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Look Out, Austin: Sparkbox Speaking at SXSW

10-31-11 Sparkbox

Sparkbox’s Rob Tarr will be joining the SXSW festivities in March. You should too!

Our bags are packed. We’re ready for live music and geek speak.

Sparkbox will be making its first appearance at SXSW this coming March. Our very own Rob Tarr will be among the panel discussing Shit Code: When Good Code is Betrayed. Interested? Of course you are. Tickets are on sale now for the March 8-18 festival and conference smorgasbord.

Rob’s panel, organized by Scott Lenger of Beaconfire also includes Chrissy Rey of Pongos and Marco Rogers of Yammer Inc.. They will be answering some important questions:

  1. How do I keep others from butchering my code?

  2. What steps can I take to ensure my team maintains coding consistency?

  3. What can I do when my shitty CMS butchers my code anyway?

  4. What should I do when I’m on the receiving end of shitty code?

  5. How to make things right if I’m the offender?

Full Session Description

We’ve all been there. You work meticulously to craft lean, efficient, elegant code. Beaming proudly, you hand your little sweetie off to a client, a contractor, a colleague, or even a CMS, but the next time you check in, everything has gone to hell. Or worse—you’re on the receiving end of a long line of shitty code, trying to make sense of deprecated tags, naming collisions, arbitrary plugins, and other code soup. So what happened? Where did all this cruft come from? And short of hunting down the abusers and beating them with Eric Meyer’s 2lb “CSS: The Definitive Guide”, what can you really do about it? In this brutally honest session, front-end & back-end coders will unite with project managers to play the role of shrink, surveyor, and sensai. Using real-life examples, we will break down how bad code happens to good people, why it matters, and specific steps you can take to prevent it. Come learn why it’s important to code like the next person to use it is a homicidal maniac who knows where you live.

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