Ticketfly Trips: The 2015 Ember Conference

Director of Communications

Mar. 16, 2015

This is the first post under our new “Ticketfly Tech” label. We’ll be posting regular news from our engineering team that takes you behind the scenes of the technical world at the ‘fly.

Last week, around six Ticketflyers took the short hop up to Portland for the 2015 Ember Conference, the flagship annual event of the Ember community. The gathering brings together more than 600 enthusiasts of the JavaScript framework from all over the world for two days of content around new and upcoming features. Senior engineer Julian Tescher says it’s the “mecca” of the Ember world, an annual pilgrimage worth making.

Julian poses with Ember’s mascot, The Tomster

The Ember community is known as being an especially strong one in the programming world. Users meet virtually year-round on Twitter, even old school IRC. Anyone can submit a proposal for edits to the core library and offer it up for up or down votes from the rest of the community on Github. If enough people get behind the changes, they’re implemented. “It’s great to meet these developers that you’ve only ever spoken to online,” says Alex Navasardyan, a senior engineer at Ticketfly. “You can put the Twitter handle to a real face!”

Ticketfly engineers use the three-year-old framework for creating ambitious web applications because it makes it incredibly easy to collaborate across the company, especially as we scale rapidly. Its logical and clearly defined structure makes it easy for anybody to jump into code another engineer has written and start tweaking it, fixing it, or creating on top of it. “We’re going Ember whole hog,” says Julian. “It allows us to work faster and cleaner, together.”

Some of the highlights of the Ember conference included a session called Hijacking Hacker News with Ember.js, in which the eponymous Godfrey Chan (made famous by his Ruby on Rails prowess) made adapter patterns and U.S. vs Canada jokes new again; and Toran Billups, a coder who got up on stage and wrote an entire application from scratch in front of the audience in real time, while talking, without making a single mistake. He did all of this in thirty minutes start to finish, without breaking a sweat. That kind of performance can only be concluded with a mic drop—and Toran was happy to oblige.

With all the talent in the room, it’s easy to see why our Tfly team had such a good time. “I really liked talking to all the other engineers,” said Julian. “It was a great chance to find out what they’re up to, and tell people about Ticketfly and the difficult technical problems we’re solving here.”

And, oh yeah, apparently the parties were pretty good, too. On day two, the entirety of the booth next to Ticketfly’s didn’t show up until 3pm. That hamster really gets the room going.

 

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