February of 2018 saw me leaving the cold winter of Ottawa to bathe in the mild warmth of San Francisco. This wasn’t a vacation. I was tasked with donning the Qlik cap and representing our developer relations team with a talk. With five days full of workshops — I couldn’t just fly in, speak and fly out. I had to take advantage.
Day 1 of ForwardJS had me digging into WebAPIs with Aysegul Yonet. A tiny class with fewer than ten attendees meant we could get a lot done quickly and have some hacking fun of our own. While Aysegul covered the basics of a bunch of the different options now available to us devs in the browser, the funnest part was coding a script to see exactly how much of my hard drive IndexedDB would allow a site to eat up. Not very often a workshop has me routing for a script to win against my machine.
Day 2 for me was the conference itself, which meant a less technical talk on the downfall of this years Ottawa Senators entitled “My Hockey Team Sucks” and a day of chilling at the Qlik table with Ana Nennig pimping our awesome Branch swag and talking about the awesome power of the QIX engine.
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Last day of the conference had me sitting in on Webpack 101 with Freddy Rangel. Starting at the basics of initialization and running all the way through tree-shaking, Freddy did a great job of helping me de-mystify one of those things I usually leave to the Angular CLI to figure out. It’s also always nice when a teacher introduces a new teaching technique and Freddy’s approach of having a separate GitHub branch for each module made keep pace a breeze for everyone in the workshop.
Overall I’d say the San Fran ForwardJS was a pretty great success and I knew I’d have to work extra hard with Dave Nugent to make sure its Canadian counterpart lived up to the Forward reputation.