The Web Platform
March 7–8, 2016: Training
March 8–10, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Everything else conference sessions

Wednesday, March 9

3:00pm–3:30pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 1/2
Justin Searls (Test Double)
Average rating: ****.
(4.65, 20 ratings)
Open a test at random. What is being tested? Why does the test exist? What can cause it to fail? Justin Searls presents a guideline for worthwhile tests, demonstrating a set of sensible defaults to be adopted and tweaked for your own projects. Each rule will be easy to follow, promote consistency, and support important testing concepts. The end goal is more obvious, understandable tests. Read more.
4:30pm–5:00pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 1/2
Kent C. Dodds (PayPal)
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 9 ratings)
“Feel free to submit a pull request.” For some, this is a welcome invitation, but for many developers, pull requests are intimidating, discouraging them from contributing to the community. Kent Dodds demonstrates how easy and fun it is to create a pull request as a first timer. And if you’re a project maintainer, Kent will show what you can do to make contributing easier and more inviting. Read more.
4:30pm–5:00pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Club Room
Thibaud Hottelier (Graphistry)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
The ability to visualize millions of data points opens up a world of applications. But it’s hard to quickly render that much data, let alone compute anything with it. Thibaud Hottelier shares the GPU technology—a hybrid client/server GPU engine using Node-OpenCL and a new library, CL.js—that Graphistry used to break the million datapoint barrier for fast, interactive visualizations. Read more.

Thursday, March 10

10:20am–10:35am Thursday, 03/10/2016
Salon 8/9
Kyle Simpson (Getify)
Average rating: ***..
(3.96, 45 ratings)
Kyle Simpson offers observations from seven years of conference talks. Read more.
3:00pm–3:30pm Thursday, 03/10/2016
Club Room
Shannon Burns (NGINX)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
NGINX has found a place in the heart of the modern web server. To include expanded functionality in the language, NGINX has created nginScript. Shannon Burns explains the whys behind nginScript, tips for identifying when it’s the right tool for the job, and some possible applications of the new JavaScript-based scripting language for NGINX web servers. Read more.
4:30pm–5:00pm Thursday, 03/10/2016
Salon 12/13/14/15
Whitney Hess (Vicarious Partners)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
Whitney Hess demonstrates how to apply nonviolent communication to everyday work conflicts by applying the Empathy First method. Find out if you're letting judgments and blame get in the way of effective collaboration, and learn how to create better relationships with clients, colleagues, and yourself. Read more.
5:15pm–5:45pm Thursday, 03/10/2016
Salon 1/2
Mike Jang (ForgeRock)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
If you want users, admins, and even venture capitalists to run your web application, you need viable documentation. Even a README can make a difference. Mike Jang outlines a systematic method to document web applications. Read more.