Software engineer Jessica Mauerhan discusses how to help boost your programming career with an attitude change and learn how to be less judgemental online and in the workplace. Set aside some time for reflection and watch this session from the International PHP Conference.
There is a stereotype of programmers as being antisocial and difficult, and unfortunately many of us take on this attitude as if it comes with the job – but it doesn’t have to be this way! I know it from experience, because I’ve been an angry, judgmental know-it-all, and I’m ready to tell you how I completely changed my attitude and refactored my life.
In this talk I’ll explain how anger and fear are the root causes of our aggressive behavior, how these feelings manifest as judgmental comments online, bullying in the workplace and ultimately keep the tech community toxic and stunted. I’ll show you how embracing compassion, respect, and empathy will make you a better programmer and a happier person.
Jessica MauerhanJessica is a software engineer who has been working with PHP and related technologies for over a decade. She enjoys mentoring fellow engineers in automated testing, test-driven development, and quality code design. She lives in McKinney Texas with her family and loves coffee, comedy and podcasts.