Saturday, April 5, 2008

Recap: Brian H Prince on "Soft Skillz" for developers

Recently at the Dayton .NET Developers Group Brian H. Prince gave a presentation titled ""

Got to say, I thought the presentation was great. Had good humor, and Brian's passion for the subject matter really shines thru.

What did I get out of it?

One of the biggest things to stick is not all mentors have to be technical mentors. You can learn a lot from managers, sales reps, even from your clients.

He also mentioned you need to keep reading. Read at least one book a month, and mix it up a bit. Read about other subjects, not just technical. Exploring these other areas will help you think of new ways to write your code.

I could keep going but I don't want to spoil too much for developer's attending the CODODN.

If you're coming to the Central Ohio Day of .NET (CODODN) make sure to set some time aside for Brian's "Soft Skillz" presentation.


  1. Great post, Justin. "A book a month? There's no way." Break the book thing down. The avg book, 350pp. Avg speed about 1 1/2 minutes to read a page (if you're slow). About 15 minutes and 12 pages/day and you're through a book a month. C'mon, you sit on...nevermind.

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    - Andy

  2. @Andy Yeah it's a tall order. I guess the point is to keep feeding your mind, and feed it with different subjects.