Ben Plummer

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Nov.2015)
How to cope working for yourself
A great talk by Toby where he shared his experiences of the ups and downs of working for himself, putting forward how to make the process as smooth and effective as possible. The delivery was very clear and confident and I took a lot away from the talk. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Nov.2015)
Behat
I don't have much experience with Behat and Harry's talk was a great one to show me the basic concepts and how it works. The live demo was very effective in demonstrating the processes of creating a Feature and building it up within the application. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Nov.2015)
Web Sockets
A really good introduction to Web Sockets. The talk highlighted the main concepts with useful diagrams, and consisted of a live demo which was very effective. Rob's delivery of the talk was great and it definitely kept the audience engaged. I'm definitely going to look into Web Sockets after this. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Nov.2015)
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
I really enjoyed James' talk. It was interesting hearing the reasons for making the BetterReflection package and how it works differently to the Core Reflection functionality. Seeing how things worked behind the scenes was a bonus. Informative and entertaining as usual! Thanks :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Nov.2015)
Domain Driven Design
A lot of useful points were put forward through the use of code examples and this generated some interesting discussions. I think at times the discussions strayed away from DDD, however it is understandable as the topic areas within can be related to many others outside. Even so, for an unprepared talk it was very good in highlighting some of the key principles of DDD such as Ubiquitous Language amongst others. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(29.Nov.2015)
PHP and CyberSec
Raised quite a few points that aren't touched on much elsewhere with useful examples. Would be interested in seeing a full talk!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Apr.2016)
Are you a good Code Scout?
Very unique topic from Matt relating the roles of a good Scout with those of a good Developer, as well as sharing his relevant experiences. Matt is a confident speaker who engages the audience very well and I took away some great points. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Jul.2016)
Hello, PSR-7.
Really interesting talk on PSR-7, how it evolved and how it can be used, with a lot of clear useful examples. It was also great that it addressed Middleware too. Beau is a great speaker who keeps the audience engaged throughout and is always happy to answer questions and explain any concepts if anything is unclear. I'd love to see more of his talks and would happily welcome him back to PHP Warwickshire anytime!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Aug.2016)
Beyond MySQL
Lorna's talk made me question why I've been using MySQL as it showed how beneficial other options could be. I've came away wanting to experiment with these options and potentially change what I use in the future, which is great. The talk was concise in highlighting the advantages and purposes of the options presented and how they work, through clear examples. Thank you for speaking for us!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
A World Without PHP
Ben put forward interesting views on "A World without PHP" and provided some thought provoking statistics however I felt in some places the talk halted and could have flowed more smoothly.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Continously delivering
Really useful hearing the experiences James has been through with continuous delivery and deployment with analysis of areas that could be improved and how it was done. Concepts and examples were really clear. Hadn't really touched on Feature Toggles before so I found the detail on them particularly helpful and the further reading recommendations were a bonus. Talk was delivered confidently and flowed really well. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Running PHP on NGINX - tips and tricks for high performance websites
Didn't really know what to expect from this talk but I wasn't disappointed. Picked up quite a few tips and tricks that I could take away and use. It was also nice to see some statistics of the before and afters in regards to optimisation.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Content Security Policies
I've never really looked into CSPs before and found this to be a great introduction into the concept and how it works. Would be nice to see some live demos however with the amount of content Matt already had and the time restrictions of an unconference talk, it's understandable. Maybe if the talk expands in the future!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Middleware to the rescue: A PHPMiNDS story
It was nice to see some real-world examples of middleware being used. The explanations were clear, concise and easy to understand. The information taken away should be helpful to me in the future so thanks. It was clear by some of the jokes you made that you weren't entirely confident but it was a good talk that was delivered well, therefore as an improvement I would just suggest to believe in yourself a bit more.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Docker Uncovered
Despite all of the hype over Docker in recent times, I hadn't looked at it as I was happy with my setup. After reading the abstract for this talk, I thought I'd see what it had to offer out of curiosity. I was happy I did so as the talk was a really good introduction to Docker. It flowed really well, explaining the concepts and going step by step through how to install, configure and use Docker along with clear examples, with references to environments. John delivered the talk confidently and kept the audience engaged throughout so thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
It's all about the jumps
These complex technical talks always attract me but in some cases they are hard to follow. That wasn't the case with Derick's talk. It was really well presented with well laid out slides to make the complex content of the talk accessible. Great to see more of the internal workings of PHP.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Websockets and Torrents: A match made in PHP
A great talk on an interesting topic. Covered all areas with in depth explanations and alternatives. The delivery of the talk was really good with the audience being kept entertained and engaged throughout. The only feedback I can give is that sometimes I felt as though more time was needed to digest the information on some slides, however I respect that it is a difficult process finding a compromise between the amount of content and time restrictions of a talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2016)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
It's difficult to put into words how good this talk was. A fitting end to a brilliant conference. By telling his personal story, Gary showed how getting involved in the community, helping others and contributing can essentially be so rewarding in many areas. It could not have been delivered any better. He kept the audience totally engrossed and took them on an emotional rollercoaster with a lot of hilarious moments entwined with some hard-hitting meaningful messages. It was an honour see this talk in person and has truly inspired me to kick on with open source myself. Hope to see this as a closing keynote at many other conferences in the future. Thanks Gary!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Oct.2016)
Deployment within a Traditional IT Environment
It was a clear and detailed talk on the topic, which provoked interesting discussions. It was mentioned that a lot of the concepts of the talk applied to both traditional and "standard" IT environments and I'd have to agree. Although comparisons and contrasts were made between the different environments throughout the talk, it was when we got to the "Case Studies" in the slides that I thought this is actually getting into the details of traditional IT environments. This leads to my criticism being I believe the talk could have been mistaken for a "standard" deployment talk at different times, if that is a criticism? Maybe a way to counter this is to adopt a more traditional vs "standard" IT environments approach in the slides so it is clear where the similarities and differences lie. Aside from that I took away useful information along with what I already knew being reaffirmed so thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
PSR Summary
With only half of the time available, a summary of all PSRs to date were covered effectively. A good refresher!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
WordPress with Modern tooling
I've only recently used WordPress for the first time so this talk was very applicable. It offered useful overviews of modern tools that I am definitely going to look more into. Overall it was a clear and confident talk that prompted interesting discussions too.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
Functional PHP
I have used functional programming languages before so to see an example of how PHP, a predominantly OOP language now, can be used in this way was interesting. The array_sum example was great to show the concept, however I believe some other areas were irrelevant, which has already been mentioned. I'm aware this was quite an impromptu talk for Rob and given that, it was still a good introduction to the topic that was delivered confidently and left me wanting to look into the topic more. I look forward to seeing a revised version in the future!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
Strangler Applications
Hadn't heard of Strangler Applications before so it was a good introduction to the concept with detailed technical examples. It would have been interesting to find out more about how implementations could possibly change on a project to project basis.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
Interpret this .... (Part 1)
What is quite a technical topic was made simple to understand through effective presentation. It was very interesting throughout and has reinforced my urge to look more into PHP internals.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(26.Nov.2016)
... now write an interpreter (Part 2)
After the first part, this second part was a great hands-on talk. Seeing the implementation of a basic interpreter was very effective in demonstrating the information given in the first part talk.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
Introduction to functional programming with Phunkie
An entertaining talk covering an introduction to functional programming. The content covered, including the use of Phunkie, was interesting and is something I'll look more into. In my opinion, there could have been more analysis into when the functional programming approach is appropriate and more on what the benefits are over other approaches but overall I enjoyed it. Thanks!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
The New Revolution
Was great to see how the internet and industries have evolved over time and inspiring to be left with the message that we can shape the future. It felt at times that the talk went into slightly too much detail on the historical facts but overall it was a good keynote to kick off the conference!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
Long running PHP processes
This is an area I haven't had much experience in and I came away feeling that I've learnt useful information in a short time period and been presented with further resources to look into. Concise with nice explanations. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
From Hamfist to Hamcrest: more expressive tests in PHP
Great talk with lots of clear explanations and code examples. Covered all areas; I had a question in mind near the beginning of the talk only to find that you had answered it further on! Hadn't heard of Hamcrest before but will definitely be looking into using it after this. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
Get GOing with a new language
I've been pondering learning some different languages recently, particularly Go, so this talk was very beneficial. Gave a nice introduction into the language, its concepts and what to expect. Will definitely be looking into it and this talk has made things clearer. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
Don't work for PHPCS, make PHPCS work for you
Great talk! I never realised how many features PHPCS actually had, as well as how much it can be configured. Very well presented with clear examples. Definitely a lot to take away. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(09.Jun.2017)
Don’t believe everything you learn
A very entertaining, yet eye-opening talk. It definitely enforced that we shouldn't make assumptions into how things work and that often trade-offs are required. Really well presented with an effective arrangement of slides for the manner of the talk. Thanks!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Status Change: Now Using Event Sourcing
Good introduction to event sourcing including when it should be used and the benefits of it. The in-depth real-world examples were really helpful although at certain points I lost track a bit following them. This may have just been down to the fact that it's a complex subject to cover in a talk but overall I enjoyed it and also took a lot away from the hands-on session afterwards. Thanks for the help!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Jun.2017)
Ethical Engineering
A thought-provoking end to the conference delivered effectively by a natural speaker.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Jul.2017)
Is what you've coded what you mean?
Nice insight into the measures that can be taken to find and eliminate bugs at different stages of a software project. Well delivered with clear examples.

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