TALK: "What I learned my first year as a full-time programmer"

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Ten Forward Consulting

4513 Vernon Blvd #301 · Madison, WI

How to find us

Suite 301, on the third floor in the northwest corner.

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Fellow MadRailers organizer Hilary Stohs-Krause will be presenting at RailsConf in April, and will be doing a dry-run of her talk for us. Thanks to
URL Genius ( for sponsoring pizza and drinks, and Ten Forward ( for hosting!


"If you’re a junior developer who’s ever wondered if joining tech was a terrible idea, this is the talk for you!

I was equally exhilarated and terrified to start my first job in tech. The road to success is often zigzaggy, and my view as to whether it was worth it - and whether I would make it - varied from one day to the next. Four years later, those fears have been dispelled, as have several key misconceptions I had about tech (and being a programmer). In this talk, we’ll explore them together (plus a few badass Rails tricks to help you level up)."


We'll have socializing and networking from 5:30pm to 6pm; you're welcome to arrive anytime in that half hour. The talk will begin at 6pm.


Hilary Stohs-Krause is a full-stack software developer at Ten Forward Consulting. She came to tech by way of childhood website-building (a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fansite, to be exact), and now builds Rails web applications.

She volunteers regularly with several tech and community organizations, including MadRailers, Madison Women in Tech, Forward Fest and Building Brave. She loves sci-fi/fantasy, board games and bourbon barrel-aged stouts. She tweets at @hilarysk.


There is parking in the lot behind the building (accessible via Segoe Road) and on the streets next to the building, which has a wheelchair accessible entrance in the back (by the parking lot). Ten Forward is near stops for the #2, #14, #10, #15, #70 and #6 bus routes. The doors lock at 6pm, but we'll have someone at the door until about 6:10pm.


The building is accessible, and has gender-neutral bathrooms. While we won't have activities specifically for children, they're always welcome.