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.…

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.…