Closing

My closing keynote of the Tweakers DevSummit – slides and resources

Yesterday I gave the closing keynote of the Tweakers Developer Summit in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The conference topic was “Webdevelopment – Coding the Universe” and the organisers asked me to give a talk about Machine Learning and what it means for developers in the nearer future. So I took out my crystal ball 🔮 and whipped up the following talk:

Here are the resources covered in the talk:

Yes, this was a lot – maybe too much – for one talk, but the feedback I got was all very positive, so I am hoping for the video to come out soon.

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My closing keynote at Awwwards NYC 2016: A New Hope – the web strikes back

Last week I was lucky enough to give the closing keynote at the Awwwards Conference in New York.

serviceworker beats appcache

Following my current fascination, I wanted to cover the topic of Progressive Web Apps for an audience that is not too technical, and also very focused on delivering high-fidelity, exciting and bleeding edge experiences on the web.

Getting slightly too excited about my Star Wars based title, I got a bit overboard with bastardising Star Wars quotes in the slides, but I managed to cover a lot of the why of progressive web apps and how it is a great opportunity right now.

I covered:

  • The web as an idea and its inception: independent, distributed and based on open protocols
  • The power of links
  • The horrible environment that was the first browser wars
  • The rise of standards as a means to build predictable, future-proof products
  • How we became too dogmatic about standards
  • How this lead to rebelling developer using JavaScript to build everything
  • Why this is a brittle environment and a massive bet on things working flawlessly on our users’ computers
  • How we never experience this as our environments are high-end and we’re well connected
  • How we defined best practices for JavaScript, like Unobtrusive JavaScript and defensive coding
  • How libraries and frameworks promise to fix all our issues and we’ve become dependent on them
  • How a whole new generation of developers learned development by copying and pasting library-dependent code on Stackoverflow
  • How this, among other factors, lead to a terribly bloated web full of multi-megabyte web sites littered with third party JavaScript and library code
  • How to rise of mobile and its limitations is very much a terrible environment for those to run in
  • How native apps were heralded as the solution to that
  • How we retaliated by constantly repeating that the web will win out in the end
  • How we failed to retaliate by building web-standard based apps that played by the rules of native – an environment where the deck was stacked against browsers
  • How right now our predictions partly came true – the native environments and closed marketplaces are failing to deliver right now. Users on mobile use 5 apps and download on average not a single new one per month
  • How users are sick of having to jump through hoops to try out some new app and having to lock themselves in a certain environment
  • How the current state of supporting mobile hardware access in browsers is a great opportunity to build immersive experiences with web technology
  • How ServiceWorker is a great opportunity to offer offline capable solutions and have notifications to re-engage users and allow solutions to hibernate
  • How Progressive Web Apps are a massive opportunity to show native how software distribution should happen in 2016

Yes, I got all that in. See for yourself :).

The slides are available on SlideShare

You can watch the screencast of the video on YouTube.

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Devfest Asia – JSConf Asia closing keynote and Microsoft Meetup

I am currently on a trip in Singapore, Thailand and Sydney for the next 8 days and today I presented at JSConf Asia and a meetup in the Microsoft offices in Singapore.
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JSConf Asia closing keynote

The closing keynote of the first day of JSConf Asia covered my worries that we are getting slightly overboard in our affection of JavaScript to solve every issue. It seems we have forgotten just how versatile a language it is and that how we use it depends very much on the environment we run it in. The slides are on SlideShare.

I also recorded a screencast of the keynote and published it on YouTube.

Microsoft Meetup

As the audience at the meetup was more mixed, and I was deadly tired, I thought it is a good plan to create a presentation that covers how we can learn JavaScript these days. It explains the use cases of it, resources how to easily run a node and express server and talks about Visual Studio Code and how to clean up old and outdated code. The learning JS meetup slides are also on Slideshare.

The screencast is on YouTube

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To be announced – the closing keynote at Smashingconf 2012

I just got back from having an amazing time at the Smashing Conference in Freiburg, Germany (report to follow soon). I was lucky to be asked to be the closing keynote speaker, and the talk was great fun to give and seems to have pleased the audience if Twitter can be trusted.

The slides of the talk “To be announced” are available and here is a screencast of the talk with the live sound from the conference on Youtube.

A recording of the talk will come out soon, and the original notes in article form on Smashingmag in the coming week, so stay tuned!


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Amadeus Consulting Reports Another Record Year by Expanding Its Service Offerings and Closing Key Technology Deals

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amadeus Consulting, a custom software developer, announced another record-setting year in 2010. The company attributes the growth to an expanded service offering and new semi-custom software platform.

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