Ryan Gittins

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Rating: 2 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
Create an API-centric System for Web and Mobile
This talk wasn't bad, but it did suffer from getting a bit too into the weeds. The sheer number of tools to install prior to the talk and commands to execute during the talk made it a bit overwhelming and difficult to follow. It also made it easy to get lost. I appreciate the idea of going from zero to one hundred with this setup, but it was just a bit too much too fast for the time slot. I enjoyed walking through the ins and outs of setting up Apigility and the high-level overview of the other tools, but it was just too much. I'd encourage the speaker to cut down the toolset if possible, or at least to cut down on the number of bash commands to execute. Each one is something which can be missed, typo'd, or otherwise messed up which leaves the audience lost. I do think this talk could be really stellar if the speaker were to cut down the scope a bit.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
Docker for PHP Developers
This talk was fantastic. It was very clearly polished and in talking to Chris I confirmed he'd been refining it for several years. I felt like I'd learned weeks (if not months) worth of information in three hours. The examples were all very clear in their intentions and Chris made it very easy to follow along. Even the small things like blowing up the font size on the terminal and IDE were a big help. He made concepts like images, containers, volumes, and networks very easy to understand without getting into the weeds too much. I especially enjoyed that Chris made a point to "Docker-ify" a preexisting application. This is exactly the kind of real-world example I like—one that I can actually go to work and apply rather than waste time trying to figure out how to put the theory into practice for myself. I could not have asked for a better talk on Docker.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(25.Sep.2017)
What Makes a Great Developer?
Sometimes we all need reminders like the ones Matthew gave in this talk. The emphasis on empathy, communication, and humility did a nice job reminding us that most of being a good developer is being a good person. Matthew did a great job articulating a lot of ideas we let float around in our heads without ever really solidifying.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(27.Sep.2017)
Illusions of Web Development and How They Are Destroying the Industry
I disagree with the anonymous commenter who said the talk was too negative. The speaker wasn't bashing CMS's just for the sake of bashing them—she was merely saying that a CMS is overkill for many applications. In fact, even a framework can be overkill in some situations. Overengineering is definitely a common problem in our industry. In one example the speaker gave, a client wanted a website which was pretty much just a representation of a business card. It was done with WordPress when some HTML and CSS would not only have sufficed, but would've been faster to produce and faster to load. To call this bashing WordPress is like saying that it's bashing shotguns to say you shouldn't use a shotgun to kill a mosquito—it's just overkill!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Sep.2017)
10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Composer
Solid talk! I definitely learned a handful of things I'll be applying in the future. To think—aliasing leftpad() with Composer would've saved everyone a lot of hassle last year!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Sep.2017)
Will You Help Me End Pixelated Images on the Internet?
This speaker did a great job giving concise examples of SVGs, styling them with CSS, and animating them with JS. This talk was very snug in its time slot and was neither too much nor too little information. Nice job!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Sep.2017)
Empathy As A Service: Supporting Mental Health in the Tech Workplace
This talk was refreshing. It's great to see someone go in depth with this topic and give some practical examples of how we can all avoid burnout and be healthier in general.

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