Thursday, October 15, 2015

What is the actual life expectancy of your code?

Last Friday, I flew to Stockholm with my fiancée and my 2 month old daughter to speak at Leetspeak. Leetspeak is a one day, affordable conference, set on a Saturday so that as many developers as possible can attend without having to take time of work. I've been super excited about this conference for quite a while now (you might remember me blogging about Leetspeak leading by example for female tech speakers) and the conference absolutely lived up to my expectations.

What really blew my mind were the organizers. They had complete control of everything, never leaving the attendees or speakers unsure of what to do, where to go or how to get there. They welcomed us with open arms, arranging everything from hotels, flights, baby seats, dinners, parties, you name it. It's clear that the key to a successful conference is proper organization and the crew from tretton37 are again leading by example.

The downside of bringing a 2 months old baby to a conference is that you never really get to focus on anything for more than 10 minutes at the time. Let's just say I look forward to watching all the talks over again as I was at the back most of the time, walking in circles, hoping she would sleep just a little bit longer. And of course you miss out on the parties, but the rumours say they were great.

Leetspeak, for me, was a wrap up of what I've been doing for the past months. In August, I created a developer survey that was featured in, and that survey has been the basis for my talk at Leetspeak. The poll results show some really interesting correlations between the definitions of "legacy" and how quick developers are to rewrite code, as well as other things. I'll be blogging more about this in the weeks to come. If you'd like to dig into the results yourself to see if you are able to find any other connections, you can do that here.

Or if you'd rather hear my conclusions, you can watch the recording of my talk "What is the actual life expectancy of your code?" below. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thank you for all the feedback you have provided!

Karoline Klever - What is the actual life expectancy of your code? from tretton37 on Vimeo.

Now that Leetspeak is over, what's next? Well, I have some interesting projects going on that I can't talk about just yet. The one I can mention is this: I was interviewed for an upcoming article on women in tech yesterday, I'm really looking forward to receive the first draft.

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