Weds Oct 21st 2020 - Strong Typing & Internationalisation


  • 19:00 – Introduction
  • 19:00 – Strong Typing: Adoption, Evolution and Organisation - Damien Seguy @exakat
  • 19:30 – A little break
  • 19:35 – Internationalisation: Local Content for a Global Audience - Joel Jenvey (@jdjenvey)
  • 20:15ish – End

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This is a free event, open to all. Due to the current situation with COVID-19 this event will be online only.

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The Talks

Internationalisation: Local Content for a Global Audience

Joel Jenvey @jdjenvey

Working with software is part art and part science. Human beings are however even more complicated. From timezones to numbering systems, translations to cultural sensitivity, we are unimaginably diverse.
In this talk we’ll look as some of the oddities of human computer interaction across the globe and how we can build systems ready to be consumed by myriad peoples.
Joel Jenvey is the Head of Engineering at Push Technology. He had more than a decade for development experience using PHP to architect and deliver enterprise scale systems.

Strong Typing: Adoption, Evolution and Organisation

Damien Seguy @exakat

There are tactical reasons to adopt strong typehint: easy validation, less code, fashionable. Besides, the first typehints blend in effortlessly with the current application: it is as if typehint was already there. Later, it appears that scalar types paved the way to more substantial code refactoring. Classes emerge from the initial scalar types, code congregate around important values, types gets more complex. Finally, systemic typehint arrives. Type hints become systemic when they help tame the class dependency hell, and help us plan for the new code. During the session, we’ll cover the various stages of using typehints, with their advantages, and when not to overuse them.
Damien Seguy is CTO at Exakat Ltd., a company specialized in PHP code quality solutions for the industry. He leads the development of the exakat PHP static analysis engine, that automatically audit code for version compatibility, security and dead code. Since last millennium, Damien has contributed to PHP, as documentation author, elephpant breeder, conference UFO on all continents. He also enjoys machine learning, gremlin, 狮子头 and camembert.


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