Lessons from a coding veteran

A session at Web Directions @media 2011

Friday 27th May, 2011

2:40pm to 3:35pm (GMT)

What does one learn after 15 years of development?

I’ve built web sites and applications for Tesco, NASA, Channel 4, Three telecom. I even worked on the world’s #1 site. You might expect to hear about performance or some language I like or framework. I don’t think any of those are the answer. You can always pick better or worse tools for the right job, but there are some fundamental things that experience teaches you. I’d like to share my experiences with you. Here are Tom’s rules of development:

  • Complexity is the enemy
  • Don’t optimise too soon
  • All rules are made to be broken

I’ll discuss these rules and how they can make you a better developer. Less blood and sweat, more tears. Tears of joy that is.

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Tom Hughes-Croucher

I make things reliable at Uber

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Time 2:40pm3:35pm GMT

Date Fri 27th May 2011

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