Shaun Walker

@theshaunwalker

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2014)
Laravel 4: Queue Deep Dive
Nice little primer on Laravel as well as covering queue usage, will definately be reviewing the video as it is something that has yet to sink into my brain!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
Brilliant talk that does a great job at highlighting some of the key issues with diversity in our industry. The overall tone and the emotion that came across in the talk made it very powerful.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
I didnt know anything about Machine Learning beyond the general concept of "data goes in, the computer does things, patterns come out" so I was going in completely new. The talk did a great job as an introducing what machine learning is and exampled really well how its implemented.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Every Millisecond Counts: Performance & UX
Great talk, good insight into how HTTP2 helps solve a lot of issues. The statistics presented on companies measuring how much user engagement/money they lose from millisecond slowdowns really helps drive home how important performance is. The "UX" part of the title made me assume going into it that there would be coverage of front-end UI practices to help mitigate performance issues, but that's probably just from my own POV and interpretation of UX. Wasnt a big deal.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
PSR-7 HTTP messages in the wild
Ironically I think the most valuable snippet I took from this talk was the fact composer virtual packages were a thing. The code samples were great and the coverage of backwards compatible methods of implementing PSR7 messages was really valuable.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Elastic scaling in a (micro)service oriented architecture
Awesome talk. Came into the talk knowing not much about the practical implementation of distributed micro-services and I followed it all and learned a lot. Very comprehensive and insightful.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Real-Time Data Pipelines
Awesome talk. I think this was one of my favourite if not the favourite talks of the conference. Great stage presence and really clearly delivered. Really appreciated the review-like process of going through the progress of different versions of the solution built within AOL.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Apr.2017)
Welcome!
Was a little bit long but thats kind of a given with the welcome, housekeeping etc. But the passionate, heartfelt message from Lorna really helped set the tone of what this new PHPYorkshire event was all about and it was great.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Apr.2017)
Beyond PSR-7: Design Your Own Middleware Using The Instruction Bus
Brilliant talk giving some great practical examples on what makes up a pipeline and how to actually implement one. Personally it felt a little too classroom/workshop-like to me with the speaker frequently posing questions for the audience to answer. The talk seemed to spend a little too much time trying to teach/re-inforce DRY principles which just personally as a senior felt a bit out of place/redundant, and I would think if you're going to a talk about middleware and instruction busses you likely have a grasp on those DRY principles. But I enjoyed the talk and learned, having never implemented a pipeline from scratch before, only used existing ones.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Apr.2017)
What's in a name?
Brilliant topic that I'm surprised hasnt had more attention in the past. The speaker seemed nervous which I think caused her to rush when speaking a bit too much. The speaker just needs to relax a bit more with it, the content was great and I would recommend that everyone see this talk, whatever your level.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Apr.2017)
Flipping Out with Feature Flags and Toggles
Great introduction to feature flags and how they can benefit you but also some of the pitfalls. Only thing I can think of to improve it for me would be perhaps some examples of extra data/functionality that you can introduce when storing flags in a database etc. But great talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Apr.2017)
How to effectively grow a development team
Excellent talk. Was great to get some insight from real experience in building up a team from scratch both logistically what that takes and also what you need internally to properly "grow" a team. Anyone who is even slightly responsible for recruiting/managing for development teams should view this as required reading. And even if you're on the other end of the scales, see this anyway, it gives you a great view into what you should look for in an employer.

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Events They Were At

PHP Yorkshire Apr 07, 2017
PHP UK Conference 2016 Feb 18, 2016
Nomad PHP - March 2014 Mar 20, 2014
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