Last week, four Liipers joined a crowd of customer experience practitioners for the LISTEN14 conference at the GDI near Zurich.
Last week I was at FullFrontal 2014 in Brighton, a single day conference for front-end developers. Here is some interesting stuff from the talks:
Last week, I went to Berlin to present the Symfony Content Management Framework to the German PHP crowd. I did a presentation almost exclusively based on code. I showed how to develop an application with the Symfony CMF step by step. But rather than trying to live code, I prepared a series of pull requests that I switched through and showed the interesting code changes. This is a rather unusual format and I lost a few people, but I also got enthusiastic feedback from the audience. The tutorial is also online at github for those that want to have a look at it.
Functional programming techniques in PHP
Andreas and I had the opportunity to give a talk about wearables at the Internet Briefing in Zürich at the beginning of october. After the introduction about wearables in general, smartwatches and a variety of other smart products, we explained what Android Wear is, how the platform works and if you should adapt your app for wearables. The presentation was followed by an interesting discussion between all participants. Questions and answers about business opportunities, personal experiences and current projects were the main topics.
Let me wrap up what we presented and what the discussion concluded among the participants.
Last week I’ve been granted the opportunity to attend the 7th edition of the Service Design Global Conference (held in Stockholm, Sweden), annually organised in a different city by the Service Design Network. I met curious, thinkers and doers that strive to "Create value for quality of life" – whatever it means for each of us. It was interesting to see that, when asked about what does “quality of life” visually means for each of the speakers, any of them showed an image of a super modern device that offers you the power of reaching a range of services with just one finger… any showed the advantage of technology, user research or science developments that allow us to extend human capacities and to improve all creations around us, but all, really all, dedicated their first slide to a personal and private dimension, yet, a common sense of life quality: love, peace and humanity. Pictures of their roots and fruits – their families. Pictures of their colleagues and friends. And Nature. Fragments of trivial existence that build a valuable panorama of life.
prototype stuff appearing in your console during your debug sessions, and eventually find out that the classical inheritance and its preferred keyword
Before I started working for Liip I did my apprenticeship in St. Gallen. It was not until I started working in Zürich, that I discovered, companies here liked sharing knowledge with each other. This concept was new to me and I thought it was a great idea. There are plenty of events in Zürich to learn from like-minded people. There's Webtuesday, JSZurich and Coders Only, just to name a few.
Once I started working in St. Gallen again, I was eager to bring this spirit with me and start such an event in St. Gallen.
On the September 2014 hack day at Liip we explored how AngularJS compares to ReactJS with Flux for large web applications.
We did a small two person hackday to get to know Cassandra a bit. Lukas already learned a bit about Cassandra at Berlin Buzzwords but it was time to get some hands on experience to better understand how Cassandra would work out in a real client project. Our agenda for the day was however essentially: get it to run, see how to get it connected with PHP and then import some data and do some queries.