The Subtle Art of Giving Code Walkthrough Talks

A presentation at DevRelCon 2021 by Ricardo Ferreira

If your audience is developers, then there is a high chance that you will need to show how code works in one of your talks. While you can always play safe and show snippets of code through slides — giving people code walkthroughs is often a more effective method to see the code where it really matters: in the development environment. But doing so can be a daunting task. Not so much because you may not know the code — but because now your content is the code. So many moving parts now need to be addressed by your code walkthrough, the talk’s timing, how much the audience will absorb, the outcomes you want people to have, and how exciting your talk will be if using this method.

In this talk, Ricardo will explain what best practices you should follow to nail your following code walkthrough, so your talk becomes memorable. It will do it by providing an utterly wrong code walkthrough example that will be polished during the talk to highlight each best practice.