Gerard van Helden

@Gerard_vHelden

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Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Zend Framework
I enjoyed this talk, even though it was targeted a bit below my own level of expertise. Matthew is very easy listening, anyway.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
PHP: People, Code, Ideas
Very enjoyable and straight to point :) Loved it.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Contribute!
I agree with rooster ^^. Moreover, I expected a specific Zend Framework contributing talk. Nevertheless some good pointers and I like Matthew's presentation style as it is to the point and easy to listen to.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Running PHP on Embedded Devices - PHPing your Mobile Phone, NAS or Router
I liked the ideas, but the aspects I liked had nothing to do with PHP itself. So a bit of an average talk imho.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Alternative Databases
Seen some cool stuff, but it was a bit too theoretical imho. I missed some practical use cases when to use a classical RDBMS or an alternative.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Code & Release Management
Very easy to listen to, but I missed some stuff like how to effectively use svn:externals for common code base management, and maybe some more in-depth of the actual *management* of the releases. But, that's more of an expectation issue, the content of the presentation was fine.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
The Easy Problems are the Hard Problems: An in-depth look at the easy/hard parts of web applications.
Way too shallow, and sorry Paul, the kitten thing is getting really old...
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
What are you talking about? Document classification in PHP.
Talented speaker, nice content, very good conference stuff.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Trees in the Database: advanced data structures
Relatively good content, not so easy to listen to.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
PHP Compiler Internals
Excellent talk, one of the top talks at the conference imho.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(14.Jun.2009)
Digg: The First Two Years
This was just ridiculously pointless. I had a laugh though :P
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2010)
Quality Assurance in PHP Projects
Liked it very much. Lots of very useful tools and tips, and easy to listen to. I had expected a bit more light on the "process" of quality assurance, and a bit less on the "automation" of quality assurance. But what the hey, you're not there for my expectations ;)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2010)
Debugging techniques with Xdebug
Very helpful and practical session! I am amazed with Derick's patience with his audience. XDebug is a great tool and I am very anxious to get it running in my day-to-day IDE. Derick, next time, ask for thumbs up and thumbs down, in stead of "is this working for everyone?", might work better :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2014)
Adventures in Advanced Git
Sorry there was so little time! Very insightful and live demo'ing went perfect. Loved the "text adventure" bit as well
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2014)
PhpSpec 2 - the only design tool you need
This wasn't really about PHPSpec but why and how TDD should work for you. I would've liked more hands-on info about the tool, because that's what I expected. Why would I want to start using PHPSpec over PHPUnit? Some really valid points about design though, but they would fly for PHPUnit or Behat as well. I would suggest extracting two talks from this mixed message. Either talk about design and TDD, or about the tool. :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2014)
Ansible: Orchestrate your Infrastructure
This was fine and informative. And don't worry about the live demo not working 100%, we've all been there ;)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Queue it! What job queues can do for you!
Fun and interesting. Thanks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Blazing Data with Redis
Very enjoyable presentation. The legos and live demo nudged it over to 5 thumbs up :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Websockets and Event-driven Programming with PHP
It was okay. Nothing much new for me personally but it's a promising project anyway
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Pentesting (for fun and profit)
Thanks for some very helpful insights. Never mind the comment about the basics, it was much more than that. Would love to have the slides as well!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(28.Jun.2014)
Making the Most of your Agile Process
Good talk, good focus on what would make Agile Agile. You might want to refer to the manifesto and the "inspect and adapt" principle to beef it up a tiny bit.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
The secrets of Cryptography
Good speaker, excellent content. Too bad there wasn't enough time to go in deeper. Not trying to force PHP in the mix felt like a breath of fresh air to me! Keep it up!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Machine Learning for the rescue
Nice and interesting content, good mix between practical an theoretical. No reason to be nervous next time, you did a good job in my opinion.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
The Road to Technical Team Lead
I should have read the excerpt a bit better before joining in with this talk. As someone already being a team lead I was hoping for some insights I had not run into myself, which it didn't contain. But that's purely from my perspective, I can totally see this talk being helpful for someone the talk is targeted at.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Programming in Hack
Unfortunately not too much new content in there for me. I think this exact same presentation could've been given 2 years ago. Nonetheless, if you're not yet familiar with Hack, definitely worth it.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Hacking your way to better security
This should have had the word "beginner" in the title. In capitals. It was a total disappointment to me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Extracting wisdom from stupidity
This might have been the talk that stuck with me the most. Very interesting topic and I enjoyed the fresh way it was brought. Structurally, content-wise and presentation-wise an excellent talk and I am definitely going to dive into the topic more. Fun fact: had a campfire conversation with my two brothers explaining the question about the rectangles and lateral thinking and De Bono, etc. Awesome campfire conversation material, if you ask me :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Build your own Recommendation Engine with Neo4j and Reco4PHP
Interesting topic, not the best talk though. I think it needs some work on the structure and the content. For example: it was confusing that at one point we were talking about LinkedIn and a minute later about Github, as an example. It might be better to pick one example and stick by it. Got me looking into graph databases though, so thanks for that! :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
How We Talk About Tech
It was fun :) I couldn't relate to the content that well though. But a talented speaker if you ask me. Can I get his autograph somewhere?
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
How I Built A Video Game using Event Sourcing
I really enjoyed the fact that you didn't bother to relate to PHP. And what's not to like about a game? I think it would be worth it to put in a slide that points out a few notable things about the game, such as the fact that it is 2d, turn based etc. I would personally not have focused on the menu because that really took out the fun of the fact that you were telling about a game (damn, back to websites again.....). I'd suggest to dive into the way a turn works in this specific game and then explain how it was implemented using event sourcing, so for example rolling dice, adding/subtracting points based on that, etc...
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Scaling your website
Not too much new stuff in there for me, but really interesting (and strangely comforting) to hear that Facebook just does it the way that anybody would :)
Rating: 2 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
The IoC Hydra
This started off real promising but at some point unfortunately changed into a feature listing of the Symfony DependencyInjection component, even though it started with a "this is not your 'yet another DIC framework'" reassurance. Nearly everything in the presentation was implementation detail and really no longer had anything to do with what the talk's topic promised to be in the first 10 minutes. Too bad because the slide about how Events, AOP and DI relate to each other really made me enthusiastic for the topic :)
Rating: 2 of 5 
(27.Jun.2016)
Mutation Testing in PHP with Humbug
I think the concept of mutation testing itself should get more attention. My colleague sitting next to me (a bright guy I can tell you) did not even understand what it was. Next time I'd suggest to try to do the talk without the tooling, and explain how one might implement such a tool, starting from the beginning, and trying an example Oh and please don't sum up a list of command line options and installation methods. That feels like the worst kind of pastime in the department of time wasted :)

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