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JS Danger: OpenJS World Edition

This episode of JS Danger recorded for OpenJS World won’t be hitting the audio feed, so I figured I should log it in news for those interested. What’s JS Danger?

JS Party’s don’t-call-it-jeopardy game show where 3 OpenJS World speakers put their web dev knowledge to the test. Can you out-wit your fellow devs? Play along to find out with special guests Cassidy Williams, Prosper Otemuyiwa, and Tiffany Le-Nguyen.

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The real impact of canceling PyCon due to COVID-19

An interview with Ewa Jodlowska on how the Python Software Foundation is responding to the cancelation of in-person events.

Turns out ~63% of the PSF’s 2020 revenue was projected to come from PyCon. That’s a massive hit to take. Read the entire interview to learn what they’re doing to diversify, some silver linings that have come from this, and how you can pitch in.

(The tail end of Adam’s conversation with Duane O’Brien focused on the FOSS Responders initiative which was purpose-built to help out orgs like the PSF.)

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So long Meetup, and thanks for all the pizza

Meetup hiked their prices in a way that shifts the burden off the organizers and on to the participants. They’ve received enough blow back from this change that it wouldn’t surprise me if they adjust (or revert) course, but it may be too late. The open source community is already on the move.

This will be a self-hosted Docker image that you can one-click deploy to the cloud, then configure through an admin panel. No coding required.

Quincy and the freeCodeCamp team don’t have much more than a README and a schema right now, but objects in motion tend to stay in motion. It’s a great time to jump in and contribute. ✊

Eric Holscher ericholscher.com

Using a Welcome Wagon to help first-time conference attendees

Eric told us a little bit about this idea on this year’s OSCON episode, and I’m so glad he took the time to write it up. Conference organizers: steal this idea!

At Write the Docs, we’re working to make the community easier to join because we want everyone to feel welcome. We do this with the Welcome Wagon program, which helps attendees at both the planning and the attending stages of the conference. We hope that this breaks down barriers to help them get the most value from our community.

Don Goodman-Wilson maintainerati.org

Reviving Maintainerati

I missed this good news announced back in March…“We’re putting the band back together.” I’m glad to hear that we can now look forward to more Maintainerati events.

…one important thing we learned is that maintainers need to have access to others who are sharing the same experiences, struggles and successes they have while running an open source project.

In response to this, GitHub has reached out to some passionate people in the broader maintainers community to help bring some structure and growth to Maintainerati, in the shape of a new core team to run Maintainerati events and organize the community.

Josh Comeau Medium

Lessons learned as a conference speaker

How do you develop an idea for a talk, determine the conferences to pitch, actually deliver the talk, and whether or not it’s even worth doing? Joshua Comeau writes on Medium:

I’m still very much at the beginning of my career. I’m only ~5 years into what will likely be a 40-year career, so I’m only about 1/8th through! That thought is simultaneously liberating and dizzying; it means I don’t have to feel rushed when it comes to making the most of every available opportunity, but it also means I have no clue what’s ahead.

Conference-speaking is a worthwhile endeavor, but it’s one heck of a bumpy ride, and not always worth it. I’ll continue to prepare talks — as long as folks still want to hear what I have to say…

Joshua ends with an invitation … 👏

I encourage you to give it a shot. Feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to give your proposal a quick read :)

André Staltz staltz.com

Your IDE as a presentation tool

André Staltz:

I’ve just given my third programming talk where I use only my IDE (integrated development environment) for live coding and no other presentation tool. I noticed the audiences were very pleased with these talks, and I think it’s correlated to using an IDE and not a slides program.

If you’ve ever watched one of André’s talks, you know he gives good talks regardless of whether or not he’s using an IDE. But he makes a good case for their use in general and goes in to great detail* on how to do it well.

*even explaining each individual editor setting and why they were selected

Kitze github.com

Did you like anything in particular about a conference? Let's make a list 🎉

A great idea/initiative kicked off by Kitze:

Did you like anything in particular about a conference? Did you hate anything? Let’s make organizing conferences an easier task.

As a conference co-organizer myself, I know first-hand that we’re always looking to harvest good ideas (and avoid bad ones) from other conferences. Having a community-created list for this kind of knowledge will be super useful. But we need your help:

The initial document is pretty one-sided, biased, and based on my own experience and perspective. It’s probably missing tons of things. That’s why it’s on GitHub and it’s not a Medium article. Please help me cover everything and make this document amazing 😍️

Adam Stacoviak changelog.com/posts

Announcing Beyond Code Season Four at NEJS Conf

The fourth and final (for now) season of Beyond Code is now ready for your viewing pleasure!

 

We love going to conferences like this, cameras in hand, ready to capture the heart and spirt of the awesome community. We make friends. We get some hugs. And we have a ton of fun.

Run a conference? Changelog Films can help make it even more awesome. Get in touch!

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