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Conference Talks

In late 2016 and early 2017 I was fortunate enough to give my first conference talks, and I want to keep some info about them here for posterity.

In October 2016 I spoke at Little Rock Tech Fest, an extremely fun community-led conference in Arkansas. I decided to talk about the pitfalls of refactoring code, particularly if you are not disciplined in doing so. I called it ‘“This Code Sucks” and other tales of developer hubris’. Later in February 2017 I gave this talk again at PyTennessee in Nashville, with a few of my code examples ported over to Python rather than JavaScript. Slides from that talk can be found here. It’s a fun talk that I would like to expand and give again, and applies across programming languages to web development in general.

Poster from my YouTube recorded talk

In November of 2017 I spoke at Nodevember, an excellent JavaScript conference in my hometown of Nashville. This talk, “Fizz buzzkill - Answering tricky JS interview questions” used a list of made up js interview questions I found as an excuse to talk about some basic JS concepts that can be hard to explain or remember. In fact I should go back and review this talk myself and re-remember some of what I used to know. I had a great time giving this beginner level talk and then discussing the farse that are technical interviews. You can watch it here or see the slides here.

Russell J. Anderson

I am a Web Developer in Nashville, Tennessee, working for Lonely Planet. I love my family, my church, the local sports teams, and adverbs.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry