Kevin Nagurski

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
Deploying PHP 7
Was great to find out some more about PHP 7 from the guy who wrote PHP. His insights were both a tech deep-dive and practical. Well worth attending.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
Automation Automation Automation
Not a bad talk. It did feel a wee bit rehearsed, but the talk gave some food for thought and left the audience member thinking about how they can watch for opportunities to streamline repetitive tasks. It would've been interesting to walk through a PHP-specific scenario. All in worth attending, but a deeper dive would've been well received.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
Beyond Testing
Very good talk on some testing tools and practices. I personally would've enjoyed an exploration of how PHPSpec fits in somewhere between PHPUnit and Behat. My personal view is that it's more approachable for those new to testing and really promotes BDD and TDD.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
The Road to Continuous Deployment
Good talk on some ideas and pitfalls in moving towards a continuous deployment release process from a scheduled release process. I'm not sure I agree with all of the content of the talk, but there was plenty of food for thought and being challenged in your ideas and beliefs is a very good thing.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
The Stateful ElePHPant
I thoroughly enjoyed Rick's talk. It was entertaining and insightful. I can immediately see the utility of the patterns discussed. It's refreshing seeing a speaker live code; yes mistakes were made, but he recovered quickly and going from empty file to working class in minutes is more convincing than reviewing prewritten code. It would've been interesting to live-debug/trace a request to see how it all knits together.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
You Can UX Too: Avoiding the Programmer`s User Interface
As one of the 2 people in the room who held their hands up as the fabled "Full Stack Devs", I was impressed by the premise that UX != UI and it applies just as much to APIs and internal tools as it does to client-facing sites. Eryn drove home the fact that you should think about the user before you think about the database tables. I really enjoyed the presentation style and you'd find it hard to argue with the content. Good food for thought and solid ideas I can share with the team.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
MySQLs JSON Data Type
I enjoyed Dave's talk, but I felt it lacked something. The delivery was good and the content useful, but I got the impression that he'd delivered the same talk a dozen or more times. Don't take that as criticism, it was good. I suppose it felt more like a tech demo from a supplier than a talk about the how and why of the topic. I'd prefer a real-world scenario rather than "it's here, here's the functions, what you do with it is your business". Again, not a criticism, but it would've taken it from a good talk to a great talk. One thing you can say is that Dave is supremely knowledgable and confidently fielded all questions, hardly missing a beat.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Nov.2016)
Tech Communities as Fandoms
Jessica's talk was a nice way to end the day. A good talk, shining a light on the self-importance of our communities. I would say that Jessica was a little too far on the side of not taking a side though. I'm by no means suggesting this light was wrong, but perhaps coming out and saying "I prefer x over y" would've made it more interesting. And it was interesting. In the tech industry it's extremely common place to see fan boys, though I would challenge the idea that more familiarity takes someone from "I don't really care" to "mine is better than yours! die! die! die!". I'd argue that it's a curve; when you don't have a horse in the race, you don't really care, then when you pick a horse, you care DEEPLY, then when you ride that horse and see that it is just a horse and some horses can run faster on a track, whilst others are faster on the steeple chase. In my experience, it's the core teams who are the most pragmatic and accepting and those who have scratched the surface who are deeply nuts. As Jessica said, she's given the talk in other settings and it applies just as much. For a tech conference it had to be a bookend talk, providing a moment of reflection rather than actionable content.

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