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Modern Web Development

Modern Web Development


The Microsoft Reactor is an opportunity for you to attend a regular tech event and meet like-minded developers, companies and startups who share your goals. Whether you're just starting out your coding career or have been in the business for several years, we're sure to have sessions that spark your interest. Learn a new skill, meet new peers, find career mentoring, or become a speaker yourself!


4:30PM: Doors Open
5:00PM - 5:45PM: Azure Developer Community Call "News & Hot Topics": Centering DIVs in new and exciting wrong ways with AI?, Chris Heilmann
5:50PM - 6:20PM: 99 Frameworks and I can’t choose 1, Yann Duval
6:35 PM - 7:05PM: Playwright can do this?, Stefan Judis
7:15 - 7:45PM: Fonts are Software (and icons too!), Tobias Kunisch

Session Descriptions:

Session 1:
Azure Developer Community Call "News & Hot Topics": Centering DIVs in new and exciting wrong ways with AI?

AI-powered pair programming tools like GitHub CoPilot, ChatGPT or Amazon Codewhisperer are all the rage. They make us more effective and are the future. But how do they hold up in the front-end world, where code is only part of the experience? Chris Heilmann, survivor of the browser wars of the last 25 years, shows how.

Session 2:
99 Frameworks and I can't choose 1

In this session we will compare popular web frameworks like React, Angular, and Vue and recommend which ones to start with based on certain factors. We'll introduce Single Page Application architectures and explore important libraries such as Bootstrap, react-query, and redux-toolkit. The session will also feature a live-coding demo. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, this is a great opportunity to gain insights into web frameworks and make informed decisions for your next project.

Session 3:
Playwright can do this?

Stefan has worked as Frontend dev for over a decade now, and always had a very bitter feeling about writing e2e tests. Test suites have always been slow, flaky and hard to work with. But with new testing tools things changed. Playwright provides stellar developer experience, while making it easy to write non-flaky tests. Let's have a look at Playwright's test runner and learn how it makes you ship features with a safety net.

Session 4:
Fonts are Software (and icons too!)

Did you know the term "uppercase" comes from the days of manual typesetting in the printing process, when individual letters made from metal were kept in small cases? Capital letters were stored in the upper case, while the lowercase letters were stored in the lower case. We’ve come a long way since each size and stylistic variation of a typeface required a different set of lead pieces. But even these days in digital typography we’re still accepting the same constraints, juggling different files for regular, bold or condensed versions of a typeface and living with the same stylistic boundaries. New type technologies like Variable Fonts and Color Fonts are changing this. These new font standards make it possible to think of type and icons as real software that can be manipulated programmatically and during runtime. And they open up whole new ways of typographic expression. Tobias Kunisch leads the design team for Google Fonts will provide an overview of how you can use new type standards in web design now and the things that will be possible soon.

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