Should I write a code of conduct?

Without concrete actions to eliminate harassment and other bad behavior, a code of conduct for your event is quite meaningless. Some companies use this as a lazy way of dealing with harassment. “See? We have a code of conduct. We care about inclusivity. Moving on.” You can write one, but don’t pretend like it will actually solve anything. Well-behaved people…

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ConFoo 2015 is looking for speakers

ConFoo is a conference for web developers. We are looking for professionals to share their skills and experience at the next event. Submit your proposals between August 25th and September 22nd. ConFoo 2015 will be hosted on February 18-20 in Montreal, at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. We take good care of our speakers by covering…

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Bad conduct: the root of the problem

More and more tech events are publishing codes of conduct. Although I think that it’s a good idea, I find it sad that we need to tell people things as basic as “treat others like you want to be treated”. I would like that in addition to treating the symptom, we understand and treat the root cause. Bad…

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On ethics and optimism

It really annoys me when people say that discussing ethics on social media doesn’t change the world. That is just cynical and pathetic, and these people want to drag others into inaction. Discussing allows you to question your morals and refine your opinions. You eventually act on those values and change the world. A single person…

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Common PHP Mistakes

I was recently asked by one of my readers to give feedback on the following article he read: 10 Most Common PHP Mistakes. It is well written and very thorough. Most of the tips are specific to PHP, others are about web programming in general or database performance. It’s a very good read. I was also asked…

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