I can't believe MidwestJS is already back! I had a fantastic time last year, and I'm looking forward to attending again. The lineup looks great and I'm particularly excited because my brother, Ryan, will be giving a talk on unit testing with Enzyme.
There are four workshop slots on the schedule: Intro to React and Redux, Angular 2, Advanced React, and TBA. Last year, I attended the Angular 2 workshop. It was pretty good, but was definitely targeted toward people who had not used Angular 2 before. This year, I'm leaning toward the Advanced React workshop, but I'm really hoping that the TBA slot gets filled with something that is both advanced and a little more relevant to my day-to-day - I'd love to see NativeScript or React Native fill that last slot.
My schedule for day one will probably end up being a game time decision.
- 10:30 Effective RxJS in Angular 2. I skipped the RxJS talks last year and I'm regretting it now that I use RxJS a lot at my job.
- 11:30 Marble Driven Development with RxJS. I understand observables and I know what a marble diagram is, but I can't read one to save my life. Hopefully Eric's talk will remedy this.
- 1:30 Building Scalable, Maintainable Apps Using TypeScript and React. I'm a huge fan of TypeScript and React, but have never used them together. Definitely looking forward to seeing how the two tools come together.
- 2:30 React UI and Unit Testing with Airbnb's Enzyme. This is my brother's talk! Need I say more?
- 4:00 A Math-free Introduction to Neural Networks. Machine learning and neural networks are all magic to me. I hope I can come away from this talk with at least some idea of how I'd go about building a basic neural network.
- 1:30 This is a toss-up between Rise of the Nodebots and Leverage the Power of Native with Progressive Web Apps. I'm skeptical about PWAs so I'm leaning toward the former, but if the previous IoT talk doesn't pique my interest, I'll head to the PWA talk.