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Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
PHP in 2017
Such a great talk. Really really informative run through what's coming out in 7.2 and beyond, and I LOVED the easy to follow examples of opcode caching optimisations. Enjoyed the history intro too. Thanks for all the graphs and stats on CO2 savings - that gives us all a great argument to go back with to our business owners and badger them about upgrading to 7! :) Very well prepared and structured talk, and delivered without a glitch!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Storing Non-Scalar Data
It was a nice run through all the different technologies to store non-scalar data and a nice refresher about all the different solutions out there. Nothing "revolutionary" for me personally. Kudos to Derick for staying cool and composed despite the mic problems!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Nuclear powered software security
Brilliant and enjoyable talk. Informative, and the advice given was easy to understand and clear examples were given. Loved the analogy to the real world high-risk systems like nuclear power plants and aeroplanes, was awesome to hear more about how those systems are designed and operated and interesting to hear the failure stories too! The occasional jokes were great too (I won't be mindlessly clicking on alerts from now on haha). The talk was well structured and Chris was well prepared. Kudos for staying completely calm despite losing the slides for a while!
Rating: 2 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
Discovering & solving performance issues
A good run through the available tools and good general advice given. I found this talk to be a little too broad and wish it was a bit more in-depth with more real-life, practical examples. It felt a bit rushed and some parts like the digression on SOLID could've been left out to help with the timing and to stay focused on the main subject. Minor thing, but I probably wouldn't add the laughing comment about the senior developer making a mistake - we're all human and we all make mistakes from time to time, even the most experienced of us :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
The GDPR is coming, are you ready?
Great talk from a confident and entertaining speaker! A lot of important points raised and I think it was really helpful to hear about what the GDPR means for a business with lots of real-life examples. Gave some good ideas to think about.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Sep.2017)
The Mindful Developer: Being Less Busy & More Productive
Amazing talk - really enjoyed listening to David share his own experiences with the journey to being more productive and more mindful! Lots of good advice given and clearly laid out. Very well structured, well paced, well delivered with some funny moments too. Loved it!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
MySQL Worst Practices. Bring your system to it's knees.
Amazing talk! Lots of great advice given in a funny and easy to digest way. The chat with the sad CEO on Skype bit had me laughing out loud, that was brilliant! :D :D :D
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
For The Love Of Code
Pretty much what everyone else said - great delivery, funny, lighthearted but with some great and important content and messages. Loved the drawings and the handwritten style of the slides. Couldn't have expected a better closing keynote!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(15.Feb.2018)
Going Backstage on Community Trends: Bug or Feature?
Great talk from Jenny, with lots of great points and ideas shared. It's great to see her encourage others to join the community, and give plenty of useful and honest advice. Above all, thank you for sharing the PacMan rule - it was great to see so many people remember it at the social!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2018)
The why and the how of moving to 7.x
A well-prepared talk with a nicely organised overview of the changes brought in PHP 7. The speaker was calm and spoke clearly, the pace was good. I found the short demonstration of using phpcs with PhpCompatibility very useful - never heard of that option before, so thanks for that Wim! :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2018)
Climbing the Abstract Syntax Tree
I found this talk interesting and informative. It was nice to refresh the knowledge of how the PHP compilation works, what the AST is and how it all works together. It was explained in a clear and concise way with a bit of humour - thank you James! It was nice to see the practical examples at the end which tied it all together. Good pace throughout the talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(16.Feb.2018)
Behaviour Driven Development and Behat: Telling Stories Through Code
Great talk explaining what BDD is and how to write your feature files well. So important to realise just using cucumber for UI tests is not quite BDD! Matt delivered this talk well and nailed the live demo! It was well paced, and interesting throughout. I really liked the good/bad examples as that really helps to understand what it means to write a good, future proof testing suite.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Apr.2018)
Privacy by Design
Great talk from an excellent and well-prepared speaker. Heather kept it interesting with lots of useful examples given and a few funny remarks, and clearly explained what GDPR is all about.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Apr.2018)
Serving PHP Happily
I found it interesting to listen to the reasons behind keeping the min. PHP version at 5.2 even though I don't do WP day to day. Learn quite a bit about the WordPress (capital P dangit! ;) community in general which was cool. Great talk from Jenny, delivered really well and clearly and good interaction with the audience too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Apr.2018)
Looking After Your Mental Health, a Guide for Software Developers
What James said - really good talk and so brave of you Mark to share your story so openly. I'm glad we're breaking the walls surrounding mental health issues with talks like yours. Really well done, and you handled the tech glitches well given it was your first time speaking! The talk was researched and prepared well, with lots of eye-opening stats given. I also liked that you've given advice to everyone - from the person suffering from mental health issues to their colleagues, friends, family and employers - on how to approach and handle those issues.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Apr.2018)
The Security Code Review guide
I found this talk interesting and very well-structured, it was easy to understand and follow along. Loved the mysql_injection_guard joke :D The pace was pretty fast but I actually liked it for this topic, pointing to more resources relevant to each of the threats was a nice way of keeping it engaging and not boring. Thank you!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Apr.2018)
Introduction to Cynefin (keynote)
Liz is such an incredibly good speaker, she delivered her keynote with confidence and kept it engaging from start to finish. Loved the surprising facts and stories shared. I don't think I could've asked for a better explanation of what Cynefin is (never heard of it before), with so many clear examples given on what each of the elements is. Really enjoyed it - thank you Liz!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jun.2018)
Build your own Neural Network, with PHP!
It was a very well-rehearsed talk and you were calm and engaging throughout! You picked a complex topic so well done for managing to explain it clearly and at a good pace in the very limited time you had. The maths went a little over my head so I agree with the other comments that maybe it would be better to leave some of it out and add links for people to read through and digest in their own time (purely because of the time constraints). I really liked the way you highlighted the code to focus on as you were explaining it in your code snippets. Made it easy to follow along. There were elements of fun which I liked, you had memes and made some funny comments throughout which gave what could have been a very academic and "dry" presentation a nice and approachable feel. As Lucia mentioned already, it was great to see you making sure everyone is following along and has a chance to ask for clarifications before moving on to the next part. And as Dave said, you should totally submit this to conferences :) Well done and thank you, I enjoyed listening to your talk!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(14.Jun.2018)
Time Zones and Calendars are a PITA
This was such a fun and informative talk, thank you Derick! The quiz at the start was brilliant and was a great way to engage the audience. And then it was great to get a refresher on DateTime, all the quirks and weirdnesses and to learn about DateTimeImmutable! Looking forward to reading the updated book, good luck with it! As others said, sometimes you explained things ahead of the explanation on the slides which might have made those moments feel a bit "rushed through", but as you had a limited amount of time that was understandable (and, as a co-organiser, thank you for sticking to the schedule and not overrunning :D). Overall a great and well prepared talk!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(08.Aug.2018)
Machine learning and trend analysis in PHP
Amazing talk by the best speaker I have ever seen in my entire very long life. He was funny; handsome, remarkably intelligent and after seeing him speak my life will never be the same again. I forgot to go home because I'm still sat here amazed at his ability to make such complex hard topics, which I unusually struggle with, easy to learn; like my alphabet. Thanks Michael.

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