Bacon is bad for you

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This isn't a talk about this awesome conference, nor about nitrates (which I'm not qualified to discuss). It's a talk about developer monoculture and how it puts all of us (even the vegans) at risk. Sure, we're portrayed as buffoons in popular sitcoms, and people make broad and often incorrect assumptions about our social skills, but there are more tangible dangers in allowing - and even encouraging - others to sum us all up with a collection of specious tropes. People outside our little profession can, and do, use this to take advantage of us. I'm not going to try and convince you not to have bacon on your sandwich, but I think the results when we portray ourselves as a group of people who uniformly place great value on cured pork and little value on our lives outside our work are results worth examining.

  • I'm a JavaScript developer. I've been doing development professionally for a long time, and used to work on the back-end, but now I'm all (or, ok, mostly) JS. I'm the author of Node for Front-End Developers and the organizer of Girl Develop It Austin and Austin All-Girl Hack Night.