Talk comments

Chris Sherry at 13:51 on 18 Aug 2016

Dave has managed to put clear examples of how to do TDD, combined with working examples of how to use a testing framework and describing it's features, into a talk that less than 20 minutes - and yet is at a pace which is in the sweet spot that exists between too fast and confusing and too slow and boring.

I really appreciated seeing a talk about version control that wasn't Git specific and didn't have the air of, "You're not using Git? Both you and your project must burn in Hell!"

Lots of good advice, including tips on branching strategies and things to look out for such as blindly auto-merging.

A lot of information in this talk! Could probably have slimmed down the HTTP 1.0/1 side of things and concentrated more on 2.0 I would certainly have preferred that - though I appreciate he was trying to paint a "before and after" picture.

So much fun! Though given my scores, I clearly need more practice.

It was really good to hear a frank and insightful talk about Chris' career path. It should have bad things (losing jobs, etc.) can be turned around to opportunities, the importance of being involved with the community and keeping up those connections you've made.

It certainly showed I still have a lot of progress to make (especially in those last two areas) but was inspirational enough to let me know that I could get there.

Owen Gerrard at 16:13 on 15 Jun 2016

ROFLMAOBBQ - what else is there to say?

Owen Gerrard at 16:12 on 15 Jun 2016

I needed to get home and update nginx and switch on http 2.0 support immediately, what a game changer! A little too much in-depth on the "bad old days" of http 1.1 optimisation techniques, as so much information was sometimes tricky to keep a track of, a couple of "wait, is that what we needed to do or what we're doing now?", but, ultimately, it was then something of a gobsmacking moment to hear that we no longer need to do any of it.

Owen Gerrard at 16:09 on 15 Jun 2016

Brilliant talk, very insightful and educational. Excellent speaker - very clear and engaging. Perhaps a bit of a live demo to show how the strict mode works between a library and your code would be useful, such as which you were so kind to give us afterwards when we caught up with you post-talk. Thank you!

Owen Gerrard at 16:03 on 15 Jun 2016

Inspiring and motivational talk, I thought. Found myself reflecting on my own career. Much taken away from this. Thank you.