WHAT I LEARNED AT
kpd T4 8/22/13
Open Allocation - Leveraging the wisdom of your crowd of developers
Tiny Habits – The little things you do aggregate to something big
Dunbar’s Number – ~150 stable human relationships
=> 3,375,000 people in your immediate network
TECH STUFF: WEB
Backbone vs. Knockout. Better yet, Knockback.
TECH STUFF: MOBILE IS HOT
As you might imagine, there were lots of ways to skin the mobile cat (native,
PhoneGap, Xamarin), but the one consistent message is that mobile is
young, we don’t know what we’re doing as a field, and you can’t afford the
good mobile developers.
i.e., it’s a good skill to develop, if it’s at all interesting.
TECH STUFF: DEVOPS
It’s a culture and a process
Development and Infrastructure work together as a team
No party until Ops is thrilled
Amplify Feedback loops
Culture of Continual Experimentation and Learning
I’ve used SlideShare a lot – great for hosting PPT, like this
Prezi – Prezi.com
Niemeyer’s Knockout vs. Backbone talk – based on a cool project
Apple products are popular
Powerpoint 2013 is pretty nice, too, as a reasonable fallback
"A ship is safe in the
harbor, but that's not
what ships are for"
William G.T. Shedd via
“Don’t put energy
in the things you
don’t want more of”
"Don't focus on your
"As tech people, you have no
excuse to be doing something
you don't like. Feed your
spark; don't kill it.” – Denise
“Code that's not
maintainable can not
be changed... Can not
“Deploying software is
often what ruins
developing software” –
“Do painful things more frequently, so you can make it less
painful” – Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix Architect
Netflix: 30% of all evening internet traffic. Even beats spam.
Amazon is their service provider. When Amazon went
down, Netflix didn’t. Do you know why?
They use ChaosMonkey
THE WEE ONES
~200 spouses, 400 kids
6 geekling-specific sessions
One open space led by a 10 year old
Why? Because this.
FOLLOW UP – GO BE GREAT
Next year, That Conference August 11-13, 2014
Check out Meetups
OpenHack Naperville nights
CNUG – Downers Grove
Teach the little ones. We need them.