This was mostly based on our pairing experience on the current project, but also had things that we learned from our previous web projects. I wanted to share some of the highlights of this session with my readers on this blog:
- CI integration
The materials related to this session are available online at github.
It was a great turnout, full house, engaged audience, and, asking really good questions. I had a lot of fun doing the hands-on. You know live demos can be daunting, especially when you are writing on a low res screen so people can actually read the projected text. But thanks a lot to Tyler, we had done a couple dry runs of the demo. That helped us a lot in terms of finding the points to transition between us, as well as some muscle memory as we were writing the code live in front of the audience.
But, I also wanted to share a checklist that we should have done as a preparation for this talk. It’s too bad, we didn’t do the following, hopefully this will be better next time. Here’s what I have in my mind:
- Audio/video record the session. So, I can see myself afterwards and find some obvious rooms for improvement.
- Practice using real projector so we can find the best theme for the room size. This time I felt some of the text colors weren’t as readable for the back benchers.
- Never plan for a 50 minute talk when you have a 60 minute slot. Leave at least 20 minutes slack. Have a backup plan for an extension in case you are done early. It sucks to cut short or rush to the ending.
But in retrospect, I was super impressed with how the session ran. Hopefully, with practice it will only keep getting better.