Upgrading PHP

DrupalCamp Scotland/phpDay Italy, May 2014

This talk was given in very different ways on two consecutive weekends: first at DrupalCamp Scotland in Edinburgh, and then at phpDay in Verona. Two different crowds, different events, but the same message. Upgrade, FFS :)


A Community API

APIStrat, March 2014

A short talk at APIStrat in Amsterdam about the API.


Git Flow vs Github Flow

Net Magazine, March 2014

net252coverI had the privilege of taking ownership of the head-to-head column this month in net, and I pitted git flow against github flow for a full comparison of these two branching strategies.

You can get a single edition if you want to read it:


Debugging HTTP

PHPUK, February 2014

A remake of previous editions of this talk, I was privileged to have the opportunity to give it this time on the main stage at PHPUK. Great event, great atmosphere, great people :)





Create a Dashboard Using Guzzle

Net Magazine, January 2014

A hands-on tutorial for netmag, this was a fun project to build a dashboard giving insights to a project by using Guzzle to pull data from GitHub's API and display it. It's a walk through of how to create something like this using guzzle, starting with HTML5 Boilerplate to give a nice, clean look, then putting the flash on those bones with data from github.

It's in Issue 251, March 2014 - you can get back issues here:



The Pains and Gains of Upgrading PHP

PHPNW User Group, December 2013

Basically: "would everyone please upgrade to a currently-supported version of PHP". This talk covers the new features and performance improvements in PHP 5.3, PHP 5.4 and PHP 5.5, and gives some approachable advice on how to handle upgrading between them. This talk was delivered to my local user group and they asked some good questions!