J.T. Grimes

@jt_grimes

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.May.2014)
Devs And Depression
Absolutely fantastic
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
DB2 and PHP in Depth on IBM i
All the general speaker stuff (pacing, volume, slide usage, etc) was good. Alan did a nice job of tailoring his talk to the attendees. He did a nice job of checking in and making sure everyone was following along.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
PHP on IBM i Performance Workshop
I came out of this session with 4 pages of actionable info! That's all I could ask from a tutorial session.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
Opening Keynote
The technology presented was pretty cool, but the sales pitch it was wrapped in was pretty tedious. The two satisfied customers seemed like nice enough guys, but their presence didn't add anything.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
PHP Toolkit from Zend and IBM
Another good session from Alan. Good interaction with the attendees,
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
What's happening with IBM i and Power Systems
I rarely get much of value from sessions like these - company rep comes to tell us how cool they are. This one was different. She had really good, actionable information.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
PHP Security and IBM i
I got lots of good actionable information from Mike, which is exactly what I come to confs for. Technical enough without overdoing it. All the basic speaker stuff (volume, slides, interaction, etc) were good.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2014)
PHP Security and IBM i
I got lots of good actionable information from Mike, which is exactly what I come to confs for. Technical enough without overdoing it. All the basic speaker stuff (volume, slides, interaction, etc) were good.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Apr.2015)
Your Inner Sysadmin
This session functioned really nicely for me as an introduction to tools I should know but don't. It didn't go too far in depth on any tool or option (though the stuff on jailing users was a little deeper, which was appropriate because it was complicated) - that seems fine to me since we should all have rudimentary Google skills. I think Chris did a nice job of pacing - just a little rushed at the end - good vocal projection - solid slides. Good job of answering questions, good job keeping attendees engaged.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
PHP Security Bootcamp
Delivery/Interaction: Good pacing, good solicitation of questions Relevance: Good topic, a little more basic than I was hoping for, but that may be more of a problem with my expectation than the level of the talk. Expertise: Chris clearly spends some time in this area and it comes through well in the talk. Awesomes: It seemed like a really well prepared talk (which is extra impressive, since I know it was a fill-in for Wim). Having actual code to poke at was really nice. Do-betters: I thought the time management could have been a little better. It felt like a lot of time at the beginning was spent getting people up and running - maybe have a minion to help people while you carry on?
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
Architecting with Queues for Scale, Speed, and Separation
It felt like this talk was a little heavy on Azure, which is a technology most PHP devs won't be using. That it was drawn from an actual, implemented project mostly offsets that - real code is always more interesting than sample code. It felt like there was a lot of talk about the tradeoffs of using queues, but not as much on how one would implement them and what design changes are required to take advantage of them.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
Does your code measure up?
This is one of those talks that provides value to almost everyone, regardless of their level of expertise. Lots of actionable information, just enough theory to back it up.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
Speak HTTP and Consume APIs with Guzzle
This talk came at the perfect time for me, since we saw examples of exactly what I need to implement next week. With that said ... I feel like we could have jumped in a little more quickly and used more time for code examples and less for an introduction to HTTP. If we're going to assume an audience who isn't familiar with the request/response cycle, we should be starting with a simpler Guzzle example.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Apr.2015)
Gitting Past the Basics
This was really a great talk. The speaker clearly explained what level the audience needed to be at to get value from the talk, which I love. The talk moved at a pretty fast pace, but was covered in good detail and had very clear examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
Fear Not the Machine of State!
Really good talk. While I don't have plans to implement a state machine soon, I am, as promised, less afraid that I was. Good bits: ---------- * speech was very clear and intelligible. * slide images were very nice (people were commenting in irc) * clear presentation, clearly very knowledgeable about the topic Do-betters: ----------- * the font on the slides - it's fine for 1-2 words, but at least one slide had three sentences and was almost unreadable * For *me* I need to see examples before I really understand what we're talking about. I would always rather begin with "imagine you have a turnstile" than (or then - they both work!) "here's what a state machine is" - other people's mileage will undoubtedly vary. That's it - 2 do-betters = great job.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Aug.2015)
Keynote
A really strong talk on an important topic. It suffered terribly from a lack of pictures of Matt's kid, but was otherwise a solid choice. In a longer format, it might benefit from a practical exercise or two on being empathetic. General speaker stuff: good slides, good speaking, appropriate amount of movement, no excess filler words. Good job.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Aug.2015)
The Laravel Ecosystem
I think I would have found more value in a talk about tools which are used with Laravel, but not part of the Laravel brand: composer, rocketeer, cartalyst packages, etc. That may have had more values to people who have followed Laravel closely. General speaker stuff: the font was a little hard to read sometimes. Nice recovery from the nerves at the end.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Sep.2015)
So you can code... Now what?
I think Ben gave a solid, technically sound talk - good slides, good presentation, well organized, and clearly articulated. I'm just not sure this was the right talk for this conference - we know that virtually everyone there is a developer and interested in development topics, but not everyone wants to start freelancing - but that's not on him.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Feb.2016)
Feature Flags are Flawed: Let's Make Them Better
Good clear talk with good clear slides. Speaker was well prepared for questions. It was nice to hear about a topic I haven't thought much about.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Feb.2016)
PCI Compliance for PHP in the Hipster Age
Good, engaging speaker made a boring topic interesting. Code slides were a little hard to read on the red background, especially the poop emoji.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Sep.2018)
Building Secure Applications: Threat Modeling for Dummies
Really enjoyed it. Felt like it provided a good checklist and approach for analyzing attack surfaces and prioritizing responses. Really appreciate "giving permission" for not fixing everything - always good to remind devs that "good enough" is, in fact, good enough. Might be value in spending more time on who potential attackers are? How does protecting from internal attacks differ from defending against script kiddies?

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Events They Were At

Cascadia PHP Sep 14, 2018
SunshinePHP 2016 Feb 04, 2016
Laracon EU 2015 Aug 23, 2015
Lone Star PHP 2015 Apr 16, 2015
php[world] Nov 10, 2014
ZendCon 2014 Oct 27, 2014
Laracon NYC May 15, 2014
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