I attend and speak at various conferences and code camps. These posts detail my experiences at them.

Mind of the Speaker - How Do You Feel About Your First Presentation?

The first time we do anything, we're terrified. Asking out that first date, submitting that first patch, reviewing someone else's code for the first time. Surprisingly, how we feel about it (e.g. "OH MY GOD I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING") has very little to do with how well we actually do at it; sometimes we're right and we end up doing terribly, and other times we're wrong and it ends up going well. It's different for... Read more >

Mind of the Speaker - The Most Important Thing To Remember On Stage

I've always been fascinated by the idea of getting up in front of hundreds of strangers and being expected to present your ideas to them. It's simultaneously enticing and terrifying, and that's probably what draws me to it. In October of this year (2016), I attended the DevIntersection/AngleBrackets conference in Las Vegas, as I did twice last year. Once again, as I am fascinated with the process involved in speaking for tech conferences, I tracked down as many speakers... Read more >

How To Become A Tech Conference Speaker

I attended the AngleBrackets/DevIntersection tech conference in Las Vegas this past October (as I also did in May), and while I was there I tracked down as many speakers as I could grab and asked them three questions about presenting at conferences: Who are you, and what do you do? Why do you personally present at conferences such as this one? How can someone like me, a regular developer, work toward becoming a presenter at conferences? I only informed... Read more >

Inside the Mind of the Tech Conference Speaker

I attended the AngleBrackets/DevIntersection tech conference in Las Vegas this week (as I did earlier this year). It was a fantastic experience as always, and I highly recommend that developers of all skills and ages attend conferences, even if they aren't the big national ones. More than once, I was enthralled by the ease with which the speakers at this conference would stand on stage in front of packed halls and not run screaming from the terrifying unknown masses.... Read more >

AngleBrackets Day 2 Wrapup - I Got Friends in Lowy Places

The second day of AngleBrackets was another productive day for me. It also (accidentally, I swear!) turned out to have a lot of Juval Lowy and his project design courses, so the more technically-inclined people out there may want to skip to Day 3. The rest of you, anyone who is even the slightest bit interested in improving our projects, read on and for God's sake go download the slides. Software Project Design This was the first of two sessions... Read more >

AngleBrackets Day 1 Wrapup - MVC, Project Design, and Interviews

My colleague Jim and I are attending the AngleBrackets conference here in Phoenix. It's the first conference I've ever been to, and I'm loving every minute of it. If you ever get a chance to attend one of these conferences, friggin jump on it! It's a wonderful way to connect with other developers in a low-key, casual setting. This year's conference is hosted at the gorgeous Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, an astounding 5-star resort that I could not hope to stay... Read more >