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Nov 16

Web Summit Recap

By on November 16, 2016 1:23 pm

Now in its 7th year, Web Summit is the world’s largest web conference, with more than 50,000 people in attendance. The conference possibly draws inspiration from SXSW Interactive, with a European twist. Each year it brings¬†an impressive agenda of speakers and attendees from around the world. It has become an event that attracts startups and established companies, making it a hot spot¬†to meet many people in the tech industry.

Nov 1

Connect.Tech 2016 recap

By on November 1, 2016 6:54 am

I was back in Atlanta a couple weeks ago for Connect.Tech, the largest JavaScript focused conference in the southeast with nearly 1,000 attendees and 11 concurrent sessions. Connect.Tech is a community conference and covers a wide variety of topics over two days. This year I was invited to speak on the topics Composition vs. Inheritance and Testing ES6 and TypeScript Code with Intern.

Oct 26

Exploring WebVR

By on October 26, 2016 12:12 pm

This October, we delivered meetup talks on WebVR in London and Phoenix on the same day to share our early efforts in exploring WebVR with TypeScript, Dojo 2, Intern, and A-Frame.

What is WebVR?

WebVR is an experimental JavaScript API that provides access to Virtual Reality (VR) devices, such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, and¬†Google Cardboard. These VR devices are used with your web browser. Native browser support is currently limited to experimental releases of Chrome, Firefox, and Samsung Internet Browser for Gear VR. You can¬†also try it using shims that add support to today’s browsers. WebVR is not another graphics rendering engine, but instead adds APIs that support rendering VR scenes with WebGL in the¬†web browser’s Canvas.

Oct 7

SafetyNet 2016 recap

By on October 7, 2016 8:41 am

SafetyNet is an annual conference hosted by Pulsiam and is focused on trends in software for the safety industry. Because of our expertise in shaping the modern web and our ongoing work with Pulsiam’s application development efforts, I was invited to deliver a keynote about the past, present, and future of the web, as this industry begins to transition to web-based solutions.

Sep 29

Improving TypeScript modules

By on September 29, 2016 3:15 pm

improving typescript modules

One of the main challenges with creating modern JavaScript web applications is the relatively incomplete approach to ES modules. As an interim solution until all necessary use cases are solved, many developers create source code with ESM, and then transpile to either AMD, CJS, or UMD for easy usage within today’s browsers. As we work on creating Dojo 2 in a manner that is easy to use for both TypeScript and JavaScript users, one challenge we faced was how to support loader plugins and/or other dynamic module loading. AMD has long supported loader plugin syntax, and SystemJS supports loader plugins as well as System.import.

Jul 26

JavaScript Pub Quiz

By on July 26, 2016 6:04 am

A quintessential British tradition is the pub quiz, a test of a group’s knowledge of obscure facts and trivia, typically shared over dinner and drinks at a pub. In the era of the smart phone, pub quizzes have needed to implement strict no phone policies to make sure people are answering from their knowledge rather than their computer.

At the HalfStack conference last November, we sponsored a JavaScript PubQuiz, and this summer, we sponsored a second event in partnership with the London Ajax User Group, which was a stand-alone JS Pub Quiz at the Doggett’s Coat and Badge pub along the Thames River in London.

Jul 20

FullStack 2016

By on July 20, 2016 6:56 am

FullStack is a large London JavaScript conference hosted at the Skills Matter CodeNode. The conference brings together an impressive line-up of speakers and workshops covering five tracks over three full days of festivities. We were invited to speak at FullStack, and also enjoyed many of the other sessions and met many great engineers. The sudden popularity of Pokemon Go was a theme throughout several talks at the conference. The videos for many sessions were online within a few hours, which is truly impressive for any conference.

Jul 8

The Lead Developer: Day 2

By on July 8, 2016 6:39 am

Day 2 of the Lead Developer Conference continued with a series of excellent talks. Be sure to check out the Day 1 recap if you missed it.

Michael Lopp, Slack

Michael is the VP of Engineering at Slack and known for Rands in Repose. He gave the talk Leadership. By the Numbers which included a fun series of tips and suggestions to improve as a development lead.

Michael Lopp

Michael explained that you need to say the difficult things, in order to make sure someone fits in. Meaning that if you avoid addressing issues, the engineer will not succeed within your organization. A recurring theme of the conference was to give feedback early and often, rather than waiting for annual or semi-annual review.