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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://techportal.ibuildings.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 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. 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 - 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. CreditsThe 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. CreditsThe 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 - 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:•••