May 18-20, 2016 Warsaw, Poland

Brenna O'Brien

Front-end engineer at TED, community builder who loves math

Brenna is a front-end engineer at TED, where she works with JavaScript and Ember.js to build TED’s internal tools. Committed to building community and making programming more accessible, Brenna is an organizer of NodeSchool Toronto, a volunteer instructor for Ladies Learning Code, and a former bootcamp instructor for HackerYou.

Brenna loves mixing code with math and geometry, which led her to create csshexagon.com, and continues to inspire her experiments with SVG and D3.js. One day she hopes to achieve her dream of starting a David Bowie themed browser standards group called TVC39.

The myth of the “Real JavaScript Developer”

Friday, 16:05

  • Teamwork
  • Vanilla JavaScript

Making the jump from HTML & CSS to JavaScript can be intimidating. For many JS beginners, this will be the first programming language they encounter. And if that wasn't challenging enough, there's also immense cultural pressure to live up to unrealistic standards of what it means to be a successful JS developer today.

In this talk, we'll debunk the myth of the “real JavaScript developer” - a magical creature who knows it all, writing perfect code in the hottest new framework without ever needed to stop and take a break. We'll look at simple strategies to help beginners on their journey learning JavaScript and also come up with a more realistic definition of what it means to be a successful JavaScript developer today.