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After harvesting the performance low-hanging fruits suggested by YSlow and PageSpeed, what do you do next to improve the performance of your web application? You work on improving the user’s perception of speed and time. We all know perceptions lie and perceptions of time and duration even more so. So how do you make users believe the application is fast and responsive? The word is “progressive”. When the page components download in parallel and don’t block each other, the page loads quicker. And when the page renders progressively, it not only gives the user confidence and assurance that the applications works fine and they’ll soon complete their task but it also appears that the app is snappier and more responsive.
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by Jina Bolton
Mastering CSS is more than just memorizing selectors — it’s also having a solid workflow so you can be efficient and productive at what you do. Whether you’re a freelancer working alone or on an enormous in-house team, having a good workflow is incredibly rewarding and beneficial for good design, development, and business. It can also help you spend more time being creative and doing the work you enjoy. Learn some tips for smart, forward-thinking front end web development.
by Stephen Hay
With increasing interest in mobile, “responsive design” is a hot topic. Ethan Marcotte’s article for A List Apart started an avalanche of discussion about the use of media queries in taking adaptive layout to the next level. The discussion exposed some misunderstanding among designers and developers about the importance of media queries and ultimately the meaning of design. Find out which design questions need to be answered before creating truly responsive designs and which tools are currently available to develop them.
Some consider it pure eye candy, but animation is quickly becoming a crucial part of everyday digital experiences – from playing games to reading your daily news. As the animation capability of browsers increases, rich, animated interfaces can feel not only more friendly and responsive but the polish that they bring can be a key differentiator in a market flooded with products.
Cameron Adams will be talking about his experience creating animated online experiences in a range of technologies from HTML/CSS to Canvas, SVG & Flash. His history with all of these technologies gives him a unique insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each, so when you leave you'll know exactly the right tool to pick up when you approach a new interactive project.
7th–8th October 2010