Top Awesome Dev Talks 2019

A list of some of the best dev talks I've watched in 2019, but not from 2019...


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Watching an awesome dev talk can be super inspirational and make you keen to get some code written straight away. Bad dev talks often leave you thinking, you should've just watched an episode of Rick and Morty

While that's probably a common feeling, I wanted to create a list of some of the best dev talks I've seen this year (but not necessarily from this year).

So if you're looking for a good dev talk, check this list!

1. Simple Made Easy - Rich Hickey

If you have not heard of Rich Hickey, or of Clojure I implore you to go have a look, watch his talks and check out Clojure.

Even if you don't use Clojure to write your software. The ideas, and philosophies you will pick up by learning it will be extremely useful in all your future projects.

This talk goes over why it is important to write code that is simple and easy to reason about, and how your the Clojure toolkit can help you with that.


2. Solving Problems the Clojure Way - Rafal Dittwald

This talk is awesome. It goes over the mindset of the Clojure language and how you can use functional concepts to improve the code you're writing in your current language.

Rafal Dittwald goes over a practical example using JavaScript


3. Functional Programming in Anger - David Nolen

This is the last Clojure talk on the list.

It goes over ClojureScript, which is Clojure that transpiles to javascript!

So you can write Clojure on the front-end. Not only that but the talk covers a tool called Figwheel, which is the best feature ever for any web developer.

Figwheel allows you to update the ui, WITHOUT CHANGING STATE!


4. The Many Meanings of Event-Driven Architecture • Martin Fowler

If you are using or want to use event based architecture. Watch this talk.


5. Rethinking reactivity - Rich Harris

I only recently found out about the Svelte framework/compiler and as soon as I did it was hooked.

This engaging talk covers the ideas behind Svelte and what issues it hopes to solve. The biggest being that Svelte compiles the code during the build and is not a library that gets shipped at runtime, making the overall JS far smaller than that of a React/Vue project.

The other big difference (and my favourite one) is that important parts of web design such as styling and animation are apart of the framework and don't need to be included afterwards.

If you're into front-ends watch this!

I've only added 5 talks on the list, but i'm pretty sure I'll add some more until the year ends and I start a 2020 list.

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