Alex Fraundorf

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Jul.2015)
How to Speak at a Conference
Great job! Lots of good points and several tips I would not have thought of. Thank you for sharing.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Getting Started with Magento 2
I really enjoyed the talk. As someone who has never used Magento, I feel that I now have a leg up on beginning to learn Magento 2. The live code technical difficulties (which will inevitably happen to any speaker doing them!) were actually useful in showing how to debug a Mage installation and some of the things to look for when encountering them. The technical issues were handled with the grace and patience of someone who clearly understands the library. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Application Security Nuts to Bolts
Ilia did a great job explaining a very broad subject of web security. Not only was it in-depth yet easy to understand (a very difficult balance to achieve), but it was honestly entertaining. I left with a ton of great notes and more prepared to protect my clients. My only disappointment was that I didn't get to see Ilia hack a site! ;-)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Using Encryption in PHP
An excellent talk on encryption and how to properly implement it by a speaker who clearly knows his subject inside and out. Not only is Ed clearly an expert on the subject, but he has the gift of making a very technical topic light and enjoyable to learn about. There were many laughs from myself and others along the way. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
PHP Session and Password Security
Elliott was able to clearly share his knowledge on session and password security in a fun and light-hearted way complete with examples and his own live demo on his website for the audience to play with (learn from) later on. Not only informative but entertaining, it certainly seems like Elliott enjoys speaking as much as he is skilled at it. Thanks!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
A Look Behind Recent Website Security Breaches
An entertaining look into recent industry security breaches, and how we can learn from them. Perhaps more importantly how we can respond properly to our users in the event of a breach. Thanks!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Baby Steps -> Giant Leaps. (Xdebug for Beginners)
As someone who had never really used xdebug, I now feel comfortable in using its basic functions and will be using it as a much better alternative to var_dump! Thanks!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Using Queues and Offline Processing
A very good talk explaining why you would want to consider offline processing to enhance your user experience and also several different methods of implementing it. I'm the guy that was starting to doze off in the second row, but honestly it was NOT because of the talk, just food coma. You did a really good job and the information is really useful for any larger project. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
Linux SysAdmin 101
Liam gave an excellent and entertaining tutorial that would bring someone up to speed using the Linux command line.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
Hack Your Home With a Raspberry Pi
Ken did a wonderful job on this tutorial (and the hours and hours or prep work). The RaspberryPis were set up perfectly with the perfect balance of pre-installed software with enough minor installs left for demonstration purposes. He took us from a first ssh into the pi, through connecting a sensor, reading data from it and doing several useful tasks with that data. Not only educational but entertaining. Great job!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
Engineering a Successful Career Through Failure!
Rodney gave an amazing talk and imparted very useful knowledge to to use when interviewing and considering new positions. His talk had a great pace and the perfect balance of seriousness and humor. Rodney's talk was a great reminder that through hard work and perseverance, you too can accomplish great things, no matter the challenges or past mistakes. I hope to have the opportunity to see Rodney speak again.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
Pulling up Your Legacy App by Its Bootstraps!
Emily did a great job explaining how she and her team updated a legacy application in pieces without disabling the existing functionality, which can be a very difficult task to achieve. It was a very enjoyable talk, and I picked up some valuable tips. If the speaking slot were longer, some more specific examples might be a good addition. Thanks for a great talk!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
RegEx Is Your Friend
A great introduction to regex and some great specific examples. I expect to be referring back to the slides often.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
Browser Serving Your Web Application Security
A lot of good security information that I had never seen before. Unfortunately the language barrier made it somewhat difficult for me to follow and keep up on. I think there was too much information to cover in the time slot. I don't think removing information would be an ideal solution, but maybe breaking it into a two part talk would be helpful. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
PHP Prepared Statements and MySQL Table Design
A great talk on trade offs between performance and security when using prepared statements, and more importantly why we always need to use prepared statements with user supplied data. As with all of Ed's talks, it was not only informative but entertaining. Thanks Ed!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Composer
Some very useful tips and tricks, most of which I did not know about. Some of these will make nice additions to my work flow. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
Thank You PHP Community, I Owe You so Much
A very personal, touching and inspiring talk, and a perfect example of why the PHP community is so special. There is something that we all can give back to the community, be it financially, sharing our knowledge or giving feedback to speakers. Thank you Michelangelo for all you do for the community.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jan.2018)
Website Translation and Localization with PHP
Philipp gave an excellent talk on how the translation industry works and how we as PHP developers can use translation services, and what mistakes to look out for when adding multiple languages to a website. He also gave an overview of some PHP technologies that can help manage multiple languages on a website, including Typo3 and several Wordpress plugins. Thank you very much Philipp for sharing your knowledge and helping me to understand a topic that I previously knew nothing about!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Mar.2018)
ADA Compliance - Making Your Website Accessible
An excellent delve into making websites compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the different kinds of ratings involved with that. Dylan gave a great discussion of main areas of focus, tasks any webmaster can do to make their website more accessible and demonstrated tools to assist with accessibility and to check your work to see if it was successful. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with the group!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Jul.2018)
I've Been Hacked, Now What?
An excellent talk and discussion about how to investigate and secure a site after it has been hacked in addition to great advice on how to prevent a hack (as much as possible). Beth always does a great job speaking and is very personable. I learned a lot and even picked up some new bash tricks! Thank you for coming to Appleton and sharing your knowledge and experience!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Nov.2018)
How We Got Here, A Brief History of Open Source
A entertaining and informative talk on on open source history and why open source is so important. I really enjoyed it and I started with a CoCo2 with only 16K :-)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Nov.2018)
Extending and Writing with Gutenberg
As someone new to WordPress, this talk was very useful to see what is coming with the Gutenberg editor, what is still in motion and what still needs to be figured out/fixed before it is ready to hand off to users. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Simplify Your Workflow With Docker
A great talk and demonstration on Docker. This talk is perfect for someone who is brand new to Docker. The speakers did a great job not only with the theory, but with helping everyone get a container up and running. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
WordPress Security Auditing, Applied
This was a very good discussion and workshop on debugging and auditing a plugin for security, especially the best way to harden a plugin in a "Wordpressy" way, for those of us new to WordPress. Thank you.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Getting Started with WP-CLI
This was a really good introduction into using the WordPress CLI tool and some of the things it can do. It is a very powerful tool and Nate did a really nice job explaining it to the group and pointing us to the documentation for niche case uses. There were plenty of opportunities for attendees to ask questions and Nate seemed very familiar with the tool. Thank you.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
More Secure API Requests with WordPress Helper Functions
This was a well done, quick and to-the-point lesson on the subject matter, covering how to do the front end JavaScript and backend PHP in a WordPress environment. Thank you.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Tmux and VIM as an IDE
This was an interesting talk on how much can be done using only two simple, small and pretty ubiquitous tools. Instead of a quick 20 minute discussion, I think this talk would have much more potential in a longer format allowing Gunnard to do some live demonstrations, especially showing what Tmux can do. This was simply not possible in the allotted time slot. Thanks, but I'm still going to use nano ;-)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Plugins. What Are They Good For?
Daniel did a wonderful job sharing his clear expertise on the subject matter. As an experienced PHP developer, but someone who is new to WordPress, I left the talk with a very good understanding of what code should reside in a plugin (vs a theme), an understanding of how a plugin interacts and hooks into the WordPress core, and the knowledge, resources and confidence to write my own plugin. I was able to ask many questions and Daniel did a great job answering them clearly. Thank you!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Web Access Jeopardy
This was a wonderfully done interactive experience. It was not only educational, but extremely entertaining. Marsha, who is clearly an expert on web accessibility and a gifted presenter, came up with an engaging way to teach us all about a very important topic that is often too easily pushed to the back burner or ignored all together when a web site is being planned and built. I really hope that more developers (both front end and back end) get to see this talk and play the game. It would be a wonderful addition to any conference, and I would love to go through it again. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2018)
Conquering Your Inner Critic
An engaging talk on how to manage and resist the self-defeating thoughts that we all have from time to time. Taking this talk to heart will not only help you to keep things in perspective, find more joy in life, but probably make you more pleasant to be around as well. Thank you for sharing!

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