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Iris Classon


With her tremendous passion for programming, Iris Classon has had a remarkable career that proves that anything is possible. A registered and licensed clinical dietitian, Iris decided in 2011 to learn programming and rapidly accelerated from 0 to 100. Within her first year, she earned several certifications, landed a developer job, and after just six months, was a technical evangelist for the renowned international company Telerik. In less than two years, Iris was awarded a Microsoft MVP for her contributions in the C# community. Today she is a software developer at Evry, one of northern Europe’s largest IT companies; a hostess on the Get Up and Code! podcast; a very popular developer blogger; and a Pluralsight technical online training author.

Speaker Presentations
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 10:15am
To Build Better Software, Build Better Developers and Testers

Developers and testers are, by their very nature, curious creatures. But when facing deadlines, they often become fixated on solving today's problem and miss the bigger picture. Over time and under pressure, they lose their motivation to learn new information and acquire new skills. Without a plan encouraging learning can be costly—and can backfire. A professional development plan should incorporate practical strategies and techniques for the entire team and managers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:45pm
Learning to Be a Developer—From Day One

When she was little, Iris Classon was told that if you plan to go from 0 to 100 in a short period of time, you need a very good plan. So Iris made grand plans, but they all failed to deliver on her dreams and aspirations. So, when she decided to make a drastic career change from clinical nutritionist to computer programmer without ever having seen a line of code, she decided not having a plan would be her plan—embracing unpredictability and uncertainty instead of fighting it.