Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Developer

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B201


You’ve been programming for a while now. You’re beginning to feel that you’ve got a handle on things but at the same time can’t escape the feeling that you’ve somehow plateaued in your growth as a software developer. In this talk Yitzchok, a rabbinic scholar and software developer, shares the “wisdom of the sages” as practical, actionable advice – strategies and tactics – that you can use to reinvigorate your growth as a software developer.


“We work in an industry where the domain knowledge required to function at a high level is so vast and so fast changing that a Gladwellian 10,000 hours approach to its acquisition isn’t merely inefficient… it’s impossible.

Really… who has time for that?!

The single most effective way to accelerate the learning curve is to receive meaningful, timely, and personal guidance from someone who has trod that path before.

Young craftsmen learn from journeymen, doctors serve as interns for many years before practicing on their own, professional golfers even have swing coaches; why should our discipline be any different?

If you want to “level up” as a developer… advance your skills, accelerate your career… no matter where you’re holding today… nothing that you could possibly do will be more impactful than to apprentice yourself to a mentor that you can lean on and learn from…"


soft skills, personal growth, professional development, community, software craftsmanship

Speaking experience

This talk has been given as a keynote at PHPBenelux (Antwerp, Belgium) and PHP UK (London, England) and as a regular session at ConFoo (Montreal, Canada) to EXCEPTIONAL feedback (sample: https://joind.in/talk/view/13109). It has been selected as a keynote at PHPTek (Chicago, Illinois), LaraconUS (Louisville, Kentucky), and PHP Day (Verona, Italy) and as a regular session at LoneStar PHP (Dallas , Texas). It is also the focus of the 50 user Group Tour - Wisdom as a Service World Tour (wisdomworldtour.com).


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    Yitzchok Willroth

    Wisdom as a Service


    Yitzchok Willroth is a Talmudic scholar and independent web application engineer, consultant and coach living in Lakewood, New Jersey.

    A start-up veteran, dev bootcamp instructor and popular conference speaker, Yitzchok is the founder & organizer of the ShorePHP User Group, a co-organizer of the NYPHP User Group, and an active participant in the PHPMentoring Initiative.

    Passionate about clean code and robust application architecture, he is also a strong proponent of remote teams as a way for software organizations to thrive while affording developers a healthy work:life balance.