Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Developer


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An excellent talk that highlights the value of mentoring and cooperation and the paths to pursuing knowledge and improving oneself as a developer. Bravo!

Never knew I needed this talk until I heard it. Amazing talk.

A good reminder of the things we can do to improve our practice, our community and our world

Philip Sharp at 16:34 on 17 Apr 2015

A great new way think about growing as a developer.

Anonymous at 21:07 on 17 Apr 2015

This was an amazing talk. Thanks Rabbi!

This was absolutely fantastic. I believe this was my favorite so far. It was great motivation to stay on improving my skills. Yitzchok is a pleasure to listen to and had excellent slides. Amazing presentation - 6 stars.

Anonymous at 06:34 on 18 Apr 2015

If this were the only talk I'd attended, I would consider the conference worthwhile. Get out and talk to people is advice that everyone needs, and us developers perhaps a little more so. Involve yourself in a community to prove your skills, so obvious in hindsight, but tell me any way. I can take it. Get a teacher, find a buddy, teach someone. Thank you, Yitz.

Would go see again and again. Much better than Cats.

Pro: calm, orderly, tested advice, critically important message
Con: quotes in original language, distracting beard-on-mic noises

Excellent talk reminding developers that they're in an ecosystem not on an island

Great inspiring talk and well delivered.

Excellent perspective on growing as a developer.

Very motivating talk. A visit to the Rabbi is something every developer should do several times a year to keep on track growing in our craft!

So motivating and inspiring. It definitely helped me change my way of looking at my coworkers and totally inspired me to get even more involved in the community.
Totally deserved the standing ovation it got :)

Stellar. Absolutely fantastic. While the vast majority of the talks focused on more technical topics, this talk helped the myriad other means by which we can improve both our own skills and give back to the greater community. I simply cannot say enough good things about this talk.

Motivating talk that really makes me want to become a better developer by being more of a part in the community. Reinforced things I have been working on and things I need to work on.

This was an excellent talk. It was very motivational and covered many useful pieces of advice that apply to developers at all levels.

Anonymous at 09:03 on 20 Apr 2015

I enjoyed the message and your smooth style of speaking but each time you'd smoothly slip into a different language, my brain would panic over why it could no longer process speech. The beard on microphone noise was annoying as was the constantly-on-the-move head covering but overall I enjoyed your talk.

Just a fantastic talk. This may have been the highlight of the conference for me. Not heavy on technical information but really drives home the importance of community and mentor/apprentice relationship as a part of our evolution as developers. For me it really helped reinforce the idea that teaching/helping other devs is a benefit for both parties.

Inspiring talk delivered in a clever and interesting style that helps highlight the important message of mentoring and teaching.

Gets better every time!

Simply amazing.

At the start of the presentation, Yitz asked, "What can you expect from this session? It's primarily about advice," then said, "Write down just one item that speaks to you." There was far, far more than one item on both the card he handed out for the session and in the notes I took on my computer.

The session was a gentle reminder about the value of community, that no one is an island, effectively growing your skill in this field requires far more than just writing code - it involves interaction, patience, curiosity, and practice.


I really liked the branded notecard with the idea of writing down one thing that impacted you. It was really a clever way to provide a hook and followup. I don't remember but was your contact info on the card?

Since this was my second time catching this, the non-English bits didn't freak me out and I think they added a ton of context.. especially pushing and furthering the idea that most of these concepts and thought processes are not new, that we just need to think on how to apply them.

On the technical side, the microphone issues were distracting but pretty minor overall.

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!