I’m available as a speaker and have given the following talks in the past. For any inquiries, shoot me an email.
Running a Rails App with Docker – 40-45 min
In this talk, we’ll take a simple Rails app and live-code it to work with Docker – and then use Docker Compose to manage some neat services (such as background jobs and email sending) that will all communicate together.
Building a JSON API with Rails – 40-45 min
In this talk, I live-code an entire MVC RESTful API using the Rails framework, all the way from scaffolding some models to handling serialization, authentication, and more. Prior knowledge of Ruby on Rails is helpful, but not necessary.
JSON API Best Practices with Rails – 40-45 min
In this talk, we’ll review and live-demo 3 deeper concepts of JSON API architecture: The JSON API spec, Pagination, and Versioning
Metaprogramming in Ruby – 40-45 min
Metaprogramming is a concept that stretches across languages, but Ruby allows you as the developer to take it to the max and write really powerful (and dangerous) code. In this talk, I review modifying existing classes, ruby’s object model and the ancestors chain, defining methods dynamically, modifying scope, ruby’s various closures, the various eval methods, and much more. There are plenty of interactive code examples I go through with each new topic.
Getting Started with Sinatra – 10-12 min
This short talk has no slides and is strictly live-coding a small Sinatra app – explaining along the way how to handle various HTTP requests, render templates, return JSON, handle errors, and deploy to Heroku.
What is Ruby? – 15 min
This short talk digs into some core concepts behind what makes up Ruby MRI as a language implementation, such as memory management, interpreted nature, type systems, and concurrency.
Type Introspection and Reflection in Ruby – 15-20 min
In this talk, we interactively learn the programming concepts of type introspection and reflection, how other programming languages apply these concepts, and finally, how Ruby applies them. This talk ends with a session over eval statements (as a form of reflection) – and how they can be used for both good and evil.
How WebSockets Work – with Socket.io Demo – 40-45 min
In this talk, we’re going to cover how WebSockets work. About 80% of this talk will be a live coding demo where we’re going to build a simple chat app using WebSockets with the help of the Socket.io node library – all live coding, explaining everything on the way. The rest of the time will be dedicated to explaining the WebSocket protocol, how it differs from standard HTTP, and why you should (and maybe shouldn’t) use WebSockets in some of your projects today. In the end, we’ll have an application similar to websockets.thesocietea.org.
Building an Accessible Website – 40-45 min
In this talk, I’ll teach you how to build a website that is fully accessible to users with disabilities – whether they have vision impairments, auditory impairments, fine motor impairments, and even non-disabled users who are just in “crisis” moments. We’ll go over the traditional accessibility concerns such as image alt attributes – but we’ll cover some more in depth accessibility topics such as how to develop with skip menus, keyboard navigation, ARIA roles, semantic HTML, focus states on elements, how the accessibility tree works, color schemes, section 508 guidelines, and more!
What Meta Tags Your Site Should be Using – 15 min
This talk focuses on explaining the core meta tags that your HTML should include to help with accessibility and social media sharing.
Prolog: A Prologue – 40-45 min
This is a very beginner-friendly talk about Prolog – no prior experience necessary. Together, we’ll learn about facts, rules, and queries in Prolog – the fundamental constructs that make up a Prolog script, and how you can use them to solve some real-world problems.
What to Know as You’re Becoming a Developer – 40-45 min
This talk is specifically geared towards young adults with a serious interest in programming (and already have a little background knowledge). This includes students in AP high school programming classes, vocational classes, college classes, and local development groups.
My Interviews with Amazon – 15 min
A short talk over my full experience interviewing with Amazon Web Services as a senior software engineer – where I was eventually offered a position (and turned it down!).
The 3 Rules of Dev Blogging – 10-12 min
This is a short talk over the core things I’ve learned over the many years that I’ve maintained a development blog – broken down into 3 actionable rules. Completely language and skill-level agnostic, this talk is for aspiring and expert developers alike.