Aaron Pollock

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
Deploying PHP 7
Saw this talk already at PHP Dublin (and I still need to move our Magento 1.9 sites to PHP 7). Enjoyed the reminder, and a good overview of some of the gotchas of upgrading PHP 7, and some of the performance gains that can be achieved.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
The Secret Life of APIs
I think Andy has the knowledge and hard-won experience to do this talk, but nerves got in the way. Respect to him for doing it anyway. Some of the questions weren't fully addressed (e.g. why not use oAuth? Or, how are feature flags handled between client app versions?) Perhaps try to cover less content, in more detail. The talk outline lists a series of big topics, and it felt as if we didn't get into the nitty gritty of any of them. Versioning, or API architecture, or authentication, could all be interesting, and practical, talks in their own right.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
Beyond Testing
Picked up some good ideas and tools for more efficient testing. "Don't blame yourself," and, "all test suites inevitably get slow over time," is a very pragmatic approach to the problems of testing.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
Distributed Services: Why, When & How?
Projector issues aside, this was really interesting. I remember the first time I realised I could defer work to a queue after writing synchronous web app code for so long - exciting times. This talk brought that excitement back. I'm reading Pieter Hintjens' (last) book at the moment, so the comparison between Rabbit and Zero filled in some background differences that I hadn't understood yet.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
The API Toolbox
Excellent. Lots of notes taken, and I'll be returning to a few of those tools next time I'm tempted to fire up curl or open the router config.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
You Can UX Too: Avoiding the Programmer`s User Interface
Loved this talk. I'm conceited (or deluded) enough to think I'm on the right side of this question most of the time. Design is not someone else's job. However, instead of my usual exasperation at the lack of usability in some software (other people's, naturally!), Eryn provided both the language and practical changes required to make it better.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
Conscious Coupling
This goes in the category of "getting past dogma and building something useful". Get paid today, and don't create maintenance headaches tomorrow, better known as, how to predict the future. A good talk, with a natural structure, and a few welcome hints that software development is about people more than it is about code.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Oct.2016)
Tech Communities as Fandoms
An interesting and entertaining way to end the conference, reminding us that people who disagree aren't less intelligent, but are coming from a place we probably don't yet fully understand. Always a welcome reminder, and not even a little bit preachy.

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ScotlandPHP 2016 Oct 28, 2016
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