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How to be a good developer
Ashley Davis
ashley@codecapers.com.au
@ashleydavis75
www.codecapers.com.au
About me
● 20+ years developer
● CTO of Sortal (https://www.sortal.io/)
● Author of
○ Data Wrangling with JavaScript
○ Bootstrapping Microservices
● Creator of Data-Forge Notebook (http://bit.ly/2nEKbUQ)
● Algo stock trading
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Bootstrapping Microservices
50% off with
code
tsbootstrapping
http://bit.ly/2o0aDsP
Where do we start?
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
But seriously...
How can I be a good developer?
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Do I need to write lots of code?
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Do I need to write lots of code?
No
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
The good news
No single way
Many paths
Forge your own pathway
Be proactive
Be yourself
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
First...
Don’t believe what I say
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Now
Form your own opinion
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Now
Consider, think, articulate
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Then
Tell people about it
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Always
Listen and see the viewpoint of others
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Realise
Everyone has their own opinion
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Sometimes you will be wrong...
Admit it
adjust your opinion
and move on
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
But Ash....
What does this have to do with
development?
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
The point is...
Complex software is built by teams
Teams are made of people
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
No matter how it looks at first, it’s always a
people problem
~ Gerry Weinberg, 1933-2018
The second law of consulting
Secrets of Consulting, 1986
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/alikl/2008/11/12/three-laws-of-consulting-by-gerald-m-weinberg/
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Being a good developer...
Take responsibility for relationships
Communicate
Understand expectations
Ask questions Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
I hire for...
Soft skills
● Communication skills
● Team skills
● Ability/desire to learn and adapt
● Curiosity/passion/interest
Hard skills
● Technical skills
● Technical aptitude
● Experience
What’s unique about you? Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Remember this...
Technical skills get you the interview
Talking gets you the job
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Where does Agile fit in?
? Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
The agile manifesto...
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.
https://agilemanifesto.org Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
My philosophy of development
● Start simple
● Iterate
● Keep it working
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Start simple
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Keep it working
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Develop your own philosophy of
development
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Rules to live by when coding
● Leave code better than you found it
● Code for your teammates / future self
● A bit of planning goes a long way
● But don’t plan too hard
● Understand your code
● Ask for help
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Tips for learning
● Focus your learning
● Work with experienced people / find a mentor
● Go to meetups
● Talk to people / ask questions
● Talk at meetups
● Have a hobby project
● Code every day
● Read other people’s code
● Get other people’s code working
● Keep a journal
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
What is good code?
There is no simple answer
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Good videos from Scott Hanselman
https://vimeo.com/39020426
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWPgUn8tL8s
Ashley Davis
@ashleydavis75
ashley@codecapers.com.au
www.codecapers.com.au
Bootstrapping
Microservices:
50% off with code
tsbootstrapping
http://bit.ly/2o0aDsP

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How to be a good developer: Focus on soft skills & continuous learning

  • 1. How to be a good developer Ashley Davis ashley@codecapers.com.au @ashleydavis75 www.codecapers.com.au
  • 2. About me ● 20+ years developer ● CTO of Sortal (https://www.sortal.io/) ● Author of ○ Data Wrangling with JavaScript ○ Bootstrapping Microservices ● Creator of Data-Forge Notebook (http://bit.ly/2nEKbUQ) ● Algo stock trading Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 3. Bootstrapping Microservices 50% off with code tsbootstrapping http://bit.ly/2o0aDsP
  • 4. Where do we start? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 5. But seriously... How can I be a good developer? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 6. Do I need to write lots of code? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 7. Do I need to write lots of code? No Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 8. The good news No single way Many paths Forge your own pathway Be proactive Be yourself Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 9. First... Don’t believe what I say Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 10. Now Form your own opinion Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 11. Now Consider, think, articulate Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 12. Then Tell people about it Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 13. Always Listen and see the viewpoint of others Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 14. Realise Everyone has their own opinion Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 15. Sometimes you will be wrong... Admit it adjust your opinion and move on Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 16. But Ash.... What does this have to do with development? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 17. The point is... Complex software is built by teams Teams are made of people Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 18. No matter how it looks at first, it’s always a people problem ~ Gerry Weinberg, 1933-2018 The second law of consulting Secrets of Consulting, 1986 https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/alikl/2008/11/12/three-laws-of-consulting-by-gerald-m-weinberg/ Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 19. Being a good developer... Take responsibility for relationships Communicate Understand expectations Ask questions Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 20. I hire for... Soft skills ● Communication skills ● Team skills ● Ability/desire to learn and adapt ● Curiosity/passion/interest Hard skills ● Technical skills ● Technical aptitude ● Experience What’s unique about you? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 21. Remember this... Technical skills get you the interview Talking gets you the job Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 22. Where does Agile fit in? ? Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 23. The agile manifesto... Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. https://agilemanifesto.org Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 24. My philosophy of development ● Start simple ● Iterate ● Keep it working Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 26. Keep it working Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 27. Develop your own philosophy of development Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 28. Rules to live by when coding ● Leave code better than you found it ● Code for your teammates / future self ● A bit of planning goes a long way ● But don’t plan too hard ● Understand your code ● Ask for help Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 29. Tips for learning ● Focus your learning ● Work with experienced people / find a mentor ● Go to meetups ● Talk to people / ask questions ● Talk at meetups ● Have a hobby project ● Code every day ● Read other people’s code ● Get other people’s code working ● Keep a journal Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 30. What is good code? There is no simple answer Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au
  • 31. Good videos from Scott Hanselman https://vimeo.com/39020426 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWPgUn8tL8s Ashley Davis @ashleydavis75 ashley@codecapers.com.au www.codecapers.com.au Bootstrapping Microservices: 50% off with code tsbootstrapping http://bit.ly/2o0aDsP