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Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2014)
Improving QA on PHP Development Projects
Interesting workshop with several good takeaways. It was a little talk-heavy and hands-on-light for my tastes and expectations. Next time please provide a list of things to download BEFORE the class :-)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Oct.2014)
Building an API with Apigility
Very good overview and tutorial on Apigility. I found it a little quick and at times too many assumptions were made regarding existing knowledge of paradigms/terms/concepts. Engaging speaker
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2014)
How PHP Changed the World of Programming
Informative and thought-provoking. Personally I'm not a fan of meme-type humour in an academic/professional setting but I understand why it's included.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(04.Oct.2014)
PHP 5.NEW: The Best Bits
Interesting content but a lot of assumptions made about existing knowledge re concepts and terminology so I didn't follow all of it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
What's new in PHP
This was perfectly pitched for me - broke down the headlines and provided practical advice/real-world examples. Particularly useful to have generators explained in-context. Thanks Lorna!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Everything That I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Rabbinical School
An inspiring and thought-provoking talk from an engaging speaker. The one star reviewer below was obviously not listening properly because this was not a talk "about religion" at all, but lessons learned from elsewhere in life that can be applied to programming. I thought it was great.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Composer Best Practices
Useful stuff. Dry but such a topic has to be I guess!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Application Logging & Logstash
Fascinating talk with lots of detail and real-world examples.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
PHP's biggest bottleneck - MySQL
This was great - practical advice for those of us who aren't "DB ninjas".
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2015)
Continuously delivering PHP projects
Personally I found this talk to be perfectly pitched as an introduction to CD. Well delivered and with just the right amount of detail.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Integrating Communities
A passionate talk on the importance of communities and basically being nice to each other! Parts rang true for me: I'm at my second PHP conference on my own and where I know no one. Everyone is friendly but it still feels completely like I am on the outside of the circle. Thanks Jenny!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Be a Bold Coder
I really enjoyed this, plenty of resources to take away and put into real life use. For me, this was a call to action and a launchpad for trying to further my development.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
MVVM and Silex - It's the future
Nice presentation giving an overview of this design pattern, with plenty of code examples. It was a bit fast-paced, but there was a lot of content for the time slot so I guess it had to be!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2015)
Understanding the OWASP Top 10
Really interesting - great to see example exploits and get advice on how to avoid the pitfalls.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Feb.2015)
Database Schema Migrations with Doctrine
Really useful stuff, can't wait to try this out and hopefully move away from storing .sql file code snippets in VCS and deploying via a clunky command line script!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
ZF2 Service Manager: From Zero to Epic
I have been struggling to get my head around the concept and use cases for DI containers and this was a perfect overview at just the right pace and level for me. Thank you Gary!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Sep.2015)
PHP 7 the Big 5 + 1
Great overview of key changes in PHP7. Thanks Cal
Rating: 2 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
All the cool kids...
For a high level talk this contained a lot of terminology that wasn't explained - perhaps too much knowledge was assumed. For example, I'm still none the wise as to what a "Bounded context" is. Maybe covering fewer topics and spending a bit more time explaining details and showing some proper examples would be useful.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Step Into Debugging
Great overview of step-debugging and good live demo. In my experience, there is no need to do the export XDEBUG_CONFIG stuff when debugging at the command line - I think I have set something in my PHP.ini which has overridden the need for that. I have no problems when running other CLI scripts and on the occasions when PHPStorm has tried to debug stuff that I'm not interested in, turning off the listener in PHPStorm has resolved the issue. I'd also like to add that I'm a Windows user and a) setting up XDebug is really easy and b) I'm pretty sure that PHP's maximum execution time is *not* a problem when step-debugging.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
From Vagrant to Production
Great overview of devops toolbox, with enough detail to provide colour while still being able to cover lots of topics. I feel I know enough to go away and read more about each tool/technique as needed.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
Very entertaining keynote - funny and informative.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
Really entertaining and interesting. Thank you Jordi and thank you for Composer!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Docker & PHP - development and deployment
Excellent overview of Docker and how to work with it and PHP projects. Just enough detail to provide clarity and not so much that it was overwhelming. I'm excited to try out Docker.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
MySQL 5.7 + JSON
Excellent overview of MySQL 5.7's new JSON features. Level of detail and examples were just right.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Mocking Dependencies in Unit Tests with Phake
Great overview of Phake and its API. I'm excited to try this instead of using PHPUnit's clumsy mocking APi.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Eating spaghetti with Symfony
An interesting talk with some good ideas that are not just limited to Symfony projects. I think maybe too much time was spent during the set-up - more time could have been spent on implementation detail and example.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
What To Expect From PHP7
Great overview of PHP7 and how to upgrade, delivered in the usual engaging style.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
A deeply personal talk delivered with great passion and bravery. I wasn't going to leave a review but then I scanned through the reviews here and it's crap like Filip's comment here that shows just why this talk is needed.

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Events They Were At

PHP UK Conference 2015 Feb 18, 2015
PHPNW 2014 Oct 02, 2014
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