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.
Why didn’t anyone think of creating this conference sooner?
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 happened last week and I had the opportunity to travel and give a talk as one of the few American speakers.
Here are some highlights from my trip.
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.
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.
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!