Heartland Developer Conference 2016 Wrap Up

Another day, another conference - the fifth for me this year! I can't tell you how excited I am to continue my speaking career, and my latest stop was Heartland Developer Conference in Omaha, NE. I was asked to submit to this one last-minute and was thrilled to have my Angular 2 and TypeScript talk accepted, along with a brand new talk on the Elm programming language, which is by far my new favorite frontend web framework (gasp!) My talks I did my Angular 2 and TypeScript talk to an audience of about 150. One challenge I faced was cutting…

Switching from WordPress to Ghost on Microsoft Azure

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to transition my blog from WordPress to the Ghost blogging platform and I wanted to talk about that experience. I recently went to my friend David Neal's website and found it to be simple, clean, and attractive. I found out that his blog was run on Ghost, a blogging platform that runs on top of Node. After doing some Googling, I decided that I would make a test website on Azure and see how I liked Ghost. After setting up the website and tweaking the theme that I found, I had another couple…

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…