Didn't you know? You're doing it all wrong! Stop blaming your tools and find out how to work more efficiently every day.
At the July 18th meet up you’ll get the antidotes to antipatterns that are used every day. You’ll get to meet the best in the industry and find out how they tame the technologies you’re wrestling with right now.
We’ll have a mix of 5 and 20 minutes talks, but places are limited so RSVP now.
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Chaos
Kynan Hughes @k7n4n5t3w4rt
Paradoxically, creative agencies demand best practice techniques for mitigating risk and ensuring flexibility - while also making such things virtually impossible. Short projects with large budgets and unrealistic expectations need perfect technical project management, foolproof continuous integration and pragmatic, effective quality assurance. Unfortunately, practicalities of budget, lack of awareness and competing priorities make it these things hard to put into practice. When we do succeed, the lessons learned should prove worthwhile for other situations, from startups to enterprise level product development.
Kynan Hughes is Technical Director at TheMonkeys, one of the most creative creative agencies in the country. Since the late 90s, Kynan has made web and mobile applications for organisations like Intel, IKEA, Telstra, Optus, UBank, Parmalat, Diageo, Nestlé, government departments, artists, photographers, small to medium sized businesses and schools. His hopes, dreams, assumptions and approaches have been brutally tested in a wide variety of situations, leaving only those that work.
The secrets of block formatting context
Fiona Chan @mobywhale
You might understand how block level elements behave or how to use floats or absolute positioning, but did you know that there's a secret about block formatting context buried inside the W3C spec? In this talk we'll go through how we use this secret weapon in the OOCSS open source project to create our grid and template with columns.
Fiona is a fun size, food-loving front-end developer who currently works remotely in Sydney for Nicole Sullivan (creator of OOCSS open source project) where she helps clients turn their large, unmaintainable websites into much more organised and manageable code bases. Previously she’s worked at Fairfax Media, Bigcommerce and a few other digital agencies. Other than a love for CSS, she is also passionate about web standards, accessibility, fighting for good user experience and educating people about front-end.
Taming global functions in PHP for improved testability
Luke Eller @leirith
Have you ever wished for control over the behaviour of global functions when writing test code? This technique will help you seize control of your class under test.
Before joining Bigcommerce as an engineer in early 2012, Luke worked as an engineer in the finance, media and communications industries, contributing to software systems large and small.
BDD as a creative tool: Quality for volatiles
Volatiles. We all know them, people who have difficulty finding their socks in the morning or managing their credit cards, yet given the right mood can - and do - produce weeks of work in a day. Anyone who has tried to promote Behavior Driven Development to the volatile mind has probably had to deal with the attitude that 'Writing tests is boring', and a few of us also have a hard time shaking the feeling that fundamentally, they have a point. But what if we could re-frame specs for the sort of mind that goes from A to D without going through B and C? In this short talk I'll illustrate writing specs as a part of the creative process - not as an afterthought or a chore to be done beforehand.
Tom has been with Bigcommerce for 8 months, and is the creator of the Mozart MVC framework. He has designed and engineered full-stack systems and enterprise software for around 15 years.
Technique: the New Order
New Order's 1989 album "Technique" was their first Number 1 hit. For those that don't know, it also contains a secret manifesto for an effective working life. In this talk, we'll discover and explore these concepts, as well as listen to as much of the album as will fit into 5 minutes.
Sasha Gerrand works for Bigcommerce, likes writing software in different languages, has been writing and shipping software before and after the public was unleashed on the internet and occasionally wears glasses as a service.