NDC for Community: Build VS Buy software components + Mötley Crüe and Mödern JS


We have a tradition in our community! We meet the evening before NDC for listening to speakers from the conference. Same venue as NDC has, best-of-the-best speakers from NDC. Welcome!


The event is free for Framsia meetup members. The only obligatory thing you need to do (in addition to setting RSVP) is getting your free ticket here (it will take 30 sec):

Please note: there will be 5 different local meetups (Angular Oslo, Mobile Meetup, NNUG, C++ User Group and Framsia) going in parallel in Oslo Spektrum that evening. You need to register only once to attend any of them.

We are working on inviting the best NDC speakers to speak at our event, the program will be announced soon. Meanwhile, please reserve your seat.


17:00 - 17:30
Snacks from NDC and mingling

17:30 - 18:15
Build vs Buy: Stop To Think if We Should at Jurassic Park
by Todd Gardner, President and Cofounder at TrackJS JavaScript Error Monitoring

We were so preoccupied with whether we could, we didn’t stop to think if we should. Nowhere at Jurassic Park was this more true than how we developed software. Having the wrong software and support structures was a key factor in the failures of our first park. We were entrepreneurs launching something new and architects integrating an enterprise. And our decisions had lasting consequences. Deciding which problems were worth our time was foundational to our failure.

Join us for a retrospective of software systems at Jurassic Park. We’ll dig into case studies and explore our successes and failures. We’ll uncover the options, costs, and risks inherent in deciding what software to build, what to buy, and alternatives in between. We’ll explore the opportunity cost of building systems, the sustainability of open-source, and the risks of vendor lock-in. You’ll leave equipped to make better decisions and avoid the pitfalls we made at Jurassic Park.

18:15 - 18:30

18:30 - 19:15
Mötley Crüe and Mödern JavaScript
by Eric Brandes, Founder, consultant, code janitor at TrackJS JavaScript Error Monitoring

Rock and roll is littered with bands that just didn’t pan out. For every AC/DC there is a Whitesnake. For every Metallica there is a Rick Springfield. Front end development follows a similar arc. Ideas like server rendering and script minification are classics. They are the White albums of web technology. Others, like Angular 2, are misguided and destined to fizzle like the careers of Warrant, Tesla or the Scorpions.

Join me for an irreverent look at the state of front end development viewed through the lens of a rock and roll historian. We will be showcasing effective front end techniques and technologies, while helping you avoid the one hit wonders. You’ll learn solid fundamentals and a critical eye for new tech, so you can embrace new frameworks that are more like the Beatles, and less like Poison.


About the speakers

Todd Gardner
Twitter @toddhgardner

Todd Gardner is a curmudgeon of a developer and cofounder of TrackJS, where he helps thousands of developers find and fix bugs in their web apps. He believes in simple tools and systems over trends, and testing balanced against risk. He is also the producer and host of PubConf developer afterparty. You can find him online at TODD.MN (yes, that’s his website). Ask him about craft beer, cool pubs, and maintainable software.

Eric Brandes
Twitter @BrandesEric

Eric is an entrepreneur, founder, and consultant. With more than a decade building advanced web applications for clients, he enjoys challenging best practices and ignoring the echo chamber.

Please, do not forget to get a free ticket here:


See you at Spektrum!