My interview with socialpreneur and educator Saurabh Nanda.
Sharing with ya’ll the recording of my session from Sapient’s April 11 Flutter meetup.
Warning: This is a longish session (48 mins). Watch at your discretion. You have been warned.
(I really need to work on my time-boxing skills)
Do also see the other 🆒 sessions in this playlist:
In this second edition of our popular NCR meetup, we will learn to build elegant, professional and modern user interfaces and experiences. Do not miss out on the opportunity to hear from and interact with distinguished developers. Learn from real-world experiences of the speakers.
Unlike the last time’s conference-style schedule, we had this time only 2 sessions:
Building Enterprise-ready Web Applications With OpenUI5 and Fiori by Nitish Mehta
Creating Beautiful Cross-Platform Apps With Flutter by Anurag Bhandari (me)
A relatively short schedule allowed us to go deeper into our respective topics and entertain more questions from the audience. Talking about the audience, we had a decently diverse group of enthusiasts and learners from undergrads to junior devs to project managers. They were all just lovely. We even had a foreign guest: a nice guy from South Korea 🇰🇷. That means we have international reach now, haha.
As usual, Nitish’s session was well-prepared and touched most aspects of this topic, OpenUI5. I personally learned a lot since (surprisingly) I had never heard of this UI framework before. Too much Bootstrap hypnotism?
As for the Flutter session, it was my first-ever attempt at teaching and evangelizing it in public. I loved doing that as much as I loved coding my showcase app. Oh yeah, it was a mostly hands-on session where we spun up a beautiful Health App in just over 60 mins (including learning Flutter and Dart stuff on the way). The full source code and tutorial of the app is in my GitHub repository.
Okay, I am done blabbering. Here are some pics:
As with a lot of other posts on my blog, this one is also delayed. I mean, A LOT delayed. The event happened in June, so you get the idea.
One tendency I’ve consistently observed in this region is developers’ reliance on jugaad. That is, they try to “duct-tape” their way through the code if they cannot find out the root cause in a reasonable amount of time. I know, we have all been there once. But this culture is less pronounced in technically more mature cities such as Bangalore.
From our consistent promotions on meetup.com, we got 400+ RSVPs! But going by our earlier experience, we weren’t expecting more than 30 (10% of total). Around 50 actually turned up. Man, that was no less than a mini-success.
Coming to the event’s agenda. We planned it as a sequence of conference-style talks by industry experts. For more, I’ll probably just copy-paste from our meetup.com page.
Learn from startup journeys, hands-on exercises and product showcases
Don’t worry, we have all been there. Learning is a great way to improve. But is there a better way? Of course there is: it’s called “hands-on experience”.
Here are some pics from the event:
Many thanks to 91springboard for generously sponsoring the venue and food. Kudos to all the wonderful speakers. And special thanks to all who came to attend, learn and share 🎉.
A couple days back I spoke at World College of Technology and Management in Gurgaon. My topic Building a career in Artificial Intelligence was directly aimed at students at the cusp of starting a career. Without going into deep technical details, my session was designed as an eye-opener for students (and teachers alike) who have wondered today’s hot question–what does it take to become an ‘AI engineer’?
The keynote presentation (by Nishith Pathak) talked about the importance of AI, the various possibilities it opens up and some industry use cases. My session having been scheduled right after the keynote benefitted from the expectations the keynote speaker had set about AI. While the keynote highlighted the functional and business aspects of today’s arguably #1 buzzword, my presentation dived a little deeper into uncovering the skills and knowledge required to try and enter this amazing field of study. I say field of study since most of the useful work on AI is still purely scientific and even academic. But since corporations are increasingly adopting the set of ideologies that define AI in an attempt to create intelligent solutions for their clients, job opportunities have started to open up for people who know the science and math behind AI. As any sufficiently technical person would know, machine learning is at the heart of developing AI solutions. And, so, my presentation put focus on ML and the skills required to learn it.
A special thanks to the organizers at WCTM college (especially Dr. Pooja Sapra) for inviting me over and giving me the opportunity to connect with at least a hundred students about something I’m passionate about. And thanks to Nishith Pathak for recommending me at this event.
I leave you with a preview of my presentation, hosted at Google Slides. I hope absolute beginners will find it useful. People already working in machine and deep learning, please do let me know your thoughts on how it may be improved.