Michael Cullum

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Sep.2013)
Expression Language in Symfony 2.4
Great new feature with both the reasoning and product explained well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Sep.2014)
Doing Everything with Nothing: Ephemeralization In The Cloud
Absolutely amazing keynote
Rating: 4 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Keynote
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Five Weird Tricks to Become a Better Developer
I'm certainly going to take a lot from this: Chill, relax, take time off and get shit done.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Symfony Tips and Tricks
Wow, as Aaron stated, the tips were extremely helpful and it was the most useful talk of the day so far.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Symfony Tips and Tricks
Wow, as Aaron stated, the tips were extremely helpful and it was the most useful talk of the day so far.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Symfony Tips and Tricks
Wow, as Aaron stated, the tips were extremely helpful and it was the most useful talk of the day so far.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(27.Nov.2014)
Five Weird Tricks to Become a Better Developer
I'm certainly going to take a lot from this: Chill, relax, take time off and get shit done.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Nov.2014)
Jeopardy
Rating: 3 of 5 
(28.Nov.2014)
Make Symfony shine with Varnish
Great talk content but I did find it a little hard to keep engaged/concentrated throughout due to the quite heavy amount of content.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(28.Nov.2014)
Life After Assetic: State of the Art Symfony 2 Frontend Dev
As a back-end developer who leads a team which includes front-end developers this talk was really quite helpful.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(29.Nov.2014)
PHP Profiling: from theory to practice
I liked the beginning introduction to why profiling was important and the brief demo of Blackfire but found the use-case rather unhelpful and it didn't really add any value to the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Jul.2015)
Putting people in PHP: A Day in the Life of a Recruiter
A surprisingly really interesting talk which promoted some interesting (albeit perhaps slightly off-topic) discussion and debate afterwards.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Jul.2015)
Sharing Knowledge
A really good inspirational talk. I do hope that after being in this talk more people feel will be able to submit to conferences (or user groups) and hopefully be more successful after having received tips from a previous conference organiser. One point to improve might be to talk a little bit more about other ways we can share knowledge such as contributing to projects like php bridge, more general community outreach (As was discussed later in the evening), php mentoring, helping people on IRC and the like but obviously it is quite difficult to fit all of that into 20 minutes.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Down the Rabbit Hole: Lessons Learned combining Career and Community
Great talk from Cal that really rang home.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
API Pain Points
Very good talk that addressed many of the main points with APIs I think.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
The Art of Programming
A good talk with many well made and reinforced points. I thought perhaps you could spend a little bit more time talking about how creativity's importance which I believe was a fundamental point of the talk as opposed to the definition of art.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(18.Jul.2015)
Vagrant Provisioning with Ansible
A good overview of Ansible with a very brave two demos! And the cows were awesome :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Sep.2015)
Breaking boundaries with FastCGI
Fantastic talk. The use of the restaurant metaphor kept the audience engaged, was very amusing and helped explain and simplify much of the information being conveyed. The topic is an extremely interesting one and the talk content was just right discussing the problems applications and libraries face when being used in this way, the information about the CGI implementation and then bringing it back in to being Symfony-specific. Ideas were presented clearly and effectively right throughout the talk. As a speaker you were confident and well presented but at times (later on in the talk) you talked quite fast but I think you identified this well and then then slowed down again and it didn't impact on the audience's ability to follow the talk. If giving this talk again I'd suggest talking a little bit more about the concept of an app server a bit more as otherwise it might not be clear to developers who only have PHP experience how it speeds up the application. It might also be worth mentioning the important distinguishing of a request/response from a PHP process in Symfony through use of the passing in requests and return a response from the AppKernel as whilst this was touched on, this is the core fundamental idea that allows everything to work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Sep.2015)
Getting artistic with code
This keynote was really different from any I've ever seen before. Seb is a great, relaxed and animated speaker who managed to make the entire keynote seem very spontaneous. It was a great way to open what is always an amazing conference and got the audience ready and rearing to go for the rest of the day.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Oct.2015)
What To Expect from PHP7
Good talk outlining some important new PHP 7 features.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Better Late Than Never: Scalar Type Hints in PHP 7
I really liked the focus on the background of the proposal giving a firm foundation of why things are as they are. Very humorous and overall a good talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Oct.2015)
Closing Keynote: Developers are just like humans
A really good talk and thank you for sharing. It mixed humour and poignancy very appropriately for delivery of a talk topic that has touched many people in the room either through their own experiences or the experiences of those around them (friends, family and colleagues) and I hope this talk will encourage people in the future to ask for help when they need it. I only wish I could give you five stars, and then give another five star rating to Michelangelo for his heckling.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(03.Dec.2015)
10 years of Symfony
Good talk highlighting those who make Symfony the project that it is
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Dec.2015)
Rethinking Extension Development for PHP and HHVM
Great talk. I liked the structure of the talk going from the history and things you'd done wrong in the past and then presenting the solutions you'd found and how you'd avoided making the same mistakes again.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(06.Dec.2015)
40 ms: How HSNG delivers personalized e-commerce with Symfony and Magento in the blink of an eye
I thought the results were impressive and I thought the topic of the talk was really interesting. If doing the talk again I'd suggest perhaps adjusting the timing so you spend more time talking about the technical details (in the middle of the talk) and less time describing the problems and challenges you were trying to overcome.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Dec.2015)
Doctrine 2: To Use or Not to Use
A fantastic talk
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Dec.2015)
New Symfony Tips and Tricks
A fantastic talk and my favourite talk of the conference. Brimming with amazing tips and tricks I'm sure every person in the room learnt something during that talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Dec.2015)
Symfony: Your next Microframework
Amazing talk by an extremely dynamic speaker this talk was perfectly structured. The only thing I can comment upon is that the room was extremely packed due to the talk popularity which made it extremely warm, perhaps it would have been better suited to a Track A slot.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Dec.2015)
Drinking Beer With a Raspberry Pi and PHP
Fantastic talk filled with enthusiasm and it was good to have the practical/hands-on element. Today I learnt that developers actually use raspberry pis for real things... eventually.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(17.Dec.2015)
Behind the Scenes of Maintaining an Open Source Project
A fantastic talk with a really important message behind it. This is one of those keynotes that should be mandatory watching (with a yearly refresher) by anyone who uses twitter, uses open source projects or works on open source projects.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jan.2016)
Simple Machine Learning
Really good talk with an interesting topic well presented. The introduction worked really well to introduce the topic as well as the methods he'd used later on and I found the primary theorems he covered were well explained and didn't appear too geeky or maths focused allowing the talk to be relevant to a much wider audience than just any CompSci or Maths Uni Grads. Doing this talk again I think a bit more time could be spent on the second, more technical half, of the talk as this would allow people to think over it a bit more. Chris' enthusiasm, excitement and engagement in this topic is fantastic and conveyed through his presentation style but a couple of times it led to him speed up speaking slightly over more technical points which he could leave out (so as not to confuse people) or expand upon in more detail (satisfying the more 'geeky' audience members). I think with more preparation he could have linked a lot better from the presentation into the demo showing better in the demo how that related to the theorems he had been discussing but the demo worked really nicely and it accurately portrayed both the advantages and downsides of the different machine learning techniques he'd mentioned earlier on in the talk. Most importantly, I think that no matter what your skills are, or what level you are in maths, computer science, php or programming, you'll come out of this talk having learnt a huge number of things and it makes people go away thinking about it more and thinking about not just how they can apply it to their jobs but also how they could further enrich their own learning.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Jan.2016)
Profiling your PHP application
I really enjoyed this talk and thought it was a great introduction into xhprof with convincing explanations as to why you should use profiling talks instead of naive profiling. I'd note that the slides were a bit hard to read at times due to the colour scheme of the screenshots taken from XHProf, but this was exaggerated by the use of an LCD screen instead of a larger projector due to the venue. I also think a really nice thing that could be covered is when you should be profiling your applications (in production, whilst you are developing [continuous profiling] or at some point in the future after you've deployed a new feature).
Rating: 5 of 5 
(31.Jan.2016)
Imposter Syndrome: Am I Faking It?
A good talk on an important topic that rings true with many in our industry.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(20.Feb.2016)
The Code Manifesto
An amazing talk from Kayla covering a really important topic.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence
A great talk from Jess that kept everyone engaged first thing in the morning. I think everyone walked away having learnt a lot and with plenty of food for thought.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(21.Feb.2016)
From PHP to Machine Code
A really interesting talk on a fascinating topic that was thoroughly informative.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
A World Without PHP
Ben's an engaging speaker and this talk was a nice take on presenting the history of the PHP community.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2016)
From Doctor to Coder: A Whole New World?
This talk was fantastic. It was both interesting to learn of your journey and also seeing what we could learn from the world of academia and medicine. I thought the talk was also very pragmatic and honest about the jump and I found this really refreshing. Finishing off with some of the things you thought were ugly/amusing/worrying about tech too was a tremendously amusing finish. A really interesting talk with useful things to take away and consider, tools to use for communication and self-reflection/improvement and presented by a great speaker. As previously noted, on a speaker-technical note, the slides were clear, the talk was well paced and it was well littered with appropriate drops of humour. Recovery from the microphone technical issues was also very professional, especially then having to handle dealing with a handheld microphone for the rest of the talk which can be annoying.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Nov.2016)
Here Be Dragons! What It's Really Like to Slay a Monolith
A great talk about the advantages of, and the obstacles, of making larger scale architectural changes to an organisation moving towards the use of microservices.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Nov.2016)
How To Effectively Grow a Development Team
This was a fantastic talk with so many very agreeable points but also points to consider in more depth.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Nov.2016)
Evening Social
A great social with lots of different fun activities going on. The only way this could have been improved would have been trying to find a way to get people to stick around after the conference as I think a lot of people left.

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