All of these talks have had a large impact on how I approach problems or understand different aspects of the art of programming. If you have the time, I really recommend going through each and every one of these videos.
If you prefer reading, I’ve got you covered with this post listing my book recommendations.
I’ll start off by listing talks that I think are relevant no matter what problem space you’re working in, and add some more targeted talks to different sections below.
In this talk, Rich elaborates on the importance of striving for simple solutions over easy ones and presents some tools for doing so. Relevant anywhere, this is one of those talks I watch at least once a year.
Rich is back. This time he elaborates on the process of an individual programmer and in what ways you may be able to do better work.
A bit of a cure to impostor syndrome perhaps. Really great talk outlining a way to learn things faster by breaking concepts into smaller chunks.
Fair warning, language here. This talk is specifically targeting designers and dealing with clients but in my opinion is relevant to almost anyone spanning really any discipline. You should watch this to understand ‘value’ in general. You’ll also get some insight into what running a (smaller) business is like sometimes.
Matt is the co-founder of the wildly popular Netlify platform. This talk gives a great overview at how they were able to solve many common web problems with a flat file approach. Doing things this way means you just need to serve files and your app will run - no more babysitting long-running processes to serve simple pages. Ditching servers is pretty attractive, and this is a nice overview.
While this has Docker in the title, this is primarily a very general talk about system architecture. Very good insight into the why and how of Microservices.
If you’re trying to wrap your head around functional programming, map reduce yourself a sandwich. Lots of well communicated examples for the core concepts of functional programming as they can apply to JS.
Rich has been working away at a new approach to the front end called Svelte that really turns modern (2019) JS development on it’s head. It’s rapidly becoming popular and seems like it may be where JS is going over the next couple of years. Worth watching to see a bit of an overview and understand why this framework was created.
This talk shows you how to build a very basic container and in doing so will give you a lot of insight into the building blocks behind containers as Liz builds one almost from scratch.
Even More Talks
There are tons of great lists like this around the internet. Many of these are really big and comprehensive. You’ll get even more hits searching the ol google for ‘awesome talks’.