May 2019

Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exception of Tampa iOS Meetup, which I run, most of this information comes from Meetup.com, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!

Monday, May 20

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Friday, May 24

Saturday, May 25

Sunday, May 26

 

Bradenton JPI Photo Group

Young Professionals of Tampa Bay Networking Group

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Photo by Susie Lu. Click to see at full size.

Susie Lu is a Senior Data Visualization Engineer at Netflix, and one of her many side projects is all about bringing data visualizations to places that need them, but don’t have them yet. She’s tackling the humble supermarket receipt — pretty much unchanged over decades — which is a challenge given the terrible resolution of their printers. She’s done a fine job working within those constraints!

Photo by Susie Lu.

From the Fast Company article about her project:

So she acquired a low-resolution thermal printer, the kind used at most stores, and started the process of coding and designing something better. What she created–using a grocery receipt of her own as reference–was a better receipt, with three distinct elements. On top, it features a bubble chart where spending is itemized by category. In her case, “meat & seafood” is a big bubble, representing about a third of her spending, and “snacks” is a tiny bubble, representing only 10%.

Below that, there’s a standard itemized list for reference, too. But each individual item features a bar chart of its own, representing how expensive it was in relation to other items in the category. A $13 ribeye steak fills the bar full, while a $4 chicken jalapeno sausage only makes a small dent. In aggregate, this design lets you skim to see where your dollars went categorically, and by item.

For more, read the whole article and check out her tweet below:

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exception of Tampa iOS Meetup, which I run, most of this information comes from Meetup.com, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14

Wednesday, May 15

Thursday, May 16

Friday, May 17

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19

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It’s 2019, and if you’re writing code in JavaScript/ECMAScript, you should be doing it in ES6 (a.k.a. ES2015) at the very least.

After all, ES6 was released back in June 2015 — long enough ago that back then, I was still explaining to some friends and family what “Uber” was. Since then, we’ve had ES7 (a.k.a. ES2016), ES8 (a.k.a. ES2017), and ES9 (a.k.a. ES2019), with each iteration adding new features to increase the power and expressiveness of the language. If you’re not availing yourself of these new versions and their features, you might be limiting or even hindering yourself. If you write code in JavaScript, you should at least be aware of modern JavaScript/ECMAScript features and how to use them!

Tampa Bay JavaScript/ECMAScript developers have an opportunity to get up to speed this Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Suncoast Developers Guild in St. Pete. The Women Who Code Tampa meetup are holding their meetup then, and the topic will be Modern Features for Javascript: Foundations of ECMAScript (ES6+).

Here’s their description of the meetup:

Build upon your pre-existing knowledge of JavaScript by adding modern features to your projects. In this talk, we’ll cover arrow functions, template literals, spread operators, and plenty of other things you’ve seen floating around in others’ repos. It is recommended for you to have a basic understanding of JavaScript for this talk, but all are welcome to come learn!

Local designer-turned-front end developer Taylor Cox will be presenting. I had the privilege of meeting Taylor through the Hospitality Hackathon that Sourcetoad held in 2017; hers was the team that won the event.

If you want to level up your JavaScript/ECMAScript skills and you can get to St. Pete, don’t miss this!

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