ConvergeSE 2013 schedule

Friday 26th April 2013

  • Creating Operational Redundancy for Effective Web Data Mining

    by Jonathan LeBlanc

    Web data mining is quite frequently unreliable, inefficient, and just frankly turns into a painful series of hacks and patches to perform the most basic of scraping tasks. The root problem is that the web is full of semantically and structurally incorrect data. What we’re dealing with is a junkyard of data that will lead us down the wrong path as we search for the hidden gems.

    To create a truly efficient web data mining architecture, several key factors need to be taken into account:
    * Creating data redundancy principles around weighted key content identifiers to ensure consistent data returns.
    * Understanding the horrible practices that are standard in the industry and used at the peril of whoever has to touch that code.
    * Using content caching at the domain level to improve performance along with specific page modifiers to preserve unique page-specific qualities.

    Once those principles are in place, we will have the basis for creating a highly scalable, efficient, and effective web data mining architecture, allowing us to create semantic value from any site with any content.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 26th April

    In Columbia Museum of Art

    Coverage slide deck

  • Detangle your jQuery: using lessons from CoffeeScript to create better design

    by Jed Schneider

    Despite the explosion of tools and MVC frameworks for JavaScript, jQuery remains the dependency of dependencies for almost every browser based web application. And yet, for most of us, our use of jQuery tends to create the code with the most painful, rambling, and troublesome design.

    This is a talk about using CoffeeScript's native language constructs to apply what we have learned from frameworks and tools like Backbone and Bootstrap. Solutions that promise us a better experience, retain relevance and clarity in our code, and respond more easily to change.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Friday 26th April

    In Columbia Museum of Art

    Coverage slide deck

  • Finding Your Perfect Web Type Match

    by Val Head

    On Friday 26th April

    Coverage note

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