WebCamp 2016

Posted by Antonio Grudiček Monday, Nov 14, 2016
source: WebCamp Zagreb 2016 official web page (screenshot)

For the fourth year in a row, Zagreb was the host city of the WebCamp Zagreb, a technology oriented conference for developers & designers, which was held from October 28 to October 29, 2016. The conference attracted more than 800 professionals and entrepreneurs and around 30 presenters. It was organized by Frontman Zagreb, JavaScript Zagreb, Lambda Zagreb, Python Hrvatska, Ruby Zagreb, Web Designers Hrvatska, Testival and Zagreb PHP meetup and was supported by many sponsors. Besides that, two of our employees helped the organization of the conference.

There was a lot of interesting talks and sometimes it was very difficult to decide whether to visit a talk on Intercom track or on Reversing Labs track. Like previous year, two key notes were given this year too.

 

The Code Manifesto: Empowering our community

The first key note, given by Graham Daniels on Friday and entitled “The Code Manifesto: Empowering our community”, was trying to illustrate the problem of lacking in diversity and hostility towards the minority members in developer communities. The Code Manifesto is a set of values intended to make community more welcoming, safe, tolerant and friendly to people with different opinions, ideas and views.

Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People

The second key note, given by Maciej Ceglowski on Saturday was especially interesting. His presentation was entitled “Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People” and he was talking about superintelligence and how apocalyptic beliefs about superintelligence prevent smart and innovative people, especially developers, from tackling real problems and implementing their ideas. The intention of this talk is to encourage young and innovative people to convert their ideas into a reality.

There was one thing that caught my attention after the second day keynote. I’ve noticed a young girl with her dad in the audience really paying attention what was going on on the stage. After the keynote I heard her dad asking her if she thinks that AI will exterminate us eventually or not. I left them in their conversation and started one with myself about being a kid these days and few years back when I was her age. The best part is that I’m sure she had a great weekend with her dad.

Elm or how I learned to love front-end development

Another interesting talk was entitled “Elm or how I learned to love front-end development" and was presented by Marco Perone. In his talk, Marco introduced Elm programming language, dug into the most important features and advantages and listed the steps needed to build a simple application. Elm is a statically typed functional programming language for reliable, robust, reusable and testable frontend applications. It compiles to JavaScript and does not produce runtime exceptions. Elm uses type inference to detect potential problems during compilation and gives friendly hints making it easier to avoid them. Furthermore, Elm has its own virtual DOM implementation which offers great performance and simplicity.

Antonio Grudiček

Being a remote developer

Lots of us at Amphinicy feel like this from time to time. Even though we are not remote developers by definition, sometimes we have this feeling while working on long projects with a customer on the opposite side of the screen. Miro noted some obvious things remote developers face on a day to day basis but also gave some nice examples on how to solve them and reasons why he didn’t wanted to relocate but became a remote developer instead. The word still ringing in my ears is LESS...less commuting is one of the pros he mentioned...the problem that drives us crazy even in a small city like Zagreb! Well at least compared to big world cities.

How to communicate as a programmer

No matter what language you speak as a programmer you really shouldn’t forget to communicate with human beings. And let’s face it, they do tend to hear what they want and not what you think you are giving them as input. And yes, it applies the other way around to! If you ever felt like your interface toward your customers is out of date then you really should allow Steve to update it (the video will soon be on WebCamp website). Who knows, maybe you will learn how to make an axe! :D Or at least you will get a happy customer in the end and a lot less frustration on yourself.

How to build a website that will (eventually) work on Mars?

We can’t lie to you, this was certainly the most interesting talk this year! Why, you ask? Well we are a space company! How can something that involves Mars not be the most interesting to us? :)
But really, even for those not coming from space industry this was really fun and interesting talk. To be honest, I expected it to be much more fun and comedy like and not that much educational but it turned out it was funny enough you could feel the time fly by and educational enough to say I got out of the room smarter and with a new view on the technology we have or tend to have in the future.

Vedran Murgić

This years WebCamp was well organized with a lot of interesting talks and, of course, excellent lunch and drinkup. It was great to learn something new and meet people from other companies, ex-colleagues and college friends. We hope to visit WebCamp next year again!

 

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