Laracon 2016 Summary — Day Three

The final day of Laracon focused on design, performance, software estimation and much more. Check out our summary of Laracon US day three.

Day Three of Laravel US Conference consisted of talks about design, performance tuning, software estimation, API tools, and Laravel. Seven speakers took to the stage and it was a scintillating experience. Currently, a specific date has still not been set on the release of Laravel 5.3. Taylor made it known to everyone that it will be released in a couple of weeks. Check out our recap of Day One and Day Two in case you missed them.

Adam Wathan was back again with a presentation on Curing the Common Loop. He talked about how for-loops and conditionals can be totally eliminated from a piece of code, instead using higher-order functions that allow for elegant code expression. Adam did a live coding session where he eliminated for-loops, conditionals, and temporary variables in an app and replaced them with Laravel Collection methods. Check out the slides from his workshop here.

Fabien Potencier, creator of Symfony and founder of Sensiolabs, gave a talk on PHP Performance Tuning with Blackfire. He talked about performance issues with PHP and PHP frameworks. And he gave insightful advice about how to track down these issues with Blackfire. Check out the turorial he made on using Blackfire in your applications here. Blackfire is available now on Laravel Forge.

Chuck Reeves gave a talk on Practical Software Estimation. Chuck dropped nuggets of wisdom on how to provide estimates for a software project. He emphasized why developers should estimate because they are the ones writing the code. Chuck compared developers to cardiologists and gave an example of how the latter cannot be coerced into performing a surgical operation for five hours instead of eight. As a developer, if it takes you eight hours to complete a task, do not negotiate for less! Check out the slides here.

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