SIGs at P@SHA Career Expo in Karachi

July 17, 2008 at 8:41 am 11 comments

This year at the P@SHA Career Expo we are introducing Special Interest Groups. They are meant to bring together small groups of enthusiasts in a particular interest group together to share ideas, show off new technologies , evangelize and basically learn from each other and excite each other with the potentials that the wonderful world of technology has to offer.

One of the SIGs in the Web Applications and Web 2.0 area will be led by Aleem Bawany who is absolutely brilliant and has a lot to share. Aleem will start off with a presentation that will lead to a very interactive sharing session. This group will then discuss how often to meet under the P@SHA umbrella and we will get sponsors to bear the cost of the exercise.

Developing for the Web

3 pm to 4 pm in Ambassador 3 at Karachi Marriott Hotel

For intermediate and advanced web developers.
Presented by Aleem Bawany.

Developing for the Web, will be a one hour session focusing on web development methodologies such as iterative development, beta applications and top-down, user-centric design. The session will delve into AJAX technologies and how to bring your apps up to speed with Web 2.0. Following that and time permitting the presentation will focus on performance optimizations for the web (compression, minify, caching tips). During the talk, the audience will get to interrupt for questions and also learn about some tools to make development fun and easy.

There will be limited seating so please send emails to aleemb (a) gmail dot com to reserve your space and express interest. A brief note on your skill level and what topics you would like covered will also help the presenters.

Following is a bulleted list of items, from which I will pick a few that I want to cover. I will bake this in over the next couple of days.

* Web Development Methodologies
o Always Beta. It’s always work in progress
o Iterative approach. Deliver v1 as early as possible and build features based on user feedback cycles
o User-centric design. iPod, Gmail, etc
o Top-down design: Design the UI first and then build the backend
* Performance
o GZIP compression
o JS/CSS compression
o Server side caching
o Client side caching
o Image optimization
o Other optimizations (to speed up page rendering)
* Development Architectures
o Template engines are excessive and perf hogs
o OO approach for maintainability
o Web services and RESTful architectures
o AJAX and use of existing frameworks (prototype.js)
* Security (could be dropped)
o SQL Injection
o Session Hijacking
o Keep key files out of the webroot path
o Etc
* 2.0
o AJAX 101
o Open APIs
o Mashups
o XHTML/CSS (Most people don’t understand the “cascading” aspect. XHTML is actually a well-formed XML doc hence very useful)
o Folksonomy or tagging

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fariha Akhtar  |  July 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Excellent! Thumps up to P@SHA for arranging these events that hopefully are going to make a huge and significant contribution to the Pakistani IT sector.

  • 2. Irfan  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Wow! thats great (Y)
    But I am in Lahore :S
    Is it possible to record the session and share it with presentation ?

  • 3. Irfan  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:26 am

    By the way, I have seen camera in each SI session but have not seen any video shared over the web 😦

  • 4. awahid  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Thats fantastic , nice initiative [finally pasha is doing something interesting :D]
    who is Aleem Bawany [little more Intro needed ]
    Plus I do not think one hour is sufficient for the presentation.
    There are too many topics to, [I am interested in all of them :D]
    But I think I would be more interested in topics like ‘website Engineering’ and ‘high performence websites”

    and is this only for karachi [need more details]
    how about doing in lahore and islamabad as well.


  • 5. Jehan  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Thanks Fariha. Where is Ali? I need to talk to him. Please tell him to call me.

    Irfan, we will try recording it but there are so many parallel activities happening that I am not sure if we can. The SI videos will be put up on a SI blog soon. Sorry about the delay – there has been a lot going on but there is demand for them so we will put them up.

  • 6. Jehan  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Thanks awahid. I have asked Aleem to send me some info about himself so I can post it here. All these subjects will not be covered on July 20. It will begin on July 20 and will be followed up by a regular activity where subsequent sessions will take place.

    We are introducing SIGs in Lahore and Pindi as well but need volunteers like Aleem to lead them in the other cities.

  • 7. Jehan  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Aleem’s response about himself:
    After my A levels I went to University of Toronto for Software Engineering, worked at a failed startup for a few months and worked at Microsoft for a few years in the MSN division working on some really cool projects. I moved back to Karachi about a year ago to be closer to family. Currently, I am working on a few web development projects of my own alongside consulting. I have been a web developer and enthusiast since the mid to late 90s. I have recently started taking an interest in finance and derivatives. You can find more on

  • 8. awahid  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:51 am

    and I think It would be gr8 if you record it and upload in video format.

  • 9. awahid  |  July 17, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Sorry I did not saw your last reply …
    Anyways …
    I like to volunteer[in isb] but I am stuck a bit, Please keep posting for sessions in Lahore and Isb.

    I am listening …

    btw ..
    Thanks for quick response

  • 10. Fariha Akhtar  |  July 17, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Conveyed your message to Ali

  • 11. Web Development Pakistan  |  October 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    these event will hopefully be very good for the IT sector …


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