Advice for New Developers


In this session, I’ll give the advice that will help you in the working world as a software developer.

As someone who has led development teams, and been responsible for hiring and mentoring junior developers for many years, I can tell you the things that I wish you knew before you started. I can tell you the things that make me regret hiring you. I can tell you the things that make me happy I hired you. You’ll get straight talk from your manager’s perspective.

Not only that, but obviously I’ve been that new developer too, and I’ve learned many lessons the hard way. Maybe something I say can save you some trouble down the line.

Travis Laborde

I have roughly 3 decades of experience as a developer and over half of that leading teams from 3-11 in size. I’ve been using .NET since it was in beta, and I’m passionate about good programming practices.