Category: Conferences

The TSConf venue

Why did we start TSConf?

The ubiquity of JavaScript is undeniable; it’s the universal language of the web — a position that no other languages hold. JavaScript is flexible, able to adapt and grow as the web grows. But that flexibility is often the downfall of JavaScript; without a disciplined team working diligently to keep the codebase maintainable, JavaScript can fall apart. Enter TypeScript. A superset of JavaScript, TypeScript adds the option of typing, static analysis, and interfaces in order to create code that is

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HalfStack Phoenix

HalfStack Conference – Phoenix, January 2020

HalfStack is a series of tech conferences focused on half of the web development stack – specifically, the part you interface with. It lives up to its claims of being “an authentic, high value experience for attendees and sponsors focused on UI-centric JavaScript and web development.” Friday, January 17, 2020 Alamo Drafthouse, Chandler, Arizona The morning got off to a great start with comfortable seating and fine dining at the Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler. First up was Alex Blom talking

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JSConf US 2019: Pushing JavaScript Beyond the Browser

As a first-time JSConf attendee, I happily embraced the welcoming culture and fun atmosphere – surfing, anyone? But I was even more impacted by the presentations centered around JavaScript expanding beyond the browser, using JavaScript to help others, and the focus on community. Of course I’m an avid JavaScript engineer and believer (why else would I be at JSConf), but I left feeling awed and inspired after seeing how progressive and impactful the JavaScript ecosystem can be. JavaScript Helps You

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2019 Esri Developer Summit Recap

Esri provides the excellent ArcGIS for JavaScript API for building geospatial applications. Their approach has grown substantially over the years, from basic two-dimensional maps comparable to early Google Maps implementations to now cover nearly everything I can imagine wanting to do in a 2-D or 3-D map. Underneath the API, Esri still finds significant value leveraging Dojo Toolkit 1.x features though their APIs now include significant TypeScript support and some features from modern Dojo. Their team has also made efforts

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Cats vs Dogs: Answering the Important Questions

Cats vs Dogs: Answering the Important Questions

SitePen participates in a number of conferences around the world presenting new technology and ideas to engineers and designers. Recently Dylan Schiemann and Tom Dye spoke at the HalfStack Conference in London and Paul Shannon spoke at Phoenix TypeScript meetup. We demonstrated what Dojo and the Web could do by using Web Audio, Web Animations, and a number of other technologies to create a fun application.

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Reflecting on ffconf 2018

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to get over to the highly regarded web development conference ffconf in Brighton. This was my first time at the event and I can say that it lived up to and even exceeded my expectations. In this post I want to share with you the key takeaways from the event as a whole, having stratified out what I saw as three common themes throughout the conference. Namely, these themes were: Empathy, New and Future

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Building a Modern JavaScript Framework

Building a Modern JavaScript Framework

Every year, Esri, the world’s largest geospatial software vendor, runs its developer summit in Europe. This conference, the Esri EU DevSummit, attracts around 350 developers working with Esri technology from across Europe, all coalescing in Berlin. Attendees come to find out the latest in Esri tech updates and technology changes at large that affect them as geospatial developers. The Dojo Toolkit, a framework founded by Sitepen, has been a core part of Esri’s JavaScript mapping API offering, the ArcGIS JavaScript

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React Already Did That at All Things Open 2018

React Already Did That at All Things Open 2018

All Things Open is a large, community-created open source conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, with nearly 4,000 attendees and 20 concurrent sessions. At this year’s event, I was invited to deliver a talk similar to one I had presented at JSConf titled “React Already Did That.” The session itself is not actually about React, but about several key concepts in how the JavaScript ecosystem evolves. In the early years of JSConf, people would joke whenever someone announced something new that

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Node+JS Interactive 2018: From Accessibility to JS Interoperability

Node+JS Interactive 2018: From Accessibility to JS Interoperability

The 2018 edition of the Node+JS Interactive conference featured nearly 1,000 JavaScript and Node.js enthusiasts at the first combined event organized by the Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation. The event included nearly 100 sessions, panels, and community events designed to help grow and foster the JavaScript ecosystem. The big announcement this year was the intent of the two groups to merge into one large JavaScript foundation.

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