Recent Conference Talks

All of my talks, including slides and feedback ratings, can be found on Joind.in: https://joind.in/user/colinodell/talks

CommonMark - Markdown Done Right

ZendCon 2017

Markdown is one of the most popular markup languages on the web. Unfortunately, with no standard specification, every implementation works differently, producing varying results across different platforms. The CommonMark specification fixes this by providing an unambiguous syntax specification and a comprehensive suite of tests. In this session you'll learn about this standard and how to integrate the league/commonmark parser into their PHP applications. We'll also cover how to customize the library to implement new features like custom Markdown syntax or advanced renderers.

Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT

ZendCon 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing how we interact with the digital world. In this session we’ll explore the implementation of real examples which bridge the gap between the physical and digital world using PHP: asking Alexa for information within a PHP application; displaying API data on an Arduino-powered display; using PHP to control LEDs on a Raspberry Pi to monitor application uptime; and connecting IR sensors to Slack to see whether a conference room is in use.

Debugging Effectively

All Things Open 2017

Software bugs are inevitable; some are especially difficult to track down, causing you to waste countless hours before throwing your hands up in defeat. It doesn't have to be this way! The mental fatigue and wasted time can be avoided by using strategies like identifying the most-appropriate tool, taking a logical & objective approach, challenging assumptions, listening to variables, isolating the code path, and reinforcing code with automated tests.

Hacking Your Way to Better Security

DrupalCon: Baltimore 2017

This talk educates junior and mid-level developers on common security vulnerabilities, how they are exploited, and how to protect against them. We'll explore several of the OWASP Top 10 attack vectors like SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, and others. Each topic will be approached from the perspective of an attacker to see how these vulnerabilities are detected and exploited using several realistic examples. We'll then apply this knowledge to see how web applications can be secured against such vulnerabilities.

Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT

Frederick Web Technology Group

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing how we interact with the digital world. In this talk, we’ll explore the implementation of live examples which bridge the gap between the physical and digital world using PHP: asking Alexa for information on php[world] conference sessions; displaying API data on an Arduino-powered display; using PHP to control LEDs on a Raspberry Pi to monitor application uptime; and connecting IR sensors to Slack to see whether a conference room is in use.

Debugging Effectively

PHP UK 2017

Software bugs are inevitable; some are especially difficult to track down, causing you to waste countless hours before throwing your hands up in defeat. It doesn't have to be this way! The mental fatigue and wasted time can be avoided by using strategies like identifying the most-appropriate tool, taking a logical & objective approach, challenging assumptions, listening to variables, isolating the code path, and reinforcing code with automated tests.

Debugging Effectively

SunshinePHP 2017

Software bugs are inevitable; some are especially difficult to track down, causing you to waste countless hours before throwing your hands up in defeat. It doesn't have to be this way! The mental fatigue and wasted time can be avoided by using strategies like identifying the most-appropriate tool, taking a logical & objective approach, challenging assumptions, listening to variables, isolating the code path, and reinforcing code with automated tests.

Rise of the Machines: PHP and IoT

Baltimore PHP

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing how we interact with the digital world. In this talk, we’ll explore the implementation of live examples which bridge the gap between the physical and digital world using PHP: asking Alexa for information on php[world] conference sessions; displaying API data on an Arduino-powered display; using PHP to control LEDs on a Raspberry Pi to monitor application uptime; and connecting IR sensors to Slack to see whether a conference room is in use.

Automating Your Workflow with Gulp.js

php[world] 2016

Gulp is a powerful utility for automating development workflows. Tasks are written using code, not configuration, enabling the easy creation of highly-custom and flexible automations. This talk introduces developers to the core concepts of gulp.js, and how to leverage it for new & existing projects. We’ll cover several examples of common tasks for managing CSS, JS and PHP, including: compiling Sass, minifying files, running PHP tests, checking code styles, ensuring legacy browser support & more.