Our next speaker for you to meet is Andrew Burke. Andrew is an independent software developer from Halifax, Nova Scotia with over 20 years of experience in business software and technology training. He mostly works in Ruby on Rails and various kinds of JavaScript.

Andrew has done BarCamps and PodCamps for over a decade, but started getting more serious about speaking in the last three years including being one of our speakers at MaritimeDevCon 2016.

Andrew, if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

I’d like to think I’m elegant, refined, and powerful like Ruby, but to be honest I’m probably messy and ad-hoc like JavaScript or maybe a bit out-of-date but still useful like Visual Basic.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

Atlantic Canada has nowhere near enough nice technology / development conferences. The scale of Maritime DevCon is manageable and friendly. Also, Fredericton is a great town to visit!

Why do you feel your session, How I Finally Learned to Use the Magic of Ruby, would bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

While a lot of writing and speaking about code techniques tend to use idealized examples that don’t really work in the real world of day-to-day development, this talk will show some effective lessons learned the hard way in a real live application that has been in active development for several years.
People who don’t know Ruby will hopefully discover some of what makes it such a great language to work in. People who do know Ruby will hopefully learn some ways to apply it better in their own projects – or at least will have their current behaviours confirmed.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session How I Finally Learned to Use the Magic of Ruby?

That there are several powerful techniques that can help simplify a complicated codebase (not all of which require Rub). Also, seeing what a real-world project looks like is often informative.

Thanks for joining us to present Andrew!

If you would like to attend ¬†Andrew’s session, make sure you’ve downloaded the Maritime DevCon app from the iTunes Store or Google Play. You can also view the schedule here.