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PHP London July 2019

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Venue: Sainsburys, 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT

Note: There will be members of Sainsbury's staff who will be able to help you to the correct room.


7:00-7:30 - Informal drinks, snacks and chat
7:30-7:35 - Welcome & group announcements
7:40-8:30 - Talk:

Talk: Bro, you even code? The politics of tool shaming

We've all heard it: "What?! You're using X framework/language/tool? You must suck at programming!"

We work in an opinionated industry, where it's essential to give and take advice; some good, some bad. In this talk James will delve into what's harmful about shaming, and what's constructive.

In James' own words:

"I felt compelled to write a talk on the subject of tool shaming about a year into becoming a web developer. I'd entered from an old world of statistics where time stood still and everyone was happy, to a flame pit where self-styled 'brogrammers' would flaunt their weight around, offering 'rock-star' opinions on why you suck and your language sucks.

At the end of the day, what we do is hard. There is so much criticism to be had, usually relevant. But when it's not relevant, it's damaging. And it has the capacity to make people leave technology. What I want to do in this talk is show the obvious bad points of doing this through real world examples, but also to direct us at where shaming is appropriate. Collaboration and community is something I'm passionate about as are so many, and individual prejudices aren't cool, and I am to address that.

PS. I don't care if you use emacs or vim - can you ship it?"

Speaker: James Seconde

James runs both Birmingham's PHP usergroup, BrumPHP, and Fusion Birmingham, a quarterly conference. After 2 years of being a Web Developer writing in Silverstripe and Symfony, he is now heading up Developer Relations at EastsideCo in Digbeth, Birmingham. When not writing microservices in Laravel and Vue.js for Shopify, you'll find him promoting tech in the Second City or listening to video game soundtracks on vinyl.


Explore Group ( - The Explore Group has been helping companies recruit top talent in the ever-evolving world of technology since 2005. We've adapted alongside the changing IT market to become increasingly specialist enabling us to support our customers on their journey through the new digital economy.

Bud ( - Bud solve real-world consumer problems using open banking technology, unparalleled data enrichment capabilities and a suite of connected financial services.

We'll also have 2 licences from JetBrains ( for any of their products to raffle.

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