Tom Cameron

@tomcameron

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Got 15 minutes? Then give something back!
A good talk, very well delivered. Agree totally with the message, though am myself wondering now where to find that time!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
Well-presented talk, but some of the content seemed very basic - didn't come away with much new knowledge, but did enjoy it.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Step Into Debugging
I didn't realise how basic this talk would be, but even though there was nothing new to me - this was one of the most engaging talks that I attended at the conference. Really great presentation, totally smooth with some humour thrown in.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Large-scale websites performance optimisation tricks
Extremely theoretical talk, I feel that the section on the project architecture could have been shortened to make more time for discussion of the technical aspects of performance. Came away with some good discussion points, but could have been better if it was slightly faster paced.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
From PHP to Machine Code
Really good talk, both funny and informative. Compressed the useful parts of a full university module into a short and much friendlier presentation!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Docker & PHP - development and deployment
As someone very new to Docker, I found this talk engaging and well-delivered. Thumbs up!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Doctrine ORM Good Practices and Tricks
Fantastic talk. Very rapid delivery, which definitely kept me engaged throughout. Some controversial points and definitely veering away from common wisdom, but that's exactly what I'd hope for in a conference talk! Will be re-watching this talk when I can to try and make some use of it!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
Really, really great talk. Definitely one of the best of the conference to me, funny and informative throughout.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
Kept me awake for the morning, extremely 'chipper' start but definitely interesting and thought-provoking. Good way to start the day.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
How I learned to stop worrying and love Regular Expressions
Came into this presentation thinking I knew almost everything I needed to about regular expressions. Was definitely incorrect! This was a great presentation, leading from the very basics up through some really advanced stuff very quickly. It was fast-paced, and I think if you lost it at any point you'd struggle to pick it up again - thankfully didn't lose it, and this was a fantastic talk throughout. Saw this primarily as I enjoyed Jordi's talk the previous day, and this followed on well - great presentation style, and will certainly try to see more in future! Would recommend this to anyone at any level as a starting point for regular expressions.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
I felt that this talk was perhaps not the best way to open the conference. While I appreciate some of the sentiment, a more positive talk (like the closing keynote!) would have been a much more uplifting start. This presentation is clearly borne out of some difficult experiences for the presenter, and I did feel that some level of bitterness came across which soured the actual content for me somewhat. The presentation felt a little bit condescending, and the over-use of emotive words like 'gross' and 'disgusting' felt a bit pushy. My take on this is that we need to do more to make the software industry welcoming, that's undeniable. But all of the discussion of quotas - 25% women being bad - made me uncomfortable. We should be meritocratic and hire the best people for the job, whatever their race, gender or disability. To me, if we have the best people, it shouldn't matter what proportion of them come from those various groups. Overall, good content, and I'd've been glad to see this presentation - not as the keynote - elsewhere in the schedule, though maybe from a more 'birds-eye-view' than 'from-the-trenches' as it was.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Elastic scaling in a (micro)service oriented architecture
Great talk, and very well presented. There didn't seem to be much talk of elasticity (other than 'we're looking to do this soon', which is fine!) but what was there was some fantastic stuff about managing services well. It was very fast-paced with little depth on each topic, but it's given me plenty to go away, research and try to implement.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Eating spaghetti with Symfony
Good talk - plenty to take in with regards to dealing with our legacy code!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Feb.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Chris has a great way with words (it's very obvious that his acting experience helps here!), and injected plenty of humour into this talk. The demos weren't perfect, but if anything, that added to the charm. Great to see that this was a PHP-specific talk, and I learned a lot about how basic machine learning works - and I'll be looking to put this into practice in projects in the future.

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PHP UK Conference 2016 Feb 18, 2016
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