The Crafting Code Tour

The Crafting Code Tour will be stopping by Toronto on July 17, 2014. This is a special tour initiated by Brandon Savage that will visit 18 cities across North America and we are quite fortunate that Brandon chose Toronto to be one of those.

Pizza will be sponsored by Mandrill as we present the following great talks.  After the talks we will adjourn to The Office Pub for some merriment.

Talks for Toronto

Why You Can’t Test ~ Chris Hartjes

You know that you should be testing your code and working towards the Holy Grail of Continuous Deployment, but that amount of stuff you need to know is bearing down on you like a gigantic iceberg. The tools are difficult. Developers are not taught testing practices from the beginning. You don’t have control over the environment. These are the real issues facing developers looking to commit to testing as a development practice. Somewhere along the way we made the whole concept of “testing” difficult and intimidating. In this talk Chris Hartjes discusses his own experiences in dealing with creating an environment in which testing is easy and provides real benefits.

Your Code Sucks! Five Tools for Evaluating the Quality of Your Code ~ Brandon Savage

You know you want to write great code, but how do you know what great code looks like? Using these tools, you’ll be able to figure out exactly what areas of your application are great, and which could use the most improvement. Plus, learn how to apply these tools on a daily basis in your development, automatically!

Speaker Biographies

Chris Hartjes

Chris Hartjes has been building web applications of all shapes and sizes since 1998, ranging from catalogs for CD compilations for professional DJ’s to web portals getting millions of hits per day. By day he works as a Principal Engineer at Synacor working on whatever problems they aim him at (mostly PHP and building next-generation versions of their products) and by night he works on his burgeoning info-product empire, playing baseball (both real and simulated), and trying not to flip tables while playing collectable card games. All day long he plays the character of a grumpy programmer on Twitter. He also helps organize TrueNorthPHP, a PHP-centric conference held in early November near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He lives in Milton, Ontario, Canada with his long-suffering wife, two daughters, his feline Office Manager and feline VP of Human Resources.

Brandon Savage

Brandon has been a software developer since 2003. Ever since discovering that he could use software to automate routine tasks, he’s been hooked. Brandon is passionate about perfecting the art of software development.

Brandon blogs, speaks and writes regularly about software development topics. Brandon works at Mozilla on the Socorro project, working daily to make Firefox better. Brandon is also an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys traveling.

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