Michael Peacock

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
CLI, the other SAPI
Without a doubt the best conference speaker I've seen. Very well presented, good coverage of the topic, and good fun too. Thijs' ability to quickly back-up points with live demos, and quickly test audience suggestions really added to the quality of the talk too.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(01.Mar.2012)
Develop & deploy using hybrid cloud strategies
Thijs is an excellent presenter, I always enjoy his talks, and this one didn't disappoint. A nice discussion of different example situations and how cloud or standard hosting could be used. I think it would have been nice to see a little more about using the two together, as Eric suggested. Great talk Thijs.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Mar.2012)
Living with Legacy Code
Great talk, well presented and with some great tips both in terms of getting to grips with the code, and with making changes.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(01.Mar.2012)
Make your project SOLID!
Great talk and well presented, the code examples used and the level of audience interaction was perfect for the content.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
React: Event-Driven PHP
Enjoyable talk, it has given me lots to think about.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Developer Experience, API Design and craft skills
Great talk, nice mix of humour
Rating: 4 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Effective Code Reviews
Good, interesting talk. I also would have liked a bit more on Sonar - but I imagine that could have been a talk itself.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Building a Firehose
Excellent talk, and nice to hear a project I helped build get a mention!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(07.Oct.2012)
Recognizing smelly code
Excellent talk
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Oct.2013)
Models and Service Layers - Hemoglobin and Hobgoblins
Fantastic talk, superb delivery.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Oct.2013)
Easy HTTP Clients with Guzzle
Despite using Guzzle, this talk really showed how much there is to the project; I didn't know there was support for building full API clients with service commands, a really nice touch I can see myself using in the near future.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Oct.2013)
Managing and monitoring application performance
Started off well, but became too New Relic focused; the end half almost a tour of their web app - which didn't really feel suited to the audience. I've always really liked Sebastian's talks, so I was a little disappointed by this one. That said, the first half was good, and the whole talk was well delivered.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Oct.2013)
Managing and monitoring application performance
Started off well, but became too New Relic focused; the end half almost a tour of their web app - which didn't really feel suited to the audience. I've always really liked Sebastian's talks, so I was a little disappointed by this one. That said, the first half was good, and the whole talk was well delivered.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Oct.2013)
Your (coding) standards matter
Enjoyable talk, well delivered.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Oct.2015)
Hello, PSR-7.
Great talk, well presented, flowed very well with a bit of the history around it too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Oct.2015)
Getting things done with ElasticSearch
Great talk, well presented.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
A World Without PHP
Interesting and well presented talk
Rating: 1 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Decouple your framework now, thank me later
Despite being a topic that I'm very keen on, I was disappointed by this talk. The delivery was a little dry, and for a full conference talk lasted only 15 minutes + questions. Unfortunately the code heavy part of the talk was un-readable, and there was an apology for the fact some of the code/talk was being worked on at 4am. I think this would have been well suited to an un-con talk, but for a conference talk, more preparation and content would be needed.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Serving 30,000,000 Requests an Hour in the Cloud
Really good and informative talk. Only thing I think it was missing was maybe a little more overview of some of the Google Cloud components, what they are for and why to use them. App Engine seems to have come along a long way since I last looked at it, and I'm keen to have a play around with it now.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Interface segregation - The forgotten i in SOLID
Excellent talk and very thought provoking, lots of great take homes and I think it was well balanced in terms of the benefits and tradeoffs.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Speed up your unit testing with Docker
A good un-con talk, I'd have perhaps liked a little more focus on the docker side of things. I think the follow up questions raised showed there was demand to know a little more about this side of things. I've started, especially with stand-alone components, to use a dedicated docker container for running tests, and this has given me a good way forward to improve this and speed things up.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Behaviour Driven Development and Behat: Telling Stories Through Code
Excellent talk, well paced, and a good amount of content. I'd fallen a bit out of love with Behat recently, and I think this talk has shown how to use it properly, good tips to writing scenarios and making them reusable across multiple contexts (for http and non http driven tests using the same features).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Dip Your Toes in the Sea of Security
An enjoyable, well delivered talk with great content. From a conference perspective I was a little disappointed that much of the talk was given up to the OWASP top 10 (which had a talk on the previous day). Some good take homes as well, and things that I need to think more about in my projects.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
Hackathon
Pleasantly surprised by the food, it was very good. Hackathon tables were all full, so 'unfortunately' I had to stay in the bar.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
PHP in 2017
Really enjoyable talk with a great mix of humour and technical details.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Meet Terraform
I think this talk was spot on, a great overview of Terraform building up usable examples, but without going into too much nitty gritty, but the right level of pointing you in the right direction for the more advanced topics.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Hadoop and PHP
Informative talk, but the demo felt a little rough and a few concepts were a little rushed over. I think more detail over a few less aspects would have hit the nail on the head.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Discovering & solving performance issues
A good talk overall, but lacking in real practical take home points (aside from a few configuration options if you use Symfony and want to use Blackfire).
Rating: 2 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Debugging Your Set-Up
Useful tools, I've heard people discuss them before when debugging applications and it was interesting to learn more about them, but I think the talk needs some more practice. It became a little difficult to follow, lots of tabbing between screens until the demo worked, etc. Lots of potential, and over-all the content was good.
Rating: 1 of 5 
(03.Oct.2017)
MySQL Worst Practices. Bring your system to it's knees.
Overall I thought the content was good, and I did mostly enjoy the delivery of the second half; but for me the whole turning up late, and clearly still being impaired by drinking the night before, isn't really what I'd expect to see out of a conference talk – this for me made the first half of the talk cringeworthy.

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Events They Were At

PHP North West 2016 Sep 29, 2016
PHPNW15 Oct 01, 2015
PHPNW 2013 Oct 03, 2013
ConFoo 2013 Feb 25, 2013
PHPNW12 Oct 04, 2012
PHP North West 2011 Oct 06, 2011
PHP UK Conference 2011 Feb 24, 2011
PHP UK Conference 2013 Feb 22, 2013
ConFoo 2012 Feb 29, 2012
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