Dotting your i's and crossing your t's - How to Make Good Code Great

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Really useful and entertaining talk. Some great points that should apply everywhere.

Rated 5

Chris Armitage at 14:53 on 3 Oct 2015

A great insight into becoming a better developer, not just from following coding styles. The cartoons and humour kept the energy high in the traditionally-difficult post-lunch slot.

I'm not sure if I am just not the target audience - it seemed very beginner oriented - but to me it felt like just a link list with cartoons as slides. This is not to say that it wasn't entertaining, it mostly was. Also the mentioned practices and tools are fine and getting people to know about them is useful and a good cause. I just don't feel the talk really achieved that. I feel that it is very likely when you code professionally you will have dealt with most if not all of these. If you didn't know about them, you probably barely got enough info to see if it's useful for you. Since there are are already 2 positive reviews I might be wrong about this.

Rated 5

Mark Railton at 16:32 on 4 Oct 2015

Really enjoyed this talk and also the lengthy followup conversation I had with Juliette. The topic covered was extremely applicable to my day job and gave some good insights into things we can improve.

Some of the information was a little basic. Nevertheless, a good talk with plenty of information on keeping code clean and reusable.

Good talk on technical dept and how to avoid it.

While the solutions given were fairly basic, i think that shows it shows that there really is no excuse to not ensure we manage our dept.

Personally, i would have liked some more focus on the 'how do i get my manager onboard' and less on the specific tools (although a 'here's a list of tools to google' is useful)

The talk, while basic, was really well delivered and very entertaining. I absolutely loved the cartoons and the humour Juliette put into the talk.

For the target audience I think this was the perfect talk to get them on the road to using the rich quality toolbox that PHP has and to enable people to write better code and know where they can improve.

I do think that some indication as to the level of the talk would have been good, as a lot of the material was stuff I had already looked into and so was more of a recap rather than an introduction.

Still, a great topic, really well delivered and if you haven't started your code quality journey this is a must see to get you going.

I'm always disappointed when I go to these talks and learn nothing new, but they always at least re-affirm what I know.

However one thing happened at the end of Juliette's QA that made me rethink how valuable talks like this are. "How do I convince management about this", it's a question that gets asked every year at the end of a talk about metrics, legacy code, agile or anything that I take for granted and it means that the talk has reached at least 1 new person, 1 new team or 1 new company and started them on the journey I started 5 or 6 years ago, and that's why this is such a good talk.

So I'm not disappointed I personally didn't learn anything, I'm pleased that there's someone else who's going to go back to work and push this stuff and make the PHP industry better.

I also loved Juliette's presentation style, bubbly, enthusiastic and passionate about the subject matter.

@PHPNW, don't ever stop accepting these kind of talks.

One of my favourites from the weekend. Admittedly it was mostly stuff I already knew, but it hammered home the reasons I should remember to do them!!!!

'We all use xdebug, right?'
From that moment I knew I had to pay attention!
So many tools out there to make your code great - you just need to remember to use them.
Juliette's talk was informative and entertaining and reminded us all not to fall into bad habits that we all pick up along the way. Well done Juliette!

An entertaining and at times funny talk, but with some poignant concerns and solutions. Wish I had heard this talk 4 or 5 years ago!