Clinton Otte-Ford

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Rating: 3 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Beyond Hello World: From Scripting to Software
Patrick did an excellent job pacing his presentation to fit the time constraints while also leaving room for questions. He was also very patient with questions from audience members of varying skill levels. While the information covered was good, I think it could be made better in the future reformatting some of the information into an interactive session, for example leading the audience step by step through logging and testing a sample app. If possible it would be great to have the audience code along on their own computers - mimicry is a great way to begin!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Application Security Nuts to Bolts
Ilia did a fantastic job illustrating the many possible attack vectors for PHP applications. He emphasized the balance between usability and security as well as the importance of validating / escaping out input and output. I really held on to the fact that no input can be trusted, even when it is coming from a legitimate source - there are simply too many ways to spoof and reflect bad information into a database. The time really flew by and Ilia was very energetic and engaging. In the future I would suggest adding audience participation, perhaps by searching a piece of sample code manually or with one of the suggested tools.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Web Components: Lego Bricks of the Web
This was an entertaining and thoughtfully organized presentation. Pearl and Abraham did a great job arguing for the use of web components. This talk really inspired me to learn to code in a modular and therefore more maintainable way.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Failing Fast
Dave made an excellent argument for a fail fast mentality in an established team coding environment. Rather than plodding through building possibly unwanted features on the one hand or making changes for changes sake, the fail fast mentality coupled with split testing to determine viability really encourages useful innovation. His presentation was inspirational and engaging.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Gitting More Out of Git
This was a standout presentation. Jordan's experience as an instructor and presenter was obvious in this organized, clearly scaffolded talk. The topic was also extremely applicable to the conference attendees as I heard others and myself reiterate that we'd used git but knew there was more to it. After attending this presentation I feel more comfortable with how git works as well as some of its more complex options. Thank you, Jordan! (Here's a very minor ticky tack negative comment, to satisfy your desire for honest feedback: You possibly could have glided over the 2 vs. 3 dot elipsis comment by offering to look it up and talk to the person later. However, I'm super glad you didn't let the presentation get bogged down by entertaining more comments on that tangential issue. Ha, I still found a way to complement you on the one very marginally negative aspect of your presentation!)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Oh Crap, My Code is Slow
This was a great extended commentary on moving beyond petty debates on the relative speed of certain actions (e.g. echo vs. print) and how to deal with large scale slow downs using logging and advanced analytical tools. The use of a specific case study was very helpful in visualizing this process.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Love Your Team More With Retrospectives!
Vesna made a great argument for how to capture ideas and reflections that might otherwise fall through the cracks of the workaday world. I appreciated the concept of ending retrospectives not with solutions but with concrete steps forward and accountability for those steps in future meetings.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Salary Negotiation in Tech
Ashley's presentation was a profound moment for me at this year's conference. Initially unsure if I should even attend this talk with the anxiety that surrounds negotiation in favor of a "safer", more technical talk, I came away from this talk hopeful that I too could be a more confident and courageous negotiator. The presentation was clear and hit upon so many important issues (gender pay inequality, the importance of ASKING, negotiating as if advocating for a loved one). Thank you, Ashley! (Could you please share your slides, so I can pump myself up before my next negotiation? Thank you!)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2016)
Extreme Team Building: Surviving an Ocean Crossing
Stephanie's presentation was a perfect capstone plenary that was able to appeal to the entire range of conference attendees. The combination of the sailing narrative, business anecdotes, and teamwork philosophy - a deceptively tricky set of elements to weave together - was done skillfully and with a lot of humor. I was thoroughly engaged with the talk and thought the mixture of entertainment and wisdom was a lovely ending to this event.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Oct.2016)
Control your Machines with PHP (CLI Made Easy)
Good talk on an interesting and very useful topic! I liked how you didn't assume any expert knowledge of the command line. I also enjoyed that the code you presented was pre-written and you explained step by step what each piece of code did. I think it might have been helpful to have all of your code - even the super easy hello world - in Bitbucket files, which worked so well for some of the later examples. The Arduino demo was very cool, too. Thanks for speaking!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(17.Feb.2017)
Modern JavaScript
I liked how you pointed out ways to keep code modular (e.g. keeping html out of the code) - You could highlight this idea some more in order to further strengthen your argument that one can stay in PHP on the backend while still taking advantage of the benefits of JavaScript on the front end. I also liked using JS as a quick prototyping tool - having a working prototype saved in browser storage (also a cool tip!) that you could should would be great. Good job!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(21.Jul.2017)
Imposter Syndrome: I Have No Idea What I'm Doing
+: Interesting subject matter Good use of comics / visuals / slide design Good championing of being an ally Made it personal -: Lots of narrative during the Hello slide - maybe condense this some. Watch fidgeting with water bottle - find something fixed to keep hands on. Comics - "search for answer" comic, some panels too small to actually read. Misspelling of "advocacy" on section slide
Rating: 5 of 5 
(23.Sep.2017)
Engineering a Successful Career Through Failure!
Rodney spoke effectively on the challenges facing programmers with non-traditional backgrounds by both validating these experiences as well as offering words of encouragement and practical advice (e.g. selling yourself as a valuable asset that meet a company's needs). Thank you for the great advice and for your time in the hallway track!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Jan.2018)
Combining Gridstack and CKEditor to Provide Simple and Powerful Content Editing
Good talk about trying to balance requirements for a web technology for users who are not necessarily technical. Minor negative - code was a little small (...I know - always a problem). Thanks!

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