Monday and Tuesday have been very exciting for me!  Rumen already mentioned the DevReach conference: I was not only an attendee -- this was my first speaking experience!  My talk was about building and testing Atlas components, so that you actually get a chance succeeding at a large JavaScript development project.  Maybe I am getting a bit arogant when it comes down to client scripting, but I am starting to believe that after working for telerik for 2.5 years, I think I have seen it all.  We maintain a huge JavaScript code base and our only chance of keeping our sanity was to naturally move to writing object-oriented JavaScript with high degree of modularization.  We have grown our own tools over time, that are quite similar to the Atlas component framework.

My talk tried to provide the tools needed in order to succeed with a large-scale script project.  I focused on scaling development by creating isolated components and introducing discipline and predictability with proper unit testing using jsUnit.  My slides and code should appear on the DevReach site soon enough.  A big part of my talk were the demos done in Visual Studio.NET, so I will do a series of short articles that will contain the theory behind the examples.

The hardest part about giving the talk was fighting my fear of public speaking.  I was very scared of not meeting the audience's expectations, but I believe everything went really well.  I had my fair share of things that could go better, but I will have them improved for my next speaking gig.  I owe a lot to Sahil Malik and Julie Lerman, both veteran speakers, that were very supportive and gave me a lot of tips before the presentation along with helpful feedback after that.  I want to thank the telerik team for being there and supporting me too!

Here's a friendly tip to all newbie speakers out there.  Avoid having carbonated drinks right before your presentation!  That Coke is not worth it if you have to fight your body for the entire presentation, so that you don't burp with your microphone on.
Hristo Deshev is a Principal Software Engineer at Telerik
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Hristo Deshev

Hristo Deshev is a Principal Software Engineer at Telerik.


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