Posts Tagged “slides”
May 2, 2010
I have to say I wasn’t sure about buying this book, especially after seeing some video on YouTube called “Book Brief”. Fortunately, after mentions in a couple of places I finally decided to go for it. My advice is don’t watch the “book brief” video, and do read the book if you’re interested in presentations. If you’re really into videos, you can go to the slide:ology O’Reilly site for a much better one.
The core of the book is about what’s wrong with many presentations. The points are made in a clear way and there is a lot of useful advice to improve your presentations and your slides. There are many examples, some of the most enlightening ones being of the “before and after” type.
After reading the book I felt I had learned a bunch of useful things, so I decided to go over the slides for a talk I had prepared but not given yet, to try to improve them. Looking at them with a new perspective made some of the problems evident. Also, I felt that correcting those problems wasn’t very hard: the hard part was seeing them in the first place.
I have to say I’m very happy with both the book and the results of having gone through my slides. I totally recommend slide:ology if you want to learn more about presentations and how to prepare slides.
Sep 20, 2009
I had said that I was going to publish the slides for a couple of talks I had given over the last couple of months, and I just got around to actually do it, so here they are:
Software automated testing 123, an entry-level talk about software automated testing. Why you should be doing it (if you’re not already), some advice for test writing, some basic concepts and some basic examples (in Perl, but I trust it shouldn’t be too hard to follow even if you don’t know the language).
Taming the Snake: Python unit tests, another entry-level talk, but this time about Python unit testing specifically. How to write xUnit style tests with
unittest, some advice and conventions and some notes on how to use the excellent
Just a quick note about them: the slides shouldn’t be too hard to understand without me talking, but of course you’ll lose some stuff that is not written down, some twists, clarifications of what I mean exactly by different things and whatnot. In particular, the “They. don’t. make. sense. Don’t. write. them” stuff refers to tests that don’t have a reliable/controlled environment to run into. I feel really strong about them, so I wanted to dedicate a few more seconds to smashing the idea that they’re ok, hence the extra slides :-)
Enjoy them, and please send me any comments you have about them!