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March 2021 Online Meeting

PRESENTATION: “Unicode and how to avoid trouble” by Paweł Łuczkiewicz, Software Engineer, Wayfair

When: Thursday, March 11, 2021 — 7pm-9:00pm

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Presentation: Unicode and how to avoid trouble

Unicode is a beast, and it’s documentation has often been described as scary. If you want to ship reliable work, Unicode’s monster-like reputation must be tamed and understood.

In this talk, I’ll be documenting the trials and tribulations I’ve experienced when working with Unicode; from encoding, to normalization, and the not-so-obvious differences between alphabets. I’ll take you on the usual Product/Engineering journey where requirements can change, bugs are discovered where you least expect them, and your knowledge of Unicode needs to be as flexible as your Product Manager’s priorities. You think ‘Gemüse’ === ‘Gemüse’? You might be wrong!

Attendees will walk away wielding newfound Unicode knowledge like a mighty sword, ready to slay an array of production issues related to characters and bytes. You’ll get the most out of this session if you’re required to show or produce text to users, but don’t quite understand the barriers that exist. I’ve befriended the Unicode monster, and you can, too!

About Paweł: Paweł is a software engineer at Wayfair in Berlin, Germany. They describe themselves as “the laziest ambitious person they know”, which often leads them to find simple solutions to complex problems. Paweł loves understanding technology in very intricate detail, and on a Friday evening, you can probably find them reading Unicode specification, Intel’s manuals, or PHP source code.

(Due to COIVD-19 limiting in-person meetings, we’ve joined forces with Boston PHP and Austin PHP to form MergePHP, your new PHP Mega Meetup Group! We’ll be working together to provide high quality speakers in a multi-group session. Otherwise, it’ll work like our previous online meetings but NOTE: we’ll meet on the second Thursday of the month for now, instead of the first Thursday.)

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