London Web Meetup July 2015
Monday 20 July 2015
Going to meetups is probably THE best thing I have done in making a career change.
Attending these meetups exposes me to people in the industry who are clearly passionate about what they do.
As someone taking their first steps, I feel that it is doubly important that get out there and have conversations with experts in our field. After a meetup, I get even more excited about web-development, and motived to achieve and add value.
For this months talk, we listened to a presentation from Jack Franklin on a development workflow using ECMAScript6 (ES6 for short), and ES6 module syntax to structure a web app. By using jspm package manager, you can install libraries from npm and other places such as github, as well as libraries such as SystemJS.
I'm not going to lie here: a lot the content in his presentation went over my head.
As someone who is just getting his toes wet with Gulp, I found his presentation to be way beyond me. However, what I did grasp was that using jspm to get libraries to then install modules you use in your development workflow, which parallels basically how Gulp and Jekyll works (tools that I have a little experience using).
The biggest thing that I am becoming aware of how much I do not know, kinda like going from "Unknown Unknowns" to "Known Unknowns".
When I went way and reflected on the presentation and my lack of knowledge, I remembered an amazing article that I read by Rebecca Murphy titled: "A Baseline for Front-End [JS] Developers: 2015". This article was an update to her 2012 article that I read earlier this year when I research how much I need to know to be job ready. So it was a surprise to me when I re-read this article that she quoted ES6 and other JS libraries that Jack Franklin was using.
To end, here is a quote about "Known Unknowns":
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know." - Donald Rumsfeld
I feel that I have moved from a state of Nescience (not even knowing something exists which is the same as no awareness at all), to Ignorance (knowing it exists, lacking awareness of it).
My ignorance of more advance JS will not last long.