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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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