7 Things I Wish Somebody Told Me

Aaron Saray (16.Mar.2014 at 09:00, 1 hr )
Keynote at MidwestPHP 2014 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

There's more to being a successful programmer than just dominating your chosen language. After years of programming, I've found that a few other important skills emerge. Problem solving, communication and empathy have found their way into my development process. If you're earning your stripes as a junior programmer, you'll benefit from my lessons learned "the hard way." And for those in a mentoring role, this refresher will serve as a guide to sharing your own experiences that helped shape you into a great programmer. Come find out why these 7 honest and practical tips deserve a spot in your programmer toolbox.

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Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:19 by Ross Larson (15 comments)

Aaron is a very good speaker. Straightforward, insightful, and a good start to the second day. I think that Aaron gave the room energy and set the tone for the second day.

Rating: 4 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:43 by Anonymous


Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:43 by F. Stephen Kirschbaum (12 comments)

Really great speaker, really intelligent and thinks himself attractive!!

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:43 by Nicholas Kreidberg (22 comments)

Really great talk! Aaron was informative, humorous and very well spoken. I look forward to hearing speak again in the future!

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:43 by Kenneth C Gardner (6 comments)

Awesome, I was very inspired by this talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:44 by Geoffrey Wagner (3 comments)

This was a very good talk, strait forward, and has good material that everyone can learn from!

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:44 by Wade Wendorf (5 comments)

Great talk which makes you think. Definitely agree with the do something different - as I've taken that to heart over the years and have lots of different hobbies.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:45 by Tim Austin (3 comments)

Great talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:46 by disjoint (20 comments)

Excellent points about customer service & doing something different. Solved more problems than I can count when I've been mowing the lawn :)

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:51 by Michael Goodness (11 comments)

Best talk of the weekend so far. Loved the energy, the humor, and the message. Makes me wish I had been involved with the Milwaukee user group when I lived there. Thanks, Aaron!

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:52 by Brent (6 comments)

Great talk. Especially the point about learning from things people hate.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:54 by Eli White (70 comments)

Great morning keynote. Well designed to be inspiring while making you think at the same time. I also appreciate someone talking about the 'other side' of tech, about the burnout. And specifically pushing people to 'stop coding' sometimes. To get out and do something else. Play an instrument, go hiking, etc.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:55 by Sean Smith (3 comments)

Very inspiring talk, great way to start the day.
Thanks man.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 09:56 by Tom Good (6 comments)

Thoughtful keynote.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 10:02 by Ashley Ohlrogge (11 comments)


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16.Mar.2014 at 10:03 by Mark Cyrulik (20 comments)

Nice keynote. It was a nice start to the second day of the conference. Very well formatted talk. The stories really helped reinforce the points.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 10:04 by Amy Hammond (9 comments)

Most of the points we already knew, but it's energizing and important to be reminded in such a thoughtful, entertaining way. Great way to start the day.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 10:04 by Amy Hammond (9 comments)

Most of the points we already knew, but it's energizing and important to be reminded in such a thoughtful, entertaining way. Great way to start the day.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 10:05 by Patrick Schwisow (69 comments)

Great talk! Good, practical advice. Excellent choice for a keynote.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 10:54 by Jacob Emerick (22 comments)

Great keynote and delivery. Awesome way to kick off day two.

Rating: 4 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 12:42 by Jeff Preuss (19 comments) via api

I think it is a great talk. Enjoyed the stories.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 13:33 by Jeremy Ward (36 comments)

I had high expectations for this presentation after seeing Aaron's standing-room only talk at last year's Midwest PHP conference, and he exceeded them easily. I found myself nodding my head as he introduced each key point, and think that the 7 points he outlined are a great guideline for every developer in the field - particularly points 1 (Learning from everything) and 5 (We are customer service).

Terrific presentation and a great way to kick off day 2.

Rating: 5 of 5

16.Mar.2014 at 13:34 by Beau D. Simensen (53 comments)

Wonderful talk! It was very entertaining and had a lot of information I should keep in mind daily. Thank you!

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2014 at 10:06 by Josh Broton (10 comments)

This is now my list of things to go over with interns and jr. devs on day one. Thanks, Aaron!

Rating: 4 of 5

17.Mar.2014 at 12:02 by Elizabeth Krill (11 comments)

Lots of useful information. Thanks.

Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2014 at 14:11 by Mike Boyko (11 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

17.Mar.2014 at 15:36 by Noah Bratzel (15 comments)

I agreed very much with the points and message of this talk. A lot of them were very good reminders.

Rating: 5 of 5

18.Mar.2014 at 10:23 by Andrew LeTourneau (11 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

18.Mar.2014 at 11:29 by Maciej Gulinski (6 comments)

awesome speech!

Rating: 5 of 5

19.Mar.2014 at 16:26 by Brian Hammond (12 comments)

Loved the sand castle example. Too often, I start with the 3rd floor and have a mess before I'm through.

Rating: 4 of 5

05.Apr.2014 at 14:09 by Daniel Schulz-Jackson (13 comments)

Good, generalist, spiritual guidance.

Occasionally slightly platitudinous... perhaps a bit more in the way of story?

Thanks,

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