Steven Don

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2014)
"Orcs 'n' All": A Journey to Mount Doom (via Facebook)
Very much liked Gary's self-deprecating presentation style. Learning about the ins and outs of developing a Facebook game from an organisational point of view made this an interesting as well as entertaining post-mortem.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2014)
Websockets and Event-driven Programming with PHP
Interesting stuff, definitely. Presentation style was a bit too chaotic for my tastes. I think Steve is more suited to a Q&A style of presenting.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
HTML5/JavaScript Communication APIs
Interesting stuff. Got some good pointers. Would have liked a bit more information on pitfalls, as well as some extra information on the PHP side of things.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
HHVM
Liked it. HHVM is a very interesting technology and certainly worth checking out, even if I cannot yet use it in production. Alexander also got me interested in Hack.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Queue it! What job queues can do for you!
Nice talk. Good job explaining the use cases for queuing. Ole is a pleasant and enthusiastic presenter.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Encryption, authentication and data integrity in PHP
This is pretty hardcore material, so it was very cool get get a relatively basic intro and for Enrico to present it in easily-digestible chunks. Kudos.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
HTML5 offline mobile apps: Real world insights
Good talk. Lots of information, presented very quickly, but clearly.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Principles of PHP Package Design
Did not think this would be as interesting as it actually was. Good talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
KEYNOTE: A startup story: Sending a billion text messages
Candid, entertaining, interesting and enjoyable.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
KEYNOTE: Getting artistic with code
Very entertaining, awesome visuals. And glo-sticks and lasers...
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Jun.2016)
Debugging: past, present and future
Useful talk. New Xdebug features are very interesting.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Jun.2016)
React.js: Super-fast Single Page Web Applications
Was very, very fast due to time constraints. As someone unfamiliar with the technology, I would have liked to see some places where react was used in practice.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(24.Jun.2016)
Architectural Anti-patterns
Funny. Would have liked to see fewer patterns, but in more detail, possibly some examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Jun.2016)
Extending without pulling a muscle
Very intriguing subject matter and Sara is a very capable presenter.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Jun.2016)
Extremely defensive PHP
Good talk, humourously presented and with plenty of useful, practical tips.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Deploying PHP 7
Overall very useful, though some of the scenarios and tip were a bit too specific for my tastes (particularly the information about NUMA zones -- while good to know -- got more attention than I think it deserved considering how unlikely it is that this will be a serious issue for most).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Extracting wisdom from stupidity
A very humorous tale and an intriguing idea. In addition to re-evaluating the way we approach problems, it also occurred to me that "stupid" challenges like these are also a great way to expand one's knowledge of the facilities PHP offers in its standard library.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Getting started with ReactPHP
The concepts of ReactPHP intrigue me and I definitely got the impression that the speaker was both knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. On the other hand, the presentation technique was a little bland and unengaging. It would benefit the speaker to get more practice in engaging the audience. I would have liked to see some use-cases from real-world projects where ReactPHP has been used and the problems it solves or how it was an improvement over previous solutions. Even if those are just summarised, I think it would help convince the audience of how cool ReactPHP can be.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Event Sourcing: the good, the bad and the complicated
Marco did an extremely good job of describing the process he went through at code-reviews.io. If anything, there was a bit too much that he covered in a mere 45 minutes. Covering the same amount of information in an 60 or even 75 minutes would allow it to land with the audience a bit better, imho. The topic deserves it.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Scaling your website
Although most of the topics covered weren't exactly new to me, it was interesting to hear about both your opinions and practical experience. I would have liked a bit more levity to break up the rather dry summation of points. While you explained all the concepts that were on your slides quite well, I do feel that the slides *were* the talk, rather than *supporting* the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
How I Built A Video Game using Event Sourcing
Entertaining talk and well-presented. I love the fact that Shawn did this. Other than using event sourcing as being the theme of DPC16, the link with a PHP conference was a bit strenuous. Still, I loved it and wasn't bored for a moment.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
How We Talk About Tech
It's hard to put my finger on what made this talk so good. Even though the topic wasn't all that interesting to me to start with, Ross did an amazing build-up and truly engaged the audience. With plenty of humour and showmanship, he somehow managed to convey some serious food for thought. Top notch.

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