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Job title: JS/Ruby contractor

Place of work: Self Employed

Anders is the founder of Front End Suffolk and a passionate developer. He tries his best to research and learn as much as he can about the web and the processes involved, with a serious lean towards front end development and developer efficiency anders has learned a great deal from his attendance at IPRUG.

Anders works in Ipswich for both local companies and for remote companies from his office at home, which he often shares with his girlfriend and an assortment of cats. As organizer of FESuffolk it often falls to Anders to step up and provide extra talks on a variety of subjects including personal and professional projects as well as reviews and showcases of recent technologies.

Anders is available on twitter at @atleastimtrying and you can read more on his website andersfisher.com.

Talks

Structuring your Javascript

March 31, 2014 19:00

Having encountered a few Javascript projects that have grown beyond their initial means, Anders has developed a few key techniques for embracing some simple design patterns and adapting code to be more maintainable and better structured.

This talk will be emphasising what is possible without using MV* libraries!

Drag the Dots: My experiences with Phonegap Development.

January 28, 2014 19:00

Anders Fisher has spent a large amount of his free time developing his own mobile puzzle game Drag the dots, and addictively simple game. Anders used his experience as front end developer and Javascript programmer to build the game using phonegap.
This talk goes into some detail about the techniques and aspects of the build of the game, including a Q and A from FEsuffolk's various attendees.
Unfortunately the sound quality to the video is sub par, apologies for that.

Responsive Design

July 29, 2013 19:00

Anders Fisher, known and openly mocked for his insistence on creating a brand new html5 slideshow framework for each talk he does has finally be vilified.
Anders grouped together the most commonly used approaches he uses for creating responsive sites and exhibited them using his custom framework.
silliness aside this talk presents a pragmatic approach to creating responsive sites for those working to real deadlines for real clients and realisitic budgets.

An introduction to Sinatra rb

June 30, 2014 19:00

Anders Fisher has been spending a fair while of late writing and teaching people to use Sinatra, a simple ruby web framework, Anders will be giving us a speedy introduction to this delightful framework involving lots of a live coding and probably the words 'erm' and 'hopefully'.

Show and Tell: Duckie.me

February 24, 2014 19:00

Anders and Matt gave us a humorous introduction to their new Rubber Ducking as a service (RDAAS). Rubber Ducking is a concept used by programmers to try and solve their problems by talking about them. Often just explaining a problem and your current code to someone is enough for you to work out whats going wrong for yourself without the person you're talking to helping at all. Rubber ducking extends this to say you can pretty much explain your problem to an inanimate object, like a rubber duck and get the same useful results, i.e. drawing the solution out of your own head. But of course it does help if you have someone or something next to you asking you intelligent questions.

So Anders and Matt have written a nice little app called Duckie that gives you a helping hand with your own rubber ducking. It asks you basic questions to get you to describe your problem and draw out the answer from your brain. Based on some crazy ideas of doublethink Duckie often teaches you things you knew but didn't know you knew. It was a really interesting demonstration of how much intelligence can be put into an app thats completely client-side, no server interaction whatsoever. The 'brain' of Duckie included a pretty neat state machine as well as the part of speech analysis to interpret your answers to questions so it could ask further questions sensibly. Not sure it would pass the Turing test just yet but very impressive 1 day hack none the less.

To make it even more like rubber ducking with a real person Anders added some text to speech to the mix too. Amazingly there is a JavaScriot library that can do this entirely client side, rather less amazing is the fact that its over 200mb download and the results are not great, but still interestin, I personally would never have dreamt there was a purely client-side text to speech library. Discussion moved onto speach to text libraries and how the ultimate aim could be to basically talk to your computer and have it talk back with intelligent questions, all via speech recognition and text to speech. Speech recognition is a big data problem so I can't see anyway this could be purely client-side thing but if they were to loosen the client-side constraint a bit and record and post a sound file up to google or something similar you could probably get pretty good speech to text working. The same could be said for text to speech too, doing this server-side could probably be implemented pretty nicely. But Anders reminded us that there was a good reason to keep it purely client-side and thats to keep it secure and private, nothing leaves your machine so us paranoid developers can trust it with our deepest, darkest secrets.

Twiddling Mustaches: JS templating done right.

Anders Fisher does a lot of work with Javascript including quite a lot of work that requires some level of html wrangling. As an advocate of clean code and trying to optimise where possible Anders gives us a run through how he implements mustache.js to separate his presentation from his behavior.

Meta Talk, a talk about talks

November 24, 2014 19:00

After running FESuffolk for over two years Anders Fisher has seen and given a great deal of talks, enough in fact to write a talk about talks, the meta talk. Anders will be looking at all the topics we have covered so far and what interesting tidbits he can remember when looking back over them.