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27 Ways To Be a Better Developer


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Participate in Communities …

Participate in Communities
Build Relationships, Not Systems
Use Analogies
Learn to Speak Manager
Learn to Google
Ask Questions but Learn to Fish
Keep Reading
Plan Ahead
Take It One Step At a Time
Keep your Hands Dirty
Less is More
Code For Today
Cut Your Losses
Be Organized
Inside Out vs Outside In
Learn Other Languages
Take Distance
Bitwise Problem Search
The Dunning-Kruger Effect
Use the Force
Be Healthy
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Have/Be a Role Model

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  • 1. PHPBenelux 2011 Lorna Mitchell Ivo Jansch
  • 2. 1. See This Talk
  • 3. 2. Participate In Communities
  • 4. 3. Build Relationships, Not Systems
  • 5. “The greatest missing skill is somebody who's both good at understanding the engineering and who has good relationships with the hard-core engineers, and bridges that to working with the customers.” Bill Gates
  • 6. 4. Use Analogies
  • 7. 5. Learn To Speak Manager
  • 8. BINGO CHART Planning Stock Revenue Win-Win Paradigm Stakeholder Spin-off Eyeballs CxO Mindshare Mission Profit Monetize Downsize Branding
  • 9. 6. Teach
  • 10. 7. Learn To Google
  • 11. Would I be the only one? Generalize the Problem Yes Minimize Scenario A Problem Solved No Broad Search Found Found Get help Narrow Search Post
  • 12. 8. Ask Questions But Learn To Fish
  • 13. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Chinese Proverb
  • 14. 9. Keep Reading
  • 15. #linktuesday
  • 16. 10. Plan Ahead
  • 17. 11. Take It One Step At A Time
  • 18. Pick a new technology Master Explore Get Comfortable
  • 19. 12. Keep Your Hands Dirty
  • 20. 13. Less = More
  • 21. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • 22. Conference Speaker Event Entity Organizer Person Attendee ok better bad
  • 23. 14. Code For Today
  • 24. 15. Cut Your Losses
  • 25. 16. Reflect
  • 26. Evaluate Apply Learn Improve Continuous Evaluation
  • 27. 17. Be Organized
  • 28. 18. Inside Out vs Outside In
  • 29. 19. Learn Other Languages
  • 30. <?php System.out.print(‘Hello’); ?>
  • 31. 20. Take Distance
  • 32. 21. Bitwise Problem Search
  • 33. Good Bad r1 r484 r968 Good Bad Bad r484 r726 r968 ... Good First Bad Commit Bad r512 r513 r514
  • 34. git bisect + unit test = lightning fast problem pinpoint
  • 35. 22. The Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • 36. Unawareness Overestimation What there is to know What you think you could know What you think you know ‘I know everything’ “Seniors” What you know
  • 37. Awareness Modesty What there is to know What you think you could know What you think you know ‘I know what I don’t know’ Actual Seniors What you know
  • 38. 23. Use The Force
  • 39. 24. Be Healthy
  • 40. 25. Passion
  • 41. 26. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
  • 42. 27. Have A Role Model, Be A Role Model
  • 43. Thank you! Lorna Mitchell @lornajane Ivo Jansch @ijansch Please rate this talk at Come see us at ______ The full credits for the pictures in this presentation can be found in the slide deck online.
  • 44. Resources The following URLS point to relevant information. If you liked the presentation, you are going to want to have a look at the following sites: • • • • Sleep Well - On the Be Healthy slide, we talked about how good health improves your development skills. This is an interesting article about recommended sleep hygiene for programmers. Getting Things Done - On the ‘Be Organized’ slide, we discussed how you can structure the way you work. This wikipedia article is a great starting point. How To Ask Questions The Smart Way - This article by Eric Raymond goes with the item about asking questions. The Passionate Programmer - In the ‘Passion’ item, we mentioned a book by the pragmatic programmers. This is the URL for it.
  • 45. Credits The following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ‘#27’ by Dwayne Madden - ‘This Way’ by Steve Snodgrass - ‘I don’t want to be your ...’ by Josh Pesavento - ‘Matt Dillon kicks off ...’ by Yodel Anecdotal - ‘Still Human’ by Quinn Dombrowski - ‘Good Friends’ by Juliana Coutinho - ‘TAM London Audience’ by Matt Brown - ‘Crowd in DPC’ by Juozas Kaziukenas - ‘The Bridge’ by Ian Carroll - ‘Bingo Night’ by Robert Banh - Untitled by Kristina Sohappy - ‘ZendCon Tutorial Day’ by Andries Seutens - ‘Google Logo in Building43’ by Robert Scoble - ‘Tiffus teaching Hoonan how to fish by Brett Kelly - ‘Programming related books at home, RHS’ by Michael Fogus - ‘Darts of Pleasure’ by Melissa Gray - ‘One step at a time’ by Fernando de Sousa - ‘War and Peace Show’ by Growl Roar - ‘Less is more? More than what?’ by Theilr - ‘Spaghetti’ by Cyclonebill -
  • 46. Credits The following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license. • • • • • • • • • • • Untitled by Eduard Orbitron - ‘Riverside and I-35’ by Dustin Coates - ‘Drawer Organizers’ by Rubbermaid Products - ‘Complicated Sign’ by Redvers - ‘Library Refresh’ by Mike McCune - ‘The requisite startup foosball table’ by Quami77 - ‘Haystack’ by Fod Tzellos - ‘Red Lion Denver Southeast Fitness Center’ by Red Lion - ‘Fire’ by Matthew Venn - ‘Main conference room’ by Felix de Vliegher - ‘Matthew Weier-O’Phinney’ by Juozas Kaziukenas - We have used other materials, such as the Dilbert and XKCD comics and the Yoda picture from Star Wars, under the assumptions that embedding them is fair use; they are copyrighted by their respective owners. Sources: • • •