JuliaCon is just around the corner and I wanted to more publicly share this resource I put together for new reviewers of the (fantastic) annual JuliaCon. Hope it helps!
As there have been some questions about how to make reviews for JuliaCon, I made a small guide on making your own reviews for a proposal if you have any concerns about how to write a review. To start, here are the comments that I received for the lightning talk I gave, Using Julia for Observational Health Research:
This sounds like an incredibly interesting talk and well worth the 10minutes (lightning talk format)
This may be an interesting application of Julia in another area.
It appears that this talk showcases the efforts of a large group of contributors in a variety of organizations and therefore potentially the effectiveness of composability in the Julia ecosystem.
As you can see, the reviews can be very concise. I try to make mine more direct and more detailed for the submitters depending on the familiarity I have with a particular submission topic. Here is an example of one review that I created (with relevant pieces redacted):
A word that comes to mind when I see this package is: innovative. I have not only followed the development of this package but also used it myself. As a developer who finds myself constantly within the Julia REPL, I am impressed by the extensibility brought to the Julia REPL by this package. There have been packages such as RCall.jl which introduce new modes within the REPL – this package extends the base Julia mode in ways I have never seen before. I rank this package very high in interest to the Julia community due to its technical feats but due to the niche of [redacted], its applicability may be somewhat limited. However, as the author states, even though [redacted] may be niche, the idea [redacted] is highly pervasive. I would like the author in their presentation to more explain the technical details and challenges encountered within their experience in creating this package. I would, nonetheless, recommend it for a slot as a JuliaCon Talk.
It can vary widely in terms of how much or how little you can write in a review as you can see. The main philosophy I keep in mind is this, “if I were to receive this review, would I find it useful in creating an excellent X?” (X being a poster, talk, etc.). Importantly, at the end of the day, choose kindness in writing your reviews. Hope this helps and feel free to follow-up with questions or your insights!