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What Makes a Great Developer - Matthew Turland

Regardless of our technical specialization, level of seniority, or current job, we all want to be the best developers we can be. But how do we know if we're improving or even what we need to improve? In this talk, we'll discuss the crucial knowledge, values, skills, goals, and challenges you should consider pursuing on your own path to being a great developer.

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  • Riley M.

    I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to attend. It sounds like a valuable topic was well presented.

    Any chance it was recorded? Are the slides useful out of context of the talk and if so are they available for download?


    1 · July 13

  • Dave F.

    Inspiring talk!

    July 12

  • Stanton, K.

    One thing that makes a great programmer is they know how to make their code perform faster than the programmers they work with through knowing what statements are the fastest.

    July 12

    • Damian Pound (.

      Also knowing when an optimization isn't worthwhile due to clarity issues which can result in others creating bugs and especially when the optimization is insignificant to the overall execution.

      1 · July 12

  • Damian Pound (.

    One of the things I do is make my code as strict as possible. PHP and MySQL warnings are treated as errors, error suppression is ignored in PHP, 'use strict' is used in Javascript, and XHTML mode is used for testing.

    1 · July 11

  • Stanton, K.

    Will this be more general, or PHP specific?

    July 3

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