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Ninja Techniques: Tips, Tricks, & Tools for Being More Productive as a Developer

  • Aug 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Ninja Techniques – Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Being More Productive as a Developer given by Chris Weldon

All developers have tools in their digital (and sometimes physical) belt to help them do their job. But staying on-top of the tools ecosystem is just as much a challenge as keeping up with the technology we actively use. In this session, you'll learn some of the newest tools, tips, and hacks from the developer and agilist ecosystem that have the power to make you even more productive and your life as a developer a whole lot more enjoyable. Do you have the skills and interest to become a coding ninja?


Who: Chris Weldon

When: August 14th @ 7pm

Where: SoftLayer Offices on Alpha


Speaker Bio:

Chris Weldon is constantly committed to delivering high value on agile teams. Since 2007, Chris has been reading, loving, living, leading, and mentoring agilists and agile teams to build high quality, high value software. Throughout the year, Chris regularly carries the roles of developer, scrummaster, and mentor. Sharing his knowledge by speaking at user groups, universities, conferences, and one-on-one with others is a passion. Chris has been a speaker for several Aggieland user groups, tech fests, AgileDotNet, and other conferences and technology groups alike. Chris is also the co-organizer of the B/CS PHP Users Group, blogs at, and is an occasional contributor to Improving Podcasts.

As a die-hard developer, Chris pushes his teams thru software best practices, including TDD, pair programming, continuous integration, SOLID design patterns, and rapid releases. His strengths are in the identity management namespace, including oAuth, OpenID, and WIF solutions, all supported by a variety of backends from Active Directory to SQL Databases.

Chris loves being a Senior Consultant at Improving Enterprises. Aside from being given the opportunity to do what he loves, he believes that delivering excellent software is the only way to roll. Although an agile purist at heart, Chris strives to strike the right balance between the ideal and the real in order to meet the team’s objectives without sacrificing the values and principles we have come to love.

Chris is a Fightin’ Texas Aggie. When he isn’t presenting at conferences and user groups, he spends time with his wife Melissa and son Tristan.

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  • Omni A.

    Good talk with lots of good information. And great job dealing with the constant interruptions.

    August 15, 2012

  • Curtis B.

    Chris had a great presentation. The little humor built into the slides are always appreciated to break up the monotony. It was VERY helpful, in techniques and even software that will certainly help me become a better developer. The only thing I would say is the next time a guy with a pony tail and 5 colored rubbers bands in it goes on a long rant about interruptions, tell him to either talk to his boss and take control, deal with it or go into another line of work. That won't change the interruptions, but at least he won't add 10 minutes to the finishing up of the meeting up. :) Seriously Chris keep up the good work!

    August 15, 2012

  • Bonface

    Nice presentation for start up and advance developers.

    August 15, 2012

  • Markie A.

    I really enjoyed the talk, walked away with some great new ideas on becoming more productive and having a more organized work flow. I thought the presentation was very interesting and I had no trouble staying focused. Chris gave a lot of great examples and showed how his ideas can help us in our own development environment. Great content, great speaker.

    August 15, 2012

  • Steve I.

    Great presentation. Currently reviewing my day to day approach to problem solving.

    August 15, 2012

  • Matthew H.

    Awesome meetup! Some of the included topics are extremely relevant to today's developers, but rarely talked about.

    August 15, 2012

  • Dustin M.

    This was a great meetup guys, my first one with you all and I took away a ton of great tips, some of which I have already started employing. Looking forward to more great meetups!

    August 15, 2012

  • Jason C.

    Great tips shared. Wish we had time to go more in-depth on some of the tips.

    August 15, 2012

  • Bobby C.

    Any chance this talk was recorded? I'd really love to see it if possible.

    August 15, 2012

    • Chris C.

      Hey Bobby, no...sorry. It wasn't recorded. Unfortunately, we don't usually record our meetings :( Keep an eye here for when he posts his slides, though:­

      August 15, 2012

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