Talk comments

This talk was fantastic. As someone who speaks often I find myself watching others speak to learn how to be a better speaker, but there is very little on how to be a better teacher, so I was very eager for this talk.

Heather was a fantastic speaker, learning to teach by learning to learn is great — and seeing them slides reflect the values she was teaching (visual vs reading vs audio etc) was a subtle but amazing thing to see.

I came away with a better understanding of how I learn, as well as an appreciation of how others can differ from that.

Focusing the second part of the talk on speaking made this immediately more applicable to what I was trying to achieve, I definitely came away from this talk with stuff I could do to improve the way I teach, from the way I speak, and present my information, to what goes on my slides.

Great job Heather, I recommend this talk to anybody who finds themselves teaching OR learning, be that as a speaker, a mentor, an apprentice, or otherwise.

Adam is a knowledgeable, down-to-earth speaker. I appreciated the step-by-step portions of this talk as well as his recommended use of am autoloader. Every recommendation was practical and immediately usable, even in modern code.

Knowing very little of queues, I was expecting a more generic talk based on the topic title. However, I was disappointed to learn we were being taught from the POV of MS Azure. Yet, Sandy taught his experience with Azure as if it were from a different queueing platform. Had I realized sooner that Azure was the example, yet generic queueing was the topic, I would have gotten more out of this topic sooner. Once I realized, though... well done!

Learned of more caching strategies than I can shake a memcached at. Since we're currently dealing with this at work, I was able to take away some strategies that I can attempt on-the-job. The pace was perfect and Ben's delivery is friendly, approachable, and makes me think, "Me too!"

Well done.

This is a talk whose notes I took and slides were shared I shall review again. Already, I was able to take concepts learned in this talk and apply them knowingly to work. Thank you, Jeff!

This is a talk I have been looking forward to ever since I first heard of it months ago. R. Willroth does not disappoint. By far, this is my favorite talk of the conference.

Yitzchok provides an intellectual conversation on how we, as developers, can improve ourselves and our community in small, yet profound ways.

I took copious, yet not enough, notes on the various things said in this talk. Among the most pertinent topics were those on community, since community is what keeps me in PHP.

I look forward to seeing this talk again!

I have only been dealing with OO Javascript (ExtJS) for the past year without understanding how it was OOP nor why we did things the way we did. I just followed the example provided by my team while I was trying to figure out the whys and the wherefores.

This talk helped me understand more about what I was doing in JavaScript than the various books I've read in the attempt to do so.

There once was a dev from Seattle
Whose array was so long he would prattle.
He said with a grin,
As he iterated again,
"Is my array traversable? I must tattle!"

Normally, iterators are a yawn and a half. Jeremy does a great job of reminding one that iterators are simple yet powerful tools to keeping our code's performance healthy. That he can come up with a lengthy poem that is entertaining and clean is a bonus to attending his talk. Well done!

I come from a K-12 education background. For 15 years before leaving that industry, I toiled in the IT trenches of an under-funded school district while trying to provide our students with the best technology that we could both provide and afford. The problems that Maurya described and provided a solution to are more universal than what is found in the boroughs of New York. Great job on describing the issues lower-income students face. Yes, failure is not as simple a fix as a respawn and try again!

I look forward to seeing a local branch of ScriptEd in my school district! Keep up the great work, Maurya!

To those who wonder what they can do locally to help kids who want to learn programming and kids who need to learn how to successfully fail, I recommend taking a look at CoderDojo ( and volunteering at a local CoderDojo or starting your own. Perhaps after working within CoderDojo, we can figure out how to bring the joys of programming to our underprivileged students in our local schools, too.