Crysta McKenney

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Using Open Source for Fun and Profit
great story and talk about open source and a nice way to kick off the conference. Also, thank you for convincing me to finally submit some of my own tweaks and fixes to libraries that I use.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Accessibility: Don't turn off that JavaScript just yet!
Really great talk that left me mildly horrified about my own sites as I could immediately think of examples where I had been unknowingly doing things wrong. Nic brought many things to my attention that I had not thought of before and moving forward I feel this session will improve my coding and accessibility practices dramatically.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Dev Divas: History's Heroines of Computing
I would have loved a bit more in depth on a select few women instead of a whirlwind tour attempting to touch on many different women. It felt a little bit like trying to cram the entirety of the history of women and computers into 50 minutes, which was a bit overwhelming. Although I will say I came way from the session understanding that the breadth of women in programming was far more extensive then I had previously thought, which would not have happened had it gone further in depth on only a few women. I did end up with a long list of women I would like to further research and read about, which is great. In the long run I feel Vesna helped pass on her passion and gave me the tools to further my own education.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Mar.2017)
Security Starts With You: Social Engineering
Fun session with a great overview of how social engineering can compromise a company's (or personal!) security. Compact presentation that contained a lot of information but didn't feel rushed.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
My journey to the center of PHP
It was an interesting and entertaining story but I still left feeling like I wouldn't even know where to begin to do this myself. I had been hoping for more "center of php" and less journey to get there I guess. Learning about how PHP works under the hood would have been more useful I think in helping enable me to start my own journey to the center.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
Authenticating Against API Services
An extremely well put together and organized presentation on how to use APIs in your own applications. I've occasionally needed to authenticate with an API before but it always felt more luck than skill when I finally got it to work, Caitlin took a lot of the "magic" out of it and helped me understand what was happening and why. I feel a lot more confident about next time I need to use an API in my app. Slides were easy to read and understand, including the concise and helpful code examples. Excellent pacing and level of explanation that made the whole presentation easy to follow and comprehend.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
How to Make Your Website Not Ugly: 10 Simple UX Tenets for Non-Designers
I appreciated the outline and recaps throughout the presentation. Pacing, explanations, and examples were all excellent.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
Using our Superpowers for Good
All around amazing talk that left me feeling thoughtful and inspired. It was a great closing to the conference as a reminder that after having spent these two days learning and feeling enabled to "do all the things" to still tread with care and to think through the potential consequences of our actions.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
Altering, Extending, and Enhancing Drupal 8
I was impressed at the level of detail Joe was able to dig into in such a short time (although it did go over and I had to leave before he was done to get to the next session I wanted to go to). I am very familiar with Drupal 7 but hadn't done anything with 8 yet. It was great to get "caught up" on the changes and feel like when I do use Drupal 8 now I won't be completely lost.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(20.Mar.2017)
Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: Learning to Teach
I loved the break down of learning styles and what motivates adults to learn. I knew there would be a lot of information geared towards teaching larger groups but I had hoped there would be some tips on more informal one-on-one teaching for when you need to explain things to a co-worker or teach a user the ins and outs of your program.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Community
It was a fantastic theme to open with. It at times felt a little too basic, at this point in our lives I hope most people know the advantages of having friends. But I appreciated the insights into how to break into the tech communities if you're new. The speaker was a tad too energetic for my tastes, I felt exhausted by the end just keeping up with her pace! I saw people throughout the rest of the conference making a conscious effort to be inclusive and more likely to talk to people they didn't know which I think is in large part due to kicking off the conference with this as the opener.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Y2K and Other Disappointing Disasters: Risk Reduction and Harm
Heidi did a wonderful job presenting, she was clearly prepared and had her timing and pacing down pat. I agree that developers need to be more paranoid and preparing for the worst while hoping for the best and it was nice to see a talk about this at the conference. I wish there had been more code examples of things gone wrong instead of mostly examples of cars, buildings, and natural disasters, but the ideas translated fine. Creating clear definitions between risk and harm was helpful and the idea that our job isn't done at just doing everything we can to make sure nothing goes wrong, we also need to have backup plans in place.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Conquering Continuous Integration & Deployment
This ended up being even more beginner than I expected. I was hoping for more "how-to" and less "why you should". I already knew the reasons why continuous integration can be helpful and was hoping to learn more about the tools and processes behind it. I didn't really feel any more confident about being able to work with continuous integration than when I walked in.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Get Rolling Fast with Symfony Flex
Always happy to learn more about symfony and Symfony Flex was something I didn't know anything about before. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! The compare and contrast of how Flex is, or is not, like other services was useful for placing it in context of other Symfony products.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Cryptography For Beginners
Wonderful presentation that managed to be very informative in the short amount of time allowed for session. Probably took the most notes at this sessions and left with a great number of things to further research and learn about. Adam nicely balanced top level information without being too brief or getting too bogged down in one area and left me with a lot of direction of how and where to explore on my own.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Test Driving Test Driven Development
Fantastic presentation and the live demo was incredibly helpful. I'm terrible at using unit tests and this presentation was very helpful in convincing me a) why I really should be using them more often and b) how they can be helpful while developing instead of feeling like a chore I need to do after I'm done coding.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
Diving into MySQL 5.7: advanced features
I learned so much in this session! It definitely holds the record for me saying "that is so cool!" the most times during the session. Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2018)
They Are Watching You
Great talk, I agree with some of the other reviews that going into "and what you can do about it" would have been very useful. But the data trolling with our phones was worth every "thumbs up" rating. Mostly I was just really happy to see others talking about this subject.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Mar.2018)
Open Source, accessibility, and you - the superhero!
I was very happy to see Nic was back this year as I loved his talk last year as well. This closing key note talk was everything I hoped it would be. I appreciated the reminder to continue thinking of all the different ways people will try to be using my code, whether trying to see the screen through a glare of sun or with a screen reader. And it was great to have so many more links to resources to add to my developer "tool belt".

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Midwest PHP 2018 Mar 09, 2018
Midwest PHP 2017 Mar 17, 2017
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