Matt Dawkins

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Everything That I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Rabbinical School
Took me a while to get into the speaking style, which was unexpectedly slow, but beneath that there was clearly a huge depth of wisdom that was very useful. The message about mentoring came across loud and clear.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
What's new in PHP
A refreshingly human and personal presentation style, especially following Yitz's talk. I really appreciated the enthusiasm with which the new features were described, with practical examples.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Modernizing The WordPress Toolbox
Interesting insight into how WP is developed. Not much I could practically take from that to apply to my own projects though.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
RESTful APIs with Laravel 5's Doc Block Controller Annotations
Interesting idea, but sounded increasingly like a conceptual idea rather than something we should all be using right now, and from the Q&A at the end it was apparent that there are potentially some fundamental disadvantages to to the approach that still need to be worked through before it's viable. Presentation style not authoritative, but it was clear.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
PHP's biggest bottleneck - MySQL
Great set of advice, very well delivered. It didn't go into unnecessary detail, but did give tantalising hints at more complex stuff we should look into on our own, so I felt it was pitched at the right level. Very well delivered.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Bring your PHP application to the next level with React.JS
Interesting, but hard to get my teeth into. It would have been nice to see some live examples rather than just the concepts, so that we could see the benefits of it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
The NoSQL Store everyone ignores: PostgreSQL
In a word - wow! Great talk, well delivered, with plenty of practical examples that showed the power and application of those techniques. I found it inspiring and informative, and made me want to use PostgreSQL for some of my projects! Excellent.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
MVVM and Silex - It's the future
Interesting (if fast paced) look at how everything fits together. Might have benefited from covering less but going deeper into the details, perhaps showing the benefits of this approach over others. Presentation style was excellent though, and you clearly know your stuff.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
The Power of Modern Version Control
As someone who has never used Github before and always wanted to, this was an excellent practical introduction. May have been a little basic for others though. Presentation style was very friendly and honest, and it was clear and easy to understand. I particularly liked the encouragement to contributing to open source projects (rather than just doing a local hack) so that everyone benefits.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Debugging: past, present and future
Interesting, but way over my head for most of it I'm afraid! Sounded more useful for those doing low-level debugging rather than basic application debugging.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Your API is a UI
Good advice on APIs. Gorgeous slides. I particularly liked the recommendation to cater for creativity, using the API in unexpected ways.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
The Future of Programming
Interesting thought experiment, but very little I could take away and learn from. Good presentation style though.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Integrating Communities
Inspiring talk. Quite personal at times, but there were still things to take away from it, like getting involved in a local user group. Good presentation style.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2015)
Open Source, Love, and Social Responsibility
Superb. Great to have the challenge to think beyond our own problems, and therefore this was a great place to finish the conference. Well done.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Awesome. Clear application, and the live demo was great - even the failure of it proved a point about performance! Inspired me to apply this to a content project I'm working on. Loved the humour, presentation style and confidence. Humility was also appreciated, made you sound more approachable and human, which encourages me to give it a try too.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
Good talk, but I found it quite a depressing topic to start the conference with. At times it sounded like you had a bee in your bonnet, which isn't a bad thing in itself but it made it difficult for me to connect with. Felt more like a slap on the wrist rather than an inspirational or aspirational talk. Don't get me wrong, perfectly valid points, I just wonder if it could have been presented from a slightly different perspective to bring out the positives. Presentation style might have benefitted from not reading word for word what was on the slides. Plenty of confidence though, clear voice, obvious passion. Thank you!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Every Millisecond Counts: Performance & UX
Spoke very fast, but loads of useful information here, ranging from basic to stuff that's well beyond me. Practical examples would have been helpful though, as it was a bit theoretical and lacked evidence.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Large-scale websites performance optimisation tricks
Very theoretical with very little practical take-away. Lovely to hear about your successes, but it wasn't clear how we could benefit from your learnings.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
MySQL 5.7 + JSON
Superb! Great presentation style, clear explanatation and examples, and inspiring to see what's available in JSON datatypes. Brilliant!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Docker & PHP - development and deployment
Great presentation, very clear. In fact I stopped taking notes, I'll just refer back to yours! The application of it was a little beyond me though, so I'd still struggle to migrate from a traditional lamp model to docker, but I'm definitely intrigued and will find out more at some point!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
Superb. Great humour, useful insight, helpful advice, inspirational... Basically everything I'd want from a keynote! Well done.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
Excellent keynote. Good balance of information and humour to keep us interested and awake at the start of the day! A topic it would seem most of us can relate to in some way, so very much needed. Useful examples and advice made it accessible. American accent wasn't distracting. Ended a little abruptly, but otherwise brilliant, thank you!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
From Vagrant to Production
Bucket loads of information, sometimes too fast to be able to take it all in, but useful nonetheless. Some stuff here I'm already doing, which is reassuring, and others are things I may need to research more to find out where I can improve my workflow.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Step Into Debugging
Brilliant. Lighthearted and humorous, which made it more accessible for newcomers. Started off easy and introduced more advanced concepts as it went through, which was great. Live demos were useful to see how it all works in practice. Well done!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
How I learned to stop worrying and love Regular Expressions
I thought I already knew about regular expressions. And, sure enough, I did. Right up until 20 minutes in when it got super complicated, and then I was lost. I'll definitely need to go away and look these up and try them in real world scenarios (which was what was missing from this presentation, imo). Sadly, I'm left feeling more worried about regular expressions than before I came in!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
As someone with little experience but lots of responsibility, I thought this was an excellent talk. Lots of practical pointers, reminders of the obvious, but all the time with examples of why it's an issue. Well presented, clear and engaging. Well done!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Got 15 minutes? Then give something back!
Superb! Confidently delivered, clear, and very inspiring. What a great way to round off the conference! Well done Liam.

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PHP UK Conference 2015 Feb 18, 2015
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