Lucia Velasco

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Apr.2017)
Secure your web application with 2FA
It was pitched perfectly for me. The combination of technical concepts with straightforward language was really helpful, I came away feeling that I'd learnt a lot about one subject, including actionable information and an understanding of some of the technical language (acronyms) in this area. It was very useful that concise yet complete tidbits of whats and hows were peppered throughout without being code heavy (what should I use, how should I use it), as a result 2FA feels very doable without the need to re-research it. I benefitted from the frequent reminders that users are inherently lazy, as well as the questions afterwards which probed the feasibility of this becoming mainstream.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jul.2017)
Graphs are Everywhere
I love this topic!! Loved the visual diagrams and stepping through the explanations! Sometimes took me a minute to get the humour, but all really entertaining and well delivered!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Jul.2017)
Living With Legacy
I really enjoyed this talk, it was really insightful and raised points that people can be in denial about when upgrading legacy (I liked the reference to when "agile" == waterfall + sprints)! The bare bones slide deck really worked with your delivery, I'd like to see the slides grouped into subjects, each introduced with a coloured title slide. Super flattered by the references to my talk :D Thank you, great talk!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(18.Oct.2017)
Lets Hack a Website
I really enjoyed this! Absolutely a one stop shop for the beginner developer - everyone has committed these crimes earlier in their career! A lot of content for the amount of time (not that that's a bad thing!) - I would have enjoyed some section titles and at least one mandatory cat picture for a brain break! Thank you.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Oct.2017)
Content Security Policies: Let's Break Stuff
Wonderful charisma, powerful examples, useful content and practical advice. Thank you for trekking to the SW for us!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Jan.2018)
Command and (e)mission Control
This was a really enjoyable talk. I loved all the jokes and the audience interaction. I would have preferred smaller examples because I wasn't always sure where to look for the key point (eg methods not whole classes) and longer on the definition and diagram slides. It was really interesting learning about how WorldFirst does stuff, I'd be interested in a talk on that stuff in the future, too. Great stage presence, good topic, thank you!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Static Site Generators, PHP, and The Cuban Revolution
I loved the comedy and that the dialogue enriched the presentation so effectively. I appreciated that a variety of options were presented at the end, which might be suitable for a range of people. I'm so sorry, I can't think of anything to improve, except more Cuban Revolution?!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
How to not be a cool developer
Personable, excellent premise. The naming in the examples was really clear and helped me understand what was going on. Loved it! I liked that you referred to the previous talk (maybe JavaScript is just medium speed?!). I recommend you stand closer to the slides, my periphery didn't notice the changes in some of the slides! I would have liked a recap on the why at the end.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Speedy Seeding for Load Testing
I loved that the problem and solution were clearly (and frustratingly) demonstrated! Good length and quantity of content for a lightning talk. I would recommend getting a laser pointer or a really long ruler so you don't have to enter the Matrix! The tone felt less upbeat than the previous speakers.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Using a framework or not
I love that you outlined a perspective that few people can or even try to coin (why a student would choose to learn a language in a framework). Some of the points were excellent but they were not delivered succinctly. I liked the summary!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Not using the Git Command Line
I loved this talk, it was thoughtful and thought provoking. I think the visibility point is really important. You gave me a better understanding of git GUIs, too! I liked that you walked to the other side of the presentation instead of walking in front to point. For a lightning talk it might have been beneficial to condense some of the points!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Devkit. By the People, For the People.
A man after my own heart (efficiency is my raison d'etre)! This brought up some sensible points I hadn't considered, such as that it should be easier to push code to these than your prod env. I enjoyed when the points on the slides were paraphrased rather than read out, before being built upon. I'd love to see more of this! Also, I think a more upbeat tone throughout would have kept me more engaged, the mellow tone was lovely but not as effective at this time of night.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Apr.2018)
Development Dinosaurs
Speaker always hilarious, love the attitude, works fantastically as an end of the night speaker. Content appears effective, great idea, may implement it in my office.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Apr.2018)
Effective Code Review
Refreshing intro! Loved use of props!!! Needs more visibility - maybe a thick, bright ribbon, higher up if possible? V good analogy. I love life-or-death analogies for code because sometimes it really is. It would be good to give examples of why bugs cost us and increase in cost, briefly. The arrow on the graph was really powerful. Text on your personal info slide was too close to the edge, and a bit lightweight for the amount of text on the slide (did that make sense?). I'd prefer more paraphrasing of the slides or examples of the bullet points in the slides. I love that you went into the benefits of code review outside of bug catching. I'm going to use those evolvability stats in a spike next week - useful!! My big fear when receiving very shallow reviews are evolvability bugs slipping under the radar. I think it would be powerful to gesture to the green line at the beginning, when it's higher than the blue line, to acknowledge the upfront cost. I live and breathe for the security review side!! I love the 'How many tests do we need', they make me feel clever and they make a very good point. I love that you talked about bad (or sometimes just unreadable/wizard magic) code, that's so important to me. Cost of writing code slide was cool and well presented, I like fat graphics. Reviewing naming! Yaaaasss! Slash documentation? Are your code review standards/guidelines public? If so, please share it! Talking about leveraging your IDE is really good, but a lot of it sounds like benefits after the fact of code review rather than IN code review? Please mention the benefit of a no blame culture - which comes from the shared responsibility of the codebase. It is especially valuable because people are more likely to own/admit less than perfect things. Do you review commit messages? Those Cisco tips were REALLY valuable. Will bear that in mind. I would add the receiving review tip of actioning feedback to the same standard as the rest of your code - I find a lot of people rush it or hack it because they want to their PR thru asap, but it just slows the follow up review. Would potentially recommend putting a cross and a tick into the good/bad commit head circles for people who are red/green colour blind. Really appreciated the summary slide, it was very good. The conversation on reviewing juniors was really helpful and validating for me, thank you for answering my questions. General delivery was really good, would have enjoyed a bit more humour to break it up, but overall it was informative, smart, comprehensive and useful. Thank you!!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(25.Apr.2018)
Progressive Web Apps
Slightly too much code for me to digest and the speed of talking was really fast. I really enjoyed the summary and the conversations throughout - I think they enriched it. Well done! For more feedback see email
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Jun.2018)
Build your own Neural Network, with PHP!
Really accessible intro - thank you for encouraging us to ask questions at any point! It was really helpful that you recommended some resources and that you interspersed the technical stuff with comedy. I struggled to visualise what figure each step might produce - perhaps do an example annotating each line with an example value at that point? I really enjoyed it and I have a much better understanding of ML, thank you!!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(13.Jun.2018)
Time Zones and Calendars are a PITA
I live for this subject! I loved audience participation. I've enjoyed learning both what I can do and what I should do. Excellent delivery! Can't think of any improvements... would have liked a gif? Thank you!!!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jul.2018)
Get out of jail "free" cards - tips and quick fixes to get you out of sticky situations with servers, websites and APIs
I loved the pet/cattle/panda analogy, it was really accessible. And you talked about almost all my favourite git commands (you missed cherry-pick, though)! I would have enjoyed more conversation between the two of you. Where can I find the slides? Thank you both for coming to talk for us!!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jul.2018)
Performance optimisation: how do I go about it?
I found this really valuable. This talk made optimisation and benchmarking really clear, straightforward and accessible for me. I think I didn't need as long on micro optimisation, but it was great that you raised it. I'm glad you mentioned having a massive loop in your code as a start, I think it makes it easier to go from nought to ten to sixty than just "learn how to use this tool!!!". The examples you gave for installing extensions were, again, really simple and reassuring. The takeaways were also things I consider very important to highlight, so that was wonderful. Basically flawless. Thank you!

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