27 Ways To Be A Better Developer (PHPBenelux 2011)

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The opening keynote Lorna Mitchell and I did at the PHPBenelux conference in Antwerp on January 28, 2010.

The opening keynote Lorna Mitchell and I did at the PHPBenelux conference in Antwerp on January 28, 2010.

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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 whosboth good at understanding the engineering andwho has good relationships with the hard-coreengineers, and bridges that to working with the customers.” Bill Gates
  • 6. 4. Use Analogies
  • 7. 5. Learn To Speak Manager
  • 8. BINGO CHART Planning Revenue Mindshare Stock Win-Win Paradigm Stake-Spin-off Mission holder Eyeballs Profit Monetize CxO Downsize Branding
  • 9. 6. Teach
  • 10. 7. Learn To Google
  • 11. Would IGeneralize be the A Problem the only one? Problem Yes No Solved Minimize Found Broad Scenario Search Found Get help Narrow Search Post
  • 12. 8. Ask Questions But Learn To Fish
  • 13. "Give a man a fish and you feedhim for a day. Teach a man to fishand you feed him for a lifetime." Chinese Proverb
  • 14. 9. Keep Reading
  • 15. #linktuesday http://phpdeveloper.org http://techportal.ibuildings.comhttp://devzone.zend.com http://phparch.com
  • 16. 10. Plan Ahead
  • 17. 11. Take It One Step At A Time
  • 18. Pick a new technologyMaster Explore Get Comfortable
  • 19. 12. Keep Your Hands Dirty
  • 20. 13. Less = More
  • 21. “Perfection is achieved, notwhen there is nothing more toadd, but when there is nothing left to take away”  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • 22. Conference Speaker Event EntityOrganizer Person Attendee ok better bad
  • 23. 14. Code For Today
  • 24. 15. Cut Your Losses
  • 25. 16. Reflect
  • 26. EvaluateApply 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 r968Good Bad Badr484 r726 r968 ...Good First Bad Commit Badr512 r513 r514
  • 34. git bisect + unit test =lightning fast problem pinpoint
  • 35. 22. The Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • 36. Unawareness Overestimation What youWhat there What you think you What you is to think could know know you know know ‘I know everything’ “Seniors”
  • 37. Awareness Modesty WhatWhat What you you Whatthere think you think youis to could you knowknow know know ‘I know what I don’t know’ Actual Seniors
  • 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 Ivo Janschhttp://www.lornajane.net http://www.egeniq.com@lornajane @ijansch Please rate this talk at http://joind.in/2411 Come see us at ______ The full credits for the pictures in this presentation can be found in the slide deck online.
  • 44. ResourcesThe following URLS point to relevant information. If you liked the presentation, you are going to want tohave a look at the following sites:• Sleep Well - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/23/coders_insomnia_mental_hygiene/ 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 - http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html This article by Eric Raymond goes with the item about asking questions.• The Passionate Programmer - http://pragprog.com/titles/cfcar2/the-passionate-programmer In the ‘Passion’ item, we mentioned a book by the pragmatic programmers. This is the URL for it.
  • 45. CreditsThe following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license.• ‘#27’ by Dwayne Madden - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dj-dwayne/4553167357/• ‘This Way’ by Steve Snodgrass - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/4906011803/• ‘I don’t want to be your ...’ by Josh Pesavento - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pezz/3785769013/• ‘Matt Dillon kicks off ...’ by Yodel Anecdotal - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yodelanecdotal/499434961/• ‘Still Human’ by Quinn Dombrowski - http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3821448668/• ‘Good Friends’ by Juliana Coutinho - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ngmmemuda/4166182931/• ‘TAM London Audience’ by Matt Brown - http://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmatt/3977320759/• ‘Crowd in DPC’ by Juozas Kaziukenas - http://www.flickr.com/photos/juokaz/4702578495/• ‘The Bridge’ by Ian Carroll - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iancarroll/3050791327/• ‘Bingo Night’ by Robert Banh - http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3319821124/• Untitled by Kristina Sohappy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristina-sohappy/4242102266/• ‘ZendCon Tutorial Day’ by Andries Seutens - http://www.flickr.com/photos/andriesss/4027902414/• ‘Google Logo in Building43’ by Robert Scoble - http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/4249731778/• ‘Tiffus teaching Hoonan how to fish by Brett Kelly - http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkedmn/758241963/• ‘Programming related books at home, RHS’ by Michael Fogus - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fogus/2629211069/• ‘Darts of Pleasure’ by Melissa Gray - http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissagray/4002863212/• ‘One step at a time’ by Fernando de Sousa - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fernando/150271931/• ‘War and Peace Show’ by Growl Roar - http://www.flickr.com/photos/growlroar/4821487849/• ‘Less is more? More than what?’ by Theilr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/theilr/2200873034/• ‘Spaghetti’ by Cyclonebill - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclonebill/2223412838/
  • 46. CreditsThe following pictures were used in this presentation. All images are licensed with a creative common license.• Untitled by Eduard Orbitron - http://www.flickr.com/photos/eduardorbitron/5187761681/• ‘Riverside and I-35’ by Dustin Coates - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dustinc/577521134/• ‘Drawer Organizers’ by Rubbermaid Products - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rubbermaid/4545308035/• ‘Complicated Sign’ by Redvers - http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvers/1249510693/• ‘Library Refresh’ by Mike McCune - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mccun934/5000045252/• ‘The requisite startup foosball table’ by Quami77 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yakshaving/3795071232/• ‘Haystack’ by Fod Tzellos - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fod/237453417/• ‘Red Lion Denver Southeast Fitness Center’ by Red Lion - http://www.flickr.com/photos/43536733@N03/4009413538/• ‘Fire’ by Matthew Venn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewvenn/366986755/• ‘Main conference room’ by Felix de Vliegher - http://www.flickr.com/photos/felixdv/2579551939/• ‘Matthew Weier-O’Phinney’ by Juozas Kaziukenas - http://www.flickr.com/photos/juokaz/4702577233/We have used other materials, such as the Dilbert and XKCD comics and the Yoda picture from Star Wars, under the assumptionsthat embedding them is fair use; they are copyrighted by their respective owners. Sources:• http://www.dilbert.com• http://www.xkcd.org• http://www.starwars.com