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#DevTO 22 - 30 years of Software Engineering & Building Browser Extensions

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We Know (But Ignore) More Than We Think

Greg Wilson - Creator of Software Carpentry (

Over the past thirty years, software engineering researchers have learned a lot about how software actually gets built, and about which tools and practices make developers more productive. However, most working programmers don't know these studies exist, and don't base their own work on the best available evidence. This talk will describe a more of the most interesting results, and explore why the gulf between research and practice persists.

Greg Wilson is the creator of Software Carpentry (, a crash course in computing skills for scientists and engineers. He has worked for 25 years in high-performance computing, data visualization, computer security, and academia, has been on the editorial board of "Doctor Dobb's Journal" and "Computing in Science and Engineering", and is the author or editor of several books on computing (including the 2008 Jolt Award winner "Beautiful Code") and two for children. Greg received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.

Browser extensions! Chrome, Firefox and what the *bleep* am I doing?

Mathieu Gosbee - Co-founder of Groupnotes (
Mathieu came to out to his first #DevTO in November last year looking for votes for Groupnotes in the Global Starup Battle. At #DevTO 22 he is going to tell us what he has learned about building browser extensions.

Mathieu is a Prince Edward Island born Canadian, a recent Startup Weekend Toronto winner for the team Groupnotes. He was awesome at Counter-Strike as a kid- not so much anymore. Now he spends his days coding in pure JavaScript (no, not that silly CoffeeScript stuff). Node.JS is awesome. 'Nuff said!

Did you know we're also holding another event on March 10th? Come out to start learning how to build apps for Windows 8 ( with HTML 5 Toronto, TorontoJS and Make Web Not War.

Gold Sponsors

Genexus Canada ( delivers a platform to enable you to create software for multiple platforms and technologies in less time. More than 7,000 companies worldwide use GeneXus to create and integrate mission critical applications that adapt readily to relentless technological changes.

JAM ( is a digital and direct agency based in Liberty Village. They're pushing the envelope with email, HTML 5, mobile and Facebook for some of Canada's largest and most successful companies. And right now, they’re hiring Front-end Developers and making connections with Digital Freelancers. Check-out their job posting here (, or email your cv and portfolio to [masked] to learn more.

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Silver Sponsor

Mercatus Technologies ( enables retailers and advertisers to achieve competitive advantage, boost brand equity, and improve financial performance. Leveraging Mercatus’ smart shopping technology on a cross-channel marketing level, achieve the ultimate one-to-one relationship with shoppers throughout their buying cycle—from intent to influence to purchase. Check out their career page - they're hiring PHP developers! (