Christopher Riley

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Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2015)
Database Wizardry for Legacy Applications
I'd agree with James, that the live demo didn't really add much. Personally I'd have liked to see a bit if discussion on /why/ something was slow in mysql and what properties of a nosql makes a nosql database able to do the same query much faster. That would make it easier to relate you examples back to problems we may be having and be able to decide if nosql is an appropriate solution.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2015)
Integrating Communities
An interesting talk, a new take on an age old problem
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Ways To Measure Your ORM's Cost
Really enjoyable, great audience participation and some really useful tips.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
What To Expect from PHP7
Fantastic delivery, good source of information.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Good talk and a good introduction to the topic. Might have been a bit mathsy for first thing in the morning, but that isn't the speaker's fault. A tip for any conferences using this talk in the future: put it after the morning coffee break!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Kubernetes at the Home Office
I'd say that this talk was one of the highlights of this year's PHP UK and has changed my answer to the question of 'is docker ready for production yet' from a no to a maybe.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Jun.2016)
Laser Quest
Would shoot you all again!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Oct.2016)
A World Without PHP
This talk gave a good presentation of PHP history and reminded us just how many sites rely on PHP but I felt there was quite a bit missing from the what would the world be like without PHP side of the talk. I wonder if the talk would be better if generalised to 'A world without open source', this topic may enable a better contrast and provide a more inspirational talk for a keynote.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Oct.2016)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
Fantastic. A great closing to the weekend.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Oct.2016)
He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty programmer!
I found this entertaining, but it did unfortunately miss out some of my favourite python sketches. Overall, I think a little bit more focus on the message between the clips would make this more universally appreciated.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Oct.2017)
Software Management Lessons from the 1960s
I really enjoyed this talk and it resonated well with many of the experiences I've had on projects.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Oct.2017)
Paradoxes and theorems every developer should know
Great content but the presenter seemed to loose his place a few times which interrupted the flow of the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2018)
Going Backstage on Community Trends: Bug or Feature?
Very positive start to the conference
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2018)
Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Playing 'Developer'
Very entertaining keynote
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2018)
Urban Legends: What You Code Makes You Who You Are
Good talk, but I felt it didn't quite match up with the title/abstract. I thought the last few slides moved through in silence created a powerful effect.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2018)
Service Workers and their role in PWAs
Interesting talk, delivery and pace were good. From a PHP dev perspective (with little knowledge of modern JS stuff) I was initially confused about service workers as I didn't realise they were different from WebWorkers. It would have been helpful if there was an introduction slide which explained the differences.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Apr.2018)
Developing Your Soft Skills
I was quite interested in finding out exactly what a workshop on soft skills would entail and from that perspective; my curiosity was sated. This was a fun workshop which I feel that the only downside was a lack of attendees. This meant that many of the exercises took a fairly short period of time to complete and saw us moving onto some exercises which were more individually focused. While these exercises are no doubt valuable in their own way, I think greater benefit is derived from the group tasks as one of the hardest things for developers to do is to work effectively as a team; especially when it comes to communication. Perhaps a way to resolve this in future if the attendee count is low, would be to repeat some of the exercises later on, perhaps with slightly different parameters to see if attendees improve their performance the second time around.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Apr.2018)
Privacy by Design
Great talk. I'm going to be reviewing the video in depth later on to ensure that PHP Yorkshire itself is up to scratch with handling users data.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(11.Jun.2018)
Keynote : Controlling the variables
Technically, this was great. Great stage presence. However, I'm in agreement with the others here who said the message wasn't quite all there. Also felt a bit long...

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Events They Were At

PHP Yorkshire 2018 Apr 12, 2018
PHP UK Conference 2018 Feb 14, 2018
PHP North West 2017 Sep 28, 2017
PHP Yorkshire 2017 Apr 07, 2017
ScotlandPHP 2016 Oct 28, 2016
PHP North West 2016 Sep 29, 2016
phpDay 2016 May 12, 2016
PHPNW15 Oct 01, 2015
PHP UK Conference 2015 Feb 18, 2015
Forum PHP 2017 Oct 27, 2017
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