About the event
Welcome to Dev Week! This year Innovative Tech Talks has moved to the online, and instead of one day packed with events, you get a full week of insightful presentations from leaders in the software development community. This year’s theme is Turning code into a form of art – because we, at Maxcode, have learned to see beyond code, and to be inventive in building software.
Join us for 5 days of online sessions to grow into an artist of the trade.
Check out the agenda below and don’t forget to register.
05 OCTOBER, 18:00 EEST
Chief Developer @ Visual ReCode
Solo Product Development
When you build a product all by yourself, you have to wear a lot of hats and take on tasks outside your comfort zone. Mark has been working on Visual ReCode for nearly eighteen months, from the R&D phase, through productization, to on sale and supported, and he has some experiences he’d like to share. This talk will cover the ups and downs of solo product development, looking at the things he got right and wrong along the way, and offering advice for any developer who has a side project or bootstrapped startup idea in mind.
Mark Rendle has over 30 years of experience in professional software development, from UNIX terminals to Windows PCs to web apps. He currently specialises in .NET Core and .NET 5, helping teams and organisations around the world to migrate their .NET Framework applications to the new platform with consultancy, workshops and Visual ReCode, a Visual Studio plugin that automatically modernises projects and code. Mark is a regular speaker at international conferences and local meetups. You can find him on Twitter @markrendle and blogging at rendle.dev.
06 OCTOBER, 18:00 EEST
Director @ Ursatile Ltd
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of APIness: The Secret to Happy Code
We spend our lives working with systems created by other people. From the UI on our phones to the cloud infrastructure that runs so much of the modern internet, these interactions are fundamental to our experience of technology – as engineers, as developers, as users – and user experiences are viral. Great user experiences lead to happy, productive people; bad experiences lead to frustration, inefficiency and misery.
Whether we realise it or not, when we create software, we are creating user experiences. People are going to interact with our code. Maybe those people are end users; maybe they’re the other developers on your team. Maybe they’re the mobile app team who are working with your API, or the engineers who are on call the night something goes wrong. These may be radically different use cases, but there’s one powerful principle that works across all these scenarios and more – and it’s called discoverability.
In this talk, we’ll draw on ideas and insight from user experience, API design, psychology and education to show how you can incorporate discoverability into every layer of your application. We’ll look at some real-world systems, and we’ll discuss how how discoverability works with different interaction paradigms. Because, whether you’re building databases, class libraries, hypermedia APIs or mobile apps, sooner or later somebody else is going to work with your code – and when they do, wouldn’t it be great if they went away afterwards with a smile on their face?
Dylan Beattie is a consultant, software developer and international keynote speaker. He’s been building web applications since the 1990s, and works primarily on Microsoft .NET, HTTP APIs, UX design, and distributed systems. Dylan lives and works in London and when he’s not writing code he plays guitar and writes songs.
07 OCTOBER, 19:00 EEST
Software Architect Consultant
Six Little Lines of Fail
It seemed like an easy feature to implement, a checkout page to place an order. The code looks simple, 6 little lines of distributed systems code.
But those lines hid a dark secret that we only found after launching. Customers complained they didn’t get their email. The back end system wasn’t getting updated from our messages. And by far the worst of all, customers complained they saw an error page but still got charged!
In this session, we’ll look at taking our 6 lines of distributed systems fail, examining the inevitable failures that arise, and possible mitigating scenarios. We’ll refactor towards a truly resilient checkout process that embraces, instead of ignoring, the fallacies of distributed computing.
Jimmy is a member of the ASPInsiders group, the C# Insiders group, and has received the “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) award every year since 2009. Jimmy is also the creator and maintainer of the popular OSS libraries AutoMapper and MediatR. Jimmy is an independent consultant, and the chief architect at Headspring, a custom software consultancy based in Austin, TX.
09 OCTOBER, 18:00 EEST
Founder @ Ardalis Services
Improving the Design of Existing Software
Over time, software rots. If we’re not diligent, our beautiful code can degrade into a worthless mess. Keeping our code in working condition is no different than changing the oil in our car – it’s preventive maintenance. In this session, Steve will look at some common places to look for signs of degradation in existing applications, and steps to take to improve the code. Examples will use C#/.NET but are generally applicable regardless of platform.
Steve Smith (@ardalis) is an entrepreneur and software developer with a passion for building quality software as effectively as possible. Steve has published several courses on Pluralsight, covering DDD, SOLID, design patterns, and software architecture. He’s a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and Insider, a frequent speaker at developer conferences, an author, and a trainer.