[Buffalo-pm] Room Info for Andy Lester's TPM talk (Thurs, Oct 26)
magog at the-wire.com
Tue Oct 24 08:05:44 PDT 2006
Andy will be speaking in classroom 15 on the 8th floor.
Just a reminder that Andy Lester is coming to Toronto and will be
speaking at the Toronto Perl Mongers meeting this Thursday.
* Get Out of Technical Debt Now!
* The Open Source Programmer's Guide to Getting a Great Job
These talks aren't just for Perl mongers - they will be of general
interest to programmers, sysadmins and other technical people. All
are welcome - invite your friends!
(This info is also on the Toronto Perl Mongers site: http://to.pm.org/)
Speaker: Andy Lester
Date: Thursday 26 Oct 2006
Where: 2 Bloor Street West (NW corner of Yonge/Bloor, skyscraper
with the CIBC logo on top) 8th floor, classroom 15
Andy Lester has used Perl for over a decade, has written or maintains
a number of modules you probably use every day, and works on public
relations for the Perl Foundation. But for his double-header talk
for October 26th, Perl is barely a mention.
First up, Andy will speak on technical debt and how to get out of it.
Technical debt is that nasty condition companies get into where the
codebase is crufty, poorly documented, and hard to test, and everyone
is terrified of changing anything. Just like financial debt, it's
the compound interest on technical debt that snowballs until you can
no longer effectively do projects: technical bankruptcy. Come learn
how to pay down your biggest debts before that happens.
Second, Andy discusses pragmatic job hunting for technical people.
He'll talk about how finding and landing a job isn't a matter of
luck, and how to make yourself stand out in a sea of job applicants.
Come ready to unlearn the conventional wisdom about all aspects of
the job hunt, from where to find jobs, how to write a resume, and
what to do in an interview. "In my years of hiring programmers, I've
seen some pretty awful mistakes, and some awfully funny ones," he
says. Come learn how to avoid the mistakes and get the job you want.
This evening of talks is of general interest to programmers,
sysadmins and other technical people, not just Perl Mongers. Tell
The elevators in the building are "locked down" after 5:30pm
to people without building access cards. Leading up to the
meeting someone will come down to the main floor lobby every
few minutes to ferry people upstairs.
After 19:00, you can reach the access-card-carrying guy via
a cell phone number that we'll leave with security in the
front lobby. The room and floor numbers will be left with
Michael Graham <magog at the-wire.com>
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