• Futurology for Developers - Mark Rendle

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    Futurology for Developers 2019 is the 30th anniversary of my first job in tech. On my first day I was given a Wyse 60 terminal attached via RS232 cables to a Tandon 286, and told to learn C from a dead tree so I could write text applications for an 80x24 character screen. Fast-forward to now: my phone is about a million times more powerful than that Tandon; screens are 3840x2160 pixels; everything in the world is networked to every other thing with no cables, and we code using… well, still basically C. Having lived through all those changes in realtime, and as an incurable neophile, I think I can make an educated guess as to what the next 30 years are going to be like, and what we're all going to be doing by 2049. If anything, I'm going to underestimate it, but hopefully you'll be inspired, invigorated and maybe even informed about the future of your career in tech. About the Speaker Mark Rendle is the founder of RendleLabs, which is really just him playing with .NET Core, Docker, Azure, microservices and so on and then teaching other people about it and helping them build clean, stable, scalable solutions. He is currently working on an online video learning site to bring his courses to a wider audience. He's been getting paid to do what he loves for nearly 30 years now, and still worries that somebody's going to notice and make him stop. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up with your full name: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/futurology-for-developers-mark-rendle-tickets-57547650572 Big thanks to Skills Matter for providing the venue. Please remember to register on their website so they can allocate us the correct size room and send you a code for their registration kiosks: https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/12202-futurology-for-developers-mark-rendle This event is organised by RecWorks on behalf of the Front Endgineers London. http://recworks.co.uk You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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  • Getting & passing coding interviews: CV & portfolio tips + free mock interviews

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    In association with Codecademy London, the Front Endgineers London are running an interview skills evening where you can get CV and portfolio tips and take part in mock interviews. The interviews, in particular, will be OPEN, with fake companies for fake roles, but will definitely be in line with the current market standards - meaning that if you pass it with us, odds are you might also do well in real life for similar roles. Interviews will last for approximately 20 to 40 minutes for a generic JS developer role, but we might offer you something more specific such as a React developer or another kind of developer with a bit of forewarning. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up with your full name: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-passing-coding-interviews-cv-portfolio-tips-free-mock-interviews-tickets-56175832427 Important: Be sure to register with your full name as required by venue security. Spaces are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. Start preparing now. Please get in touch if you are unsure what you need to prepare. Be serious in your preparation. Interviewing is a skill which takes a lot of practice to master. What to bring Bring photo ID to enter the building with a name matching the one you used to register for the event. Prepare a printed or digital copy of your CV in advance and a digital copy of your portfolio. This event is organised by RecWorks on behalf of the Front Endgineers London - http://www.recworks.co.uk/ You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

  • Build an Alexa Skill in 60 minutes

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    Join Andrea Muttoni, Amazon Alexa Developer Evangelist, for an Alexa Skills workshop this February. Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, enables users to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Developers can build engaging voice experiences, aka Skills, for their services with the Alexa Skills Kit. In this 60 minute session, learn how to build a voice experience for Amazon Alexa: from idea to working skill including some best practices to consider along the way. There will be time after the workshop to continue building your Skill. ***Please bring your laptop to take part in this session*** About the speaker Andrea Muttoni is a Technical Evangelist for Amazon Alexa. In this role, he travels the world to share stories, learnings and best practices for building voice-enabled experiences, aka Skills, with Alexa. When not prototyping new Alexa Skill ideas he enjoys composing music. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up here with your full name - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/front-endgineers-london-build-an-alexa-skill-in-60-minutes-tickets-55274159499 Big thanks to Skills Matter for sponsoring this event. Please register on their website to receive your code for the sign in booths at Code Node: https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/12118-front-endgineers-february This event is organised by RecWorks on behalf of the Front Endgineers London - http://www.recworks.co.uk/ You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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  • From Relay To Apollo, A Story Of GraphQL Clients

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    GraphQL is becoming the norm for defining an application’s API, however, taking full advantage of it requires a deep knowledge of the popular GraphQL clients out there. Having used both Relay and Apollo in a production environment that serves millions of users, Mihai Cirlanaru has a few tips and tricks to share. In this talk he will provide a comparative view of the most popular JavaScript GraphQL clients (i.e. Relay and Apollo), focusing on their API, their biggest selling point, and how they are used in the wild. Additionally he will share the story behind the move from Relay to Apollo at Hudl, focusing on the motivation and lessons learned from this decision. About the speaker Mihai Cîrlănaru is a Senior Engineering Team Lead at Hudl, a software company that builds performance analysis tools for sports at every level. He splits his time between building core features for Hudl’s sports platform, managing developers and being actively involved in the React and JavaScript communities. His experience encompasses a wide range of fields, from robotics and natural language processing to front end web design and user experience. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up here with your full name- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/front-endgineers-london-from-relay-to-apollo-a-story-of-graphql-clients-tickets-54400088128 Big thanks to Moo.com for sponsoring this event. Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

  • I Pledge My Allegiance & (D)Evolving your native app into PWA

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    I Pledge My Allegiance Often as developers we are forced to choose between different technologies to focus on and learn because learning takes time. With so many frameworks and libraries attracting so much hype how do you understand the reality of which ones will you will benefit from learning and using? This talk will look at how we make these technology decisions and how we can shift our allegiances as things change (D)Evolving your native app into PWA Ever wondered where PWAs come from? What is this weird acronym and what can it do for you? Like any good technology it comes with a list of tenents - 7 in all. The tiny soldier powering all this is the service worker. You may be wondering though what's in it for me, why not go for native? Some APIs are available, some are not, it just depends on your browser. Join us for this talk to find out how you should go about (D)Evolving your native app into a PWA. About the speakers Jonathan Fielding is a developer at Snyk. The main drive behind anything that Jonathan does is whether it will benefit someone in some way, whether that be through improving UX on or through contributing to open source to help push the web forward. Outside of work, he has written Beginning Responsive Design with HTML5 and CSS3 and has worked on many open source projects including SimpleStateManager, Echo.js and Doccy. Aside from development he also has an awesome collection of geeky t-shirts. Artur Daschevici is very passionate about tech and has worked throughout his career on all layers of the stack. Currently working as a full stack consultant @NearForm, building end to end systems based on NodeJS and ReactJS technologies, with a sprinkle of Python every now and again. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up here with your full name- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/front-endgineers-london-devolving-your-native-app-into-pwa-tickets-52860499176 Big thanks to Moo.com for sponsoring this event. Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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  • An Evening of Front End Talks - November 2018

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    Google Assistant: Interactions and Sentiments aiding Customers and Businesses You can use Dialogflow and Google Cloud Platform for many reasons, we can create interactions to be used within your own communities, may it be a conversational app for families, companies, sports; to help workflows for both customers and businesses. Sometimes it can be a bad thing to talk to an automated conversation if it is not well-designed. These pieces of technology can also help you escalate the conversation to a real human, as it can help you detect when human intervention is needed by using the ability of sentiment analysis, leveraging both sides of AI and Machine Learning in one computer-human interaction platform. Everyone at all levels is welcome to attend this talk! Junior.next() Life as a “junior” developer can be intense, overwhelming, but rewarding. Hundreds of tools available, jargon for days and endless questions. Let’s explore, through the eyes and thoughts of a recent junior dev, how employers, mentors and communities, can better support the juniors they work with. Including what junior devs can be doing now to move on to the next level. Crash Course in ARIA Native semantics are king when it comes to web accessibility. They provide the out-of-the-box compatibility with a range of assistive technologies. However, the web commonly balks standards. There are no native accordions or tab panels tags, for example. ARIA (accessible rich internet application) seeks to address this. Well implemented, it can dramatically boost a websites accessibility. Poorly implemented, it can make matters much worse. This talk will provide a robust grounding in how to leverage ARIA to improve your websites. About the speakers Amanda Cavallaro is a software developer, passionate about Cloud technologies, Human Computer Interactions and conversational apps. She works at resolver.co.uk and is a Women Techmakers Lead and Community Organiser at GDG Cloud London. You can speak to her in Portuguese, English, Italian and a little of Japanese. More info on her personal website: amanda.ml Tara Ojo is a software engineer at FutureLearn, a social learning company, enabling online learning through conversation. Prior to this, Tara spent 2 years at Marks and Spencer including 12 months on their software engineering graduate scheme. Since then Tara has become a STEM ambassador and is passionate about encouraging and inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in tech. Dafydd Henke-Reed is a senior Accessibility & Usability Consultant for AbilityNet. He helps lead a team of consultants who provide consultancy for client's such as Microsoft, HSBC, and NHS—ensuring accessible and usable apps, websites, and more. This is a placeholder for the event being run on Eventbrite. Please sign up here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-front-end-talks-november-2018-tickets-51581689221 A big thank you to Skills Matter for sponsoring the venue. Please remember to also sign up via their website to receive your code for the new check-in kiosks at Code Node - https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/11787-front-endgineers-london-november Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ You can see our privacy policy here - http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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  • Atomic Design, Design Systems and React & Experiencing Digital Accessibility

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    Atomic Design, Design Systems and React. Cool, but... The principles of Atomic Design have transformed (probably forever) the way we look at UI components and code modularization. Pattern Libraries and Design Systems – predominantly built in React – have become widespread across many companies. No doubts, these are cool tools and approaches, and we have all fallen in love with them. But... In this talk, Cristiano Rastelli will share not only the learnings but also all the "buts" that he has found in the exciting journey developing (in React, of course) a Design System for Badoo. Experiencing Digital Accessibility If empathy is about understanding people, accessibility is about understanding people and the barriers that they face. Getting your own experience of accessibility helps you to put yourself in the shoes of others and keep accessibility in mind when building and testing your sites and applications. In this talk, Jon Gibbins gives a practical introduction to accessibility for front end designers and developers. He will walk through some typical accessibility barriers and situations where an accessible user experience does not necessarily come from simply adhering to accessibility guidelines. Find out how you can easily experience accessibility for yourself using something you likely have in your pocket – a smartphone. Leave with some tips under your belt and a grasp of some technical fundamentals that are often the missing piece of the puzzle for developers' understanding of accessibility. Speaker Bios Cristiano Rastelli is a passionate web designer & developer, currently Mobile Web Developer at Badoo. In love with Atomic Design, Style Guides and CSS architecture. Likes to work at the intersection of business, design and development. Attendee/speaker/organiser of technical conferences and meetups. Jon Gibbins is a freelance accessibility consultant with 15 years' experience and is widely recognised as a leading expert in web and mobile accessibility, interface development and testing. He's worked with big brands around the world, training and working with development and testing teams, and encourages practical and sustainable approaches to accessibility. ***This is a placeholder for the event which is being run on Eventbrite. See the full details and register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/atomic-design-design-systems-and-react-cool-but-tickets-49841215417 A big thank you to Skills Matter for providing the venue. Please remember to let them know you'll be attending via their website - https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/11579-front-endgineers Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages - Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58 This event is organised by RecWorks on behalf of the Front Endgineers London. You can see our latest jobs here. You can see our privacy policy here: http://recworks.co.uk/privacy-policy

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  • An evening of Front End talks - August 2018

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    Talk 1: Common Sense of Web Performance It is a good to sometimes step back and briefly consider what we already know. Using his varied experience from a wide range of projects, Shane Hudson takes a look at the cornerstones of web performance (and indeed the web itself), the fundamentals that underpin everything we do. These thoughts about the way we build the web will give everyone a solid foundation of knowledge to think about, no matter their experience. Bio: Shane is a web developer currently working with the team at NHS Digital on the 111 Online project to ensure excellent accessibility and performance of the website. He is the author of the book JavaScript Creativity. You can find him on Twitter: @ShaneHudson Talk 2: Intro to GraphQL GraphQL is quite a buzzword right now - but what actually is this new API technology from Facebook? In this talk, we’ll take a look at GraphQL and understand what it is, why you might use it, and how it fits in with the existing API landscape. We’ll have a go at writing some simple GraphQL queries together, and hopefully you’ll go away excited about using this awesome tech in your own work & projects. Bio: Alex Dytrych is a freelance full-stack designer, developer, and educator. When she’s not creating apps, games, and tools for the web, she’s teaching other people how to. Alex has been using GraphQL in production on a number of projects since early 2016, and is super excited about introducing more people to the tech. You can follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/somehats, which you should definitely do, as her tweets are really good. Talk 3: Common Vulnerabilities you wish your app didn't have! This session takes some of the most common vulnerabilities found in the npm eco-system, breaks them down and shows how simple code can exploit them. We'll look at examples in the wild that have been exposed, some more famously than others, before showing you how to guard against these important security issues. Bio: Simon is the Director of Developer Relations at Snyk, a Java Champion since 2014, JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, Duke’s Choice award winner, Virtual JUG founder and organiser, London Java Community co-leader and RebelLabs author. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaLand, JMaghreb and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Simon enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking and eating great food. ***This is a placeholder for the event which is being run on Eventbrite. See the full details and register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/common-vulnerabilities-you-wish-your-app-didnt-have-tickets-48406634547 *** Agenda: 6.30pm - Doors open 6.45pm - Common Sense of Web Performance - Shane Hudson 7.05pm - Intro to GraphQL - Alex Dytrych 7.30pm - Break 7.50pm - Common Vulnerabilities you wish your app didn't have! - Simon Maple A big thank you to Skills Matter for sponsoring the venue. Please remember to register your attendance on their website - https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/11362-front-endgineers-august Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages - Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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  • 8 web performance techniques & WebAssembly: The Web Will Eat Your Desktop

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    This month's Front Endgineers meetup sees us welcome Dean Hume and Brian Sletten who will be talking about web performance techniques and WebAssembly. Dean is an Author, Blogger and Google Developer Expert. He is passionate about web performance and regularly writes articles based on all things software development on his blog at deanhume.com (http://deanhume.com/). Talk Details: In this talk, Dean gives you a deep dive into 8 useful web performance techniques that you can start using today. Building fast, resilient websites has never been more important and in this session, you'll learn how to successfully apply techniques such as HTTP/2, Service Worker caching, better compression techniques and even Lighthouse reports. Brian is a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality and health care. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, CA. He focuses on web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting and other technologies of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie and has excellent taste in music. If pressed, he might tell you about his International Pop Recording career. Talk Details: Over twenty years ago we got excited about the ability to write code that will work on just about any platform. While that has succeeded in some ways on the backend, the client side of application development has moved to the Web. Modern browsers have access to user interface elements that look good across platforms, application frameworks are getting increasingly reusable and powerful, hardware acceleration has been brought to the world of 2D, 3D and audio/video playback capabilities. WebRTC introduces new collaboration tools to enrich our Web-based interactions. Now, WebAssembly is in the early stages of bringing other development choices to the table so we can truly start to imagine applications that will run consistently across platforms, but inside and outside of the browser environment. This will now give us the benefits of the Web with modern desktop-class user interface experiences. So, where does that leave the desktop? Come hear about how WebAssembly is likely to upend our industry in exciting new ways. ***This is a placeholder for the event which is being run on Eventbrite. See the full details and register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/8-web-performance-techniques-to-use-in-2018-tickets-47166931562 *** A big thank you to Threads Styling for providing the venue and pizza for the evening. Event organised by the awesome folk at RecWorks - check out the blog here: http://blog.recworks.co.uk/ Continue the conversation at our Slack group: https://frontendgineerslondon.slack.com/messages - Sign up here if you're not a member: https://frontendgineers.typeform.com/to/olzT58

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