14 01, 2017

Adding ES6 to Your Developer Toolbox

By |2017-01-14T09:11:59-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Web developers constantly look for the latest and greatest ways to hone their craft, but changes come fast. From jQuery to Angular to Ember to React, CoffeeScript to TypeScript, it seems there is always something new. But ES6 is something different. With ES6 we are seeing the evolution of core JavaScript. It includes syntactic improvements and great new features never before seen in client-side code. Linters and transpilers for ES6 are readily available and easy to use. There is no need to wait; learn how to leverage the power of "the new JavaScript" in your applications today!

14 01, 2017

Functional Web Programming using Elm

By |2017-01-14T09:11:56-05:00January 14th, 2017|

How can you bring true functional programming into the web world AND transpile down to JavaScript so you can run it anywhere? No, it's not a pipe dream - it's Elm. Elm describes itself as a direct competitor to React, but it’s so much more – it’s a language as well as a set of tools for building scalable web applications in a concise, maintainable way. In this session, Spencer will explore the Elm programming language and how its functional roots will help you create web apps that scale. Attendees will learn about creating Elm components using the model-update-view pattern, [...]

14 01, 2017

Safety-enabled apps: using Boston crime data to make Pokemon Go a safer space

By |2017-01-14T09:11:49-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Governments are increasingly making their data available freely in machine-readable format, which is great. A drawback, however, is that government data is organized and produced in a way that’s most useful to government operations, and it's not offered in an app-developer or data scientist friendly way. I talk about a project to harvest crime data daily from cities across the US and make it available for web apps and analytics as part of a larger effort to deliver ready-to-use open data sets on the cloud. The importance of adding safety data to apps is underscored by recent news that thieves [...]

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