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Tech Talk Night - CSS and Open Source

  • Mar 22, 2016 · 6:00 PM
  • DevHub

March, the month aptly named after marching to the Tech Talk Night of course. And what an event do we have for our fellow JavaScripters. We have two long time pals giving talks on what they're up to and one has even flown up from his day job at npm in San Francisco just for us!

We'd like to thank for sponsoring the food & drink for the event: is the leading JavaScript and Lean UX firm dedicated to helping startups and enterprises move to the modern web. Our front-end teams use AngularJS, React, Ionic, ReactNative and a continuous delivery process to get our clients to the right market with the right software at the right time.

6:00pm - Doors open. Grab a slice of pizza while networking with other attendees.

6:30pm - Opening announcements. News and information about TorontoJS and upcoming community events.

6:40pm - The Future of CSS - Darcy Clarke
What do SASS, LESS & Stylus all have in common? They all mimic features we already have, natively, in JavaScript. Variables, Functions, Inheritance, Modularity and a whole lot more are all solved problems. Let's change how we think about approaching creating our styles and utilize the power of the most ubiquitous language already within our projects. You'll learn just how easy and powerful it it is to write JavaScript to generates CSS. We'll also dive into some reasons why PostCSS and Inline styles are missing the mark in terms of “The Future of CSS” as well as a number of real-world demos and uses cases.

About Darcy
Darcy is a Full-stack Developer, Designer, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advocate who has been focused on creating amazing User Experiences, promoting web standards/best practices and developing useful tools for the design and development communities across the Mobile, Tablet and Desktop landscapes. He's passionate about open source and loves being involved and engaged with the community.

7:20pm - Bringing Open-Source Practices to Your Day Job - Benjamin Coe
npm has built a community that allows millions of JavaScript developers to build together on a daily basis. From this community great software development practices have emerged: unit-testing, test-coverage, modularity. In this talk Ben will discuss how, and why, you should bring these practices to work with you.

About Ben
Benjamin Coe was npm’s third employee and currently leads npm On-Site, npm’s registry product for enterprises. Ben is a core contributor to yargs, node-redis, and nyc; is passionate about open-source-software; and loves working to bring these best practices to the enterprise.

8:00pm - Fireside Q&A chat with speakers and special guest
This is your moment to ask the panelists your deepest most thought-inspiring questions about their talks or the web development ecosystem in general. It's your time to spark a conversation with the panelists and also the audience to bring about a greater discussion that we can all benefit from.

We're thrilled to invite Christina Truong to join us as a special guest for the fireside chat.

About Christina - Follow her on Twitter
With a decade in the tech industry as a web developer, Christina has worked at digital agencies such as Teehan+Lax and Razorfish (formerly Nurun) and headed up the front-end development at software company, Field ID.  As an educator, she has taught at Humber College and Ladies Learning Code as the Director of Curriculum. Christina is currently freelancing and provides technical consulting services, workshops, webinars and coaching for developers. She also teaches Les Mills BODYPUMP™ at Goodlife Fitness, to offset sitting in front of a computer all day.

Fireside chat will be moderated by Tasveer Singh.

About Tasveer - Follow him on Twitter
Taz is a software architect with 15 years of experience in various aspects of computing and an organizer of Toronto JavaScript. He is more recently known for his work in the React and Elixir ecosystems. When he’s not tinkering with a computer, he can be found with his car at the local race track or rock climbing gym.

9:00pm at the latest - Goodbyes, give us a hand cleaning up the space, and post-event drinks at a local pub!

Note that the schedule is subject to change and accommodates 10-15 minute breaks between sessions.

Interested in speaking or sponsoring? 
Please email us at [masked] for more information. All skill levels are welcome for talks!

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See you there!

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  • Tasveer S.

    Thanks everyone for coming out! It was a fantastic event and I'm glad we made it awesome together :D

    The videos of the two talks have been uploaded to our YouTube channel. You can check them out here:

    3 · March 24, 2016

  • Mark

    Missed this one, unfortunately. Will there be a recording?

    March 22, 2016

    • Yathirajan B.

      The organizers did mention that there will be video. I do not know if they have put it up or not.

      March 23, 2016

  • Chris C.

    Saw Darcy at DevTO's meetup. But awesome that you're speaking here too! :)

    1 · March 18, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    People you will transmit on hangout. I want participate.

    March 18, 2016

  • MikeW

    is it for intermediate or advanced ?

    1 · March 9, 2016

    • Darcy C.

      Hey Mike, My content is driven at intermediate front-end developers. It's great if you have a strong grasp of the current CSS/Preprocessor landscape as well as know a bit about build tools and JavaScript. It's a fun talk either way and I do speak to some more advanced level workflows/capabilities.

      As for Ben's talk, I can't speak to it's level. All I know is that it should be entertaining and I think you'd be remiss if you didn't come out to the event.

      Hope that helps!


      3 · March 16, 2016

  • Rajinder Y.

    Looking forward to the talks!

    1 · March 9, 2016

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