Karin van den Berg

@KarinvdB

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Aug.2015)
Chasing "Perfect"
Excellent talk and demo! I've been trying to improve my code in the same type of way, finding ways to eliminate nested conditionals but to see it demonstrated so clearly was awesome. Really got me eager to get back to my code and improve it. Also the first code-heavy talk that I could follow easily from start to finish. My favorite talk of the day.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Aug.2016)
Future Is A Thing Of The Past
Very nice talk on Event Sourcing. The speaker was engaging but seemed a bit nervous which resulted in him talking very fast and his jokes falling flat because people needed a bit of time to catch up. With a bit more practice on relaxing the talking style this will be an excellent talk.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(23.Aug.2016)
TDD Is Dead, Long Live TDD
Agree with Povilas, some good points and info in the first half, although the speaker doesn't have the most engaging speaking style, but the demo was very tough to follow in the back, I could have done with more info about why and how to use TDD instead.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(23.Aug.2016)
Bringing User Stories To Life
Good insights on how to make user stories work better. Unfortunate that it seems that bit strips, which the talker used so effectively to illustrate her user stories, is no more.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(23.Aug.2016)
Keynote
I know this is a Laravel conference but as someone who doesn't use Laravel primarily, I was disappointed with this talk as the keynote, I would have expected something more along the inspirational lines. As a 2015 attendee where I know there were a lot of complaints about the talks not being technical/laravel oriented enough, I feel that this was a big overreaction to that feedback. It also felt a bit like leftovers, considering how often the speaker mentioned he was just telling us things he didn't have time to talk about at Laracon US. I think this talk would have had a much better place along the two tracks. I was missing the inspiring message that is usually conveyed in a keynote.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
Curing The Common Loop (With Collection Pipelines)
Excellent, just like last year. Dealing with simple every day coding structures and improving them immensely. It's like magic seeing Adam doing these refactors but it's explained so well you can replicate it right away. Once again all our code will be better for it. Thanks Adam!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
Please Understand Me
Great talk! Good insights into how to deal with your job and those around you, and live in general. I agree I would have expected a bit more from the perspective of transitioning to manager, but overall a talk well worth attending.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
Modern Frontend UI with Vue.JS
Very good talk, made me, as a Vue novice, really think about how this could be useful in our projects. Will definitely look into using Vue.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
The Lucid Architecture For Building Scalable Applications
Very nice intro into structure and architecture and great ideas in the Lucid architecture, very well explained.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
Conversations with a Screenreader: Web Accessibility For Artisans
Very good subject, good to get people thinking about accessibility being for everyone and not just a few people. Well presented, the only comment I have is that it was a bit repetitive at times. Just a tip, in my opinion, a 40 minute talk doesn't warrant recaps.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
Making the Most Out of MySQL
Very well structured talk and great insights. I agree for me it was a bit hard to follow at times because of the accent, an Italian colleague had less trouble.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(26.Aug.2016)
The State Of Content Management
I was expecting much more, there was pretty much nothing in the talk that I didn't already know which caused my attention to wane, and in the middle he lost me completely. The stakeholders perspectives could have been interesting but again, nothing new there. Since I am working on a customized CMS project I would have really liked some good ideas.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Getting started with Symfony 4 and Flex
Very good intro to Symfony 4 and flex for someone who’s working with Symfony 3. Good freestyle workshop section where participants could use their own approach to the problem. Thanks!!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Workshop GraphQL Server in PHP with Symfony Flex
Interesting subject but the copy pasting where everyone ends up with the exact same result without fully uunderstanding is not very conducive to learning. I’d recommend having a basic setup ready for the participants, use the first part of the workshop to explain and demo that setup, then allowing participants to expand it on their own.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Keynote : The New Revolution
Great speaker and great food for thought to be found here. The keynote didn’t actually go over time as much as people think, the opening started late, so not Samantha’s fault. This was an excellent talk for an opening keynote.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Application metrics with Prometheus
Very nice talk. Contrary to other opinions I felt the first part was the most interesting. Theory is great and applicable to more than one technical solution.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Building teams, what can we learn from professional sports
Good talk, most subject matter I’d heard before but it was a good overview, and a good speaker. I would have liked some more in depth examples but nicely done.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Monitor Your PHP Applications with Logs, Metrics, Pings, and Traces
Nice overview of possibilities in Kibana but I agree it wasn’t clear from the description this is what it was going to be.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
The Science of Code Reviews
Very insightful talk into why code reviews are good and how best to use them.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Guided by Examples - Software Driven by Requirements
Good insight into how to use examples properly, and the value of gherkin/cucumber tests for the business. The speaker wasn’t the most engaging but the subject matter was interesting enough for me to stay with it.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Uncon Power of the soft skills
Very nice insights in the value of soft skills and how to apply them in your day to day job.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
AssertTrue(isDecoupled(“my tests”))
Very nice, loved that the speaker gave some info at the start about the target audience, but in spite of me being a quite experienced tester I stuck with it and don’t regret it. The speaker said he was quite nervous but it was hardly noticeable, very nice speaking skills and good info.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
From dev to prod with GitLab CI
Nice intro to Gitlab, it made me want to try it and those are the best talks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
The developer's model for talking to managers
Great speaker, well prepared, great ideas in how to be better at communication to get a good outcome where everybody is happier. Excellent role playing all by himself.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
What raising 3 kids taught me about working with users
Good insights illustrated by both the kids and experiences with users.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Keynote : Controlling the variables
Thijs is a great speaker, obviously. He made some great points and overall it was inspiring but at some point I did feel it was a bit long and going into his successes by trying a bit too much, I’d say keep the examples short and clear. I’d also agree with Marieke that it was less inclusive than it could have been. Of course you write/speak about what you know but not every one at the conference will be a speaker at such conferences someday. It left me feeling a little like I’d be underperforming if I didn’t try as hard to be really successful (197 talks in 15 countries!). There are many ways to progress, many roles to play, that don’t all include the same methods of finding opportunities. With a bit of tweaking and more examples aimed at different type of people of controlling the variables, it could be very inspiring for a wide audience.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Coding Horrors - A Horror Film Fan's Guide to PHP Coding Nightmares
Nice talk, the speaker wasn’t the most engaging I’ve seen, so the laugh out loud wake up call I was hoping for wasn’t quite there. The examples were fairly simple, a few were nostalgic but overall not much to learn.

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Laracon EU 2015 Aug 23, 2015
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