Earlier this year I gave a talk on Password Security at Digital Croydon #5, and
didn't want to simply put up the slides without any commentary, so I've written
this article to accompany them. It is primarily for the benefit of those that
attended - by which I mean it wont explain every slide or go into detail on
everything the talk covered, but will explain the key points, provide links, etc.
Similarly, as mentioned in the talk, it didn't cover everything there is to
know, and this article wont do that either - it's an introduction, not a
(At some point I do hope to write up more detailed articles, both on the points
covered and on related subjects - if/when that happens I will add the relevant
links to this article.)
I will be speaking at this year's Scotch on the Rocks conference.
My presentation is on the subject of getting help when you are stuck
and how to describe your issue in a way that makes it easier for others to help
All developers have times when they need help, but it's not always easy to ask
for (particularly when all you want is to get past a tricky problem, not have
long tangental discussions). Having spent a lot of time both seeking and
offering help, I hope to shed some light on the quickest ways to find solutions
and effective methods for framing your issues so that fellow developers can
understand what you need.
The talk will be aimed at developers of any level who want help with getting help.
Scotch on the Rocks is Europe's longest running conference catering for CFML
developers, having been held most years since 2005. This year it takes place on
the 6th and 7th of June at the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel and
covers a wide variety of topics on different aspects of web development
- so whether you're looking to learn new techniques and technologies or you
want to network and socialise with other programmers, Scotch on the Rocks is the
conference for you.
Hurry up and book your tickets before they sell out!
Scotch on the Rocks 2008 is now unfortunately ended,
read on to see my thoughts.
Okay, so I've arrived back from the UK's first* ColdFusion developers' conference (*if you ignore the previous two UK-based CF conferences), and decided I would give
my thoughts about it.