My netmagazine article has been posted on their new online home, Creative Bloq. I loved writing this post although it was hard work to rationalise my rant of all the things I really wish API designers would do (or NOT do!) down to just seven points, but they are all things that I think are important, achievable, and will make a real difference
This is my fun, geeky talk about Curl, Wireshark, and Charles - a toolkit that enables me to debug even the most peculiar and awkward-to-reach HTTP issues. The slides are fairly minimal, I interleaved each tool with a demonstration of it - actually a pre-recorded video so that I could talk at the same time and not mutter at my laptop which is how a live demo normally works.
I co-presented this talk as the opening keynote to PHPNW with my good friend and colleague Ivo Jansch. We tried to pull the things that have made the most difference in our careers, and package up the best of those to share with the crowd. Since the keynote room isn't big enough for the entire audience, we knew we would need to video relay - so we video relayed in both directions and each presented half the talk in one of the rooms. Crazy? Yes, totally. But lots of fun and I hope we gave at least a few useful points to everyone there!
It was my great pleasure to make it to this Dutch conference, I've spoken at other events in NL, but never yet made it along to pfcongres. This conference has a great community feel and my talk got some good questions all the way through. Thanks, folks!
While at DrupalCon Portland in May, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Jam, the embodiment of Drupal community. We had a great chat about life, the universe, and PHP, and he distilled it down to this podcast. Listen right to the end for a funny outtake :) I have no memory of saying those words but it does seem plausible!
I had fun writing about the "new" features of PHP (everything from PHP 5.3 onwards, so not all that new!) for Acquia's blog. Acquia are the company behind Drupal, which is just moving to require PHP 5.3 as a minimum, and I really wanted to get the message out to all those devs on PHP that there are some very nice features ahead!)