Gary Jones

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Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
Down the Rabbit Hole: Lessons Learned combining Career and Community
This was my first talk from Cal, and I enjoyed it. Motivational, personal anecdotes, and delivered well.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
Composer the right way
Enjoyed this. Just the right amount of technical knowledge, some known, some new. Well delivered.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
Social
The social was a nice ending to the day. The dinner was nice though self-service would allow folks to choose exactly what they want (i.e. peas with the chicken and rice!). I didn't have any interest in the board games, but I get the feeling that those who did, enjoyed it. It was nice to get a beer on site, but I think the social atmosphere wasn't quite right, which is why most folks disappeared off to the local pub well before the venue curfew. That, and the as-expected price of the bottles being high. Loved the Laser Quest! Definitely the best part of the social. Thanks Digital Ocean!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
Advanced Adventures in Git
My favourite talk. This is the second talk I've watched from Lorna, so I knew the presentation would be well-delivered. For me, the technical level was just right. I could follow everything, some things I knew, some was new.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(19.Jul.2015)
API Pain Points
This was my first talk from Phil, but it was well-delivered - the throw-away comments exactly matched the tone of his writing on his blog, which I like. I like the anecdotes of good and bad examples.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
The New Revolution
A well-structured keynote, that was insightful into the history of networked computing. Great anecdotal stories. Too detailed on occasion though - names of computers and computer scientists of that era meant nothing to me I'm afraid, and they didn't sink in for recollection now, and as such, added nothing to the value of the presentation for me.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Ten practical ways to improve front-end performance
I liked the fact there was a front-end talk early on in the conference. This did cover items at a reasonably high level, with implementation details left o attendees to discover in their own time. Well presented.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Long running PHP processes
Very well presented, covering a lot in the short timeslot. Definitely would like to have the slides available, as a starting point to code patterns.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Managing dependencies is more than running "composer update"
If only managing dependencies WAS just about doing a "composer update"! Nils touched on the multiple aspects that developers should consider, covering the risks and how to minimise them. Well presented and engaging.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Driving Design through Examples
Beautifully and calmly presented, the business case for doing BDD in general, and the power that examples have in disambiguating client discussions was clearly delivered. The glimpses of the Behat tests were all too brief, but it inspired me to go and look (again) at BDD - thank you!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Don't work for PHPCS, make PHPCS work for you
Well presented, with live examples of how PHPCS works. I already use PHPCS a lot and knew many of the tips, but there were nuggets of information in here that were new to me too!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Food, bar and social
The queue that I initially lined up in for food, run out of food before I got there, and the initial queue for the bar was far too long (both issues down to venue staff, though I recall the bar queue two years ago was the same), but the event ran for long enough that they weren't a major issue. Access to Action Stations, the Ninja course, and laser quest was fantastic - developers aren't such a sedentary bunch as some folks would believe! Definitely gave me the chance to chat with fellow developers in a more relaxed atmosphere than earlier in the day.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
5 Features of a Good API
I found the pace of the talk good and felt it was a slick presentation. Definitely aspects of this presentation I could use in current client work.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
How to handle ?
Really enjoyable talk. Very educational, clearing up misconceptions and teaching me things I've always wondered about!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
RegEx Is Your Friend
Only learned one or two small things here (like preg_match_all() existing!), and felt that those new to regular expressions might have felt the examples were tricky to follow - more use of the laser pointer, or moving the mouse on screen, or using coloured patterns might have made it easier to describe to them which "bracket" you were talking about (and distinguish between brackets, braces and parentheses). The choice of using HTML as the subject of some of the examples, while simplifying the example, did gloss over the practical complications which comes with that.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Connecting people - Identity in your platform
Polished presentation. I came in late, so probably missed the bit that Rowan (presumably) works for Google, but that became evident throughout the talk. Good humour, audience participation, well-explained opinions. The Google Smart Lock seemed to be a new feature (I'd only just started seeing it on my phone and desktop), but my password manager of choice has allowed me to save credentials on one device, and then use them to auto-login on that and other devices and platforms, for web and apps, for a year or two, so the Smart Lock examples felt somewhat redundant to me. I'd like to see the title of the talk changed though - I almost didn't come and see it, as the title doesn't convey to me, what the talk was actually about.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(11.Jun.2017)
Ethical Engineering
Definitely thought-provoking. Chris delivered the content well, with the right level of humour for an otherwise dark thought exercise. For a talk like this, there are no black or white, right or wrong answers - that's the whole point. A clever end to the conference.

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PHP South Coast 2017 Jun 08, 2017
WordCamp London Mar 17, 2017
WordCamp Europe 2016 Jun 23, 2016
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