January 2018

Back to the Futures: Making the Case for Algebraic Promises

Asynchronous programming in JavaScript has been on an exciting journey over the life of the language. We've always needed to avoid blocking UI to do computation, and various solutions have been explored over the years - events, callbacks, Observables, Promises... It's likely that you've encountered Promises if you've been writing any JavaScript in the last few years, and with native Promise implementations in NodeJS and all modern browsers, combined with the introduction of async/await in ES2017, they've never been more ubiquitous or useful. It may seem like a crazy time to be looking for alternatives when Promises have so clearly 'won' the async battle, but I think there is a lot to be learned from an older technique from functional programming. A technique that is lazy (we functional folk consider this a good thing), cancellable, and conforms to the monadic interface, opening up a world of interactions with other useful functional techniques. I think it's time to try Promise's algebraic cousin, the Future.

Mark Withers

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Ladies That UX Bristol

Thu Sep 24 2020 at 5:30 PM

Where to do with all the research

👉🏽 Repositories (aka repos). 👈🏽 As UX-ers we sometimes struggle to get enough research done in the first place so it's great when we finally get the research ball rolling and start accumulating eye-opening insight but... what do we do with it all? Survey results, usability test findings and discovery research interviews... where should it all go? How do we make sure knowledge keeps being seen and built upon rather than be put in a dusty report to never be surfaced again?

Jane Hostler (a well versed member of our group!) faced this problem in her work and will be sharing her experiences with us. 🌈

Here's a bit more:

Jane is a User Experience Designer who’s worked in the digital industry for the last 20 years. Primarily working as a UI designer on websites (plus some brief dabbling with front end development back when it was all tables), she landed a new job two years ago that brought the chance to gain product design and research experience and everything that comes with it. Like, what do you do with all that stuff!?

She’ll be giving a quick whistle stop tour of how Airtable has helped her to pull together the feedback and insights she uncovers in this role, and looking at the pros and the cons of Airtable as a research repository.

We're all invited to actively participate in what will definitely be a very interesting conversation and chip in with our own experiences of dealing with insight stacks.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Feel free to BYOB and food, light candles, anything goes! Details for how to join will be provided nearer the time. Please RSVP and feel free to share or invite others. We're @LadiesThatUXBRS on twitter.

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