I'm worried that for people dealing with depression this talk may even make things worse, as it reaffirms the notion that they must be lazy or not working enough. If, per the example in the talk, the person who was accidentally infected with HIV through a blood transfusion can outlive a doctor's prognosis, get married, and get kids without complaining just by keeping a positive mindset, then how hopeless must people be who have a hard time just dealing with daily life? Not very inspiring. So, great speaker, engaging story, but in my opinion lacking in empathy and nuance in favor of sound bites. The talk does have the potential to be really inspiring and uplifting for the right audience, but in the tech world where organizations like OSMI are trying to break the stigma on mental illness, I feel this was not a great fit and should be refined. The keynote did act as a great discussion starter over the drinks that followed it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Uncon Robots with PHP
Well prepared (better than I would've expected for an uncon!) and well presented. Chris has a good presenting voice and is clearly passionate about this sort of thing. Would be interesting to see how this relatively short talk could be scaled up to a full conference talk, but I think Chris would fit well on a conference schedule.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Uncon History of elephpants
I had no idea there were so many different elephpants! Love Mark's perspective on the position of elephpants as a mascot for the PHP community. While Mark talks fairly slowly, he does so in a way that shows his knowledge and passion/respect for the community that the elephpants stand for.

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