Mark Railton

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Sep.2014)
Secure Password Hashing: It’s Not Just For Experts Anymore
Brilliant talk, refreshing to hear others extolling the benefits of the PHP5.5 password hashing API as well as the password_compat library. Helped to clear up that my own scripts are following what really is best practice.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Oct.2014)
Testing Spaghetti
Great talk, helped to dispel some of my fears about PHP testing (which I'm planing on getting into soon).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Jan.2015)
Git for Maintainers
Great talk, learned plenty that will help with maintaining projects directly via git
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Jan.2015)
Encryption, It’s For More Than Just Passwords
Good general overview for best practices in php cryptography. Felt spent a little too much time on password hashing, whilst I appreciate this is an important topic it felt that the talk was more on password encryption and not other data encryption. Presentation wise, voice was kinda monotone which made it slightly awkward to follow along with, not sure if from a slight bit of stage freight or maybe just not being 100% comfortable speaking.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Laravel Forge: Hello World to Hello Production
Thanks Joe, Great look into the whys and hows of vagrant/homestead and forge. Personally use homestead and forge myself but great to get a refresher on what all it has available.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Mar.2015)
Composer the Right Way
Great talk that gave both a general overview on composer as well as some several indepth sections. Highly recommend this talk to anyone that is working with composer either for work or personal projects
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Dependency Injection and Dependency Inversion in PHP
Enjoyed James' talk although much of it was far beyond what I'm working with. It gave some good pointers for me to follow up on at a later stage.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Dotting your i's and crossing your t's - How to Make Good Code Great
Really enjoyed this talk and also the lengthy followup conversation I had with Juliette. The topic covered was extremely applicable to my day job and gave some good insights into things we can improve.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
My app is secure... I think
Great overview on common pitfalls in application security including methods to prevent them as well as a general reminder that it's not just your code that needs to be secure.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
TDD with PhpSpec
Fantastic introduction to TDD and how to use PHPSpec in general. Learnt a lot from this including effective pair programming techniques.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Opening Keynote: Stealing People Lessons from Artificial Intelligence
Great talk on what we can learn about people form AI. Especially liked the talking style that Meri has.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
What To Expect from PHP7
Brilliant talk from Lorna giving an excellent insight into what to expect from PHP7. I especially loved Lorna's energy on stage and her obvious enthusiasm for the topic.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Hello, PSR-7.
Great overview on not just what to expect with PSR-7 but also the back story in it and how it became to be.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Secure your web application with two-factor authentication
Great talk with effective use of code samples to show just how to easy it can be to introduce 2FA to your apps.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Mental Health, Open Source and You
So thankful to Mike for giving this talk on a subject that personally affects him. I appreciate him opening up and sharing his own experiences.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Closing Keynote: Developers are just like humans
Fantastic talk that perfectly summed up some stuff I was working through this weekend. Asking for help is not only sensible but also necessary and Skoop covered it in an entertaining and thought provocative way. The little heckling from michelangelo van dam brought even more humour to the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Oct.2015)
PHP Dublin website
Great talk going over the plans and possibilities for the new site
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Profiling Your PHP Application
Really good overview on how to utilize profiling and the performance improvements you can get from relatively minor changes.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Building APIs with Slim 3
Another great talk rob. plenty of insight into what makes a good api and highlighted some pitfalls that far too many apis don't mitigate.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Oct.2016)
A World Without PHP
Really enjoyed this talk and was really thought provoking, although I'm not 100% sure it was fitting for an opening keynote.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Oct.2016)
Getting hands dirty with PHP 7
The talk was pretty good as an overview to the changes although I struggled to follow along and found the delivery to be really dry.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Slim: The PHP micro framework
Good talk with a great introduction to Slim and how easy it is to get started using it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2016)
Mistakes made and Lessons learned (Panel)
Great evening hearing the war stories of other developers and how events they've experienced have helped them become the developer they are today. Was refreshing to see how candid the panel were and there was some brilliant advice given by all on the panel.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2016)
Deploying PHP 7
Brilliant talk on the many improvements brought in PHP7. Seem it previously but was made better this time by Rasmus doing some live coding during Q&A
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Oct.2016)
Automation Automation Automation
Michael gave a really good overview of where and where not to use automation as well as some pointers on how to know when you should automate.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
Introduction to Event Sourcing and CQRS
Brilliant talk for an introduction to event sourcing and CQRS. I've never looked at these technologies before and Beau helped me to understand the benefits of using these as well as some of the pitfalls. My only criticism is that I felt Beau went a lil too fast through the material but also know that there was a lot to cover in a relatively short space of time.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
Build Security In
Material was really good and Chris covered a lot of different security aspects. However the session was plagued with issues in his application that took a long time to correct before eventually being abandoned. Also felt that when he was live coding the application that he went through it maybe too quick for people to keep up.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
Life Badges
First time seeing Cal give a talk in person. Found him really engaging on the stage and so easy to listen along to. The content was brilliant, it was clearly written to inspire us all to be better developers and by extension better people. Highly recommend people see this talk if they get the chance.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
The New Revolution
Real in depth look at the history of computing and the internet. Clearly has a passion for computer history and how we are the leaders of the industry going forwards. Highly recommend you catch this talk if you can.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
Graph Databases Will Change Your Freakin Life
Superb talk. I had heard of graph dbs before but never researched it and Eds talk gave a brilliant overview into how simple they can be for some complex questions compared to more traditional dbs like MySQL
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Feb.2017)
DevOps For Small Teams
Really enjoyed this talk. Joe used his extensive experience to show how any developer can have a positive impact in devops for companies that don't have an ops team.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Feb.2017)
Time Management For Grumpy Programmers
Really enjoyed this talk and opened my eyes to a lot of things that are going on in my own work life at present that I had been ignoring. Has inspired me to make big changes, thanks Chris
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Feb.2017)
Pulling up Your Legacy App by its Bootstraps!
Very technical (possibly maybe too technical?) but enjoyable as I always love to see what challenges others are coming up against and how they solve them.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Feb.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
Awesome talk and took plenty away from it even if it was the 2nd time I've seen it. It goes to show that even the smallest OS contribution that served as scratching you own itch can lead to greater things.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Apr.2017)
A Developer's Survival Handbook
Great talk on how to build a development team that works well both internally and with other teams
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Apr.2017)
What's in a name?
Really good talk that highlighted to me some of the issues that can be caused when choosing poor names for variables etc. Talk felt a bit rushed and Nicola seemed very nervous and unsure about the talk at times.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Apr.2017)
Welcome!
Great intro and set the tone for the conference.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Apr.2017)
Protect your API with OAuth2
Brilliant overview of how to use oauth2 and also where you can make some speed optimisations and also some pitfalls to avoid.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
The New Revolution
Loved this talk, 2nd time hearing it and took even more from it this time round.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Managing dependencies is more than running "composer update"
Great talk on how to better manage your applications dependencies with composer.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Driving Design through Examples
Had never really looked into BDD and DDD much before but this helped to give a brief overview of both and how they work together.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Don't work for PHPCS, make PHPCS work for you
Brilliant talk. Helped massively as I have been working with PHPCS quite a bit lately on a project at work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Don’t believe everything you learn
Great talk with a large amount of audience participation and a general lighthearted tone.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
How to handle ?
Fantastic talk that gives an overview of character encoding and how it affects the applications that we write. Also gave some great tips on how to best implement and make sure it works for our systems.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
RegEx Is Your Friend
Brilliant talk, I've always struggled with regex and actively done as much as possible to avoid using it. The information and tips that Liam provided helped to open my mind more to using regex where applicable. Especially loved the tip that Liam ended the talk on as this makes regex a lot easier to understand and I think it was the perfect way to end. Highly recommend that everyone gets to listen to this talk.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Connecting people - Identity in your platform
In general was a good talk however felt aimed at pointing people to the google eco-system.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
Writing console applications in PHP
Brilliant workshop, was a great introduction to using PHP for CLI apps and given me lots to think about for a CLI App that I'm planning for a project.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
PHP in 2017
Fantastic talk. 3rd time seeing Rasmus deliver this talk, but each time it's different, he keeps the talk updated for what's currently going on with PHP.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
Hadoop and PHP
Really insightful overview of Hadoop and how to use it with PHP, tho I felt it was somewhat too much of a topic to fit into a 45 min talk and it felt rushed.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
How to reduce attack surface when using third-party libraries
The talk felt like something was missing, I don't feel that we were actually effectively equipped to mitigate possible security issues effectively.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
Debugging Your Set-Up
Felt too fast paced. I appreciated that he had issues through the demos which further helped to show his debug process, although would have been better had Derick maybe talked through those steps as well. Having been to several of Dericks talks over the past couple of years I feel that this was not his strongest one.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
The GDPR is coming, are you ready?
Brilliant talk with appropriate humour as well. Easy to tell that Michelangelo is invested in ensuring he and others are ready for GDPR
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
Saturday Social
Loved the free bar but felt that the atmosphere was lacking compared to previous years.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Oct.2017)
For The Love Of Code
Fantastic keynote talk, only negative I have for this is that it just felt too short. Would love to see this again, with some more content to it. Absolutely loved the slides for it.

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