Neil Nand

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Down the Rabbit Hole: Lessons Learned combining Career and Community
Really, really great talk about the PHP community. Didn't realise there was so much going on in the community, certainly encouraged me to go out and get involved more.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
Parallel PHP
Good talk on parallel PHP, cleared up the usage of some terms & has a great sense of humour. Fair amount of it went over my head but it's made me more aware of things I didn't realise could be done with PHP so I can research on it separately. Couldn't expect in-depth explanations in such a short period of time.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
The Art of Programming
Great talk on how programming is like a logical art form, put into words something I was thinking for a little while. Well presented & interesting, also amazing unicorn image.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
Teaming up Backbone.js and the new WordPress API
Great talk & well presented. Would've liked more information on Backbone and less on Titanium but still opened my eyes up to what you can do with WordPress outside of the 'standard' web sites.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
API Pain Points
Amazing talk, very well presented & I learnt a lot. Made me want to go out & build an API!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
Dependency injection, the right way.
Good talk & it came across as though you really understood your subject. Went a little over my head in parts but that's more a lack of understanding on my part as there's only so much explanation you'd be able to do in the limited time.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
Advanced Adventures in Git
Amazing talk & really well presented, was using some of the new git commands I'd used the next day! Could easily have listened to this talk for another hour, probably the most directly relevant talk of the day for me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
An Oral History of How I Got Grumpy
Great talk about his career progression with type on how to apply it to ourselves.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
A Functional Guide to Cat Herding with PHP Generators
Seeing real examples of PHP Generators was great, made me realise I should look into PHP Generators more.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Building APIs with Slim 3
Good talk on APIs but I did think having part of the talk on general API development, part on PSR-7 and part on Slim itself meant that there wasn't enough time on slim so I don't think I could walk away and develop much with it. Having said that I found the talk really good for explaining how to make good APIs using Slim to explain that, maybe just a different title is all that's needed to change.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Extremely Defensive PHP Programming
I found some points I understood but I couldn't really see the advantage in doing them vs the disadvantage. Maybe if I maintain a large ojn going project in the future more of this will make sense. Still gave lots ot think about and bits that I can use straight away to improve my coding practises.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
Anatomy of a Type System
Found this really interesting in understanding what's going on at a lower level, many bits did go over my head but being exposed to the terminology and ideas was still helpful and has given me a few areas on what to look into to better understand how programming languges work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
HTTP/2.0 101 Introduction
I found this to be one of the, prehaps the best, talk of the conference. Helped me understand the difference between HTTP 1.1 and HTTP 2.0 and what that means for web developers.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
WordPress for the Modern PHP Developer
Found this really helpful as it's a topic I've been looking into lately but hadn't founda good way to managing dependancies, a few tools mentioned will likely be very helpful in future project too. Of all the talks in the conference this probably had the most practical information in it which I can make use of in upcoming projects.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2016)
JeoPHPardy!
Wasn't sure what to expect, never seen Jeopardy before, great finish before the social though.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Sep.2016)
An Introduction to Functional Programming Using PHP
Didn't really know what functional programming was before this talk, had just heard the name before. This talk helped me understand what this actually is & was presented really well - I'm pretty sure it was said this was your first talk, I wouldn't have been able to tell if it hadn't been stated before hand. Some practical examples of this being implemented in a actual project or some sort would be good.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(24.Sep.2016)
Designing the M in MVC
Good talk - DDD is something I've been thinking of reading up on for a while but have been putting off as I didn't really know just how beneficial it would be. This talk certainly gave me a much better basic understanding of DDD and put it higher up on my reading list.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
The New Revolution
Good history lesson on computing, didn't know a lot of it & leading on to how we'll be shaping its future.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Introduction to functional programming with Phunkie
Certainly a good way to give a talk on functional programming and introduce the Phunkie framework but I have a very limited knowledge of functional programming so could only follow so far.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Static Optimization of PHP Bytecode
Really good talk on some of the optimisations of PHP internals but I went in with the impression that there'd be more information on how PHP developers could optimise the code the write. Maybe just make it a little clearer on the talk description?
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Managing dependencies is more than running "composer update"
Good talk on things to consider around composer outside of the commands.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Knit 1, Perl 1
A well presented & fun talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
What's New in Xdebug?
Really good quick talk on the new & less well known existing features of Xdebug, gave me something to go away & look in to.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Content Security Policies: Let's Break Stuff
Great talk on this, I hadn't even heard about this topic before. The only I thing I'd say is it would be good to give a very quick overview of how these are implemented at the start, having not heard of them before I took me a while to realise they were sent in the HTTP headers which made earlier parts of the talk harder to grasp.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Don’t believe everything you learn
Really good fun talk, and I learnt some things about dates.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
My Favourite PhpStorm Surprises
Really good talk & well delivered I'd love to see a much longer talk on PHPStorm features in the future.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
5 Features of a Good API
Really good talk & made me think about some API design decisions in a different way.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
How to handle ?
Great talk, for me it was the best one of the conference. Learnt a lot, and a fair amount of it is applicable to what I do & will be doing.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
RegEx Is Your Friend
I really liked the walk, learnt some bits about RegEx (I'm not proficient at it) but the last quarter of the talk was a bit lost on me.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Closing speech & prize draw
Really good & a big thank you to everyone who organised it. Removed one star as this is the third year in a row I've not won an elephant.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Status Change: Now Using Event Sourcing
I had no knowledge of Event Sourcing before this talk and I think as a result of that wasn't able to follow a lot of the content or take much away from it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Jun.2017)
Ethical Engineering
A good entertaining talk although I did think it lost focus a bit on the ethics of engineering part way through.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Introduction to GraphQL
I didn't know what GraphQL was before this talk now I know the types of situations that it would be applicable to to look up more in-depth when I need it. Didn't come out thinking I could use it without looking into it more but considering I didn't know what it was to begin with I wouldn't expect to.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Working with Webhooks
Really enjoyed the talk, barely knew what a webhook was before this talk but understanding that it's just a HTTP POST going from the server to client helped clear it up a lot. Only thing I'd change is having photos of puppies instead of rabbits.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Creating a dashboard with Laravel, Vue and Pusher
It's not often there's a talk at a conference that shows how a working application is built through the whole technology stack, I really enjoyed it.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Build, provision & deploy in the Cloud with Packer, Ansible & Terraform
Good speaker and presentation but the talk was way over my head, I think this required a lot more DevOps knowledge than I had to understand the talk so I can't comment on the content.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Zero to Jenkins: Automatic builds + deploys
Really great talk that opened my eyes to just how easy and quick setting up automatic builds actually is. I've been putting it off for a while as I thought it'd need a lot of time to set up.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Playing 'Developer'
Fun an interesting talk with a really good points about empathy and being a good people person to be a great developer.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Going Backstage on Community Trends: Bug or Feature?
Really good at showing how PHP has a grown as a community and just how much work meetup organisers put into keeping their groups going and what people can do to help, a lot of which hadn't even occurred to me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Inversion of Control (IoC) Containers Beyond Constructor Injection
This was a really good talk which expanded my basic knowledge of IoCs a lot.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Urban Legends: What You Code Makes You Who You Are
Good talk and well presented.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
MySQL 8 -- A New Beginning
Good overview of what's coming in MySQL 8, looking forward to a lot of it. Didn't even realise there was a MySQL 8 coming along before this.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Feb.2018)
Performance optimisation: how do I go about it?
I've been to several talks on performance in the past but this one gave a sort of real world example of how it all comes together which was pretty helpful.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Feb.2018)
Behaviour Driven Development and Behat: Telling Stories Through Code
Good talk, haven't implemented BDD practises before and this helped me a bit more clearly work out what it is.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Feb.2018)
The secrets of Cryptography
Really great talk on cryptography, my favourite talk of the conference.

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