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October Lightning Talks schedule

We are so excited for next week’s lightning talk event with the theme of “Dev practices: what I wish I was taught.” We’ve finalized the schedule!

We’ll start the evening with our generous sponsor UCX saying a few words.

6:10

Andy Lester (@petdance) will kick things off with a talk about “What I wish students were being taught these days.” A quick run-down of skills that grads seem to be missing when they start in the real world of programming professionally.

6:20

Aji Slater (@DoodlingDev) will talk to us about “Commit Message to the Rescue.” Commit messages are an opportunity to leave context for code changes, and can be a lifesaver for other developers on your projects. Get a few tips for writing good messages, and a few tricks.

6:30

Mina Slater (@Minar528) will tell us why “Error Messages Are Your Friends.” An error message can be super scary: they always take up a ton of space with the stack trace; they’re a lot of times red and angry. But you’ll see that they provide a powerful tool for guiding dev.

6:40

Thomas Wilburn will be covering “Accessibility testing in the palm of your hand.” I had always put off accessibility testing, given how hard it seemed to get started. But these days, everyone has a screen reader that’s easy enough to learn, we can do it in 5-10 minutes.

6:50

Eleni Chappen (@echappen) is going to tell us “What I wish I learned about React/NPM package management” which will be a great primer for this popular domain but also for learning Javascript in general.

7:00

Jeremy Hanna is going to give us “Deploying software 101.” We spend a lot of time discussing good software design , but how is the code we work on updated on the servers our users hit? A quick break down of different deployment strategies that companies use.

7:10

Doug Bell (@preaction) will tell us his thoughts on “The Features of Good Documentation.” He’ll explain what good documentation looks like, the benefits it provides, and some tips on writing good documentation.

7:20

Mat Biscan will wrap up our night with “Vim: Never Use a Mouse Again.” Why he loves it and the possibilities it provides, including the fact that you never have to touch your mouse – which makes it highly efficient as daily text editor.

Location details at our Meetup page