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Life Behind The Curve @ Second Wednesday

Life Behind The Curve @ Second Wednesday

The slides for the first full 30 minute presentation of Life Behind The Curve for the wonderful and friendly people who came to Second Wednesday in Nottingham on 14th August 2013

Westley Knight

August 14, 2013
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  1. Life Behind The Curve
    Or how to keep up-to-date
    with all things web
    Westley Knight - @meteoracle
    Second Wednesday - August 2013

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  2. A little bit about me
    Building websites for over 12 years
    Married with 3 kids
    Always worked in an agency
    I love doing my job
    This makes me
    feel old
    I should probably
    act a little more
    maturely
    The security of
    a 9 to 5
    Proves I’m a
    proper geek

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  3. I used to do it all
    Web Design DNS Servers
    Email Servers
    Hosting Configuration
    Database Design
    Database Integration
    Flash
    ASP VBScript
    Server Upgrades
    Software Support
    Dial Up Accounts
    Domain Registration

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  4. I found my path
    Web Developer
    Front End
    Development
    Project
    Management
    Back End
    Development
    Database
    Design
    Server
    Management
    CMS
    Deployment

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  5. Now I have more focus
    Front End
    Developer
    Information
    Architecture
    User Interface
    Design
    User
    Experience
    Typography
    Responsive
    Web Design
    Content
    Strategy
    This is the big
    one for me

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  6. How things have changed
    Social Media
    Manager
    SEO
    Expert
    UX
    Analyst
    Mobile / App
    Developer
    Information
    Architect
    Community
    Manager
    Professional
    Blogger
    Online
    Advertising
    Manager
    Big Data
    Analyst

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  7. What will I be banging on about?
    How quickly things change
    The amount we have to learn
    How to keep up in your own way

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  8. This isn’t what I started out with
    Workflows & Processes
    Responsive Deliverables
    Repurposing Your Tools

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  9. Workflows & Processes
    http://responsiveconf.com/

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  10. Responsive Deliverables
    http://daverupert.com/2013/04/responsive-deliverables/

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  11. Repurposing Your Tools
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/22/repurposing-photoshop/

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  12. How do you keep up to date?
    http://uptodate.frontendrescue.org

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  13. Who to follow on Twitter
    A list of news sites, blogs & podcasts
    Conferences to attend
    Advice on finding your own sources
    78 people
    to follow
    41 in total
    46 of them!
    This is the
    really useful one
    What this site tells us

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  14. 660+ Articles
    90 Podcast Episodes
    ~55 Hours
    ~67 Hours
    July 2013
    And in practice?

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  15. 6 Months!
    And in practice?

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  16. Typography
    Boilerplates & Frameworks
    CSS Pre-processors
    What about the tools?

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  17. Typography

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  18. Boilerplates & Frameworks

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  19. Boilerplates & Frameworks

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  20. CSS Pre-processors

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  21. That’s a LOT of stuff
    So how do you
    keep up?

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  22. The short answer
    You Can’t

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  23. Threatened by the knowledge of others
    Put myself under pressure to learn
    Been judged for not being ‘up-to-date’
    I’ve doubted my own abilities
    The depressing part

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  24. You don’t
    have to feel
    this way
    Good news everyone!

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  25. A learning cycle
    1. You want to get good
    2. You want some success
    3. You move into another area
    4. Rinse and repeat

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  26. The young guns
    There’s always somebody younger
    There’s always somebody hungrier
    These are the guys who do amazing things
    with stuff you’ve never even heard of

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  27. You have two choices
    You compete by trying to learn
    everything you can
    or
    You can realise that it’s time for
    someone else to do that stuff

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  28. It’s all about acceptance
    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “For after all, the best thing one
    can do when it is raining
    is to let it rain.”

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  29. One Brain Vs. Many
    Me
    Vs.
    Everyone I follow
    on Twitter

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  30. Learn only what
    you need
    A different approach

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  31. Keep it relevant
    A different approach

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  32. Build an archive
    A different approach

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  33. Some advice
    on advice
    A different approach

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  34. Learn only what you need
    Apply new techniques if relevant
    Save articles for future reference
    Don’t be a sheep!
    So that’s how it’s done

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  35. Don’t worry, be happy
    “The more I read, the more I
    acquire, the more certain I am that
    I know nothing.”
    – Voltaire

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  36. Thanks
    http://meteoracle.co.uk
    @meteoracle
    [email protected]
    Let me know how you keep up to date.

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