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Oct. 23-24th, 2017
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Monitoring and Instrumentation Strategies Tips & Best Practices

by Jonah Kowall

Monitoring is complicated, and in most organizations consists of far too many tools owned by too many teams. Fixing monitoring issues requires people, process, and technology. Hear common issues seen in the real world including what should be monitored or collected from a technology and a business perspective.

Investigate what instrumentation is most scalable and effective across languages, commonly used APIs, and possibilities for capturing data from common languages like Java, .NET, and PHP. Cover browser and mobile instrumentation techniques. Get tips on which APIs to use, what open source tools and frameworks can be leveraged, and how to coordinate and communicate requirements across your organization.

Key takeaways:

  • What is instrumentation, and what to instrument, collect, and store
  • How this can be accomplished on common software stacks
  • How to work with application owners to collect business data
  • How correlation works in custom open source or packaged monitoring tools

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One Data Pipeline to Rule Them All

by Sam Kitajima-Kimbrel

There are a myriad of data storage systems available for every use case imaginable, but letting application teams choose storage engines independently can lead to duplicated efforts and reinventing the wheel. This talk will explore how to build a reusable data pipeline based on Kafka to support multiple applications, datasets, and use cases including archival, warehousing and analytics, stream and batch processing, and low-latency "hot" storage.

This talk is for application, infrastructure, or data developers and anyone interested in using event buses for data ingestion and processing/storage. A basic familiarity with different types of data storage systems and the concept of extracting data from one system and loading it into another (ETL) would help but is not required.

Attendees should expect to leave with a basic familiarity of the concepts of event sourcing, data buses, tiered storage, and be able to reason better about their data systems and how they're connected.

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Fantastic Types and Where To Use Them

by Luke Westby

You can be a functional programmer! And if you're building JavaScript apps, there's a good chance you already are. FP in languages like Haskell is about finding common ground with principles in math that let us talk about how all our different and diverse code works using a universal (isomorphic?) vocabulary. And since JavaScript comes with so much flexibility we can do the same thing on the client if only we take some time to learn the patterns. Join me for this talk and I'll teach you what things like Functors and Monads are, when to use them, and what you get as a reward for doing so.

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Building Stateful Microservices With Akka

by Yaroslav Tkachenko

It seems like all the dust about microservices has finally settled. We know how to design, develop and operate them. Although most of the microservices are stateless - they delegate things like persistence and consistency to a database or external storage. But sometimes you benefit when you keep the state inside the application.

In this presentation I’m going to talk about why you want to build stateful microservices and design choices you make. I’ll use Akka framework and explain tools like Akka Clustering and Akka Persistence in depth and show a few practical examples.

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Node.js server side render in the Age of APIs

by Ruy Adorno

With the increasing popularity of Universal JavaScript and microservices, more and more front-end developers are taking ownership of their server-side render using Node.js.

In this talk we'll see how leveraging APIs in both server and client side is giving birth to new libraries and frameworks and what is the role of a front end developer in this post-full stack world.

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Designing Everyday Privacy and Security

by Matthew Davey

Two factor shouldn't be just for security experts and encryption shouldn't be presented as defensive. I will look at security from the position of a utility for everyone. Framing it as friendly, important and placing importance on your personal data. Security and Privacy are complex ideas important to everyone. Learn how to lower the bar to entry using language, layout and levity.

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Get your fancy pants on with Elixir

by Ole Michaelis

With Elixir you get all the power of Erlang and it’s hardened frameworks and libraries like OTP and cowboy with a Ruby-esque syntax. When WhatsApp was sold to Facebook, everyone was talking about Erlang. Everyone wanted to know how it was possible to build such a resilient and highly scalable system. With hot code swapping, the BEAM Machine allows zero downtime deployments and gives you highly available systems.

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Organizing Applications In The React Ecosystem

by Alex Wilmer

Since the release and rise of React, client side architecture has become increasingly modular and there have been dozens of popular, but not necessarily compatible, strategies for organizing applications. There exists a plethora of boilerplates and articles on the subject and it's far too early declare a winner.

This talk will examine the top methodologies over the past two years and see how they have evolved. The examination will consist of applying these methods to minimum viable examples in a digestible form to illustrate and magnify the advantages and pitfalls at different levels of scale.

In the end we will look at how the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research is organizing several open source applications to benefit from all the lessons learned along the way.

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Isomorphic React sans Node??

by Ben Ilegbodu

React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces that has taken the web development industry by storm. Its declarative syntax and DOM abstraction for components not only make client-side development simple, but also enables server-side rendering of those same components, which enables improved SEO and initial browser load time. But how do you render JavaScript React components server-side if your backend doesn’t run on Node? Learn how Eventbrite successfully integrated React with their Python/Django backend so that you can do the same in yours.

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Health: The Most Important Dev Tool

by Cassandra Faris

Working in the tech industry often involves spending long hours sitting down, staring at a screen, consuming copious amounts of pizza and caffeine. The work is mentally demanding and can be stressful. In the rush to get everything done, it can be easy to neglect our health. But a healthy body and mind are necessary for effective performance. Based on HR training, research, and personal experience, this session provides realistic suggestions for managing your well-being at work. It covers the connection between physical and mental health, as well as how to discuss these topics with your employer. You’ll leave with a better idea of how to take care of yourself and be a happier, healthier, more productive person.

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Remote working: Swings & Roundabouts

by Ivana McConnell

Remote teams, when built right, are a wonderful unicorn of trust, freedom, and creative productivity. However, in pursuing this unicorn, it’s difficult to remember that working remotely is incredibly difficult— professionally, psychologically, and personally. It affects everyone differently— developers, designers, managers, and everyone in between. In this talk we'll dispel some myths around remote teams and collaboration, torture the Sword of Damocles metaphor, and share some learnings around making those remote teams work, both professionally and interpersonally. Hopefully, we'll achieve vaunted unicorn status.

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Jack of all trades, Development with Vuejs

by Tirell Mckinnon

Vuejs is considered component driven, extensible, approachable, and performant view library. Whether you’re a web dev without the frameworks or have been deep in development with Angular, Ember, or React, Vue has a something for you.

In this presentation, we will go over the Vue fundamentals, dive into state management, data fetching with Vue, and then wrap up with building your application for production. We will have a mix of defining what Vue is as well as an actual application demonstrating how the different pieces fit together in the real world. Vue has great documentation and the library is fast by default. The choices we have available to build user interfaces today are vast, exploration is time consuming, but I believe it’s worth the effort to get started building and delivering products using Vue.

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Building a Better API with JSON:API

by Chris Guzman

Enough with the bike shedding conversations about your API’s structure. If you’ve implemented API endpoints or consumed APIs it may bug you that every API seems to be different. What if there was a universal standard that made sense?

Enter JSON:API, a standard for creating self explaining JSON APIs introduced by Yehuda Katz and Steve Klabnik that can increase productivity and take advantage of generalized tooling. Clients built around JSON:API can efficiently cache responses, sometimes eliminating network requests entirely.

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What Rocky Horror taught me about Shadow DOM and CSS

by Juniper Belmont

When I was fifteen I put on an excessive amount of makeup, punk clothes, and bravado to lip sync a song about a sultry space alien intent on making the world fabulous. Then I took off the costume and resumed being a regular Star Wars and computer science nerd. Shadow DOM, too, is about setting up a façade to contain style and content that doesn’t leak out into the rest of the world.

My talk will show how you can use Shadow DOM today to turn hairy HTML and CSS into scoped pieces that can be styled and composed naturally. I’ll talk about best practices for styling and scoping individual components as well as theming with Shadow DOM. All this while talking about my connection to an irreverent B-movie.

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Oh Behave!: Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber

by Dana Scheider

Cucumber is a powerful and versatile tool for collaboration and testing, but many developers don’t know how best to incorporate it into their workflows. In this talk, Dana Scheider of the Cucumber Core Team will show you how to supercharge your products and processes with Cucumber.

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React Native Ra11y

by Jason Matthews

The React Native platform has taken the world by storm. Big names like Uber, Instagram, Tesla and Facebook are leveraging the platform to accelerate their development process while maintaining high quality. There is generally a strong correlation between great quality apps and the level of accessibly features built in. We’ll go through the general methods of making your React Native apps accessible and explore some of the gotchas in this endeavour.

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Fighting JavaScript fatigue? Try JavaScript therapy!

by Jana Beck

JavaScript got generator functions in ES2015, but perhaps—unlike other ES2015 features like `const`, computed property names, and arrow functions—you haven’t used them yet. The disruption of the “normal” control flow that occurs with generators can feel a bit like turning your brain inside-out, but generators are definitely useful. For example, you must use them with redux-saga, a popular add-on for performing side effects in apps that use Redux for state management.

In this talk, we’ll seek to understand generators through the metaphor of conversation, modeling the relationship between a generator function and its calling context as a turn-taking relationship, just like a (good) conversation. After starting with a simple gibberish bot that responds to user input, we’ll expand to a generator implementation of Eliza (everyone’s favorite therapist chat bot), so that JavaScript can provide not just our livelihood but our therapy too.

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by Marissa Levy-Lerer


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UX of Voice Interfaces

by Hira Javed


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Tackling Technical Debt: Getting Started with Continuous Integration Testing

by Kristina Balaam

As developers, we understand the importance of writing scalable, quality code. Testing provides a safeguard against much of the technical debt we would otherwise accumulate with faulty logic and missed use cases. However, implementing tests also tends to be lower priority for many teams. It's important to recognize why technical debt can be so crippling to a team's productivity, and how continuous integration testing and code coverage applications can help the lifespan of a project _and_ the sanity of a team. We'll look at some hard data to back up this assertion and walk through a simple open source project integration with Codecov and Travis CI. Both are easily accessible, multi-language applications that offer teams continuous integration testing and status updates right in a Github repo.

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Progressive Web Apps

by Houssein Djirdeh

What exactly are Progressive Web Apps and how can we build one? Can we improve apps built with React or any other library/framework without adding too much complexity? When was the last time you were about to install a mobile app but decided not to? Maybe you felt like you didn’t want to go through the hassle of installing it, or maybe you just didn’t want use to up any more memory. Whatever the reason, almost every single mobile user has experienced this at some point.

However, most people feel a lot less restricted to open up a browser and just type in to the address bar. The convenience, security and simplicity of just typing a URL into an address bar is a powerful advantage of the web, and Progressive Web Apps (PWA) combine this with the feel of native applications.

In short, PWAs are applications that use modern web capabilities to provide a user experience similar to that of mobile and native apps. This presentation will go over how you can add a number of progressive aspects to your application including faster load times, offline support and the ability to install to your mobile home screen.


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