CouchCon Live 2020

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CouchCon Live 2020

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CouchCon Live is a single day virtual technical conference focused on connecting and growing our vibrant tech community! We're bringing quality technical content to a virtually... Read more

What You Will Learn

  • Steps to improve degraded code
  • Valuable insights for programming mentors
  • Free Couchbase Server features
  • Techniques to improve your Power BI reports
  • Models to evaluate your behaviors and find your voice

Pre-requisites

None.

CouchCon Live Sessions

Improving the Design of Existing Software

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Jul 29, 2020 / 49m

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Over time, software rots. If we're not diligent, our beautiful code can degrade into a worthless mess. Keeping our code in working condition is no different than changing the oil in our car – it's preventive maintenance. In this session, Steve Smith will look at some common places to look for signs of degradation in existing applications, and steps to take to improve the code. Examples will use C#/.NET but are generally applicable regardless of platform.

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How Novices Learn to Program: What I've Learned Teaching in a Coding Bootcamp

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Jul 28, 2020 / 48m

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As a university adjunct faculty member and a full-time coding bootcamp instructor, there are some patterns that John Fulton sees in many individuals who are learning to program. These insights may prove helpful in mentoring junior developers, onboarding recent graduates, or helping a friend learn to program.

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9 Things You Can Do for Free with Couchbase Server

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Jul 28, 2020 / 46m

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Couchbase Server is a powerful, distributed "NoSQL" document database. Did you know there a free version of it called Couchbase Server Community Edition? This session with Matthew Groves will showcase the amazing features that you can use without buying a license. After this session, you can store JSON, cache it, query it with SQL, scale it, text search it, replicate it, and sync it to mobile devices, all with a single platform.

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Taking Power BI to the Next Level

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Jul 28, 2020 / 47m

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Everyone is building Power BI reports today, but you want more. You want to build better, more professional reports that are effective. In this session, Ed Watson will reveal several key techniques and features to help take your Power BI reports to the next level. A few real world example reports will be provided.

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The Innovation Ninja

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Jul 28, 2020 / 25m

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Organizations must be innovative to be competitive, valuable, and relevant. If you're like many organizations today, you might be wondering how our season of widespread isolation will affect the product and service innovation in your organization. Limits can encourage and inspire creativity, but there's also proactive steps that you can take to unlock creative genius in individuals and in teams. In this interactive, engaging, inspiring, and fun chat, Amber Vanderburg will explore creative processes and the theory/ history behind creative masterpieces, share predictions and trends about an imagination revolution and the future of innovation, and examine and share practical ways to flex creative muscles. Participants will actively engage in various types of creative exercises utilizing auditory, tacit, visual, and imagination in a unique and captivating virtual session. This session will challenge the innovative mind in activities to unlock the creative genius in work and life.

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Getting Real without Getting Fired – Saying Things in a Way People Can Hear

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Jul 28, 2020 / 49m

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Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you're navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to reaching your goals? Are these unspeakable truths in your workplace that you wish someone would resolve for you? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. Invisible lines get drawn. Alternate forms of communication open up to subvert perceived rivals. Allies are recruited, reinforcing an us vs. them behavior cycle. Organizations are suffering from a lack of trust, and it's costing them speed, productivity, and collaboration. What can YOU do about it? Regardless of your title, you can be a leader in your organization, and a leader's first job is to inspire trust. In this session, Allison and Marcus will share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. Softening the truth can feel comfortable in low trust environments--it's simpler, nicer, and can make you look like a team player. It can also lead to miscommunication, undelivered news, and blame shifting. On the other hand, saying the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Watch this workshop and learn to recognize how your behavior is building trust--or not--and practice speaking hard truths so that others can hear it.

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Achieving Inclusivity Through Remote Work

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Jul 28, 2020 / 41m

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A strength of the tech industry is its ability to facilitate remote work. Remote work helps people — particularly those who are part of marginalized communities, such as folks who are undergoing a gender transition — and it can be a big factor when you're trying to foster inclusive teams! In this talk, you'll learn about barriers that disproportionately affect underrepresented folks in tech, like health concerns, financial/geographical logistics and emotional burnout, as well as the ways working remotely can ease those burdens, and how to promote healthy distributed teams. Some barriers are logistical, like accessibility for disabled folks or the cost of accessing resources for work for people who are just entering tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Others are more personal, like in the case of people who have mental health struggles and the stigma that can be associated with that. Jameson Hampton will also talk about location based diversity and how it can really expand the horizons of your team to have voices and perspectives from different parts of the world. One marginalized community that this talk will specifically focus on is the transgender community. The number of trans folks in tech is growing and Jameson believes it's partially because the industry attracts people who benefit from remote work. Transitioning comes with a lot of stress and baggage about how you're being perceived by others, and for many people, it can be a lot smoother and more private when you don't have to be physically present with your coworkers every day. Of course, for a distributed team to work, you need to foster a healthy culture at your company. Not everyone is in a position where they can overhaul their whole company culture, but I will provide some examples of actionable things people may be able to advocate for on their own teams, as well as small ways they can be personally supportive of their remote coworkers.

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"Oh No, Mom Got Hacked Again!" - How to Implement Good Security for the Non-Professional

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Jul 28, 2020 / 48m

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Everyone with a career in any branch of technology absolutely loves playing personal tech support to family and friends, right? Your brother's wifi isn't working, your best friend's credit card information was stolen in a data breach, and your mother's computer keeps getting infected with malware even though she swears she didn't click the sketchy looking link this time. You have no problem helping them out and you want them to learn better security practices! However, you know very well trying to explain how to use a password manager to your grandmother who can hardly turn her iPad on will be a bit of a struggle. It is possible to perform tasks that security professionals do on a regular basis, such as reconnaissance, threat modeling, and vulnerability remediation to quickly and easily identify and even assist your loved ones in creating a better security posture for themselves without sounding like a slightly rude security know-it-all and not truly creating a personalized solution for their situation. In this talk, Alexis Lee will give a few examples of everyday, non-security experts, what information they need to keep secure, and what current bad practices they are currently using. Alexis will also cover how to have a respectful conversation about pointing out what bad security practices may be taking place and why it is important to fix them without inciting a panic, and help you give accurate advice on how to do better without frustrating your relatives into believing that good security is obstructively difficult. The aim of this talk is to show how simple decent security can actually be when we as professionals take the time to truly listen to our loved ones (and in turn, our customers) struggles and offer solutions they can stand up on their own. Sometimes a given solution to a problem would be an absolute disaster to implement in a typical work environment, but, if it means your aunt's chocolate chip cookie recipe is just a little more secure, then that's all that matters at the end of the day.

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Why You Fail to Make Good Predictions and What You Can Do About it

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Jul 28, 2020 / 47m

47m

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What sets good predictors apart from others? Is good judgment innate or something you can nurture? As a knowledge worker, your ability to make good decisions will set you apart from your peers. Whether you're planning out a work project or playing fantasy football, good predictions are essential to success. In this talk, you'll learn what gets in the way of making good decisions and predictions. You'll also walk away with tips on how to improve your chances of succeeding and how you can 10X your positive outcomes in the midst of risk and uncertainty.

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