Harrie Verveer has been working with PHP as a professional since 2004 and is currently employed as lead developer at NLvoorelkaar, the largest online marketplace for volunteering work in the Netherlands. Harrie helped organizing the Dutch PHP Conference in 2011 and 2012 and is a regular speaker at conferences and user group events around the world, where he shares his experience and knowledge gained from working with a wide variety of technologies.
Harrie is co-organizer of the usergroup ‘Code by the sea’ and in his spare time Harrie enjoys cycling, playing tennis and playing guitar in his coverband.
The things they didn't teach me at school
Whether you've learned how to write code at university or if you're self-tought, the main focus when learning how to become a developer is always about tech. And for a good reason! Writing proper database queries, unit-tests and knowing your design patterns is what you're hired for, and the foundation of all our jobs.
However, over the years I discovered that writing good code and knowing how to build everything the right way is just the beginning. There are a lot of additional skills to master that nobody told you on beforehand, and a lot of these skills will often be more important for your career than the actual writing of the code itself.
This talk is about everything I've learned about my job that they didn't teach me at school. I'm hoping to give you an edge by not having to learn all of this the hard way, but by telling you straight-up what I've learned over the years.