Updating your toolset


The 7th of January is the first Frontend NE of the new year. And 2016 is shaping up to be quite an exciting year for all you Frontend-NE-ers!

We’re kicking the new year off in style with Kerry Gallagher and Richard Powell, who’ll be sharing how using new tooling and frameworks has allowed them and their team to level up as developers.

Kerry will be taking us through how she converted her team’s build system and test suite from Require.js/Grunt to Webpack. She’ll be outlining the sizeable benefits as well as the struggles encountered along the way.

Richard will share how migrating a large codebase from Backbone to React has made his team very happy. He’ll be using real-world examples to examine 3 concepts:

  1. Code simplicity
  2. Code predictability
  3. The importance of state

This talk is not an introduction to React, or an explanation of Backbone. Instead it’s an exposé of the “aha” moments that using React has led to, that are the difference between good code and great code, whether you use React or not.


Thanks again to Luke Jackson who took us through Flexbox last week. Check out his slides on Speaker Deck and have a play with Flexbox Froggy for a fun way to get hands on with the syntax.


As ever, tickets go on sale a week before the event. That’s Thursday the 31st of December this time. That’s New Years eve, so be sure to set your alarm for 11am! ⏰

If you’re busy, or sleeping off a Christmas hangover, the second lot will be up for grabs at 1pm.

There’ll be plenty of pizza 🍕 and beer 🍺 supplied from the get-go. As ever, Peacock Carter are laying on the drinks, and we’ve got a new pizza sponsor: Sunderland’s finest, Tombola!

After the talks, it’s round the corner to The Ware Rooms to for more frontend chat and 15% off at the bar. Cheers! 🍻


Tickets are up for grabs here 11:00 on the 31st of December. Make sure you're on the mailing list and you'll get a reminder email on the morning of the 31st.

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