MidwestJS 2016: The Dark Knight Returns

I can’t believe I did this write up back in September and then proceeded to never post it! So here’s my MidwestJS 2016 report, about half a year late but possibly entertaining for those who enjoy reading this sort of thing:

And thus the saga continued. After greatly enjoying my first adventure into the midwest in 2015, I decided to return for round two and see what the next iteration of this Javascript conference had to offer.

For the uninitiated, the conference was broken down into several streams—so you could either stick to one particular framework or subject area for the entire conference, or take a more scattershot approach at exploring the various talks. I decided to mainly stick to the Angular 2 stream as much as possible as it was the framework that I had the least amount of experience with (I had only done some Angular 1 stuff but then I had heard that they had changed a significant amount of the syntax etc that it was almost an entirely new beast).

So, after figuring out which of the talks I’d be dropping in on (and visiting the Purple One’s stomping grounds), I was ready for my second year at Midwest JS:

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Midwest.JS Weekend Report

midwestjs-logo-400It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update on what I’ve been up to (Left Foot Right M is still forthcoming) but in the meantime, I figured I’d post this weekend report on a programming conference I was at recently.

Back in August, I had the opportunity to travel out to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a programming conference called Midwest.js. I’m not going to lie, the conference’s incredible name was about 25% responsible for my decision on attending. But one of the other major draws was its price, at $300 for three days including a full day workshop, it was probably one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) conference in North America, especially considering what you got out of it. Speaking to many of the other attendees, this was also one of the main reasons they were attending. Who wants to spend $2000 to learn languages from Apple in San Fran, when you can get a much better taste of the current wave of Javascript frameworks for a fraction of the price?

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Bitmaker: Week 5 (Adventures in Javascript)

reservationsystemWell, the fact that I’ve managed to remember about this Bitmaker blog’s existence is a minor miracle in itself. So… what’s happened since my last update? (currently referring to last blog post to see what I wrote) Right. The most recent project we finished in Rails was the OpenTable clone (a restaurant reservation app) which proved tricky to implement. The logic in getting it done was pretty straightforward, after building similar apps prior to this one, but what messed up myself and several other students had to do with how the various models related to each other (has_many, belongs_to, has_many, through etc). These concepts aren’t particularly tricky to understand, at least in the beginning, it’s when the code starts running through the relationships that you really get to see if you know what you’re doing.

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