Before arriving in Australia just over one month ago, I knew that it was critical to get myself involved in the local developer community. As a Developer Evangelist for Telerik, it’s important that I’m connecting to our customers (i.e. developers). This allows us to hear what they love (and maybe, not love quite as much) about our products. It also allows us to introduce ourselves to developers who maybe haven’t heard of us.
An effective way of connecting with developers, of course, showing up and getting involved in the local community. This can be done in a number of different ways. I find that being present and helping out are a good start. Ultimately, to become truly connected, you need to give back. (More on this in a blog post later.) It should be noted that I love developer communities regardless of my job role; there’s a good chance that I would have attended SydJS anyway. But, I digress.
The night’s agenda provided four presentations:
- Inside Large Scale Applications by Adam Ahmed (@hitsthings)
- Getting Loud About Amplify.js by Wesley Walser (@wewals)
There is detailed information on the progress of the Mozilla work over on the wiki at wiki.mozilla.org/DevTools/Features/SourceMap, and you can read about the WebKit work atbugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=63940. The Mozilla document states that this feature is targeted for release in Firefox 9.
But, of course, the highlight for me was this:
You can almost hear these values recited by Morgan Freeman; “That’s goddamn right.”
So, all in all, I had a great time at SydJS and I’m already looking forward to the next meeting. Why not sign up? Registration is free and the folks are super-friendly.