Back in July I was invited to speak at Front Porch Austin 2016 and gave a talk called “React + ES.next = ♥“. The main Front Porch conference actually takes place in Dallas in October, but they decided to launch a new conference in July to which I was invited!
It was really nice to be able to speak back in my home state. I really want to speak in my home city (Houston), but this was awfully close. So close, in fact, that my mom and sister made the 3-hour drive from Houston to Austin to visit and watch me speak for the very first time. I was speaking about React & ES.next so they literally had no idea what I was talking about, but they were proud nonetheless!
You know, I really enjoy speaking at 1-day, single-track conferences. There’s just a different vibe when conference attendees are in one room and hearing the same talks. My first 1-day, single track conference was NationJS Node Day back in March and hope to do more like them. The venue was also super cool. We were at an Alamo Drafthouse so folks could order food and drinks while listening to engaging tech talks. Couldn’t get any better!
As far as the talk itself goes, it went pretty well. It was a spin-off of the ES6 talk I had been giving at a number of conferences including Nodevember 2015 last year. The main difference was that all my examples were React-specific and I tackled some different ES2015 features that React uses heavily like modules, classes, and promises. I also discussed features forthcoming in future releases of ECMAScript that are currently in the proposal stage. I got a lot of positive feedback on the talk in person and on Twitter:
To close, here’s the video of the talk:
And here’s the abstract (don’t forget the slides!):