Mike Oram

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
What To Expect From PHP7
Very insightful, excellent coverage of new features with good examples of usage. Very enthusiastic speaker, clearly enjoys what she does. Brilliant and shameless plugs about her consultancy work. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
Mentoring: Change the World One Hour at a Time
This talk looked like it was going to be advise on how to be a good mentor, providing tips and techniques on what makes a good mentor. This was very different from what this talk was actually about. The talk itself was not that bad although I felt like a couple of minutes on google and I could have found most of the information in the talk such as the tools and platforms.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Feb.2016)
MySQL 5.7 + JSON
The best non-key note talk of the conference. Very good presentation style, relaxed but confident. Great technical understanding and good coverage of the important topics. Brilliant question answering, kept things light-hearted while informative
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jul.2017)
Graphs are Everywhere
Great talk, really simple break down of how graphs work without getting too technical. Well delivered, confident with no "um"ing. Lost me a little in the middle when the tree stuff got a little too abstract to see how it related to real world but brought it back at the end.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Jul.2017)
Living With Legacy
Great points, particularly some interesting thing for new developers or devs with less of a business focus. Often devs are too tech focused to look at the bigger picture. At times it was a little monotone, breaking it up with pictures or anecdotes is a good way to keep the audience engaged.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Oct.2017)
Building a slow PHP app
Great concept to flip it on its head. Well delivered and great to include a hashtag
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Oct.2017)
Don't Forget To Unit Test Your CSS!
Great info about a new tool, good examples and clearly explained
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Oct.2017)
Content Security Policies: Let's Break Stuff
One of the best talks iv heard in a while. Fantastic, confidence, good jokes, brilliant content. Something I have never heard of but now feel like i can start using it straight away. Really well delivered with very clear slides and explanations.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Static Site Generators, PHP, and The Cuban Revolution
Clearly delivered but felt a bit rushed. Would have liked more time on example ssgs. Some good quips and interesting side info about cgi-bin but would consider not deviating too much from core topic when under short time constraints.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
How to not be a cool developer
Good ideas about an old concept with a new spin. Felt a little rushed so aim to slow down speech speed. Packed good code samples with humour and information.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Speedy Seeding for Load Testing
Great talk, well paced with good information and a great demo that was easy to follow. Might even get involved in the package development because of this.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Using a framework or not
Fantastic talk, well reasoned, well paced, lots of information and opinions with good reasoning and balanced arguments. A pleasure to listen to.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Not using the Git Command Line
Well paced but felt like there was too much obvious information which made it hard to pick out out the important points. Suggest using less cluttered slides with clearer headlines of main points.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Devkit. By the People, For the People.
Well delivered, clear and well paced. Good topic, not something we struggle with but have witnessed similar problems and some good points were raised. The devkit repo felt a little shoe horned in, and not beneficial to the main talk points.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(09.Jun.2018)
Coding Horrors - A Horror Film Fan's Guide to PHP Coding Nightmares
I really liked the message about not judging or reacting too harshly too the code horrors shown. That's very important. Beyond that I didn't think the code examples provided much benefit to the experienced audience. Perhaps adding some more unusual bugs or oddities of PHP for that audience might help. Or adjust the talk description to more accurately reflect the level at which this is pitched.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(13.Jun.2018)
Build your own Neural Network, with PHP!
Great intro to a subject I had no idea about. Did get a bit mathsy but I guess it had too. The code was difficult to follow with the maths so perhaps split them a bit more for those that the maths over complicates things. Great delivery and clearly a strong understanding. No need for the disclaimer at the start :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Jun.2018)
Time Zones and Calendars are a PITA
Very interesting and fun opening quiz. I really enjoyed the interesting date facts outside of a coding context. Very simple code examples and easy to follow. Possibly add a few more weird exceptions to look out for but appreciate time is difficult (dates too apparently!!)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jul.2018)
Get out of jail "free" cards - tips and quick fixes to get you out of sticky situations with servers, websites and APIs
Some great tips, some risky tips but good to know when in stick situations. Could have done with practising a little more as it wasn't very smooth, I think it would have been more engaging if it was. Generally enjoyed the talk and liked the idea of 2 people deluvering.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jul.2018)
Performance optimisation: how do I go about it?
Great talk, good advice, easy to follow with great examples and tools. Topic can get a little dry so perhaps trying to add a funny slide/jokes in a bit more to lighten the load could work. Feel like it's really accessible for people who haven't done performance optimizations before.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Sep.2018)
The Devil in Our Data
Good talk, easy to follow flow. Could have talked a bit louder to compete with the fan in the background but it's an interesting topic and a good thought. Possibly a little negative view but fair opinion. Nice tip with the Gmail service ability.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Sep.2018)
Squash Bugs with Static Analysis
Great talk, I like the intro about reducing bug costs and the idea of realtime static analysis in PHPStorm. I'd like to see some info about using PHPStorm autofixing some of the issues. It can do that on mass which is super helpful! And fairly easy to demo. Pace of delivery and difficulty was well pitched and promoted good conversations.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Email
Great topic, common area for problems. Love the example email and the data size. Could have talked a little louder, and a little slower, particularly on the code slides as I didn't have time to read and process the code.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Docker Container Disasters
Loads of great tips, less coding horror, more coding advise but for docker development. Went through the tips quite quickly so would like to have had more time on them and to know the pitfalls of not following the advise.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
The Horror of a Hash Complexity Attack
Really interesting attack vector, not one iv seen before so great to know about. Would have liked a more in depth explanation about how the attack works as felt it was a bit quick. Also needed large font sizes on the code examples and longer to read them, but otherwise well delivered and a great topic.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Code, coffee and the bleedin obvious
Very clear and well delivered. Good speed with plenty of pauses. Excellent story with very relatable content and a great summary at the end of the main tips.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Night of the Legacy Code
A lot of good problems found in legacy code bases, very relatable. Well delivered with good code samples. Could have done with a little longer on the code slides but well explained and very clear
Rating: 0 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Night of the Legacy Code
Good delivery, clearly spoken with great slides and a good amount of humour. Good tips but I'd liked to have heard about some of the projects you rejected and why.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2018)
Recruitment horror stories
Well delivered with clear speech and well paced. Great stories that don't surprise me but we're told very well. Only improvement would be to memorise your talk and not use notes. Understanding for a first talk though

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