11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Trisha Gee Jetbrains

Session type: Keynote
Session duration: 75 minutes

About this Keynote

We all want to stay ahead of the curve - after all, that's what you go to a conference for. But have you ever considered how being ahead of the curve might be dangerous?

Using a new language before you understand it, putting a new technology into production so you can learn it, abandoning old practices before you've got the benefit from them. These things are common practice, under the guise of progress and keeping up to date.

But while we shouldn't be running around like headless chickens chasing the next shiny new thing, we do need to see to our continuous learning and, of course, we should embrace change.

How do we balance these 2 extremes? And how do we see to our own growth and learning as developers and architects while meeting the needs of our project, team or organisation?

About the Speaker

Trisha has developed Java applications for a range of industries, including finance, manufacturing, software and non-profit, for companies of all sizes.

She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity and dabbles with open source development.

Trisha blogs regularly on subjects that she thinks developers and other humans should care about. She’s a leader of the Sevilla Java User Group, a key member of the London Java Community, a MongoDB Master and a Java Champion.

She believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again, and as a Developer Advocate for JetBrains she can share all the cool stuff she's discovered so far.


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