I Was at CodeMash BEFORE It Was Cool

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I’ll admit it, I was at CodeMash WAY back in the day. Before it filled up the whole conference center. When you could get a ticket.

While most of the team is at CodeMash this week, I’m reflecting on the value of such conferences. In no particular order:

  1. Renewed Motivation - being surrounded by nerds facing similar problems is always good for morale. You are not alone.
  2. New Ideas - One good thing about CodeMash is that it is inclusive and language-agnostic. It’s surprising what you can learn from other implementations,. Even more surprising is learning what you have in common.
  3. Networking - You’ll meet people. Good people. These are folks that you’ll tweet, email, and Link-in. This is a good thing.
  4. Fun - part of the appeal is having fun with people who make money doing the same thing as you. The nice benefit of programmers is that they tend to genuinely enjoy their work, so it’s not too far of a stretch to get along.
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