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14 01, 2017

Sunlight & Air: 10 Lessons for Growing Junior Developers

By |2017-01-14T09:12:02-05:00January 14th, 2017|

How do we become software developers with the knowledge and skill to do our work well? Training junior developers is an essential piece of building a successful team, but it's a complex and challenging task. The lessons shared in this talk are drawn from experiences training, coaching, and mentoring over 50 junior developers in the past 2 years, and successes, failures, challenges, and rewards will be discussed. Attendees will learn strategies for identifying potential, assessing team fit, guiding technical growth, and coaching new developers in soft skills and interpersonal development.

14 01, 2017

Upgrading A Robotic Exoskeleton – Iron Man Suit Mark 2

By |2017-01-14T09:11:58-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Last year I brought version 1 of my Iron Man suit, The Mark 1. It was steel & aluminum weighing over 200lb. It was powered by an air compressor and 4 air cylinders. It even had an arc reactor light. But despite how awesome it was it was hard to walk, didn’t have built-in biometric sensors and it required 3 people to assist me in and out of the suit. Needless to say it was time for an upgrade. This years talk will feature a new suit, The Mark 2. It will be powered differently, will be more maneuverable, have [...]

14 01, 2017

What’s in the (SQL) box?! Let’s try and avoid some deadly sins.

By |2017-01-14T09:11:58-05:00January 14th, 2017|

What happens when you want to update your system; where do you get the time for that amidst pushing out new features, fixing bugs, etc? This session will explore what happened when my company decided to switch from MSSQL to PostgreSQL and move the 10,000 functions and stored procedures over. This talk isn't about the T-SQL or PostgreSQL languages, nor their nuances (although both may be mentioned in the talk), but rather how myself and my small team went about converting and updating this huge codebase.

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