I got the opportunity to do a little road-trip with my daughter this past weekend. I had an opportunity to speak at the Carolina Code Camp. They accepted all three of my submissions, so I figured I should make the trip. She spent a couple of semesters at High Point University in North Carolina and was looking forward to seeing some friends, so she offered to come along.
The trip was great. We had a total of fourteen hours together in the car, which gave us plenty of time to catch up, talk philosophy, talk a little politics, and just hang out. If you think fourteen hours is a lot of time to fill talking, you haven't met my daughter or me. Separated, we are fairly loquacious, but together, we can get into a zone and move from subject to subject with nary a pause.
The venue was excellent, the weather was beautiful, and the audience very receptive. I gave three presentations; "Introduction to Functional Programming with Scheme", "The Technical Debt Trap", and "Take Control of your Development Career". The last one is brand new. I've included a link to the slide deck.
I like this presentation. I absolutely loved it when Joe O'Brien gave a similar talk at Code Mash and I wanted to do something similar (but unique). Frankly, I think this one needs work. I got very positive feedback at the conference, but I feel like it doesn't deliver what I want it to. Look for changes to this talk in the future. And if you've thoughts on what you'd like to see, feel free to let me know. I think this has a lot of potential, I just don't feel I've nailed it yet.