Session List

Session List2019-10-02T20:07:53+00:00

Design & Research Fundamentals for Developers

Presented by: Alex White

How do you know what you’re building is important to your customers? As a developer, it’s easy for you to jump right into the code when given a problem to solve, but what if you build something that nobody wants? Taking the time to design and research your product can help you better meet the...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Building a Full CRUD Application in Excel with VBA and SQL Integration

Presented by: Derek Mulhausen

In this talk, we will build a full application from scratch in Excel to store customer discounts in Excel. We will start with recording a macro to quickly prototype some of our actions and then dig into the underlying code to polish the formatting and produce a product that can be put into...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Functional ProgrammingFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Get Up and Running Quickly With Vue.js

Presented by: Burton Smith

Whether you are enhancing a legacy application or starting a greenfield project, Vue.js can help reduce your development time. Vue.js a very lightweight and fast JavaScript framework that makes it ideal for modern applications - from using it as a library to create some enhanced features in your...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), JavascriptFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Introductory and overview

Building an educational game with .NET Core and Unity3D (Workshop)

Presented by: Johnny Hooyberghs

If you are waiting for a deep dive into .NET Core, the Microsoft Compiler Platform and Unity3D this workshop is for you! No high-level tech demos, but a real-life application that is used in schools. Building an educational game, with robots fighting to the death, from scratch, will be a blast. This...

Tags: .NET, Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Get Progressive with it

Presented by: Matthew LaForest

Responsive web design! Mobile first! Hybrid apps! We are continuously bombarded with new ideas about the best way to develop a new application. For a small team, effectively delivering across many platforms can be a problem, but delivering a hybrid app frequently falls into an uncanny valley trap. ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Javascript, Mobile, OtherFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Intermediate

Creating a Cohesive Collection of Components with React

Presented by: Russell Skaggs

Component libraries enable teams to do more work quicker. It frees up our designers and developers to work on big issues, while allowing them to make updates with surgical precision. Building components within React has never been easier. During this presentation we will: create a set of React...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), JavascriptFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Advanced

What to expect when you’re concepting - Product Learning Lab

Presented by: Saad Kamal

You have a great idea for a digital product and have committed to making your vision a reality. What now? Product Learning Lab will walk you through the basics of how to communicate that great idea to the rest of the world - and more importantly - the rest of your eventual product team. Learn to...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Advanced

From idea to physical series: A basic overview of the world of CAD and 3D printing

This session will talk about the exciting world of 3D printing with a bit of the history of the technology. We will look at the lab’s printers as well as models made on them. We’ll then cover choosing a CAD app and will briefly cover using curated 3D printer object libraries and different CAD...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: PreCompilerLevel: Advanced

TDD Designer Style: Styleguide Driven Development

Presented by: Matthew LaForest

Developers have adopted a number of techniques to help speed development of their products. Leveraging tests to help them design the interfaces to their underlying pieces (classes, functions, components, etc.). For a long time the interface between designers and developers has been a continual rough...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Javascript, Other, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The UX of Configuration Files

Presented by: Eemeli Aro

Developers are people too, and should be your primary concern when designing an interface for them to configure your tools and libraries. In other words, there are better options than JSON available, but they each come with associated costs and limitations. How well do JSON5, YAML and TOML play with...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), JavascriptFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Usability Starts With Accessibility

Presented by: Patrick McSweeny

For many web developers, accessibility is an afterthought, if they even think about it at all. What they fail to realize is that planning for accessibility from the beginning can actually enhance the design process rather than hindering it, with the end result being more usable by everyone. This...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Building a Custom CSS Framework Was Easier Than I Thought

Presented by: Nate Taylor

If you're like me, you've used several different front end frameworks such as Bootstrap, SemanticUI and others. You've enjoyed that they give you consistent components and layout. ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), JavascriptFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Make More 💰 Money with Less 🛠 Effort: 🧪 Experimentation Before Implementation

Presented by: Scott Showalter

Developing apps is time consuming, with little guarantee of success. The Web, App Store, Google Play and beyond are littered with apps making low or no revenue because they don't solve problems people actually care about. Before you build your “killer” ap, how can you truly know beyond the...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Mobile, Other, Soft Skills/Business, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Help! My Client Needs a VPAT and other Accessibility Questions

Presented by: Courtney Heitman

What is a VPAT? Why do my clients keep asking about them? These questions are becoming more and more common with the rise of accessibility lawsuits. VPATs (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) are the common ask for companies to make sure they are buying software that is accessible. ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Advanced

Hobby Projects Are Awesome!

Presented by: Joel Byler

There you are, enjoying a hobby that you love. One that gets you away from your screens and keyboard. Then out of nowhere an idea comes to mind, maybe its spurred by a problem that you encountered or a way that you could improve on a technique, you pull from your experiences and decide to start a...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Impress Your Boss with Interactive Visualizations

Presented by: Tim Garvin

We all have little troves of data lying around, begging to be analyzed. In this session, we’ll talk about how to visualize your data to tell the story you want. Whether you’re trying to decide what support ticket to work on next, convincing your team it’s safe to let you rewrite a module, or...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Javascript, PythonFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The Agile Designer: Aligning Dual-track UX and Development to Balance the Tactical and Strategic, Mi

Presented by: Jenna Chamra

Product teams everywhere are embracing Agile. It’s no wonder why: Agile creates better transparency, alignment and speed to market. The problem is, Agile was originally created for software developers. Design teams which try to adopt Agile often find themselves falling into “Faux-gile” or...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Say No To Accidental Architecture! Code Your Design Systems Instead

Presented by: Burton Smith

Are you still rockin' a single "styles.css" file in or project or have styles scattered throughout your project? Do you find yourself fighting to override styles or throw the "!important" property around a lot? Does your project have 20 different kinds of buttons and you don't know why or even where...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

The Immutable Laws of Software and Life: Code Accordingly

Presented by: Cory House

The first Law of Ecology: you can never merely do one thing. Actions have side-effects. In this session, we'll explore how changes in software design can have unexpected, profound impacts. In this story-based session, I'll reference both popular and little-known "laws" of computing and life. I'll...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Other, Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

[CANCELLED] Usability Testing and User Acceptance Testing: Do You Really Need Both?

Presented by: Trent Nguyen

This session has been cancelled. We apologize for any trouble this causes.

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

App Deco - Applied Design Thinking for Secure Development

Presented by: Wolfgang Goerlich

Usability versus security is stupid. It forces us to choose one or the other. It excuses security breaches under the guise of usability. It automatically pits us against them, builders against breakers, developers against defenders. A better approach is to view security like usability: they happen...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), SecurityFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Testing your UI Components

Presented by: Avindra Fernando

When our clients give us kudos for releasing high quality applications, it makes us happy. To achieve great levels of quality, we need to thoroughly test our applications. But we know that some forms of testing can be expensive and tedious at times. Unit and integration tests help overcome some of...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Javascript, TestingFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Twelve Spins on User Experience

Presented by: Keith Instone

What is “user experience,” really? Sure, it’s that feeling people get when they interact with your software, but the term UX is being used for more than that, in confusing ways. ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Intermediate

Azure Kinect DK: Artificial Intelligence + Computer Vision = Your Next Generation Development Today!

Presented by: Lance Larsen

Azure Kinect DK is most advanced Computer Vision device available for developers today! ...

Tags: .NET, Design (UI/UX/CSS), HardwareFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Beyond Alt-Text: Trends in Online Accessibility

Presented by: Ian Forrest

If you're like the 2016 version of me, then you think you have a decent handle on web accessibility. You put alt attributes on all your images (though you don't give much thought to the actual text) and you make sure your sites can be used with a keyboard (except for overlays sometimes). Then the...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), OtherFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

The Dark Side of UX

Presented by: Courtney Heitman

User experience design brings clarity, removes obstacles. It rewards - makes us feel accomplished, successful, happy. Users are confident when using a well-designed application - as easy as turning on a light switch: [Buy] ...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS)Format: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview

Walking A Mile In Your Users' Shoes

Presented by: Jameson Hampton

Developing apps for users in different demographics is inherently differently than developing apps just for ourselves and for other programmers. Understanding the needs of our users and learning to foster empathy for them is just as much of a skill as learning Rails or ActiveRecord — and it’s a...

Tags: Design (UI/UX/CSS), Soft Skills/BusinessFormat: General SessionLevel: Introductory and overview