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JSConf.Asia 2013: JP de Guzman - Fun with WebSockets

"There are creative things Sockets can do aside from chat. Being able to do things in real-time opens a lot of possibilities - imagine multi-device integration and second screen experience. This is creative driven in its core - nothing boring or nose bleeding. My talk revolves around great things I learned from my failed experiments, to real live applications using sockets. My goal is to spark inspiration, make it relatable and easily applicable."

JP is the Chief Creative and Founder of Rain, a Manila-based web design agency. He loves to use the web as a storytelling tool. He tinkers with Node.js & Socket.io on his free time. He wrote his own CSS Pre-processor and created his own brand of notebook. A workhorse by day, babysitter by night.

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Simon Swain - Data-flow Processing for Node.JS with Straw

 "Straw is a lightweight dataflow framework. I will show you how it's core concepts have been around for hundreds of years and give you the lowdown on using it to simplify and scale your application."

Simon has been building the web since the days of Netscape 1.0. With this much of data-driven web development background he has recently been engineering real-time data capture and delivery systems with node. On the side he produces Techno, lifts weights and researches computer arcana.

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Michal Budzynski - Once upon a time, somewhere between your console and browser

 "The border between web, mobile & console games is getting thinner & thinner. With new WebAPIs, your browser is a platform almost as powerful as your operating system. So fasten your seatbelt and prepare for a journey into Web Gaming you never experienced before."

Michal is a front line Mercenary in the FirefoxOS army, fighting to make the web a better place. He loves Tabasco and is addicted to TV shows of all kind. He is the guy behind onGameStart, the worlds first and biggest HTML5 game conference, and works on organising the first JavaScript conference in Antarctica.

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JSConf.Asia 2013: John Britton - Ops for Everyone

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"At GitHub, system administration is a first class citizen. Changes are collaboratively developed, peer reviewed, revision controlled, and ship with tests. Automation isn't just for production; we apply the same techniques to our individual developer workstations. In this talk, I'll give you a sneak peek into how a GitHub developer experiences Ops. We'll start with setting up a new machine using Boxen and jump right into the specifics of how to deploy and ship a new feature using the 'ChatOps' shared command line. I will show you how we deploy configuration changes to individual and groups of hosts. We'll finish up with a look at how GitHub instruments application performance and exceptions to make it easy to spot newly introduced issues."
 

John is a developer and community builder active in open source and education. As Education Liaison at GitHub he's working to improve computer science education by bringing the principles of open source into the classroom. He has organized events such as Open Everything and Mozilla Drumbeat in service of the open source community. As a founding volunteer of Peer 2 Peer University, John has offered two free and open online courses: "Mashing Up the Web" and "Web 200: Anatomy of a Request."

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Jakob Mattsson - Automated CSS Testing - Not just a myth

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"You have some kind of test suite for your web app, so you know the features work. But does it look right? You fire up half a dozen virtual machines and open your drawer with five different mobile devices in it to check it out. The lack of automation in that is embarrassing.
Some people say that you can't test HTML/CSS. I'd like to show you the opposite. You can automate testing visual layout, refactor your CSS with confidence and get rid of this pain. You understand why. Let's talk about how."

Jakob is an entrepreneur. His current company, which he co-founded as CTO, is the third startup on his resume. He is a developer at heart and started out building games using C++, but ended up building web based services and fell in love with JavaScript. Lately he has also become a Node.js aficionado. When not coding he can usually be found learning or practicing a new skill or hobby, like playing the guitar, surfing, snowboarding, biking or solving rubik's cube.

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Getting to and staying in Manila

A few questions arrived us about the get-arounds in Manila, where we recommend people to stay, how to get to and from the conference.  We thought we'd assemble a little guide.

Getting into Manila

Barely a way into Manila goes around the airport. Luckily flights are cheap and plenty. Cebu Pacific and Jetstar might have the most competitive ticket offers to Manila from Southeast Asia. For travels from further away, make sure you check Hipmunk or Skyscanner if you want to compare. Be sure you've checked your visa requirements!

If you can't live without connectivity, Smart as well as Globe sell pre-paid Data/Phone SIM cards for all kinds of (smart/i)phones at the airport exit starting at 350PHP (about 8USD) including some credit.

Your hotel will be able to get you an airport transfer, but a metered taxi from the queue will also get you to the H2O Hotel at Luneta. That's about a 300PHP and 20min trip depending on traffic. Make sure you keep all your stuff together. Here is a little guide to Manila.

For those arriving by car, we'll provide complementary car parking coupons at the registration desk.

 

Where to stay?

H2O Hotel and Ocean Park at Luneta

H2O Hotel and Ocean Park at Luneta

We do recommend the conference venue H2O Hotel for many reasons: It's a great 4-star hotel with very nice rooms, good food, cheery and most helpful Filipino service. It's right next to the Ocean Park, which is a family get-away with big aquariums a bird-park, sea-lion shows, etc... and located on top of the sea. From there you can visit some of the historically important places of Manila, like the Intramuros, by foot. There's usually taxis available outside the hotel to get around and you have access to the public LRT at United Nations station. Most importantly: It's where all the action of the conference will be! A night will start at about 80USD for a twin bed Park-View room.

If you want cheaper rates, check out the Clipper Hotel in Makati. It's super clean and in the heart of the city, surrounded by good food and crazy night-life. Be sure to leave to the conference venue very early from here as it will be pay-day weekend and traffic will be mad. The typical trip time of 20min can easily reach 1h+.

I want to stay a few more days

The beach of Boracay

The beach of Boracay

Night-life in Manila is definitely worth exploring, so feel free to stay in the city and check out the clubs of Makati and Fort Bonifacio.  An alternative is some extended beach time on the island of Boracay. It is legendary for its white beach, diversity of available activities, good food and relaxed pace of life. Cebu Pacific offers affordable flights to the island.

Feel free to ask questions or add more activities or links in the comments.

Hope to see you all end of November and looking forward to a great conference! :) If you don't have one yet, tickets are available right here.

 

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Alex Dickson - Emulating with JavaScript

"We're gonna talk about emulating game consoles with JavaScript.
Initially, we look at the Chip-8 system which is a basic system to emulate. After that, we will do a bit of a Nintendo Famicom (NES) tear down and how to build the components with JavaScript."

Alex is a front end web developer living in Sydney, Australia and working for Atlassian. He enjoys tinkering with computer software and hardware, and especially where they converge. When there is time to spare, he enjoys exploring the outdoors and drumming. 

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Charlie Crane - Building fast scalable game server in node.js

Slides of this talk are available here

"Pomelo is a fast, scalable, game server framework in node.js, which we open sourced it 10 months ago. It has gained lots of attentions and is quite popular in community.
The topic is about the design of pomelo framework, especially in scalability and performance issues, and how to build game server with pomelo framework."

Charlie is a senior engineer, architect from NetEase Inc., one of the biggest network companies in China. 
He's enthusiastic at open source technology, especially distributed web, game architecture and node.js. Recently he and his team open sourced the pomelo framework, which is a fast, scalable, distributed game server framework for node.js. 

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Emily Stark - Meteor: Under the hood of a full-stack framework for building pure JavaScript apps

"Meteor is an open-source full-stack framework for building modern web applications. Apps written in this style -- like Google Plus and the photo browser in Facebook -- have rich and engaging interfaces because they send data over the network instead of HTML and run most of their code inside the browser. Meteor makes it possible to write applications this way in a fraction of the time, using a single language and unified API for all of your code. In this talk, I will live code a Meteor app from scratch, and dive into how some of Meteor's advanced features work under the hood, including reactivity, publications, subscriptions, and latency compensation."

Emily is a core developer at Meteor, an open-source platform for building realtime Javascript web applications. Emily joined Meteor from academia, where her research contributions spanned several topics in security and cryptography. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Emily coauthored SJCL, a JavaScript public- and private-key cryptography library that is highly optimized for speed and code size. 

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JSConf.Asia 2013: Tim Park - The Rise of 'Things'

Slides of this talk are available here

"Over the last thirty years, computing has had more or less one trajectory: smaller and more powerful. But things are changing - the next tier of devices we need to reach out to are everyday objects in our lives that don't have touch screens, keyboards, or voice input - or sometimes any input at all. In my talk, I'll talk about nitrogen.js, a framework I've been working on to make it easier to build connected devices."

Tim is an Engineer in Residence with the Microsoft Accelerators in Seattle, Tel Aviv, and Bangalore, where he helps startups use open platforms on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Previously, he was part of Nest Labs, an “internet of things” startup focused on building an energy efficient home.  Before coding, he aspires to brew a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. 

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Here come the tickets

So, it's becoming the season of the year in which the JSConf.Asia tickets bloom.  The official ticket price to join us on our amazing 2 day trip is 19,500 PhP (560 SGD). As we expect demand to be quite high, we decided to sell the tickets online in chunks and only on the following four days (here's a Google Calendar):

  • Monday, September 9th, 6pm PHT
  • Thursday, September 26th, 9pm PHT
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 3pm PHT

The first sale will therefor already start next week with a limited number of tickets and will only be available for people with access to a credit-card or PayPal account! We're also thinking of doing an offline cash sale at the Manila.JS event in October and would love to get your feedback on that in the comments below.

Where ever you're from in Southeast Asia, you might want to check with your local JavaScript user-group as we are giving away a limited amount of discount codes to those. Make sure you use those in an early sale before they are all snitched up. ;-)

If you're interested in purchasing 5 or more tickets (and only then) we offer corporate discounts, if you contact us at tickets@jsconf.asia.

That's it for now! The entire JSConf.Asia team is looking forward to see you in November! :)

 Update: We removed the last flash-sale as we have opened our ticket sales until November 14th now or as long as supply lasts! Go get your ticket!

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Mabuhay!

A dish like the Philippines. That is Halo Halo.

A dish like the Philippines. That is Halo Halo.

 ... and Halo Halo. We finally have our new website up and going! The true reason why it it took some time is that I just couldn't figure out how to make this animated CSS gradient, the one we had on our placeholder page, work with the parallax effect of the new site. So whoever can make it work, send me your solution and I'll give you a free conference ticket in exchange!

In other news: We are announcing our venue: The H20 Hotel in Manila Bay. We went off and rented all their stunning bay-view function rooms for JSConf.Asia, so we can put in 2 tracks over the 2 days with 18 amazing speakers Some of which we announced today as well.

We're stoked to have Google, Microsoft, Github, Adobe and Zopim already as sponsors on board to help you out and hope they are a few more interested. With their help we can offer you the conference ticket for roughly the same price of last years JSCamp in Singapore. That makes us the most affordable 2-day JSConf out there! Plus: If you ask around in your local JS user-group around Southeast Asia, you might find a discount code available for you.

Tickets will only be sold in flash-sale events and we'll announce the exact times soon.  We should get started round about end of August. 

There are a lot more great things to come, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates! See you latest in November! :) 

UPDATE: Thanks to the great help from Scott Harvey we have an animating logo again! Therefor he won himself a free JSConf.Asia ticket! Congratulations :)

 

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