I decided recently to branch out a bit, and see if I could start using a new medium to talk about the web development craft. I am starting a new stream at twitch.tv/bettercalldoll on Tuesdays (and another random night of the week) to answer questions that new or experienced web developers might have. The first stream went well, and so far the feedback has been great! Follow the Twitch channel or watch for posts from @bettercalldoll to find out more information.
I have had the privilege of speaking at three different events this year…and I am really starting to enjoy it! Big thanks to Iowa Code Camp for letting me come and speak on Performance Budgets yesterday at their winter conference. I had a great time presenting at their spring conference earlier this year on interviewing developers, and my enjoyment of this conference continues to grow. I get to catch up on a lot of audio books and podcasts when I drive up to Iowa!
Also, this summer I was lucky enough to get my one of my KCDC presentations recorded by InfoQ! If you want to see me in action talking about Ember.js, you can watch it here: http://www.infoq.com/presentations/emberjs-intro. KCDC is a great developer conference in Kanas City, and I am looking forward to submitting a few more talks for next year!
I had a great time attending Iowa Code Camp a few weeks back. I would like to thank all of those who attended my session for their questions throughout! There was such a great mix of thoughts and questions that came from the audience, that I plan on altering my talk to focus on some topics they brought up. That's the great thing about speaking...your talk will always evolve based on everyones feedback.
If you do attend a conference, please make sure to give feedback if you are given the opportunity. Please let the speaker know what you would like to hear more of, or less of. That kind of feedback can help shape their next talk.
I watched the following video by Ben Orenstein last year, and it definately gave great points on being a better presentor. Prepping for my talks this year reminded me of it, and I HIGHLEY encourage you all to watch it!
I am excited to announce that I will be giving to talks at this year's Kansas City Developer's Conference! It is defiantly a perfect time to meet up with some great tech speakers and get your networking game on. I would encourage you to attend, and definitely check out one of my talks:
FizzBuzz Buzzkill: Rethinking the Developer Interview Process
Hiring great developers is vital for your company's success. By focusing on key areas of an interview, you can identify great talent as well as promote your company's culture and career opportunities. This presentation will be geared toward technologists involved in their company's interview process, and how they can influence it to attract the best talent.
An Introduction to Ember.js
Does managing state in your single page app seem harder than it should be? Do you suffer from transclusion confusion? Let's dive into Ember.js, and learn why many developers have fallen in love with a framework that focuses on convention rather than configuration.
I recently had the opportunity to give at talk on interviewing web developers at BarCamp Omaha (See the recording below). Some senior developers get the great opportunity to partake or even head up the interview process with potential candidates. This talk is geared at those developers, and focuses on the ins and outs of a technical interview. It also focuses on one key thing that the interviewer should always remember during the interview: Sell your company!