Picks of the Month – August 2017

Another month came and went. A month for many things. Attended my first big conference and met awesome people, learned about pumping out YouTube videos, and a huge reminder of consistency.

The Kansas City Developer Conference 2017

It was my first time attending The Kansas City Developer Conference or KCDC for short.

The total cost came close to $1000. I went there on my own dime. No lie.

It was worth every penny. I met a lot of awesome developers I only knew online. Others, I’ve only seen their name on Pluralsight or on Twitter. I won’t name anyone but it was a blast.

I learned two things:

1. The real party happens in the after parties!
2. Best sessions are the hallway conversations.

The reason I was there was a dare by these fellows:

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Reid Evans

Reid Evans was on Developer On Fire a while ago. Great interview and I kept him on my personal radar due to his functional adventure. You see, he is an OOP developer trying to learn Functional Programming. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

I remember Reid from watching his YouTube video on F# at FunctionalKnox. If you are too lazy to watch the video, it’s F# code talking to a MSSQL Server.

Reid also helped me when I asked the Twitterverse for help on my F# script. What an awesome guy.

Btw, he also runs ๐Ÿ™‚

Lately, he’s been such a crazy beast on pumping out daily Functional Programming videos on his YouTube channel. They are very short clips with enough bite to keep coming back for more.

Subscribe to his channel and get your daily functional programming doses in JavaScript!

Talking about consistency…

The Profound Power of Consistency

I’ve talked about consistency many times. Hell, today I’m facing a tough time with consistency myself. I came across a very good article in Medium called: The Profound Power of Consistency.

The author talks about 5 points on why consistency is so powerful:

  1. Consistency Creates Momentum
  2. Consistency Increases Your Willpower
  3. Consistency Helps Turn Habits into a Part of Your Identity
  4. Consistency Amplifies Skill Level
  5. The Myth of Superhuman Discipline

Please read the article for more details. Personally, this article hit home when it underline the fact to have a set schedule. For example: Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time.

Whether itโ€™s eating the same breakfast, a daily ritual or keystone habit, having something that you do every single day actually reduces decision fatigue and increases your willpower.

Survived August

It was a fun and crazy month. It was also the first month for many things.

I hope these picks help you go to your first big conference and meet awesome people, pump out those YouTube videos, or be more consistent.

Till next month’s picks!