Gary Fuller

@garymarkfuller

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
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.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
MySQL 5.7 + JSON
A fascinating development in MySQL, which will be really useful going forwards I'm sure. Morgan kept my interest throughout the talk, and handled a slight roasting on benchmarks with good humour.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Version Control - tips, tricks and good citizenship
This talk wasn't what I expected, in that it lacked for technical detail (I'm fairly new to SVN). That said, it was still a very useful talk and Tess was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
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.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
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.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Security Theatre
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!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
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.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Step Into Debugging
Gary managed to both sell me on using Xdebug and persuade me to try out PHPStorm. A really useful talk that was both interesting and humorous. Another potential sale in the bag.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
How I learned to stop worrying and love Regular Expressions
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.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Comic book continuity and Git rebase
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.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Got 15 minutes? Then give something back!
Liam had a difficult task in closing the Conference talking about a topic touched on by other key notes. He did so with impressive aplomb, and enthusiasm. I felt inspired, and I'm sure I wasn't alone.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
WordPress for the Modern PHP Developer
Some really interesting ideas about using WordPress with modern framework components and version control systems. Looking forward to making use of the slides to build a test instance.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
State of the PHP Community
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..
Rating: 4 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
The Road to Continuous Deployment: a case study
Really fascinating talk by an engaging speaker. The Strangler Pattern in particular sounds really useful for legacy apps.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
Unit Testing by Example
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.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
Integrating React.js with PHP projects
I found the JSON Schema aspect of the talk particularly interesting. An engaging talk from start to finish.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(16.Feb.2017)
Introduction to SOLID
So many patterns, so many ducks, so little time! Fascinating talk by an interesting speaker about a complex topic. Looking forward to grabbing the slides and reading the source material.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
I Think I Know What You’re Talking About, But I’m Not Sure
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.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
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.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Speak to your computer - Build a Trivia game using Amazon Alexa and AWS Lambda
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.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Kicking off with Zend Expressive and Doctrine ORM
Difficult to comment on the technical aspects of the talk, as I've not really used Expressive/Middleware, but it was an interesting talk with a useful run through of code examples.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Testing Complex Applications for PHP7
Very detailed topic that will take a while to digest, especially for those new to testing (and complex apps), but lots of useful lessons learned and tools to make use of I feel.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Demystifying Object-Oriented Programming
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!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Debugging Effectively
This talk offered a great framework for improving my debugging with some really good tools and tips. Looking forward to reducing technical debt and developing heuristics for better debugging.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Towards a framework less world
Agnotism. It's a brave new word. Great way to end conference, with a mix of humour and some (potential) prescience.

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PHP UK Conference 2017 Feb 16, 2017
PHP UK Conference 2016 Feb 18, 2016
PHP UK Conference 2015 Feb 18, 2015
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