Hot Summer Edition ☀️ Rachel Nabors, Frontend at GitLab, Prototyping with Code

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Nieuwe Achtergracht 170 · Amsterdam

How to find us

Drinks at Crea Cafe, talks at Theater

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The summer is here, and even when you're enjoying the great weather and some time off, you can still learn a thing or two! 😎

If you're up for the challenge, you're invited to our quarterly AmsterdamJS Meetup event. We'll meet on August 2 at our beloved Crea Theather, to talk about all things JS!

AmsterdamJS has been supported multiple times by Reaktor (, a company that provides consultancy and agency services built on exceptional technological competence. They are always looking for exceptional talent, so don't forget to check out their careers page. (

We're also very grateful to Evolution Gaming ( for their continuous support of the meetup. The company is the world leader in live dealer gaming.

# Event Schedule

18:00 - Doors open with bites and drinks in the Café
19:00 - Introduction and announcements
19:10 - "Alice in Web Animations API Land", Rachel Nabors
19:40 - "Prototyping with Code", Andrey Salomatin
20:10 - Short break
20:20 - "Evolution of Our GitLab Frontend", Fatih Acet
20:50 - Beers and Talks at Crea Cafe till Midnight

# Talk 1: "Alice in Web Animations API Land", Rachel Nabors (Amsterdam)

Animation is back in the web development tool chest! We know of declarative CSS Animations and Transitions and fully featured JavaScript animation libraries like GreenSock, but there's another option: the Web Animation API! In this talk Rachel Nabors will take you on a magical journey with Alice from Wonderland to show you how this new API is used to run the CSS Animations in your browser and how you can use it to generate and manipulate animations in your project. Colorful, interactive, useful fun for all disciplines.

About Rachel
Rachel Nabors ( began telling stories online as a teenager with her award-winning web comics ( Her love of web technologies transformed into a career in front end development, where she has worked with Mozilla, the W3C, and Microsoft to build the web forward.

#Talk 2: "Prototyping with Code", Andrey Salomatin (Berlin)

Let's talk about the way engineering and product work together. Andrey believes the future of our projects depends on it. He has been jumping between those two roles for several years. It put things into perspective for him and he’d like to share his learnings. It is a mental model and a set of concrete tools and techniques developers can use to make products better and reduce the amount of work wasted.

About Andrey
Programmer, product manager, podcaster. Andrey is now working on Polychops ( – a service that helps musicians improve their rhythm, collaborate and inspire each other. His job before was making sure Productive Mobile ( were building the right thing.

# Talk 3: "Evolution of GitLab Frontend", Fatih Acet (Amsterdam)

Talk description:
GitLab releases a new version on the 22nd every month, no exceptions. During this talk, Fatih will tell you how GitLab Frontend has been transformed over the years to be better and how they achieved this while still delivering constantly. He will share the details of the decisions to move from CoffeeScript to ES6, jQuery to VueJS, Rails Asset Pipeline to Webpack and others.

About Fatih:
Fatih is a Sr. Frontend Engineer at GitLab and Google Developers Expert in Web Technologies. He lives in Amsterdam and works remotely for the last 5 years. He loves to see the things he created used by thousands of others.

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