Becca Refford

Philly ETE 2019 – Dorothy Danforth – Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should: selecting the best technologies (AR, VR, Voice, etc) for your use case

Abstract As technologists, it’s our job to stay on top of, and advocate for, new approaches. There are many valid reasons an enterprise might want to adopt cutting edge or experimental technology. That said, gratuitous use of technology without a well-vetted business case can be exceedingly costly and more likely to stifle innovation than support … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 Keynote – Brian Goetz – FP vs. OOP: Choose Two

Abstract This talk is about the fictitious divisions we invent, and how they harm the progress of our industry. In particular, we’ll look at the supposed tension between Functional Programming and Object-Oriented Programming, and hopefully see that the tension is all in our heads. About Brian Goetz Brian Goetz is the Java Language Architect at … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 – Don Coleman – WTF IoT or IoT FTW?

Abstract What is the Internet of Things? Does adding the internet to a device (or thing) make it better or does it just create more problems? What has IoT done well? What are some problem with IoT? What can be done better? About Don: Don is a software developer who enjoys hacking with phones, Arduino, … Read More

Philly ETE 2019 – Ken Rimple – Making SPA Smarter with GraphQL

Abstract GraphQL is a client/server API specification for submitting queries, updates and subscribing to data, and it’s been an interesting replacement technology for JSON in single page applications. Originally created for the Facebook application in 2012, it began life serving the graph of connections between people, posts, and other related data. Ultimately, Facebook open-sourced the … Read More

TechCast #111 – ETE 2019 Keynote Jessica Kerr

In this episode, host Ken Rimple talks to Jessica Kerr about how we work with software, and how Atomist, the automation tool that she engineers, makes delivery easier. They discuss the current state of open source, making sense of documentation, and why software is such an exciting field to be in right now. Jessica also shares … Read More

On Learning to Code – 4 Things I Want To Tell Every Girl

Becca Refford is an intern here at Chariot Solutions where she is learning to program in Java and JavaScript. She also serves as the producer of the Chariot podcast series where she edits our podcasts and books guests. She began her tech life as a student in the TechGirlz program, and is committed to continual learning and self-improvement.