I spent this past weekend at JSConf Last Call, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My coworkers Jackson and Zeke flew down from Boston, and I drove from Tallahassee to the exquisite Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Even though it was a cloudy, blustery day, it was still an ideal spot for everyone to get together and talk shop.
The talks were all top-notch. A few stuck out in my mind; presented here in no particular order:
[Jed Schmidt — BoroJS]. This was the talk I’ll remember for a long time after this conference. I follow many of the BoroJS folks on Twitter, and this was all about how they created their clubs and arrived at their current format. Especially with JSConf US ending, this talk is indispensible for anyone looking to create a community.
Thomas Watson — Emulating Printers. This deceptively plain-titled talk turned out to be an awesome dive into how Thomas discovered printer emulation by poking around with ZeroConf and TCP servers. Very entertaining, and he gives some inspiration for your own projects at the end. (I’m particularly tempted by “Print to Kindle”…)
[Todd Gandee and Glenn Goodwin — Creative Borrowing]. This talk, presented as a fast-paced comedic dialog, questioned where we draw the line between “borrowing” and “stealing” code, why we need this distinction, and what it really means to “borrow” code.
[Martin Naumann — Multiplayer WebVR]. In the swag bags for the conference, every attendee got a yellow JS-branded Google Cardboard. This talk demonstrated a multiplayer virtual environment (complete with horses) and then walked through all the pieces that were in motion to make it happen.