Becky

@hightechredneck

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Accessibility: The Forgotten Piece you need to know to become a complete Developer
This talk inspired me to talk to my boss to see if we can make the sites we build more accessible.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Your inner Sysadmin
I work on a small team where I'm the only developer. Sometimes I have to deal with server related stuff if my boss (who usually handles that stuff) is unavailable. This talk makes me feel a little more confident about what I'm doing. :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Getting TLS Right
Lots of good information, but the speaker when though some slides a little fast.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
The Only Girl in the Room
Very insightful. I just wish the panel had been in a 2 hour time slot.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Practical Deployments for Average Projects
I'm stuck doing deployments the "old-fashioned" way of FTP or SSH. I have lots of notes now for researching what might work for me at work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
You Can UX Too: Avoiding the Programmer's Interface
I love Eryn. She's so full of energy. And this talk shows me that I need to do more planning before building the administrative interfaces that I do.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Inside Laravel 5.0
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Demystifying the REST API
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Scaling WordPress
Lots of good information about caching data. I definitely have a better understanding of things than I did before this talk.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(16.Mar.2015)
Scaling Magento - Reaching Peak Performance
The speaker went through things rather fast. Granted, he did get a late start due to technical difficulties. Also, the slides had a lot of text on them ... some were a bit overwhelming. I thought the talk would be more about tweaks and configuration settings but it seemed to be more about server setups. Maybe I'm just too new to Magento to understand the ins and outs of the software.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(16.Mar.2015)
Give it Back - Getting Involved in Open Source
I liked the list of ways someone can contribute to open source without having to actually write the code. Some of those things I hadn't even realized were an option.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Mar.2015)
Project Triage: What to do When Everything Hits the Fan
The real world examples made it easy to relate her ideas to things that I encounter where I work. While I did get a few take-aways, I was hoping a bit for a few more concrete ideas for certain situations. But I know that no 2 projects are the same ... so that's not worth dropping my rating a star. I love Eryn as a speaker. She's full of energy, and she has a way of injecting humor into things without taking it too far.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
The Code Manifesto: Empowering Our Community
As a female developer with anxiety issues and imposter syndrome ... this talk made me feel less alone. You also opened my eyes to the hidden minorities, which I had never really thought of before ... it's not just women and people of color who encounter crappy situations.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
Adventures in Laravel 5
I have recently started learning Laravel. This talk let me know I am headed in the right direction. There was a lot of information to digest.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
The Hidden Architecture of the Domain
I would have benefited from a little more explanation. My biggest take-away was that I can use my user stories to create tests. I've never done TDD but have always wanted to. That tip will help me.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
How Long Will It Take? - Estimation Methods To Answer The Impossible Question
I have always had trouble with estimates. This talk gave me some new ways to tackle them that I can hopefully share with my team (and the rest of the company). I am definitely going to use the term SWAGs in the future. :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Data Structures in PHP
There was a LOT of information, and it was a little hard for me to follow. I did learn some things about arrays that I wasn't aware of.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
PHP 7: The New New PHP
A lot of good information that has me more interested in trying out php 7 sooner rather than later. I might just upgrade my VPS to it when I get home from the conference (if it's available) so I can test it out.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Rethinking Loops
A lot of food for thought that has me thinking about looking at my code and seeing if/how I can refactor it using some of the techniques you discussed.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Mar.2016)
Lessons in Load Testing: Using PHP to load test your site and APIs
Great overview of how to approach load testing. I would have liked to hear more information about how to actually write the scripts for the testing an application, but with the limited amount of time I can see why it wasn't included.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Mar.2016)
Caching Best Practices
I was hoping to learn more about OPCache since I've been having issues with it on some of our client sites. But the information about memcached was good ... we've been thinking about using it on our servers but aren't sure where to start.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Mar.2016)
Going Pro
I love your energy and insight. I'm a *huge* NASCAR fan, so I loved how you incorporated it into your presentation explaining a team player ... especially equating a pit stop to a 12 second sprint.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
I enjoyed hearing about how you got involved in open source. You gave me some ideas as to how I can get involved. I never thought about writing blog posts as contributing. Or helping people with bug reports/issues. Those are things that I can do to help the community. :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
Principles of Unit Testing
I've been wanting to learn about testing for a while now, but have never had the chance. This talk gave me a good overview of unit testing.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
Accessibility: Don't turn off that JavaScript just yet!
I had never thought about people with dyslexia using screen readers or people with injuries who temporarily need accessibility tools. This talk really opened my eyes to that.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
OOP Is More Than Cars and Dogs
I was hoping that the talk would go a little deeper into interfaces and traits, but with the limited time, I understand why it didn't.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
Dev Divas: History's Heroines of Computing
I loved the talk. I learned so much about the history of women in tech. I wish this information was more common knowledge.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Mar.2017)
The Mindful Developer: Being Less Busy & More Productive
I loved that you talked about how you do things in your daily life and didn't just repeat what others have said. I need to incorporate the "one mindful breath" into my day at work to calm down when things don't go well.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
DevOps For Small Teams
Since I'm on a small team, I was really looking forward to this talk, and it did not disappoint. The info on Vagrant was especially helpful.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
Practical PHP Deployment with Jenkins
I think I would have gotten more from the talk if I worked on more long term projects. But it was interesting to learn about continuous deployment tools and strategies.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
Authenticating Against API Services
This was a very good overview of OAuth. I wish I had heard this talk before I embarked on a recent project integrating with Salesforce. I have a better understanding of what I did (or stumbled through) after this talk.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
Status Change: Now Using Event Sourcing
There was a lot of information to digest in this talk. It was more involved than I thought it was going to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
How to Make Your Website Not Ugly: 10 Simple UX Tenets for Non-Designers
The talk was easy to follow and full of good information. I fight with our designers on several of the points (contrast between text on top of images being the biggest issue), so I'm hoping if I share the information from this talk with them, they will finally "get it".
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Mar.2017)
Using our Superpowers for Good
Despite the tech issues you ran into at the start of the talk, you kept a cool head and even joked about it. I love how you use stories to get your points across. It made me realize that even though I work on pretty straightforward sites, there are still things that I can do to to make users' experiences suck less. :)

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Midwest PHP 2017 Mar 17, 2017
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