If you’ve only ever experienced web development through a web framework, you’re missing out. Have you ever been tempted to rewrite a codebase in your favorite framework? That’s a smell that you need to come to this talk.

Being comfortable developing without a framework is a crucial skill to have for refactoring legacy applications. In this talk I show you how to harness the power of going “frameworkless” so you’ll feel empowered to make better decisions in your next web project. Be set free from your web-framework ball and chain.


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Really good, quick, accessible. Well worth a listen and interesting points.

TJ Draper at 11:03 on 3 May 2019

I'm a big advocate of going bare. It's great to get another perspective on going bare, and hear from someone who's a little more like "going bare is good, but also frameworks are good". And it's great to see other ways of doing things in the examples of how the bare application is bootstrapped and set up.

Steven Wade at 11:36 on 3 May 2019

I loved this talk! I recently "went bare" in a small side project and I second guessed myself every step of the way. This talk and Sammy's amazing energy and information validated the decisions that I had made, as well as provided inspiration for new things I'd like to do.

I enjoyed Sammy's breakdown of "when" to "go bare" (ie: greenfield vs. legacy code). Seeing some ways to introduce modern code, packages, and bare PHP into a legacy framework application was a huge plus and selling point.

Sammy had great energy. The way in which he structured the presentation, the problem and solutions, and the way he walked through each step as the next logical step, made it really easy to follow and relate to.

Nice job. Next time, I want the ElePHPant!

Derek Kurth at 13:59 on 3 May 2019

I really enjoyed this presentation! It was well thought out, gave me some meaningful things to try, and I'm inspired to experiment with the "going bare" approach with some projects I'm working on. Thanks!

Marion Sartor at 16:52 on 3 May 2019

Very good comparison between using a framework and not. Valuable information to those who create brand new sites and have the freedom to make that choice.

Chris Martinez at 10:28 on 4 May 2019

Great Job!! Thank you!

Michael Price at 11:02 on 4 May 2019

I thought this was an insightful talk about not necessarily sticking to a particular framework and composing your own application architecture with components in the ecosystem.