N Ways To Be A Better Developer

BBC Develop, November 2013

Once again co-keynoting with Ivo Jansch, but this time for the BBC:Develop event, a conference they hold for their developers each year. We shared our tips for improving as a developer over time and throughout various stages of a career.

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Best Practice in API Design

CodeConnexx, November 2013

This talk was at CodeConnexx in Maastricht, which was a mixed web technologies and soft skills event. Since the audience were of many different technical disciplines, this talk aims more at HTTP-level advice rather than implementation details.


Teach A Man To Fish

CodeConexx, November 2013

The tech/work skills conference CodeConnexx was in Europe this year and I had the privilege of opening it with a keynote entitled "Teach a Man to Fish". My talk was a great opportunity to share some ideas I've had about professional development within teams, rather than just as individuals. I shared my own tactics for benchmarking and improving teams, and how to develop particular skills - and then how to scale up the benefits of the investment in learning by sharing it with your team.



Git Basics

OggCamp, October 2013

OggCamp is an unconference, where the content is provided by the attendees. Apparently I am unable to attend this event without speaking or contributing in some way, and this year was no exception! I joined with some friends in presenting a "git basics" session. We talked about use cases and how it applies to open source, and I showed a few slides mixed with demo. The slides were from this deck, published by github themselves:


Debugging HTTP

PHPNW 2013, October 2013

This is my fun, geeky talk about Curl, Wireshark, and Charles - a toolkit that enables me to debug even the most peculiar and awkward-to-reach HTTP issues. The slides are fairly minimal, I interleaved each tool with a demonstration of it - actually a pre-recorded video so that I could talk at the same time and not mutter at my laptop which is how a live demo normally works.