A New Definition of Tech: Forloop Port Harcourt 2.0

by - August 28, 2018

I for one is someone who had never developed a likeness for tech' until three months ago. Although I am surrounded with tech lovers and developers, I felt tech is all about writing boring codes, starving oneself in a bid to imitate our white brothers on the other end of the color divide. My first introduction to tech was at a Code-club meetup in school some months back. Before this meetup, I used to get pissed off when I surf through a webpage and encounter difficulty in accessing that particular page, even though I didn't know what was responsible for that, I couldn't help cursing out my anger especially if that page holds an answer to a question I seek. After the meet-up, I was glued to front-end web design so I immediately started learning the basics. As mentioned earlier, I still had that mentality that tech was all about "coding". I got to hear of ForloopPH from a friend and since my "likeness" for tech had grown to "love", and also I was experiencing difficulty in my learning of front end, I decided to attend armed with loads of questions.

ForloopPH 2.0 held at Tech Creek, the event was titled "Newbie To Expert". I was first struck by the opening remarks of  Mr. Lucas Bruce when he defined forloop as a community of developers who support each other to grow and the language of forloop is "Tech-Language". This statement fell the mythical walls I had built about "tech-guys" as being a "one man squad thing". He further explained the various opportunities opened to one who wishes to pursue a career in tech.

Tiku Okoye, the first speaker, spoke about Web Optimization. She discussed extensively on page speed - time a page is able to load- as well as how to effectively achieve a page which can load in seconds (3 sec). The tips given includes: minification of CSS and JavaScript, image optimization, compressing your code etc. Her discourse ended with a few tools which can help a person measure the speed of the page s/he has created.

Still, on Front-end development, Obinna Odirionye talked about "Webpack: The destroyer of performance bottleneck". He spoke on how compressing your Webpack makes your page fast and the functions of Webpack. Performance bottleneck as he explained simply means performance problems. Like Tiku, Obinna also gave out tools which would be helpful for Webpack.

Nsikak Thompson, the third speaker spoke on how one can build a modern Android App the clean way. This depends largely on the structure of your code. Furthermore a clean Android App must be RUDT, this acronym stands for Readable, Updated, Debuged and Tested.

Lawrence Agbani, the next speaker, discussed extensively on Back-end development. I must say that this is the best tutorial I've ever received on Backend. He defines the back end as a term for behind the scene action. A connection was made between the back end and front end, further, the attributes of back-end development were analyzed as well as the tool necessary for back-end development.

The first four speakers were engaged in a question and answer session, afterward, Mr. Lucaz Bruce took the floor and enchantingly held us spellbound with the way he defines the various confusing and conflicting terms in tech. From this part, I was made to understand that a coder and a developer are two different persons in tech. He also made a statement that totally changed my perspective towards tech - Tech is not all about coding, there are some aspects of tech that involves no lines of code (emphasis mine). I contemplated on these words as I munched the jollof rice and coke that was served as refreshment.  I further enjoyed the VR games which was provided by Xscape Reality.

Precious Chukundah (the triple CEO) spoke on how newbies can grow in their knowledge of web development when they give of themselves freely through volunteering. He told us of his journey through the tech world and how volunteering had helped to shape him become a better developer.

Damilola kawojue took the floor as he explained VR (visual reality) and AR (artificial intelligence), their contribution to tech so far as well as their future in tech. He further encouraged newbies not to shy out from learning it, rather they should take this opportunity to explore this aspect of tech.

Wisdom Arerosuoghene finally led us into open source and the need for every developer to share his/her knowledge in order to learn, grow and become better. He left the landmark words of the day: " Done is better than Perfect".Another question and answer session which was moderated by the triple CEO, Precious Chukundah was held with the inclusion of a non-code web developer, Perrie : (she is a UI/UX designer). The event was wrapped up with a picture session.

My overall take on ForloopPH 2.0 is that there are lots of opportunities in tech which every newbie can explore but it takes a passionate newbie who is ready to give freely, volunteer and learn to feel the length and breadth of the tech world. According to Nsikak, "The expert is not how many years you've been coding", that is why the first step to being an expert is to get a project done, share your work and learn from your mistakes and the work of others. As a result, I'm determined to make my own contribution to tech by learning the coding (front end) and non-coding (UI/UX design) aspects of web development.

Finally, my deepest gratitude goes to the following:
Organisers of ForloopPH 2.0, Techcreek, Codejellof, Lucaz Bruce, Wisdom Arerosuoghene, Precious Chukundah, Obinna Odirionye, Tiku Okoye, Lawrence Agbani, Obinna Odirionye, Nsikak Thompson, Peace Ojemeh, Damilola kawojue, Agiri Abraham and our host Ayaosi Godfrey.

About the Writer 

Esther Nmawanyi is a word phantom, voracious reader, writer, liberal feminist, discourse analyst and a newbie in Tech.

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