Introducing Programmer Talks

Hey! I know it's been a long time since I've published prose. I just wanted to take some time to introduce the programmer talks page I recently launched. You may have seen it already, or you may only check this space when my RSS feed shows new posts. Either way, I'm kind of excited to tell you about the new talks list I've created.

Over the last four to five years I've been slowly collecting a list of conference talks I feel are worth sharing. I find my personal learning style favours video lectures for absorbing new information. I'm sure others feel the same way, so I wanted to make this resource available. Problem is, I've got a list of over 200 talks and growing I feel are worth sharing. That's kind of hard to approach. So, I'm taking the time to build a little database of them and an interface to help find talks you might want to watch.

That's fine, but I got kind of wrapped up in data entry and experimenting with the design. I've finally just decided to launch it with whatever I had fully working. You'll probably notice there's far fewer talks than I mentioned and there's no UI to do any of the mentioned exploration. I promise it's all coming in due time. For now, I've pruned it to show only the (mostly) correctly labeled talks in as bare a final product as I had fully working.

I've got coming changes to add a query/filtering bar to the top allowing you to prune to just topics, authors, conferences, durations, etc. you're interested in. Additionally, making the navigation a bit more intuitive with things like previews and play buttons as well as metadata links between talks and possibly a new experimental RecSys I've been working on. It's a lot, so it'll probably take some time. I may also eventually open a submission form to let you add talks you feel passionate about. Just takes time to get it how I want it all before I ship it.

Hope you find the new programmer talks page useful.