You should be forced to write efficient code and know how to do it in situations where it matters. You should also be able to recognize when it’s more important to optimize for readability, maintainability and clarity.
I had a great time at SCaLE 16x the past four days. SCaLE was one of the first big conferences I went to when I got myself back into the technical side of the tech business, and remains my favorite. It’s a special time and a special place with special people.
I got good feedback on the content if not the delivery, and some additional feedback about how to improve. So I think I’ll rework it and try again. Maybe at All Things Open later this year. I’ll also make sure to practice more in advance so my delivery is more natural, more dynamic and more polished.