The PHP Mauritius Users Group organized their second meetup today at Voilà Hotel, Bagatelle. I spoke to Sun, my developer colleague and he planned to attend. Pritvi, the SysAdmin from the Meteorological Station dropped me a word on Facebook. We all reached the hotel by 18h30. Minutes later as we entered the Accelerator (that’s the name of the conference room), it was full.
— David Dias (@daviddiasfront) July 21, 2016
Wasseem from the PHP Mauritius UG did a quick welcome speech and introduced the first speaker, Mozammil Khodabacchas.
Moz, as we usually call him, explained how he’s been keeping a diverse (& remote) team happy. He gave us a brief overview of his career history, starting with Cahri as developer and currently being the VP of Oryx Cloud Inc.
He put a lot of emphasis on employee satisfaction and the mobility of people, stressing that the office is not a place where you really get work done. He proposed his company to have an optional office policy and ever since he’s noticed a boost up in company work. Moz is also against « meetings » although he’s certain that communication is key. For that matter he recommends work tracking using Trello.
That was a short presentation on being far, dispersed, yet connected.
The second presentation was by David Dias, a front-end fellow from Proximity BBDO Indian Ocean. He manages a team of 12 and he went on to explain how to « dance » with a front-end dev? At first, I did not grasp the title; but that was on purpose I guess.
David presented five steps to get to know a front-end developer and dance with him/her. He starts with tools that front-end devs should be familiar with. There was a whole bunch of them.
The next step is about letting a front-end dev choose his tool. Here he makes a compare & contrast with various tools; going through SASS vs LESS, a quick note on PostCSS (while recommending an article by David Clark), Grunt vs Gulp, Angular vs React, Express.JS vs Meteor.JS, talked about NodeJS among a few other stuffs. He did a demo showing a NodeJS application calling PHP and how he’d use a “watch task” to re-compile the CSS and reload it live as changes occur in the SCSS file.
David invited everyone to have a look at TodoMVC, an online tool that helps selecting a framework.
There was a mini-discussion about whether or not is it a good thing to off-load data processing on the front-end side; why not leave the abstraction of backend / front-end as it used to be, thus letting the scalibity of backend handle growing processing needs. I’m not usually into dev talks and I remained an observer. Correct me if I’m wrong about the debate there.
Sun, however, hopped in earlier to answer a question about the growing complexity of front-end; compared to several years ago. All while ascertaining that new tools continue to pop every now and then, making it the duty of a front-end developer to keep pace with, he explained that the trend (of processing more data client-side) could be attributed to the ever increasing processing power on devices.
Wasseem thanked everyone for participating and said a few words about the sponsors; among which WeCamp drew some attention ?