MuraCon 2017 Speaker Highlight: Ryan Watts
February 2, 2017
Steve Jobs famously said "the only way to do great work is to love what you do." As a developer, open-source contributor, and Mura CMS community member, Ryan Watts exemplifies this motto. Originally from Florida, Ryan grew up at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, played college football in Texas and later attended Northern Arizona University where he developed a keen interest in learning and implementing open-source technologies.
Like most active, successful developers, his passion and innovation are self-driven, often well beyond the requirements of his primary occupation. In addition to a full-time job as an SEO engineer in Tucson, where he manages large data sets to analyze tracking data and other web metrics used to make executive strategy decisions, Ryan works as a senior engineer for a Craigslist-type community website based in London, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in data science. A true technophile, he also leads regular training sessions for school-age children of his fellow employees, which is perhaps the most rewarding of his many professional endeavors. A new father himself as of last year, Ryan firmly believes "the future of development is in our youth," and takes great pride in the skills and insights he brings to those he teaches.
Ryan's second talk at MuraCon 2017, Using Mura CMS as a Headless CMS with Polymer Web Components, will be presented Friday, February 10 at 2:00 pm. In this session, user's will learn how to build a full stack single-page application using Mura's JSON API as a content source, with a demonstration using Veu.js and Nuxt.js for rendering a simple UI. Tying into the Web Components concept from the Friday session, the example application will use simple attributes on html elements themselves to inform the data queries sent to Mura's API.