WDCNZ – a bit late!

WDCNZ happened on 23 July 2015 and I was luckily enough to get a ticket through Summer of Tech.

It was my first conference / event in the tech / developer world and I was quite excited after reading about all the speakers.Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 3.11.17 PM

It was pretty amazing having so many international speakers with such varied topics. The ones that stood out for me were:
Push notifications for fun and profitby  Monica Dinculescu. I liked the use of Chrome for generating notifications and see that Facebook have recently got this going with Chrome (unless it wasn’t so recently cos I don’t get onto things as quickly as others). The example site that Monica set up was this one – https://caturday-post.herokuapp.com/ – what is it with developers and cats?! I love cats and it has actually made me laugh lots when I had notifications on and was getting cute cats. Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 3.21.49 PMNothing better than a good old chuckle!

Is Your Code Too Solid? by Sarah Mei. Great speaker. She gave the talk in such a way that even a newbie like me was able to understand it. Great use of images and metaphors. I have already tried to use some of SOLID in the coding I have been doing at work.


Another one that I found really interested was HTML5 Web Forms by Estelle Weyl

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 3.27.19 PMI have  wanted to get back and have a good look at this as there is a lot that I do not know about forms and how to get things down with HTML & CSS that I probably would have thought you had to use JavaScript for.


Other talks that I went to were:
Consequences of an Insightful Algorithm by Carina C. Zona, thought provoking.

Walking the fuzzy line between design and development by Amanda Dorrell, interesting.

Automating the real world: an evolution in web development by James Macfie, touches on my work.

Ones I wished I had got too and need to make the time to watch the videos:

Revenge of the ORMs – Why SQL skills matter in 2015 by Megan Bowra-Dean. Was able to see a version of this talk at a Wellrailed meet up!

React Tips and Tricks by Vimal Jobanputra

And Joyful Web with Ruby on Rails and  Troubleshooting Node.js – What to do when things go wrong.

I think the next weekend when there is no surf, I’m too tired to go to karate and the weather is absolute shit and my wife is away I might have to have a WDCZN session!

Oh and thanks to Sam, Cara and others that kept me company during the day!

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