Why you should be a polyglot programmer

Rouan Wilsenach (Software developer), ThoughtWorks

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"What do you mean you don't have 10 years of Java experience?!" Let's face it, the tech industry has a bit of a hang-up about languages and frameworks. I'm here to tell you about a different kind of developer - one who defies this single-mindedness and moves between tech stacks. The polyglot programmer. Let me show you what it means to be a polyglot and which skills you need to hone. I'll tell you why it's a good career move and why employers will care. Along the way, I'll tell you some stories about polyglot coders out in the wild...

Work and Career / Solo / Impart wisdom / Enabling / Beginner

Event: Johannesburg

Hashtags: #beapolyglot #polyglot #programming

Best for: Developers, people who hire developers, people who lead teams of developers

Speaker country: South Africa

Questions this session will answer:

- What is polyglot programming?
- Why is being a polyglot useful to employers?
- Why is being a polyglot a good move for me?
- How do I approach being a polyglot?
- What does a successful polyglot programmer look like?
- What's happened to Rouan on his journey of being a polyglot programmer?

Speaker qualifications:

I've been a software developer for about 5 years and have spent the last 3 years working at ThoughtWorks. I have experience consulting to clients in the financial services, health, media and education sectors. I've delivered systems in Java, Python, Ruby, .NET and JavaScript. In my time as a consultant, I've been met with many interesting views on what kinds of experience makes a developer qualified for a job. I've seen polyglot programmers, who were initially doubted, surprise and delight clients. I enjoy speaking at events and have presented at many conferences and user groups, including JavaScript in SA, Agile Africa, the Jozi Developer User Group and the Scrum User Group of SA. (More details here: rouanw.github.io/….)

Supporting material:

thoughtworks.github.io/p2/issue09/hire-polyglot/
slideshare.net/…


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