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February 13, 2014 - No Comments!

Greg Baugues Talks Devs & Depression on Ruby Rogues

ruby roguesRecently, our old colleague Greg Baugues chatted with the guys at Ruby Rogues about a subject we think is one of the most important facing our industry today: the prevalence and stigma of mental illness in the developer community. A programmer who struggled for a long time to identify and deal with his own ADHD and Type II Bipolar, Greg has given several talks about his own experiences and how to get help if you or a friend is suffering from depression or another kind of mental illness.

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September 3, 2013 - No Comments!

Meet up with Table XI at WindyCityRails

017_windyCityRails_logoDo you have your tickets to WindyCityRails? We do. We’re proud to be sponsoring and speaking at Chicago’s biggest conference for Ruby software developers. If you’re also headed to the South Shore Cultural Center next week, be sure to keep a lookout for a team in green jackets, including two Table XIers who will take the stage during the two-day event.

Why are we so excited for the event? We think this WindyCityRails video sums it up well.

WindyCityRails 2013 from ChicagoRuby on Vimeo.

Table XI Speakers at WindyCityRails:

Greg Baugues, our Director of Client Services, will deliver his talk on Devs and Depression, which covers an extremely important subject that has resonated with many in our industry and earned Greg high praise and a global following. He has now spoken about Devs and Depression at MountainWest RubyConf; LessConf in Panama City, Florida; Scottish Ruby in Perthshire, Scotland; and Distill in San Francisco, to name a few. He’s looking forward to taking the stage a little closer to home this time to deliver his message.

“Software development is a good place for people with depression and bipolar,” Greg says. “It accepts the socially isolated. It accommodates irregular sleep patterns and inconsistent bursts of productivity. It seeks out those with the overconfidence to believe that they can solve problems that others can’t. We need to bring depression out into the sunlight, and make it as acceptable as diabetes or cancer. We need depressed developers to know that they are not lazy or weak, but are suffering from a treatable medical condition.”

You can catch Greg speak on Thursday, September 12, at 3:30 pm.

Noel Rappin, Table XI Senior Developer and Agile Coach, will also take the stage for his technical talk “Rails vs. Object Oriented Design.” This year he’s spoken at RailsConf in Portland, Oregon, and led a Rails workshop at MadisonRuby, but says he always looks forward to WindyCityRails.

“There are always interesting people to meet, and I’m excited to deliver my talk,” Noel says. “Over the past year or two, there’s been a lot of conversation in the Rails community about the applicability of Object-Oriented techniques to Rails applications. This conversation becomes especially important as the Rails community is increasingly managing long-lived applications. Techniques and phrases like ‘DCI,’ or ‘Rails is not your application,’ or ‘Dependency Injection’ get thrown around. All these sound impressive, but if you look to Rails for simplicity, then they may seem like overkill. In part, the techniques are about what kind of design is best suited to planning for unknowable future change. My talk shows how these techniques can be applied in Rails, and how they can help you prepare for the future without making the present complicated.”

Hear Noel Speak on Friday, September 13, at 9 am.

To see the full schedule, visit the Windy City Rails website here.

May 6, 2013 - No Comments!

Devs and Depression at MountainWest RubyConf

MWRslideEver since Caleb Cornman passed away, I've been writing and speaking on depression in the developer community. In April I visited Salt Lake City, Panama City Beach, and the Groupon headquarters to give my Devs and Depression talk. Next week, I'll be in Scotland, speaking at Scottish Ruby Conference.

I've been honored, humbled, encouraged, and saddened by the response. I knew that mental illness was an unspoken issue, but I didn't imagine that it was so widespread. Over the last week, my talk from MountainWest RubyConf (below) has been watched 1,500 times on Confreaks, and I receive emails daily from people with no one else to talk to.

Thousands of people in our community are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, and schizophrenia. They've been conditioned to keep their struggles secret, to suffer alone. With the help of Table XI, I've launched DevPressed, a forum where the tech community can provide resources, encouragement, and support for one another. If you've been affected by mental illness, there you'll find a group of friendly folk on the same road, a safe place where you won't have to keep quiet about these things any longer.