Tuesday, December 8, 2015

JSConf Last Call 2015

I gave a 1/2 hour talk at JSConf Last Call 2015 on December 6, 2015 title "Treating Framework Fatigue With JavaScript. The gist of the talk is that in today's world of never ending new frameworks, it's critically important to have a solid foundation in the JavaScript language in order to cut through the hype and understand how these frameworks do their thing.

I've been speaking at my local meetup group, of which I'm now the organizer, for the past year or so but this was my first time speaking at a conference. I'm looking forward to doing more conference speaking, as I really enjoyed the experience and had some very positive feedback on my talk! If you're a conference organizer, or know someone who is, please feel free to put my name on the radar.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Organizing a Meetup Group

I recently took over as organizer of the Santa Barbara JavaScript Meetup after functioning as acting organizer for the past year. It's a great way to network and meet like-minded people in the local tech community.

I've had a good run of increasingly successful and well-attended events, and am looking forward to keeping the momentum going in the coming year.

I've reached out to my my employer about sponsoring the Meetup, and will reach out to other local tech companies also, in hopes that we can afford to bring in visiting speakers and host more elaborate events in the future.

Exciting times, to be sure, and I'd love feedback and suggestions from other Meetup organizers on what makes for a successful group!

ECMAScript 6 In Depth: Part III

The conclusion of the epic trilogy of talks I gave at the Santa Barbara JavaScript Meetup on August 18th, 2015.