I went to ParisJS meetup at Deezer headquarters last Wednesday with fellow colleagues Aurélie and Valentin. There were some awesome talks, so I’d like to give you some lightning advertising about them.
The program (in French).
Khalid spent most of his talk gunning down CSS on the basic things you want to accomplish simply but are forced to use dirty hacks (centering, here I come). A few people in the audience felt the need to defend it afterwards The problem he said is that when you’re thinking of the layout, you’re not thinking in a flow way but in a constraint way: I want to position my element relatively to another one.
Solution? GSS! Strongly inspired from Apple (still leading in design) Cocoa Autolayout, it uses constraints to compute the best layout possible based on them. DOM items are positionned absolutely and moved to their right place through CSS transformations. The project is not very mature, and the syntax sure feels heavy, but for once the paradigm can really bring back together a lot of front-end developers and layout.
His notes (in French): gss-paris-js
2nd talk: Jean-Loup Karst (Twitter) from breaz.io on statistics on technologies used by French start-ups
breaz.io is a company that bring together very passionate developers and French start-ups looking forward to recruiting them. Thanks to their business, they gather a lot of data on this ecosystem, especially on the leading technologies among them. We learnt for example that PHP is still a huge backend technology for start-ups, but not as much as it is for the rest of the world (40% vs. 80%). Some global outsiders really shine in the French start-up world (Python, Node.js, Ruby). For front-end, the observations are equivalent, Angular.js surpasses jQuery, and we’re very happy at Theodo to have developed a lot of applications lately with Angular.js.
Unfortunately, I felt the statistics lacked some significativity. I would have loved to have more confidence intervals (even just guessed) to draw more accurate conclusions from the graphs.
Related post in breaz.io blog: Back stack French tech inventory
His slides: parisjs-40-deezer-france
His slides: hello-presentation
I will definitely keep going to ParisJS meetup and I enjoin all the other Paris front-end (or not) developers to come and share some good time with us!
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