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PSU Tech Talk: Lifecycle of the common software developer

Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 88-09
1900 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)
Public WiFi

Access Notes

Building is at 4th and College. Room 88-09 is in the basement, take the elevator or stairs down to basement and follow the signs.



Lifecycle of the common software developer: a field study of the habit, environment, and community of several pacific northwest "programmers" as they progress through their professional life.


The common household developer – homo sapiens sapiens mollis – has an interesting lifecycle; tending to be only about 8-16 years long and accomplishing great tasks, then either retiring or quitting in a rage to create public art. But their formation is largely a source of confusion, and their practices during their lifetime are mysterious. We trekked into the depths of Portland to discover their habits, the environments their flourish in, and the odd communities that they create and survive within. In particular, we study one specimen who was particularly attracted to glitter (which we had in great abundance) and taught him proper english so that he could communicate with us; if we're especially lucky he will make a guest appearance to answer questions.

About the speaker

Chuck Lauer Vose is the lead instructor at the Portland Code School and a senior software developer focusing in Drupal and Ruby. His love of glitter and party hats has been well documented, but he can also be found programming professionally and helping people become better developers in his free time. He is an organizer for the pdx.rb user group (as much as it is organizable), and he likes ducks.