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iO JavaScript Virtual Meetup

Posted on December 2022 By Katelin Lovell

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iO Associates are excited to bring you our JavaScript Virtual Meetup! This meetup is a new community with the aim of bringing together JavaScript professionals nationwide through insightful and interesting talks.

Invited to the session was Derek Binkley, Engineering Lead at Localize, who presented a talk on ‘Pardon the disruption: a user-first approach to software design’.

The technology industry celebrates disruptive technologies and brags about revolutionary new features and products. Lots of great technology has been created this way. Most of the time, our product’s users don’t want to be disrupted or revolutionized. They just want things to work.

In this talk, we learnt to think of your users first when designing your software or website. Thinking this way will allow your users to better understand changes and embrace new, great features instead of fearing them.

You can watch the full recording here:

About our speaker:

Derek Binkley is a Full Stack Engineer with Localize. While getting his start fixing the Y2K date problem in Cobol, Derek quickly moved on to spend over twenty years using JavaScript, PHP, JVM Languages, relational and NoSQL databases.

He enjoys teaching others through speaking, mentoring, and writing articles. Derek encourages developers to write clean, testable code. When not in front of a computer he spends time with family, travels, and makes sourdough crust pizza.

iO Associates, tech and digital recruitment specialists, have always been a very active member of multiple Meetup groups across the UK. We’re really keen to help keep our community positive and engaged hearing from the best speakers on the topics of your choice so encourage you to share this with your team and the wider community.

We hope you enjoyed the session. Please get in touch at with any questions or suggestions on future virtual meetups.

In addition, if there’s anything we can help you with in regards to sourcing candidates or finding a new role please do also get in touch.