Mental health, brogrammers, and inclusiveness

Hello Recompiler readers! TBH, I am burnt out and feeling just generally “blah”. I’m hoping to rest and recharge this weekend, and I decided that I’m going to start working out again to hopefully boost my mood (and my metabolism). Anybody looking for an accountability partner? What are your favorite workouts? Tweet me.


Open Source Bridge: the conference for open source citizens, organized by our own Audrey Eschright, is looking for speakers! The deadline was extended until Sunday, April 9th. The conference will take place June 20–23 in Portland, OR.

Find tech conferences that welcome, accommodate, and celebrate you with confa11y and submit conferences to be included!

Gender Inclusive Forms of Address: A handy list for alternates to addressing “Ladies and Gentlemen”, “you guys”, and “people” in group settings.


Episode 26: Codeland, Capitalism, and Creating Inclusive Spaces with Saron YitbarekSaron Yitbarek stops by to talk about her upcoming Codeland conference **. We also talk about nurturing newbies, capitalism, and creating inclusive spaces.

** I’m going! Look for me and ask for Recompiler Mag and Greater Than Code Stickers!

Soft Skills Engineering Episode 54: Sneaky Contractors and Job Titles: Jamison Dance and Dave Smith ponder how important job titles are when looking for a new job, and what to do if management hires a consultant behind your back to rewrite your code.


Designing a product with mental health issues in mind: A new UK-based banking application, Monzo, describes the lengths they have taken to ensure that the UI is accessible for everyone. The feature I found particularly awesome was the one where if you spent money after 10PM, you would get a notification in the morning that you did so, asking “Did you really mean to do that?”, since bipolar people tend to make impulsive late night purchases that they ultimately regret in the morning.

Productivity and Mental Health: Sarah Withee wrote this awesome blog post on how focusing on our mental health will lead to more success with our productivity.

Why is mental health SO important in the software development field? We use our minds to solve problems. You HAVE to have that health.

— Sarah Withee (@geekygirlsarah) February 12, 2016

How to Keep Your Internet Browser History Private: Since the Senate voted that it’s okay for Internet Service Providers to sell your browsing data without your permission, this article highlights measures you can take to bypass this law by installing ad-blockers, turning on HTTPS, and using Tor and VPNs for starters.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Brogrammer Culture in Tech” by Archie Prakash

Unfortunately, I’ve dealt with many “brogrammers” in the tech field, and this summer, I said “NO MORE”, and have never looked back. This learned culture is toxic, HOWEVER, if we want tech to be a truly inclusive space, we need to try to understand them as well from a sociological and anthropological perspective.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference):
Friday, April 21st – Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

Capital Go Language Conference:
Monday, April 24th – Tuesday, April 25th: Washington D.C.

Wonder Woman Tech: London
Thursday, April 27th – Friday, April 28th: London, England

DrupalCon – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply.
Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th: Baltimore, Maryland

csv,conf,v3: A community conference for data makers everywhere
Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday, May 3rd: Portland, Oregon

DevOpsDays Austin:
Thursday, May 4th – Friday, May 5th: Austin, Texas

!!Con: The Joy, Excitement, and Surprise of Computing
Saturday, May 6th – Sunday, May 7th: New York City

Salt Lake City DevOpsDays:
Tuesday, May 16th – Wednesday, May 17th: Salt Lake City, Utah

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

Friday, May 19th – Saturday, May 20th: Detroit, Michigan

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

Music City Code:
Thursday, June 1st – Saturday, June 3rd: Nashville, Tennessee

CircleCityCon 4.0:
Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 11th: Indianapolis, Indiana

O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference: Building a Better Web
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference: Build Resilient Distributed Systems
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

We RISE Women in Tech Conference:
Friday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 24th: Atlanta Georgia

Saturday, June 24th: New York City

Thursday, July 13th – Friday, July 14th: Denver, CO

GopherCon: The Largest Go Conference in the World
Wednesday, July 12th – Saturday, July 15th: Denver, CO

Kansas City Developer Conference:
Thursday, August 3rd – Friday, August 4th: Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, August 23rd – Saturday, August 26th: Portland, Oregon

All Things Open:
Monday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 24th: Raleigh, NC

Monday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th: Malmö, Sweden

Call For Proposals:

Open Source Bridge – Closes April 9th
7in7 Digital Nomad Conference: Closes in April
DjangoCon – Closes April 11th, 08:00 EDT
EuRuKo – Closes April 14th
ZendCon – Closes April 14th, 11:59 UTC
NCDevCon – Closes April 14th (Offers Hotel Accommodations!)
PyCon CZ – Closes April 17th (Financial Assistance Available!)
RubyNation – Closes April 21, 2017 19:59 EDT
Write/Speak/Code – Closes April 23rd, 19:00 EDT
LISA17 – Closes April 24th, 11:50 PDT
PyCon Australia – Closes May 7th (Financial Assistance Available!)
Wonder Woman Tech – Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
DevFest Siberia – Closes July 1st (Travel Expenses Covered!)

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.