Sharpening the Saw: How tooling can make us better developers

Christian Heilmann, Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft

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Development is complex. You need to know not only how to program, but you also need to care about usability, accessibility, performance, security and many other things. Knowing all this is a full-time job, which is why it often falls by the wayside. But what if we could off-load at least some of this responsibility to free and open tools to help us along the way? In this talk Chris Heilmann is going to show a few tips and tricks how to avoid making obvious mistakes and to play a part in the next generation of tools for developers.

Chris Heilmann dedicated the last 20 years of his life to make the web work and thrive. As a lead developer on some of the largest web products he learned that knowledge is not enough without teamwork and good handover. He dedicated most of his time since on educating, writing and sharing, presenting on average at 30 conferences a year. He strives to make code and coders work efficiently. He is the author of several JavaScript books and the Developer Evangelism handbook ( He is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft working on the current and future developer tools based on Chromium.

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