December 11, 2016 — When companies are in search of new developers, they look for people who fall into one of three categories: Front-End, Back-End, and Full-Stack. I feel that these categories can be limiting, and tend to be geared toward proficiency in specific programming languages. If we take a moment to consider how we think about how we use the labels we use in hiring , we may not only end up hiring more qualified people, I put forward that we might create teams more well-suited to build a wide variety of websites and applications. In this talk, I introduce a new way of thinking of the stack, and how we hire the people who build it.’
October 7, 2015 — Time is money, and time wasted is money lost. It is time to start identifying points in your development process that can be automated or sped up. We will review all the time-saving tips, tricks, and applications that I have incorporated over the years as a front-end developer. Fear not, back-end developers, much of this will apply to you as well! Time permitting, there will be a bonus round of time-saving applications I use to help run our business regarding bidding, time tracking, and invoicing. This will be an interactive presentation – while covering all these items, I am interested in alternatives you use as well. Let’s get all the ideas out there!
July 19, 2015 — With the release of the WordPress JSON API expected later this year, WordPress is primed to serve as a viable backend for single-page web applications of the future. The presentation will explain the benefits of using WordPress in this context and include a short demonstration to show how WordPress can be integrated in a typical single-page application technology stack.