The Lead Developer: Day 1

By on July 7, 2016 9:59 am

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Lead Developer Conference, a two-day, single-track conference with over 400 development leads from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The event included an excellent array of speakers representing development leads at companies including Slack, Atlassian, ThoughtWorks, Amazon Web Services, GitHub, Shopify, Couchbase, and many other organizations.

Overall thoughts

Why didn’t anyone think of creating this conference sooner?

Progressive Web App Summit 2016 Recap

By on July 6, 2016 5:54 am

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I was lucky enough to attend the Progressive Web App Summit hosted by Google at the Theatre Amsterdam with two of my SitePen Colleagues. I was blown away by the quality of the talks, the speakers, the content and of course the venue and hospitality.

Progressive Web Applications take advantage of new technologies to bring the best of mobile sites and native applications to users. They are instant loading, offline capable, installable, secure, responsive and addable to the home screen. More information is available on the Progressive Web Apps website.

QCon Beijing 2016 conference recap

By on April 28, 2016 6:07 am

QCon Beijing Photos

QCon Beijing happened last week and I had the opportunity to travel and give a talk as one of the few American speakers.

Most notably, all talks were delivered in Mandarin which was a bit of a challenge given that I don’t speak Mandarin. Luckily words like JavaScript and Docker transcend the language barrier!

Here are some highlights from my trip.

On the leading Edge

By on April 7, 2016 12:55 pm

Microsoft Edge Web Summit Logo

I attended the Microsoft Edge Web Summit in San Francisco. I will be honest, outside of meeting a few people, I wasn’t expecting much. Instead, I found myself face-to-face with the “new” Microsoft. I have grown accustomed to the openness and true collaboration that the TypeScript team have engaged in, but I wasn’t expecting seeing this mode infecting cross-pollinating the rest of the company. What I saw was far from a marketing ploy. It felt as if Microsoft was going through a revolution from the inside out.

2016 Esri DevSummit Recap

By on March 31, 2016 12:12 pm

Esri Dev Summit
Esri, the creators of great mapping technology, hosts their DevSummit every March in Palm Springs, CA. Esri creates their popular ArcGIS for JavaScript API by leveraging the Dojo Toolkit.

Esri trends

esrilogoEach year Esri announces a number of new features and technologies at the DevSummit, and this year was no exception. They have really improved the visualizations and effects possible with their JavaScript API recently, delivering very impressive 3-D maps leveraging WebGL, as well as now supporting vector-based tiles for mapping data, and a strong emphasis on user interface components for adding analytics on top of Esri-based mapping applications.

JSConf Last Call

By on December 11, 2015 1:59 pm

Last weekend at the Omni resort on Amelia Island, FL, the last JSConf US took place. The Williams family is no longer able to run this conference, so with much sadness it will not be continuing in its current form. The JavaScript community legacy they have left behind is nothing short of astounding. With currently 30 listed events worldwide in the JSConf family, and more in the planning stages, the idea of building compassionate, creative communities of experts has truly caught on like a wildfire in the JavaScript community.

HalfStack Conference Recap

By on December 10, 2015 10:22 am

HalfStack

Picture this: 100+ developers and their phones and laptops making crashing noises playing a live-created clone of Flappy Bird. Now picture the same devices working together to create a live MIDI concert, followed by a challenging and fun JavaScript pub quiz.

All of this happened at HalfStack, a one-day JavaScript conference organized by the London Ajax User Group. For over five years, London Ajax has organized monthly meetup events, followed by more discussion time in the pub. In the spirit of London culture, the conference was hosted in a Shoreditch area pub at Corbet Place Bar & Lounge (in the former Truman Brewery).

Chrome Dev Summit 2015 Recap

By on December 9, 2015 12:00 pm

I recently attended the Chrome Dev Summit conference in Mountain View, CA, which centered around developing websites for Chrome and the mobile web. The conference was designed to provide attendees the opportunity to talk with the developers working on Chrome. We were able to provide feedback, as well as better share the true need of web developers. Overall, the conference was wonderful, giving me a great opportunity to learn more from both the talks, as well as speaking with the Chrome team.

The sessions touched on three main topics: service workers, RAIL, and progressive web applications. New features are constantly being developed by various working groups. The conference speakers and developers work directly on experimental features, and they were enthusiastic when explaining their area of expertise. The well chosen topics, combined with the excitement of the speakers, made for a productive conference that proved to be well worth the time.

Nodevember — A Community JS Conference

By on November 23, 2015 11:24 am

I recently attended Nodevember, a two-day JavaScript conference down in Nashville, TN. My love for JavaScript motivated me to take my attendance a step further and volunteer. As a meetup organizer, I know how much work it can be to put on a small event, and it was exciting to see what goes into hosting a large conference.

If you’ve never been to a developer conference or meetup–go. If you have been to one of those events and haven’t volunteered, I’d recommend offering your services. Organizers want and need your help and input as that’s how groups continue to work, grow, and better serve their communities.

I came down here with another developer and fellow volunteer, Jake. When we got into town we wanted to see what the kick-off party had to offer and I must say, it was fantastic meeting new people and seeing a few familiar faces as well. I briefly met the organizers of the conference and had a great conversation with one of the speakers. If you do decide to go to a conference in the future, be sure to participate as much as possible and take advantage of meeting new, awesome people!

FullStack Conference Recap

By on November 3, 2015 8:10 am

I had the opportunity to speak and attend FullStack 2015 organised by Skills Matter and hosted at their CodeNode location in central London. It was a great experience and it’s clear that JavaScript is everywhere and permeating every aspect of technology today! It was no surprise that ES6/ES2015 and TypeScript were popping up in every conversation. Even at a full-stack conference, the front-end seemed to get a lot of focus, most likely because everyone is challenged with improving the web experience.