Music City Code 2016 Wrap Up

Music City Code in Nashville, TN was amazing.  This was its second year – it started as a one-day code camp and is now four (!) days – an agile conference, a day of workshops, and two days of regular sessions.  This was my first time there and I can’t tell you how awesome it was. I originally didn’t think that I would send in a talk, but decided to try on the very last day.  Lo and behold – two sessions and a workshop were selected!  And let me tell you, I’m glad I submitted.  Gaines and Mary Kergosien are…

RESTful API design - how to best represent child entities? - Ask Schneids

I recently got an email from a friend of a friend asking me to advise them on a REST API they were designing.  I’ll happily give you advice, I reply.  Would you mind if I posted it for others to benefit?  He replied, yes, go ahead! I think I’m going to make this a regular thing and call it Ask Schneids.  Feel free to email me your questions (or contact me any way you like – just make sure to include Ask Schneids somewhere in the body or subject so I know it’s okay to post) and I’…

Emerging Speaker series: Bring the right equipment and don't be afraid to say "I don't know."

This is the second post in the series I call the Emerging Speaker series, where I continue to talk about my journey to becoming the best public speaker I can be.  Read the first post for context – this story continues where the first post left off. After being accepted at ThatConference 2015, I set out to prepare the talk that had been accepted, Real-Time, Cross-Platform Mobile Apps using Xamarin and SignalR.  It was so exciting for me, but still extremely nerve wracking.  I had built an app using Xamarin and SignalR for my previous company and had a lot of…

Kansas City Developer Conference 2016 Wrap Up

I thought it would be fun to write a post on my time at KCDC 2016.  I was inspired by Lee Brandt’s blog post on Nebraska.Code(), which I also spoke at. This was my first time going to KCDC and I was blown away.  Far and above the best conference I’ve ever been to, and the speaker lineup was amazing.  I had met a ton of great people in Nebraska.Code() the month before and was happy to see many of them here as well. Venue The venue was the Kansas City Convention Center.  It was absolutely…

Emerging Speaker series: The first three lessons I learned when I started speaking

This is the first post in a series I’m calling the Emerging Speaker series, where I will chronicle my experiences as I journey to become a speaker in the tech community. I’ve decided to write about how I got started speaking.  It’s a bit uncomfortable for me, but I think it might be useful to others who might want to start speaking.  I’m going to talk about my experiences and highlight what I’ve learned along the way. I didn’t think much about speaking until I received an invite to lunch from Jeff Strauss, one…