Houston, United States
Anjuan operates at the intersection of business and technology by relentlessly focusing on delivering delight to customers while effectively applying engineering talent. He’s a pragmatic Agilist.
Diversity and inclusion have become hot topics in technology, but you may not know how you can make a difference. However, this talk will help you understand that, no matter your background, you have privilege and can lend it to marginalized groups in tech.
Privilege is access to societal and economic benefits based on a characteristic you possess. The most well understood forms of privilege are the ones most people don’t choose for themselves like racial, gender, and physical privilege, but there are also selected privileges like religion, career, and education. This session will teach you how to lend your privilege. You’ll learn the various types of privilege lending including credibility lending (where you attach your name to a project being undertaken by someone without privilege) and access lending (where you provide access to a location or event for someone without privilege). These different types of privilege lending will be illustrated through well known examples and an explanation of how they can be applied to software development.
While technology companies are trying to improve their diversity, I believe that change will only occur when individuals take action to make technology a more inclusive industry. I think that the concept of lending privilege can be a powerful tool that technology practitioners can use to expand the diversity of the industry.
New York, United States
The browser’s capibilities have snuck up on us over the years, and it’s turned into a full blown operating system! "But wait," I hear you protest, "it’s not like the browser can talk to stuff I have plugged in to my USB ports!". Ah! But it can!
The new WebUSB spec has arrived, and is already supported in at least one browser today. The previous hacks of connecting browsers to robots and other hardware will soon be a thing of the past. WebUSB as a first class API citizen opens up some great opportunities to create new and delightful experiences with robotics.
I’ll introduce you to the WebUSB API, its history, and compare it to previous ’hacks’ to demonstrate why this is such a big deal for you, as a web developer. There will be real hardware shown on stage ready to inspire you to think outside of the box of what browsers are really meant to be used for.
August 30, 2016, was by all accounts an average Tuesday, and release number 523 just a simple re-factor, but something went horribly wrong that day: bad code escaped from the office, and it quickly spread to infect tens of thousands, giving rise to a hoard of zombie ServiceWorkers!
This is a disaster about a typo. This is a thriller about technology out of control. This is a tragedy about wasted CPU cycles. This is a cautionary tale about living in the age of ServiceWorker.
Madlaina is a full stack developer and a 3d processes magician at Archilogic, making 3d content accessible for people working on the web. She graduated at the Zurich University of Arts with a bachelor degree in Design, specialization Game Design, combining the passion for design and story telling with the newest technologies. She believes in bringing people of different backgrounds together to solve problems in creative ways.
It’s fun to learn about 3D and graphics, plus seeing how a seemingly complex concept such as ray tracing can be broken down to simpler concepts is inspiring. I enjoyed the artistic aspect of using maths to make 3D objects appear in a browser - and demystifying it in the process of learning. I hope to show and inspire the audience to experiment.
The not so short: Irina is a Berlin via London via Vancouver (geeeez grrrl) software developer who is, oh hey, hello, really into node.js. When she is not in front of a computer, she is exploring the outdoors, gushing over trains, and you will probably find her at your nearest ramen shop™ reading some Beatniks.
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The camera zooms in on an intense discussion between Scully and Mulder. Both are huddled around a terminal, both are uncertain about the next steps. Ghosts of old TCP connections wail in the background.
Scully is frantically typing. The left hand side shows a new session starting. Soon a new stream created. Multiple requests come in and Scully and Mulder frantically look at each other with a single face expression -- what. do. we. do. now? A minute passes. Scully looks like she has an idea.
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In this fresh off the press episode of Node Files, I will take you to a set of Node.js' implementation of HTTP2. Its quirks, its benefits, and its workings explained and illustrated. How do we get from an established connection to TLS decryption? How does the concept of session come in to play? How does node handle memory usage when it comes to HTTP2? And what are these frame things everyone keeps talking about? This and more explained in HTTP2, one frame at a time. Coming to theatre near you from JSConf AU in March 2018.
Wellington, New Zealand
Oh no! Harry Potter, the hero from the J K Rowling’s wizarding universe, has been cursed by the super-villain, Lord Voldemort, and now he is trapped inside the Internet!
This talk goes through the details of these magical data-structures, and all about language transformation, including lexing, parsing, code generation and creating source maps.By the end of the talk, attendants should have an idea of how ASTs work, how they are used in code transformation, and how they can be used to manipulate and interrogate code at a structural level.
Denver, United States
Brittany is a senior instructor and tech lead for the front-end program at Turing School. She's passionate about building a community that prioritizes making programming friendlier for new developers.
As an instructor of front-end software engineering, I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is for new developers to navigate call stacks and decrypt error messages. We have built a culture that considers effective error handling a secondary priority, which has a significant impact on those who are just learning to code. Debugging is a huge part of the development process, and the less time we have to spend spinning our wheels, fighting an error message, the more time we have to get back to the fun stuff.
The more experience we have in engineering, the better we get at debugging broken code. We learn how to isolate the problem, decode cryptic error messages, and figure out the most effective terms to research. The faster we develop these skills, the faster we lose our perspective on what it’s like to be a beginner. It’s only when we watch others struggle through these experiences that it becomes obvious just how ineffective our error handling is. Let’s explore the shortcomings of the current state of error handling and how we can improve upon this to make engineering friendlier for newcomers.
Tim is a tinkerer, tuner & tamperer of all things online. He enjoys adding a lot of whimsy to the weird wide web, and prides himself with the overall joy it brings to the world.
For so many of us, myself included, the art world is the entry point into the coding world. Here we will explore ins and outs of generative art, and experience the joy of creating art with code. Generative art can be as simple or complex as you like, at the end of the day, everyone will have the mindset and processes down to create their own unique pieces of joy.
This talk begins with the basics of generative art, a small history, including some of the earliest "code art", proceeding into examples through history leading us here. The goal of the "speed run" is to give the audience as much knowledge about generative art as possible in the given time, while also showing the tooling, and surprisingly few steps it takes to get creating unique and original art. Generally speaking, there is no limitation to the audience of this talk, it really sits on the borderlines of people who enjoy art, code and science, and everyone will take home a different piece of that puzzle.
The talk shows both the simplicity and beauty of generative art, with just a few lines of code, we can put the computer to work creating millions of unique pieces.
San Francisco, United States
My talk will explore 2 primary themes:
Pasadena, United States
Caleb is an Architect at OpenX, where he helps build digital advertising exchanges. He loves hiking the Sierra Nevada mountains and analyzing news articles at scale.
(2) Payload — What kinds of undesirable things are being delivered to publisher properties, and onto our devices? This section goes beyond specific examples of ad quality issues, sniffing, tracking, and malware, also looking at a longer-term invasion happening beneath our feet: have content creators begun trading clicks for a kind of dystopian digital future where ad blockers are simply common sense?
(3) Inversion — What can we as JS developers do about all this? This section argues that we have the power to change ad technology from a Trojan Horse into a powerful message delivery system, one that allows the coexistence of free content, advertising, and delightful user experiences. Ethical and optimistic developers will be the Trojan Horse inside the Trojan Horse.
Ann Arbor, United States
Madalyn has been writing code since 2007. Engineering at Olark since 2014. Working to cultivate humanity in tech. Outspoken about mental health in tech. Loves coffee, climbing, live music, and rabbits.
I remember attending my first JSConf in 2014 and watching Marcy Sutton talk about accessibility and the Shadow DOM. I was hooked on creating an accessible web for everyone. However, it’s really hard to get accessibility prioritized when you’Years later, my company is ready to hop on the train and now we’re working to implement the first ever ADA compliant chat box used in a support and sales context. I’ve seen lots of talks on accessibility basics and implementing aria on static sites, but few that demonstrate what it’s actually like to approach a codebase architected without accessibility in mind (especially one that will run on sites you have no control over) and add that layer in.
I want to show that it’s okay to roll out accessibility changes bit by bit, that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and that there are good tools out there to help you out. I think the stumbling blocks I come across (and overcome) in this project would be useful for others who find themselves in my position. Part of what made this project difficult was my inability to accurately estimate how long or how much work it would take to update our application. Hopefully, with the lessons I learn, I’ll be able to help someone else blaze their own trail at their company.
Vigneshwer is an innovative data scientist from Bengaluru who crunches real-time data and builds AI algorithms for complex business problems. He believes that technology needs to have a human-centric design to cater solutions to a diverse audience. He’s an official Mozilla TechSpeaker and is the author of Rust Cookbook.
If you’ve spent much time writing and debugging node module code for performance in a Js app, you’ve probably had a hard time managing memory and native code integration.
In this talk, we venture deep into the belly of the Rust Language to uncover the secret incantations for building high performance and memory safe node modules using Neon, which helps you to write native node js modules and it is definitely gonna mesmerize you with its easy language bridge capabilities for building high performant and crash-free Js apps.
Rust is out there creating a new generation of system programmers, it has a lot to offer in terms of safety and performance for high-level programming languages such Python, Ruby, Js and more with its easy Foreign Function Interface capabilities which enables developers to easily develop bindings for foreign code.
Harriet is Buildkite’s resident linguist. When she’s not crafting exciting ways to describe new Buildkite features, you’ll find her hanging out in bouldering gyms, or with her nose in a book.
Harassment is everywhere online, but it often flies under our radar and we don’t see it. Working in tech, we help to shape the online spaces where people interact. Because of this, we have more power than most to have a positive impact on the prevention of harassment. Our community is making algorithms to identify harassment, but they’re not very effective yet. We can improve these algorithms by looking at the problem from a different perspective - looking at the context of messages as well as the content, and applying linguistic analyses.
For my masters thesis in linguistics I’m studying how we can apply this approach to improve existing NLP algorithms. In this talk I’ll discuss the current blockers in identifying harassment online, and show some ways we can get around them. I’ll be diving into the basics of feature engineering for NLP algorithms, and will demonstrate how each of us can start contributing to training these algorithms right now.
San Francisco, United States
Amy is a software engineer on the Stripe Observability team and she wants to make data accessible for everyone. Outside of work, Amy writes about the tech industry, loves baking, and reads too many self-improvement books.
Chrome Developer Tools is magical. It lets you record network traffic, step through code, modify the DOM, and more! To learn when we would use each of these features, I'll walk you through my adventures trying to trick Taylor Swift’s website into giving me concert tickets. Instead of reading through all of the JS files in her site and scrolling through hundreds of useless network activity logs, I learned how to use XHR breakpoints, filter network activity by type and domain, and recreate requests with CURL. I'll show you all of these tools and a few other tricks, and by the end of this talk, you will know how to reverse engineer any website and manipulate it to do your bidding.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Nikolay is a full stack JS developer in the Grid Dynamics company. The last three years mainly works on a major e-commerce project in San Francisco, California, where in addition to development, the core responsibilities include: production troubleshooting, diagnostics, profiling, and optimization Node.js applications performance in production. Nikolay is addicted to attending meetups and conferences in “the Valley”.
Based on my experience in diagnosing and troubleshooting highload e-commerce Node.js app in production, I’ve identified three stages in the Node.js diagnostic history. I’d like to briefly tell this path and show where we are now and tell in details "How to debug and tracing Node.js apps on different levels, and how to track performance problems and memory leaks inside Node.js apps in 2018":
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, the traditional owners of the land on which we gather. We pay our respects to their Elders: past, present and future.
We firmly believe in diversity, inclusion and equality.