Codestock and a New Focus

This past weekend Codestock was held in Knoxville, TN. I made my return after about 3yrs absent to present my Intro to iOS with Xamarin talk. The focus of this talk, much like when I gave it in Indianapolis for Indy.Code() was to highlight 3 fundamental competencies in iOS (View Controllers, Storyboards/Segues, and AutoLayout) and explain them as a Xamarin developer.

Overall, I was pleased with how the talk went and got great engagement from the audience about half of whom were mobile developers. Great end to the speaking year.

For those of you who do not know, I am getting married to the love of my life and my girlfriend of almost 4yrs later this year. As part of the planning, I decided I would not speak beyond August so, after being turned down for BeerCityCode and ThatConference I decided that Codestock will be my last public speaking engagement outside Chicago for 2017 as I focus on the wedding. But it goes beyond that.

Recently, I have decided to shift my focus at West Monroe Partners and return to my roots as a backend developer. It’s not that I dislike Xamarin or that I see mobile as a dead end, I just like to change it up every few years – a big reason why I stay in consulting. With that being the case, I look forward to returning to the speaking circuit in 2018 with a focus on AWS, Azure, Docker, Nodejs, C# and the other myraid of tools that are used on the backend.

Thank you to everyone who came to my talks this year and thank  you to the various conferences that allowed me to speak to their awesome attendees. Every time I get accepted it is always an honor.

See you in 2018

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