Here are my notes from my talk at The Iron Yard Dallas
I had a lot of fun over there and if you’re currently walking the lonely road of the self-made developer and need a foothold, check them out. This is not a sponsored post, they are just really cool people.
Welcome to the community
Are you here for:
- The money?
- The code?
- The lulz?
- The less you know, the more you think you know.
- Applies to Most .Net developers
high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
After you leave here, what happens?
- You join the workforce
- You become a “real” programmer.
Life Long Learning
Graduation isn’t the end
- “Job Security” means knowing more than can be automated cheaply
- Having a satisfying career means not just churning out code for others.
Be a Voracious Reader
Programmers stereotypically don’t talk much, but we sure as hell write a lot.
- Ted Dziuba
Recipe: A good time
- Your Pajamas
- Flux (for dimming your monitor)
- A nice glass of your favorite sippable adult beverage
- bourbon, scotch, brandy, cognac
Watch / Listen
- Handmade Hero
- This Developers Life
- A resume only gets you past the recruiter.
- Any portfolio will set you apart from the other candidates.
- A good portfolio will put you at the top of the list.
Case Study: Shon
Writers get a nice break in one way, at least: They can treat their mental illnesses every day. – Kurt Vonnegut
Blog For Yourself
- It proves you have a pulse
- Practicing keeps you sharp
- This industry is frustrating
Anyone Can Do It
- Validate Me
- Be a good citizen
- Get active in the community
- Submit Issues
- Learn the culture
- Open source software is vital
- Giving back is easy
- You might find a mentor
- You will definitely learn something
Why does anyone do anything?
- Gain Confidence
- Show Your Work
- Make More Money
- I’m a
professional programmerSmug Developer. AMA!