General pro-tips for OO programming. Extremely relevant and entertainingly delivered.
Lukas fills a presentation slot with a web browse better than most do with prepared slides. Covered CMF, PHPCR and upcoming development plans in depth, and maintained good interation with the audience.
I walked into this expecting something more abstract than a tour of Doctrine ORM, but it held its own.
This was quite a treat for the conference. Excellent on all counts.
The slides were very well-designed, conveyed a good amount of information very clearly, and perfectly complemented the delivery.
I would second Adrien's point above regarding the presentation abilities of both speakers (even disregarding language barriers).
It's always nice to see real examples of how companies are using these technologies. That said, there is a challenge with presenting issues faced with older versions of libraries (Assetic in this case). In those cases, I think the audience would benefit from a higher-level discussion of the problem and how the solution was approached, as the code examples may not be relevant to developers working with the current version.
Walked in a bit late to this, but I'm glad I caught most of it. Granted, I was extremely sleepy when Nils presented this the previous year, but I felt the material really benefited from a longer time slot. Nils has also developed quite a knack for breaking down complex topics and real computer science into easily digestible presentations.
Correction: Jeopardy was Thursday and lightning talks were Friday. That's what I get for waiting a month to leave feedback.
In contrast to previous Symfony conferences, there was not a shocking "one more thing" announcement to be made, so I think this might have been lackluster for some. That's no fault of the keynote, and it's a bit unrealistic to expect a huge surprise. Admittedly, we've become quite spoiled :)
Regardless, it was quite evident that a good bit of effort goes into preparing the keynote material. Moreover, I think everyone enjoys the community interaction (whether it's sharing tweets at previous keynotes or the profile photos used during this one).
I do think the event would benefit from having a structured closing keynote on the final day, even if it's only 10-15 minutes. As-is, we ended with Jeopardy on Friday and then the conference quietly (and a bit awkwardly, IMO) wrapped up afterwards.
The opening day keynote is a great opportunity to give a state of the union and perhaps introduce the subjects being presented at the conference, but I think a closing keynote also helps frame the conference.
I found the slides for this talk on Speakerdeck. Maybe someone can add this information: