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LAMP Camp Wilderness Week Lunch-and-Learn (June 2015)

LAMP Camp Wilderness Week Lunch-and-Learn (June 2015)

I had the privilege of speaking to the campers at LAMP Camp about my experiences in the web industry. I told my story of how I got into the industry and shared advice and things I've learned along the way.

These slides were not intended to convey good content but were merely placeholders to help organize my thoughts and keep me on track.


Ben Ramsey

June 02, 2015

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  1. English Major From to PHP Rock Star

  2. I hate the term “x rock star.”

  3. None
  4. Soft skills.

  5. Beginnings.

  6. Never forget where you came from.

  7. Purpose.

  8. “Why do you work with the WEB especially and not

    with any other programming? What is it about the web that excites you and thrills you to go forward?” —Michelle Sanver
  9. Advice.

  10. Seek out and listen to the advice of others.

  11. But don’t always follow it.

  12. Serendipity.

  13. Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time.

  14. Luck.

  15. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” —Seneca

  16. Intuition.

  17. Network.

  18. Find a mentor.

  19. Interview the interviewer.

  20. 1. Ask what coding standards the company follows. 2. Ask

    whether the company uses dependency/package management. 3. Ask how much of the code is covered by tests. 4. Ask to have the company’s deployment process described.
  21. Learn from your mistakes.

  22. THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS? benramsey.com ! " @ramsey # github.com/ramsey

    $ ben@benramsey.com If you want to talk more, feel free to contact me.
  23. PHOTO CREDITS 1. “PopRoxx at the DNA Lounge” by Jacob

    Applebaum, CC BY-SA 2.0 2. “lecture hall / university” by marcus spiske, CC BY 2.0 3. “A Little Luck” by JD Hancock, CC BY 2.0 4. “Lotus 荷花” by Eddi Tsai, CC BY-SA 2.0 5. Untitled by Eli White, CC BY-SA 2.0 6. “Bonnaroo 2010 / Jay-Z” by Jade McClelland, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 7. “Cairns in the Valley of Fire” by Ben Ramsey, CC BY-SA 2.0 8. “PHPers out to do Amsterdam” by Aaron Wormus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8