Establishing a SOLID Foundation – An Intro to Software Design

Are you tired of opening classes that have hundreds or thousands of lines of code? Do you feel that you spend too much time trying to understand how something (that should be simple) in your application works? Are you frustrated with following spaghetti-like logic through your code’s core?

In this presentation, we’re going to examine a set of design principles that yield easy-to-read, decoupled code referred to as SOLID. To start, we’ll explore the history of SOLID and establish the problems it solves. From there, we’ll dive into the different principles, defining what each principle means, how to spot violations, and how to resolve them.


Making the Unstable Stable – An Introduction to Testing

Does it always seem like bugs you’ve fixed keep coming back? Does it seem like when you fix one bug, two more crop up? What if I were to tell you there’s a better way?

In this presentation, we’re going to explore how to make a code base more stable by using automated testing. To start, we’ll explore the business case of why you should be writing tests by looking at industry studies and personal experience. From there, we’ll look at the fundamentals of testing by talking about the pros/cons of unit, integration, and UI testing. Finally, we’ll look at some resources to learn how to write tests.


Taking a Gamble on F: Implementing Blackjack

Have you heard a lot about about functional programming, and aren’t sure how to get started? Have you tried learning the concepts, but still having a hard time applying them to a real problem? Then this talk is for you! In this presentation I’ll walk you through how to model the classic card game, Blackjack, using F#.

How To Have Code Reviews Developers Actually Want

This phrase can stir up a lot of emotions for people. For some, it’s aggravation because they’re a waste of time, for others, it’s stressful because it feels like you’re getting personally attacked. However, for some, it’s a great learning experience that leads to the team improving. Do you want to be in the latter group? Then this talk is for you!

In this presentation, I’ll first show you the benefits of code review and the business case for why they should happen. Next, I’ll show some of the most common mistakes that teams make during the review process and how to mitigate them. After talking about the bad, we’ll talk about what to look for in your code review process. Finally, I’ll wrap things up by showing the game plan I use for code reviews.


How Functional Programming Made Me a Better Developer

With the rise in popularity recently, functional programming has become “”The Next Big Thing””. As of today, there are tons of frameworks and tools that can be used for front-end, back-end, desktop, and mobile development. With that being said, the majority of us are still using object-oriented languages for our day jobs and don’t need to learn functional programming, right?

In this talk, I’ll walk you through my experiences learning functional programming over the last year, how my style of programming has changed, and how I now think about programming with regards to both functional and object-oriented paradigms.