Steven Hicks

Steven Hicks

Wauwatosa, WI

Steven Hicks is a full-stack web developer with nearly 20 years experience. He believes in clean, readable, and maintainable code. Steve likes to use the right tool for the job, especially if the right tool is JavaScript. He strongly believes that if you ain't falling, you ain't learning.

Steve embraces continuous improvement and believes that a developer's job is to solve problems, not just write code.

When he isn't talking to the duck or playing with his kids, you can find Steve at a triathlon, on his mountain bike, or in a climbing gym.

Steven's Sessions

  • Code Is Communication

    Code is communication. Between you and the compiler, definitely. But more importantly, code is communication between you and the next developer. Code that communicates poorly is code that cannot be maintained, and code that cannot be maintained is costly.

    In this session, we'll discuss ways to be a better communicator in your code. We'll look at many examples of code that might leave you scratching your head and discuss ways to improve them. We'll see how principles of effective verbal communication relate to the fundamental principles of writing clean code. The code samples are in JavaScript, but the principles are applicable to any object-oriented language. You'll leave this session with a better understanding of how to write clean and maintainable code.

    Speaker: Steven Hicks

  • Maximize Professional Growth By Doing Scary Things

    If it wasn't for fear, we'd all have been eaten by saber-toothed tigers when we wandered too far from our caves.

    But fear has lost its value. Fear now spends less time saving our lives, and more time preventing us from realizing our goals. In this session, we'll ask some questions about the nature of fear. What do we fear? Why do we fear it? Are there benefits to fear?

    We'll then look in unusual places - the outdoors, the gym, your living room - in search of strategies for overcoming fear. We'll talk about how doing things that scare you leads to incredible personal growth.

    You'll leave this session ready to stare fear in the eyes, and take control of your career.

    Speaker: Steven Hicks