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Are you a good Code Scout

Scouts are taught to be adventurous, considerate, thoughtful, effective, diligent, ingenious, thorough, earnest and effective… All of these qualities are ones that we should be striving for as a Developer.

This talk intends to prove that being a Good Scout and being a Great developer are are pretty much the same thing. It will take you through the types of actions and attitudes that are taught to millions of kids aged seven to eighteen and compare it to what you should be practicing every day to make you a better Developer.

I'll tell you all the things you need to know to earn your very first Code Scout badge.

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Are you a good scout? - PHPNW15 Unconf

  1. 1. ARE YOU A GOOD SCOUT?
  2. 2. Matt Cockayne @phpboyscout I’ve been a developer for well over a decade in one form or another! I’ve been a speaker for all of 30 seconds!
  3. 3. I’m also a Scout Leader
  4. 4. Its great fun being a Scout!
  5. 5. Its great fun being a Scout!
  6. 6. Its great fun being a Scout!
  7. 7. “Always leave the better than you found it” campsite
  8. 8. codebase “Always leave the better than you found it”
  9. 9. We have now turned something that we teach kids aged 7 - 18 to do naturally, into something that we as developers should be doing every day.
  10. 10. • Add a README.md • Improve the docs • Add a Doc Block • Comment complexity Putting up a sign
  11. 11. • useless comments • obsolete code • old components • stray files • defunct backups Pick up some litter
  12. 12. • refactor a function or class • fix a failing test • write a new test (or two) Repair a fence
  13. 13. Make sure you haven’t broken anything Check all the tests pass Write a sensible commit message
  14. 14. Congratulations
  15. 15. Congratulations Your on your way to being a
 Good Code Scout
  16. 16. With the right attitude, 
 skills & tools for the job
  17. 17. With the right attitude, 
 skills & tools for the job
  18. 18. WORST STEREOTYPE. EVER
  19. 19. Being a good Scout is more than Dib Dib Dib Hard Work Determination Ingenuity Tenacity
  20. 20. Thanks @phpboyscout matt@phpboyscout.uk If you would like to have fun being a Scout then please visit scouts.org.uk/get-involved https://joind.in/15474

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