Conference report: nodeconf ONE-SHOT London

22 Sep 2014
Sep 22, 2014

It may seem odd on the eve of SymfonyLive London to write about a visit to a JavaScript conference, but I wanted to share a tale about the value of conferences beyond the talks listed on the speaker tracks.
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My top ten favourite PhpSpec limitations

Marcello Duarte
11 Sep 2014
Sep 11, 2014

PhpSpec is enjoying a growth in popularity lately, probably related to the recent release of 2.0. Lots of people have been playing with it and trying to get to grips with what it can do. Naturally they try to do the same things they would with other testing tools. Soon they find out they can’t. “Oh! This PhpSpec has so many limitations… I can’t do this… I can’t do that…”. Ironically, other people make positive comments about the same “limitations”. So I decided to publish a list of my top ten favourite limitations of PhpSpec, and why I love them so much.


Video: Scaling Symfony2 apps with RabbitMQ

01 Sep
Sep 1, 2014

Kacper Gunia, a software engineer for Sensio Labs UK, and Certified Symfony Developer, gave a talk at the London Symfony Meetup on the adverse effect of resource-intensive tasks, leading to an underwhelming user experience, affecting performance and even uptime, and potential loss of revenue. However, there are a variety of strategies to overcome this – one being queueing. In this video, Kacper takes a look at RabbitMQ – what it is, how it works, and how to use it with a Symfony2 application to aid scaling.
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“Your code sucks” – Tips on giving feedback

Amelia Bradshaw
23 Jul 2014
Jul 23, 2014

Feedback on performance matters. It not only maintains quality, refines and hones performance, but it can also improve morale and trust, and build relationships. It can stop minor problems from escalating into major capability issues. It’s something that every people manager or team leader should be doing as standard, and yet it’s so hard to get right.

For some people, giving good feedback is easy. They have no problem telling their team what a fantastic job they have done. They may do this regularly throughout the course of a project, or just at official times during appraisals or probation reviews. Some managers may simply overlook to give feedback at all, particularly where they assume the team member knows how well they are doing. The not-news flash is that people don’t telepathically know they’re doing well or badly. They might assume that any problems would be flagged, but is the assumption that all feedback will be bad, really what you want? Read more →