Tom Hughes-​Croucher — Lessons from a coding veteran

Web Directions @media 2011, London, May 27th 2:40pm.

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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:

  1. Complexity is the enemy
  2. Don’t optimise too soon
  3. 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.

About Tom Hughes-​Croucher

Photo of Tom Hughes-CroucherTom Hughes-Croucher is a web developer and Chief Evangelist at Joyent. Tom has contributed to a number of web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked for and with numerous well known brands including Yahoo!, NASA, Tesco, Three telecom and UK Channel 4. He is currently writing "Up and Running with Node.js" for O'Reilly Media.

Follow Tom on Twitter: @sh1mmer

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