Freek Van der Herten

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
The Laravel Ecosystem
Though you were clearly a bit nervous (who wouldn't be the first time before such a large crowd) I think you did a fine job. An ecosystem like the one built around Laravel needs a friendly faces to explain all. I'm sure newcomers to Laravel will find the video of your talk very usefull. Having said that I'd shorten up the presentation of the tools (and just skip the pricing) and focus a bit more on the people. (It was btw a great choice to not focus on the big names for once) <insert thumbs up emoji here> Off-topic (because I can): I've just seen Fear The Walking Dead, you'll like it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Behaviour-Driven development with Behat and PHPSpec
I had a very good experience and learned a lot. I agree with everything Chris Brown is saying about this workshop.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Package development
The content of this talk was top notch. Maybe it could be improved buy adding some more code examples and bringing down the pace at bit.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Whistleblowing 101
I thought the content of the talk was very interesting. Sometimes the structure of your talk was a bit hard to follow. I loved the noun project logo's but a build of text might have guided the audience through your talk better. As I understand this was your first talk before such a big audience. You did great. Defintly do it again!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Min-maxing software costs
Fantastic. The only negative point was that at some point in time it was over :-)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
The tao of Laravel
Beside an epic coder, you're a really good speaker. Will definitely use Spark to build a hobby project that I've been sitting on for quite some time. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Chasing "Perfect"
We need more of this kind of talks. Your talk was flawless! Great job!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Advanced Git for developers
I learned a bunch and it's a pleasure to see you have so much fun on stage.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Frontin' like a back-er
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Aug.2015)
Things Laravel made me believe
Awesome. I especially liked that you showed the various ideas of naming before settling on elixir. It was a bit like listening to demo's of your favourite band: the journey to the perfect song / code is equally interesting than the final song / code itself. Great job!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jan.2016)
How to Migrate Anything with DDD
I very much liked the talk and the passion for the project you were showing. Some more code examples and/or demo's earlier on in the talk would have been nice. I'll keep an eye on how Baleen will evolve.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jan.2016)
Doctrine ORM Good Practices and Tricks
the comment above is mine, forgot to log in
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Jan.2016)
Down The Rabbit Hole‚Äč
Fantastic!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Jan.2016)
AST + Better Reflection (Mirror, mirror on the wall)
I'm a sucker for these kinds of talks where a speaker shows a clear passion for his/hers project. You provided a good insight of why you created the project, how it works internally and how it differs from the native reflection capabilities. Bringing monkey patching to PHP is very cool. This talk could have easily been programmed on one of the main tracks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Jan.2016)
Caching on the Bleeding Edge
One of my fav talks of this edition. Great info given at the right tempo.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Feb.2016)
Speed Up Your Database 300 Times
Though I might not have learned anything brand new during this session (except for some minor tidbits), it was a good refresh to keep some db best practices in mind. You gave clear examples, sprinkled in a bit of humor, and showed a clear passion for the subject. The content could was a little bit light imho, but you did a great job as a speaker.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
A great way to start of the conference. I really liked the fact that you brought some personal reasons into this to explain why you make a stand. The rules of the code manifesto (I signed it already a long time ago) are great!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Very interesting topic. You presented it really well. I like the theory behind it but wanted to see some code sooner.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Every Millisecond Counts: Performance & UX
A really great talk! I like the pacing a lot and the fact you emphasized that performance is everyone's problem. I learned quite a few new things (like prerendering) too. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
MySQL 5.7 + JSON
For me this was the best talk of the day! I learned lots of interesting tidbits on the json handling of MySQL. It was a real joy to see you speak with passion.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
It's always fun to see you speak: I really like your loose and nonchalant style of speaking. I heard some funny an great stories. I'm hoping that some people will take the jump into creating open source software after hearing this talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(24.Feb.2016)
A storm Homebrewin
I learned loads of cool things that can be done with brew. I'll probably revise quite a bit of my dotfiles soon. The humor/enthousiasm during the talk was excellent! The locked minor picture alone is worth 5 stars :-)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(24.Feb.2016)
GrumPHP
GrumPHP definitely looks like a cool way to ensure the quality of your code. You gave a very nice intro and demo of the project. Imho the code examples you showed after the demo were not really necessary and brought the pace down. The slides were very well made. A big thumbs up for asking other people to contribute to your project and open source in general.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Apr.2016)
Chatops - Modern workflow
That previous comment (23:17) was mine. Forgot to login. Here's 4 thumbs up again :-)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Apr.2016)
Lessons learned from building an asynchronous filesystem component
The talk itself was good. You gave some good examples and I really liked the pace and the confident style of presenting. However, the talk was a bit on the short side. Right after the part about inodes I though "ok, now it's getting started, let's go", but then the talk was over. I understand with these kinds of talks it's hard to strike the balance between holding the hand of the audience and diving (too) deep. However itt's probably safe to eg. explain os x's flags (that you mentioned a bit more), or tell what makes a filesystem like zhs special, etc. I'd love to see this at another user group (or conference) as a 50 minute talk, because you obviously know your stuff very well.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Apr.2016)
Writing maintainable code
Excellent talk. You delivered the content in a casual and calm way and were clearly enthusiastic about the subject. The recorded video's were a nice way to avoid the pitfalls of live coding. Because you are a vim ninja and made lightning fast edits they sometimes were a bit hard to follow. A slide after the video with a summary of what just happened was a good idea. I felt that the talk was also a bit on the long side. You could shorten it by just starting with solid. Or, you could opt to split the talk in two: one about solid, one about object calisthenics. Every developer should know the things you've said during your talk, so spread the word by giving this talk at other user groups / conferences.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Introducing Eager Design
Easily one of the best talks of the conference. Great message enthusiastically brought. Amazing job!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Nov.2016)
Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT
This talk included a good amount of impressive demo's to demonstrated the power of IoT. The speaker could explain how everything worked behind the scenes in a clear way and was clearly very enthusiastic about the subject. Well done!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Nov.2016)
Open Source for a Successful Business
An excellent, well paced talk about the benefits on contributing to open source. Hopefully this will have nudged some people to start contributing. Imho every developer should hear the message Michelangelo was bringing.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Nov.2016)
Git Empowered
Very much enjoyed this interesting talk on some cool git features. The pacing was good, the examples were great. Jason is clearly a very good, well prepared speaker that can explain advanced things in a clear way.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Nov.2016)
Morning Wellness Break
Excellent break!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Nov.2016)
Console Apps: PHP Artisan forthe:win
Though the first part was not so interesting for me - I work with Artisan commands a lot - I still appreciated the clear way how you explained al the basic options. The beginners in the room could not have got a better introduction to Artisan commands. The second part where you presented uses cases was highly interesting. Plus points for the relaxed way you come across as a speaker and the enthusiastic way you approached the subject. Imho this talk could be given at a Laracon as well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Nov.2016)
Board Game Night
Protip: don't play Catan against Jason McCreary. You'll lose :-)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Nov.2016)
Tech for the People: Using our Superpowers for Good
Excellent talk that underlines the fact that the code we write should be as humane, warm, emphatic and thoughtful as we ourselves need to be in real-life. This talk could be given at any conference really. Well done!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Nov.2016)
You Don't Need Node.js: Async Programming in PHP
Good in depth talk with nice code examples!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Jan.2017)
Write history, keep a diary
This talk contained a bunch of good info on how handle commits and write good commit message given by an enthusiastic speaker. I very much appreciated the live examples on the command line. My only suggestion: start with the live examples sooner in the talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jan.2017)
Laravel design patterns (Uncon)
Congrats on giving your first ever talk. I liked the subject of your talk: it's interesting for anybody using PHP, not only the Laravel users. You picked a few interesting patters and explained them well. Bonus points for touching on shiny new realtime facades. Sometimes you were talking a bit fast. Probably because you know the concepts well (and maybe because you were a bit nervous). You could also make it easier for the audience to first give some practical examples before getting into the nitty gritty details of it. Have fun improving this talk and giving it again at another usergroup or conference.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Code review beyond code style
Fun, actionable talk!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Feb.2017)
Bruce Lee Driven Development
This was an amazing talk. I liked both the content (that was both fun and educationa) and the speaker (bonus points for the enthusiasm you brought to the table). The Bruce Lee references were great. This is a talk that I'm going to remember for a long time. This talk could/should be given at any conference (not just the PHP ones).
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Feb.2017)
Impostor Syndrome Be Gone
This is a really important subject. Pretty sure that a lot of people will find this talk very helpful. Giggles for the code examples from the past :-) I really liked the informal style of presenting. You're coming across as "one of us" and not a speaker thats standing on a pedestal (which is exactly the point that you were trying to make during the talk). That being said, I think the pacing of the talk could be a bit faster, at some points it was dragging a bit. It could also benefit from a little more structure. Laying out which points you are going to cover at the beginning of the talk would help a lot. I really hope that you are going to give this talk again at other user groups and conferences.

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