Denis Brumann

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
What To Expect from PHP7
I liked the concise description of the new features with the code snippets to make them clearer, I liked the part about upgrading to PHP7. I was hoping to hear more about pitfalls and how to set it up, but it was definitely enough to get you started and in the end you have to see it in your own projects anyway.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
Strip your TEXT field
Really interesting talk. I like how it is modelled around a real life example, but it fell short in this regard when describing the solutions (might be due to unconference-format). It would be interesting to see practices how to mitigate costly TEXT-fields in ORM-context specifically Doctrine.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
Dotting your i's and crossing your t's - How to Make Good Code Great
I'm not sure if I am just not the target audience - it seemed very beginner oriented - but to me it felt like just a link list with cartoons as slides. This is not to say that it wasn't entertaining, it mostly was. Also the mentioned practices and tools are fine and getting people to know about them is useful and a good cause. I just don't feel the talk really achieved that. I feel that it is very likely when you code professionally you will have dealt with most if not all of these. If you didn't know about them, you probably barely got enough info to see if it's useful for you. Since there are are already 2 positive reviews I might be wrong about this.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
Driving Design through Examples
A fantastic talk. Great slides, very succinct presentation, fast pace (but not too fast) and I really loved the example scenario that is easily grasped without being too simplistic that it feels artificial. It's definitely useful to have at least rudimentary experience with behat and phpspec to follow the slides. Only suggestion I have is to leave more time for discussion.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Apr.2016)
Wie wir Code analysieren
Sehr guter Talk. Die verschiedenen Metriken waren gut veranschaulicht. Symfony als Beispiel fand ich toll; stellt sicher, dass viele Leute zumindest grob mit dem Code vertraut sind und somit gezeigte Zahlen eher im richtigen Kontext erkennen. Ansonsten hat der Talk sehr dazu beigetragen zu veranschaulichen, dass man die Werte mit einer Prise Salz zu genießen hat.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Nov.2017)
Containing Chaos with Kubernetes
Great introduction into container orchestration using Kubernetes. It contained the perfect mix of terminology and foundational logic with practical samples showing those concepts in action. I particularly liked that Terrence initially gauged the audiences level/interest to shift focus on practical examples rather than discussing basics. I would really like a talk building on this one showing some of more advanced features only briefly mentioned, such as logging & monitoring or maybe running hybrid setups.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(07.Nov.2017)
MySQL 8 -- A New Beginning
I enjoyed the talk, but as someone who is not intensively working with MySQL on a day to day basis, especially not doing administrative tasks, I would have liked some of the new features to be put in a context or explained in a little more detail. It seemed like Dave presumed everyone was already familiar with 5.7 either from using it or from listening to his other talk(s). I think it's reasonable to at least quickly recap major changes such as JSON-support instead for those who are not. I liked the idea of leaving time for discussion/questions, but judging by how it was picked up the time could have been spent working on some of the points above instead.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(07.Nov.2017)
Refactoring Large Legacy Applications with Laravel
Enjoyable talk and likeable speaker. I think the initial section on introducing standalone components in a legacy code base was good, but switching from slides to editor was taking me out a bit. I think moving this into the slide would work better for me, especially as the code snippets were rather small. Maybe using a short gif/video works better than manually switching branches and quickly clicking through code. I'm not fully convinced that retrofitting Eloquent to a legacy project is the best idea/example, but as I have never done it I can't fairly judge that. I liked the concept of hybrid applications for refactoring and I think the talk should focus more on that as it seemed to be the part that most people asked about. I left with some questions on specifics such as sharing session data, how to move (legacy) code into the new project. I think explaining this approach in more detail, maybe with examples taken from existing projects, could be a full talk in itself I would be interested in seeing. The final part seemed a bit tacked on to me, especially since Craig seemed to discourage from it as well and there was pretty much no detail or code samples for it. I would like that time to go into one of the first 2 sections of the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Nov.2017)
Creating Space to be Awesome
I understand why people are put off by the swearing, but to me it felt like part of the personal style and I did not take offence in it, neither did it distract me from the talk's message. Being a personal story I think it's fair to not mention alternatives to the management styles and conclusions promoted in the talk. Even though I don't think they always apply/work in every team. I didn't perceive the message as hard left leaning/"SJW" rant. Meri drew from her own experience to promote ways how to recognise and work against inherent biases without blaming/shaming anyone. Her talk relied on highlighting how a company atmosphere/culture shapes our productivity and the advice she gave on how to create a welcoming atmosphere were people like to work and are able to contribute resonated with me. These aspirational/motivational talks and personal stories are part of the conference culture I like best as they give a glance at something outside the pure technical aspects of the job - which I can also learn from books & playing around with tools or by listening to the recordings - and provide food for thought (and discussion) instead.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Nov.2017)
Rise of the Machines
Entertaining speaker and interesting topic. I'm not sure if it was part of the circumstances (being jetlagged and having arrived at last minute), but I wish the introduction was a bit shorter as the talk had to be interrupted when things were most interesting for me.

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SymfonyCon Cluj 2017 Nov 15, 2017
ScotlandPHP 2017 Nov 04, 2017
phpDay 2017 May 11, 2017
SymfonyCon Berlin 2016 Nov 30, 2016
PHP North West 2016 Sep 29, 2016
PHPNW15 Oct 01, 2015
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