A really interesting talk that gave me some ideas about how I might apply machine learning going forward. Chris is an engaging speaker and used an appropriate level of humour in the talk.
The only thing missing was a little background on statistical probability and (specifically) significance testing, which would be a useful way of ensuring differences in use of specific tags are genuine.
I personally disagreed with Kayla about positive discrimination. I think it can be a good thing, but is often mismanaged by people who don't really buy into the concept of truly addressing discrimination.
That said though, Kayla made an incredibly strong and well structured case for tackling discrimination in the industry, in an engaging and interesting fashion. An excellent key note that I'm sure made people think.
Jordi had me chuckling and sharing his pain throughout this talk. I'm not sure I could have been as calm as he was given some of the comments he mentioned. The talk also inspired me to contribute more on Github. It's been on the to do list for far too long.
The most hilariously depressing talk you'll hear all year. Every single security misconception was ripped from the still bleeding corpse of my confidence in online security. Thomas used incisive wit and humour to take us on a journey that no doubt culminated in a frenetic rash of patching and updating. Brilliant!
And I thought it was just me! A really engaging talk that helped get me going for the day (lack of sleep, rather than a hangover), and made me feel great about myself. Jessica combines upbeat and challenging with great precision.
Jordi is a great speaker, but this broke my brain. I'm very new to Regex and I struggled to follow at various points. That said, I did come out of it having decided to learn more about the subject, so it was definitely worth going.
I'd expected to learn a bit more about how to use Git itself (I'm a newbie) but, despite not getting exactly what I expected, what I got was a really engaging and interesting take on Git workflow from a talented speaker. Gavin's use of comic book analogies was second to none. Really pleased I attended this talk.
As a relative newbie and coding novice, it's great to see the positivity that key community members are seeking to engender. As a result of Eli's excellent talk, I've grabbed an invite to the Slack channel, and feel very positive about the future..
Really enjoyed this talk. Unit testing is an area I need to get into (as I normally just tack on new code to a legacy codebase at the moment). This was a very clear introduction into the subject, with some useful examples and ways to avoid gotchas.
Cats, gifs and jargon, in glorious harmony. Really useful as a newbie, coming from a Psychology and basic Maths teaching background (with no higher level Computer Science qualifications), to know that the terminology is opaque to everyone at first. The talk itself was engaging, but definitely needs to be expanded to an hour long for us newbies. Jennifer is a really engaging speaker and I'm looking forward to hearing her again.
As someone completing the first part of my career journey in PHP, this talk gave me a really positive view of my direction of travel as a developer. Though I'm not sure I want to get quite as much gaming in as Gary has... no, I'm lying, who doesn't want to spend time gaming... knowing about the pitfalls and the positives of a career in coding, as well as the power of contributing to open source, will be really helpful for the future.
This talk has whetted my appetite for spending some time learning about Alexa. I also learned that live coding is hard (much like pair coding when a vastly experienced developer is looking over your shoulder... scary stuff). No PHP in the talk, but definitely something worth learning more about.
This is the talk to go to if you're learning about OOP for the first time (or didn't take it all in, like me). I wish I'd had the terms explained in this exact way the first time I came across them. Brilliant!