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Prairie Dev Con 2014 Day 1

This week os Prairie Dev Con 2014, a 2 day conference in central Canada focused around development and technology. This year the theme is the Web and Mobile. Today was day 1 of 2 (3 if you do the work shops) and so far it has been a pretty awesome experience. This morning we were greeted after a non-continental breakfast by the keynote speaker Joel Semeniuk, co-founder of Imaginet Resources Corp talking about The Coming Tsunami of technology opportunity coming to the tech industry.

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This week os Prairie Dev Con 2014, a 2 day conference in central Canada focused around development and technology. This year the theme is the Web and Mobile. Today was  day 1 of 2 (3 if you do the work shops) and so far it has been a pretty awesome experience. This morning we were greeted after a non-continental breakfast by the keynote speaker Joel Semeniuk, co-founder of Imaginet Resources Corp talking about The Coming Tsunami of technology opportunity coming to the tech industry.

Our industry is about to undergo a rapid shift. A shift so significant, some are calling it a tsunami since it will rapidly wash away existing ways of thinking and force us to adapt once again to a whole new way of doing what we do. Joel Semeniuk keynote will paint a vivid picture of this coming shift and help give you the perspective you need to be turn that tsunami into the perfect wave that will allow you to surf these changes instead of getting swept away.

I had the opportunity to attend several talks that morning including one by Dave Methvin,  president of the jQuery Foundation about how the web doesn’t have to be slow. The talk was great and made me think a lot about the frameworks I use and how to speed them up. I also attended a talk by Joel Hebert about Real Time Web Application Attack Detection which to me is very interesting as a web developer and I learned a lot about setting up different defense mechanisms and defending against attacks.

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During the lunch break I attended an Android discussion lead by my friend from Tipping Canoe and fellow Android developer Iain Connor about Modern Android Development, which although was a talk I attended at the Winnipeg Android group last month it was cool to see somebody I know giving a talk at the conference. I also attended an Intro to Angular JS talk by K. Scott Allen, a framework I have been wanting to get into but didn’t know much about.

Another discussion of the afternoon was by Dylan Smith on the topic of Scrum or Kanban, this topic was interesting because my last exposure to scrum and Agile was in the summer at the Winnispeed event put on by Red River College. This talk made us think about how we develop at Bold and how we can improve on this. Finally the last discussion I attended today was the JavaScript unit testing talk by Shabnam Shahfar. Her discussion made me realize that I don’t do enough (any) unit testing with my JavaScript.

All of the talks I attended today made me think about how I write, test, and implement code that I write not only for my work but also for clients and my own projects. So far the conference has been an awesome experience and it is only half over. Hopefully I win the Best Buy gift card from Microsoft tomorrow!