Woody Gilk

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Mar.2015)
Hack - Why Should I Care?
Good talk, would have liked to see complete examples of all the new structs, like Tuple and Set. Otherwise, was a perfect intro to Hack.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Mar.2015)
Developing and Deploying PHP with Docker
Good talk, demo could have been more completely prepared. Overall lots of good information in a dense form. Very useful.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Mar.2015)
Accessibility: The Forgotten Piece you need to know to become a complete Developer
Great balance of information, humor, and critique. Great topic to start the con with. Cat video at the end was the best.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Mar.2015)
The Only Girl in the Room
Dialog was good. Would have been better to allow more questions by limiting responses to one panelist. Great to see so many men in the room.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(14.Mar.2015)
Container Coding
A very good subject, but the presentation was not well done. Too much text, conflation of patterns, overly focused on talking about database as persistence instead of detail.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Inside Laravel 5.0
Excellent introduction to Laravel 5! Very good balance of what's possible abd best practice.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Mar.2015)
Demilitarizing HTTP -- Developing API's for Hostile Mobile Developers
Good talk, would have liked more about security.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
The Code Manifesto: Empowering Our Community
Excellent and honest discussion about what we need to do as an industry to encourage and support diversity in tech. A great way to set the tone of a conference.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
Building Great APIs
Super useful tips and suggestions for how to build better APIs. Very clear presentation!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(04.Mar.2016)
How Long Will It Take? - Estimation Methods To Answer The Impossible Question
Good examples and clear reasoning about what is normally a pretty tricky subject. Most of the slides were fun and unique. The "list of things" slides could be reworked to be less dry.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Be a Bold Coder
I would personally like to see a few more code samples and examples of output from the insepection tools that were mentioned.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Polyglot Persistence - using the best DB for the job
Put a lot of emphasis on how to move from anything else to graph, and specifically to neo4j. The whole bit about Docker didn't seem relevant to the presentation at all. Examples throughout didn't feel congruent with each other. Some were about university data, some where shop data... sticking with a single type of data would make the examples clearer. Would have enjoyed more exploration of different types of database in each category... mysql vs postgres, mongo vs couchdb, etc. Also would like to know more about how to shard the various types of databases, which was only touched on during QA period. PS: The description of the talk on the joindin page has messed up formatting.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Rethinking Loops
As far as delivery goes, this was one of the best talks I've seen at the conference. Excellent pacing, quality slides, and even a "live" refactoring demo that was spot on. The content was also quite good. Some of the examples were a little weak, eg using array_reduce to calculate a sum that could be done using array_sum. That said, the overall philosophies that were covered and the design suggestions and general advice were excellent. This is definitely a contender for my favorite talk of the conference!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Mar.2016)
Introducing the OWASP Top 10
Excellent topic and really good delivery. We all need to be reminded about basic security concerns when dealing with web apps. I would have enjoyed a few more code samples that highlight the best practices that were mentioned.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Apr.2016)
HTTP is Dead. Long Live HTTP/2!
Really good overview of the history of HTTP/1.0 through HTTP/2. Lots of useful technical information as to what RFCs are current and which ones are invalid. Could have been a little bit more in depth as to how we can prepare to HTTP/2 in PHP land and what will be different.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(08.Apr.2016)
Building Simple Micro Services Using Slim 3.0
There was certainly a lot of potential but the intent was a bit lost in having overly busy slides. Nervousness of the speaker definitely showed and hurt the appeal a bit. I would love to see this talk again in a couple of months when it has been polished!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(08.Apr.2016)
Writing Workers For Scalable Applications
Excellent presentation for creating offline workers. Really good recommended stack (Beanstalk, Redis, and Supervisord) for getting up and running quickly and reliably. A slightly deeper dive on how to use separate queues for separate jobs would have been nice, but perhaps not possible in the time allotted.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(08.Apr.2016)
Conscious Uncoupling - Building Software That Lasts
A solid talk and a good introduction to decoupling. A bit lacking in concrete examples and could have used more depth on how decoupling facilitates testing. Slides were also a bit dry and could have flowed a bit better.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Apr.2016)
How to Cope When It All Hits the Fan
Excellent topic, well delivered, and obviously very well rehearsed. This could have been a final keynote for sure. Slides were very well designed too... nice to see at a tech conference.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Apr.2016)
PHP7 and Beyond: The Future of PHP
A great way to end the conference. I would have liked to see just a little bit more content in the slides and a little more polish to the slides in general. The flow and dialog was excellent but something was lost in the visual.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Promises and Generators
Super interesting talk. The examples were good. I'm still not entirely sure how promises are implemented with regard to generators. A little more information to link the two concepts would be helpful. Or maybe I should just go read a promise implementation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
I love all the fun screenshots and jokes that Gary puts into his talks.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Pulling up Your Legacy App by its Bootstraps!
I think some of the container examples should come with a disclaimer not to use containers inside of applications, *except* when dealing with legacy apps. Besides that, the talk was well thought out and should really help people see how to do incremental improvement on legacy apps.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Bringing Old Legacy Apps To PHP 7 and Beyond
Super fun and a great intro to PHP 7. Just needs more shimmy, I mean shim. ;)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Expressive Microservice Framework Blastoff
It's probably really hard to do this presentation without a ton of text. I think it would make a really good workshop or tutorial... there was just so much information and code that it was hard to appreciate the end result.

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Lone Star PHP 2016 Apr 07, 2016
Midwest PHP 2016 Mar 04, 2016
Midwest PHP 2015 Mar 14, 2015
Midwest PHP 2017 Mar 18, 2017
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