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FITC – Building Universal JavaScript Applications with React

I gave a talk at FITC Spotlight React about building Universal JavaScript React applications.

React is a powerful production-ready library for building advanced single page applications but React’s magical power lies in its virtual DOM. React’s ability to run on both Node.js and in the browser will finally make the dream of a single codebase on both the server and client-side possible!…

Build Toronto – The Future of the Web Panel

Wes Bos, developer of the extremely popular React for Beginner’s video series, Alex Blom, partner at the IsleOfCode Ember shop in Toronto, Steve Fisher, designer and UX fanatic at the Republic of Quality, and Stacey Mulcahy, JavaScript and Node hacker extraordinaire, get together for a live, opinionated discussion on the future of front-end web frameworks and dev tools.…

Here Be Dragons – JavaScript Debugging

Have you ever cried yourself to sleep unable to find the cause of a horrendous bug in your node app? Cry no more, your tears will be reshaped as blinding swords as we explore uncharted territories laced with mystical creatures.

JavaScript debugging is an often avoided topic due to the uncertainty of how best to accomplish it and the lack of powerful introspective tools.…

On Michael Wolf’s Presentation about the Future of Tech and Media in 2016 for Montreal Startups

Michael Wolf (from Activate) presented at The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Live Conference a massive amount of data points on the future of technology and media in 2016. In the same vein as my previous article on Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report, I will highlight the most interesting stats for Montreal startups.…

On The Internet Trends Report 2015 For Montreal Startups

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers's Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends Report on SlideShare. As an avid yearly reader of this report, I want to highlight a few of the stats that are particularly pertinent to tech startups in Montreal. Global Internet usage has definitively shifted to Asia. China alone accounted for 23% of Internet users. Combined with the rest of Asia, over half of the global Internet usage is in Asia. Montreal startups looking to expand outside of North America should consider China first even if the temptation to go to France due to reduced language barriers is very strong.

FITC – Data Visualization in Practice

I gave a talk at FITC Spotlight Front-End on data visualization.

Data visualization is crucial to understanding the big data being generated by apps and services. Data visualization toolkits such as D3.js and charting toolkits are immensely popular but it remains difficult to create meaningful dashboards or usable analytics tools or clear data visualizations.…