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Gergana Young is a South African software developer, Microsoft MVP, adventurer and Star Wars geek extraordinaire. Intending on making a career of reprogramming astromech droids with JavaScript, she abandoned the Imperial Academy. After many hours spent in the world of .NET, JavaScript, Angular and web components, she finally found her place in the software world. As a co-organiser of the Johannesburg JavaScript user group, Jozi.js, and a MVP in IoT she spends her spare time building cool software for "things". Her favourite area of research is the convergence of the web and Internet-of-Things.

Gergana Young

Senior Software Engineer
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Can also give an online talk/webinar


Deno: Is it just Node, but alphabetically?


Node.js was practically the first, and for a long time the only, runtime that allowed us to run JavaScript outside the browser. Its popularity is massive, and there are tons of systems running it in production. However, even its creator, Ryan Dahl, has been heard talking about the bad parts. This is why he started a new project, Deno.

Deno is a new JavaScript (and TypeScript) runtime for the server built in Rust. It is still very new, with version 1.0 only having been released in May 2020. It is meant as an alternative to Node, and was built to avoid a lot of Node's pitfalls. Although having some disadvantages of its own, the creators are working on ironing out the kinks and making it suitable to run in production.

Join me for this, code heavy, talk where I will start off by taking you through the advantages and disadvantages of Deno. I will then show you how to get set up, and we will go through an example of building an application in Deno.

Your JavaScript App in the Cloud

Backend, DevOps

So, you've written this amazing web app. It is really something to be proud of, and you want to show it off to the world. Where do you start, how do you get it off your computer and into the hands of millions of people. Don't worry, I will show you the way.
All you'll need is a little bit of YAML, your favorite browser, and the application you are deploying and you are ready to go. Using Microsoft Azure, GitHub and Azure pipelines we will take an application built entirely in JavaScript and put it in the cloud. We will make sure that this process is fully automated and that every time there is a push to the master branch our application runs through all of the necessary checks and updates automagically.

So you wanna build a lightsaber?

Innovation, Software Engineering

So, you wanna be a Jedi? Well, my young apprentice, to do that you require two things. The first is to master the force. The second, a lightsaber. Lucky for you, you've come to the right session!

In this gadget, code and Star Wars filled talk we are going to cover everything you need to know about building a smart lightsaber. We will talk about all of the parts required: lights, sounds, buttons, accelerometers and style. Components alone are not enough, we'll need some knowledge of the force (also known as JavaScript) to connect our lightsaber to the internet.

Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy... No, wait, I got carried away there...

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