Learning how to learn

Joel Clermont (02.Mar.2013 at 09:30)
Keynote at MidwestPHP Conference (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

As developers, we are constantly faced with new things to learn. New versions of languages, new tooling, new best practices, and so on. How do you cope with it all? In this talk, I'll get a bit meta and talk about learning how to learn. We like our code to be efficient, so why shouldn't our learning be efficient as well?

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Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:12 by Anonymous

I feel like it was a great intro talk to the conference

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:16 by John Wynstra (2 comments)

Great opening session for PHP Midwest.

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:17 by Anonymous

Cool insights, couple of humorous lines to wake us up. Great start!

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:18 by Jeff Preuss (19 comments)

very helpful

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:25 by Mark Cyrulik (20 comments)

Great insights ! Definitely somethings to think about and try

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:27 by Jon Henderson (16 comments)

Joel,

Nice Work. Thanks for not using verbal crutches and for speaking like you were comfortable. You didn't rush and spent just enough time on each topic/concept to be useful but not overwhelming (being the first of many technical sessions). The pace was dead on for a larger group.

If i had to critique anything it'd be that in many cases your slides contained the words you used almost verbatim. This isn't bad per se, but I always enjoy talks where the speaker interacts with their slides instead of reading them or at the very least SEEMS to be reading from them.

All in all, great job! Great information that can't be reiterated enough. I really appreciate the extra mile getting the coupon code from PragProg.

Thanks again.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:31 by Ben Overmyer (4 comments)

Great kickoff to the con!

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:38 by Adam Culp (95 comments)

Nice intro, great info and references to other resources.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 10:56 by Rada Varshavskaya (6 comments)

One of the most thoughtful and original talks I've seen. Thanks, Joel.

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 11:15 by Anthony Ferrara (33 comments)

Really great material, and presented really fairly and completely. The only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt for an opening keynote it could have been a little more energizing and motivating. But the content and talk were excellent...

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 12:21 by Omni Adams (77 comments)

Nicely done. Especially when you told us all to take LSD.

Seriously though, some good nuggets to think about, and unlike many keynotes it wasn't trying to sell us anything.

More energy for an opening keynote would be good though.

Rating: 4 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 12:41 by Bart McLeod (61 comments)

Have to remind to not work during the weekend.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 13:31 by Jesse Donat (14 comments)

Great info, interesting book recommendations

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 14:29 by Raul Fraile (37 comments)

Very nice opening session, with useful tips to learn more effectively. +1 to the organizers for selecting this talk for the keynote.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 14:33 by Chris Tankersley (55 comments)

One of the best keynotes I've seen. It was a perfect intro to the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 15:36 by Max Schwanekamp (30 comments)

Great keynote. The conference attendees as parasite-ridden sheep analogy was hilarious, and the points about learning strategies were very interesting. Joel's keynote was a perfect start to our collective dipping experience.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 15:42 by Jeff Carouth (29 comments)

This was an excellent talk. Joel nails several points which are essential to being a developer. Always learning. I really appreciated the thorough information.

Rating: 5 of 5

02.Mar.2013 at 17:00 by Marianne Tromp (8 comments)

Excellent talk. Your 9 techniques are a wonderful list. I'm aware of most of them and am glad to see this information at a technical conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:21 by Chris Hartjes (30 comments)

I joked with Joel that his talk could be summarized as:

"You're sheep for thinking you can learn at conferences and should be taking recreational drugs to make you a better programmer".

The desire to keep learning new things is the difference between programming as a job and programming as a career. Great talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:31 by Nicholas Kreidberg (22 comments)

Great talk, really enjoyed it and perfect way to get the conference started!

Rating: 4 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:32 by disjoint (20 comments)

good to start off the conference thinking about how to use the information that's going to be presented.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:35 by Jeremy Ward (29 comments)

I greatly enjoyed Joel's talk - it really set the tone for the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:50 by Pablo Godel (99 comments)

Great motivational talk on how to learn. Was a great start for the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 09:58 by Jason Bird (8 comments)

Great kickoff to the conference!

Rating: 4 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 10:57 by Anonymous

Nice Job. Good talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 11:12 by Kate Hanson (11 comments)

Nice, engaging intro to the conference. Thanks!

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 16:40 by Tyler Akins (11 comments)

I like the research you presented and the multitude of techinques one can employ to enhance retention. The slides were useful and your slower talking allowed us to ponder points during the presentation. A great way to start the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 20:21 by Robert Radtke (17 comments)

Great talk to put everyone in the right frame of mind before starting the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

03.Mar.2013 at 21:05 by Jessica Zehavi (6 comments)

This was a perfect intro to the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 02:04 by Teddy Fitzgerald (3 comments)

Really enjoyed this talk and am looking forward to implementing some of the ideas discussed!

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 08:30 by Chris Smith (11 comments)

Good motivational talk to engage everyone at the start of the conference!

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 10:45 by Alex Lukyanov (5 comments)

Thank you. Great talk.

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 11:00 by Eric Lightbody (5 comments)

LOTS of stuff to be taken away from this. Definitely going to be using some of the ideas that were discussed.

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 11:45 by Mike Clark (8 comments)

Great start to the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

04.Mar.2013 at 18:34 by Jérôme Petazzoni (6 comments)

Really liked it. A meaningful and coherent compilation of useful facts, tips, and lessons about how to learn efficiently, with a brilliant delivery. Sometimes you'll think "hey, I knew that!" but then remember the same instant that even though you knew it, you weren't really putting it into practice, and having it re-stated explicitly is a great help :-)

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