The First Steps
The next morning, after a rainy journey to the venue and a quick tech check, the seats were filled and the conference kicked off with the first of the day's talks. Soon enough it was my turn to take to the stage. Immediately, any nerves I had disappeared and I got into the flow of delivering my talk, just like when I was practicing. I explained some of the problems solved by monorepos, and the ways that Nx can help in maintaining them with features such as distributed task caching, executors, generators, and lint rules to enforce module boundaries — all demoed with some live coding! The 25 minute slot went by so quickly it wasn't until I returned to my seat that I had a chance to really take in what I'd just achieved, as I was congratulated on giving my first talk by the other speakers.
With my own talk out of the way, I could settle in for all of the other great talks for the rest of the day. The topics of the talks ranged widely from state machines, to passkeys, to web audio APIs, and more. Listening to all of the talks left me with lots of new ideas to bring back to London and explore further.
Overall I was really pleased with how my talk went — all of my demos went as planned (phew!) and it was well received by the audience, even managing to get a couple of laughs! It was great to be able to chat with people in more depth about some of the things that I mentioned afterwards, and hearing people say that they had already messaged their teams to tell them about Nx as something to look into made it all feel very worthwhile. I don't think I could have picked a more welcoming, friendly and well-organised conference to make my speaking debut at; everybody there made it such an enjoyable experience.
It was also extremely validating to receive some extremely positive messages from members of the Nx team shortly after the recording was posted online saying what a great intro it was! All of this considered I'm definitely going to be seeking out more conferences to speak at in the future, and I'd say to anybody that is considering doing the same — just submit that proposal — you won't regret it!
The full recording of my talk can be viewed below, and videos of all the amazing talks from the conference are available on the JSDayIE YouTube channel.