This weekend I managed to join a developer meetup in KL. The group, which started in Telegram now has growing to 1K members and this 4th meetup managed to draw 100+ attendees. It quite a success for such a small group in the beginning and the meetup itself was planned on ad-hoc manner, as a mere discussion in the Telegram group.
The topics range from big data to devops, docker, saas, introduction to new programming language (elixir), security and how to get funding for your startup. To be honest I think the number of topics are too much for just one day event, forcing all the speakers to cramp up their presentation and touch the topic only at surface level with very little time for question and answer session.
Among the interesting talk was from Nawawi Jamili, sharing his experience in building up Urusniaga.my, a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for small business to manage their operation such as recording sales transaction, generating invoice etc. Their main challenge is to handle provisioning new site when new customer subscribe to the service. It has to be handled seamlessly so that once the payment process complete, the customer has their site ready to login and use. Here, while the main system being developed in PHP, they have a background process developed in C running to pick up new entry in database that not being provisioned yet. It remind me to our approach of implementing queue system, before we move to django-q.
As with all meetup event, the "hallway" session is always the best of all as it allow us to catch up with old and new friends, listening what they're up to now and exchanging contact for future.