• Liz Lee
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Liz Lee is a front end engineer specializing in user interfaces and JavaScript. Although she grew up with computers and both her parents were programmers, she didn't discover her love of programming until after she graduated from UC Santa Cruz in history with a focus on Japan and the Japanese language. Once she found coding, however, she never looked back. A frequent participant in Women Who Code and HTML5 meetups, Liz is passionate about learning new technologies such as real time communication, leap motion, and HTML5.


  • "Freakin' Whitespace!": Building a JavaScript Style Guide
  • Time: 9:00am - 9:50am | Room: Pacific E&J

In the summer of 2013, Wikia had no JavaScript style guide. The JS code base was inconsistent and long philosophical discussions were breaking out during code reviews about how things should be done. There was no one place to point to and say "here, that's the right way to do it!" So we formed a team, and 6 months later, we had a style guide.

This talk will go over what it takes to build a JavaScript style guide for your organization. It will go into why coding conventions are important, provide resources to help you in your process, provide insight on how to build a consensus in a mid-sized engineering team, and how to get your boss to agree to give you time every week to work on it. It will also touch on tools you can use along the way and how to enforce style rules once they are created.