ReactJS San Francisco Meetup at Zendesk
First of all, there were some noticeable difference to some other meetups I went to in the past,
- No need to sign
- No need to sign an NDA before entering the premise
- No Pizza!
The office space is gorgeous. Grass on the wall, stairs to sit on and a small atrium like opening from the basement to the first floor to bring some light to the lower level.
And as I mentioned, the food was IMHO delicious. Some Mediterranean style food from Birite. Delicious and welcome variation.
Schedule and Speaker
There was a gentle introduction from a representative of the HR department of Zendesk who welcomed the crowd and told them they are looking for engineers to join their team.
The speakers for that night
- Austin Green and Alan Hogan from Zendesk - Flexible and Accessible Component Design in the Zendesk - Design System Slides
- Jon Wong from Coursera - An Introduction to GraphQL Slides
- Chris C Williams Airbnb - Data Visualizations at Airbnb
It’s always a great experience to attend a meetup. I love to meet people and talk about their projects. It serves me as the source of inspiration and sparks new ideas about how I could solve problems differently. It was great to see how Zendesk builds accessible component. I built something on a much smaller scale 18 months ago to enable our UI test automation framework to interact with our embedded web app. A different application for accessibility features in web apps.
Although I don’t have an immediate use for GraphQL in my current project, I like the idea and concepts, since I remember from a previous project the issues GraphQL can solve. I think I’m going to use it in a side project that I was thinking about some time now.
I love data visualization! I don’t use it as much as I’d like, but it’s great to see that reactjs components exist to quickly build stunning dashboards or add a helpful chart to (web) apps. I’m going to check it out on the weekend and see where I can use it for.
Endless possibilities limited only by my imagination.
An enormous thank you goes out to Devon Lindsey for organizing the meetup and Zendesk for providing space, food and, resources.