At GIDS 2018 : Part 2

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First day at GIDS 2018 continues after lunch. So far, all talks have been running on time! On time is a good thing.

Townhall Session

Right after the lunch, it was time for a townhall session with a great panel of technologists. Townhall session was moderated by Dr. Venkat and the panelists were Scott Davis, Kito Mann, Michael Carducci, Pavan Podila and Supriya Srivatsa. Multiple questions raised in the session revolved around Privacy / Ethical issues in light of the recent Facebook controversy. One delegate voiced his concern about the technology scene becoming a hellhole of frontend frameworks, while another wanted to know about the panelists’ thoughts on future of automation and how engineers should adapt to it.¬†Questions were also raised on the tradeoffs on ‘competition vs collaboration’ and also on two of the recent remarks about the Indian engineering space (‘Indians not creative’ remark and ‘80% indian engineering graduates are unemployable’ remark by some technology leaders). Last question was posed by the only female questioner of the session about the skewed gender ratio in engineer. The townhall session was informative and the discussions were current and valid.

Townhall session in progress

Townhall session in progress

Now, its time to go back to focused sessions.

Metaprogramming with Javascript

I headed to attend Metaprogramming with Javascript by Dr. Venkat. It was a joy to sit through the session while Dr. Venkat took us through a journey with practical examples, exploring whys and hows of metaprogramming using Javascript. He enlightened us about injection vs synthesis, use of proxy and how to leverage metaprogramming to make Javascript more fun!

Dr Venkat talking about Metaprogramming using Javascript

Dr Venkat talking about Metaprogramming using Javascript

It’s Spelled ‘Accessibility’, not ‘Disability’

Next session I attended was It’s Spelled ‘Accessibility’, not ‘Disability’ by Scott Davis. Mr. Davis took us through a series of examples discussing why Accessibility should be a first class citizen while building software and not a ‘feature’ to be included after the development. He emphasized on why universal / inclusive design is important and beneficial, and how accessibility is usually misinterpreted as disability. The talk taught me a lot about many things that I did not know previously on how a web page gets transformed into various forms using accessibility tools.

CSS Animations, Transitions and Motion UI

Last talk of the day for me, started with a magic trick! Yes, you read that right. Mr. Michael Carducci is a magician and a programmer, and before diving into slides and code snippets, he entertained the audience about what animations and transitions are using multiple card tricks. What a great use of metaphors! The talk titled CSS Animations, Transitions and Motion UI walked us through the animation, transition and transform functionalities of CSS, with a lot of examples. Before concluding, he also introduced us to Motion UI and WOW JS.

Michael Carducci talking about CSS Animations

Michael Carducci talking about CSS Animations

End of Day 1

Last talk of the day ended at 6:40PM. Right on the clock! Kudos to the GIDS team. It was a great day. All talks were informative and engaging. Obviously, some were more entertaining than others, but all of them were total value for the time invested.

Unfortunately for me, this is the only day I’d be attending. And, that is the only regret I have while I leave the venue today.

Arjunlal B

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