Sessions at Web Directions @media 2011 on Thursday 26th May

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  • A New Network

    by Tom Coates

    The work we’re collectively doing—opening up gradually all of human information and media, making it recombinable, helping people create and share their work—is a huge unspoken, sexy, world-​​redefining mission.

    It’s a mission that many of us have become blasé about, almost unaware of. It’s a project so large that it’s hard to get a grasp on. And the next few years are going to get even more interesting as the network pervades physical objects and environments, sensing and manifesting information in the real world.

    It’s time to recognise the scale of the project we have in front of us, the breadth of the material we have to work with, and the possibilities of design within it. All of human knowledge, creativity—even the planet itself—is our canvas.

    At 9:10am to 10:15am, Thursday 26th May

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  • Mastering CSS3 gradients

    by Lea Verou

    With most browsers adding increasing support, and the simplicity of providing fallbacks for those that don’t, CSS3 gradients are something we can start to use right now. They benefit our users with faster websites and ourselves with more time in our hands to spend in other things, since they are easy to create, edit and update. A very powerful feature that can also be utilized for a surprising number of design effects, even ones that don’t resemble gradients at all. In this talk, Lea will explore CSS3 gradients in great depth and it’s almost guaranteed that no matter your expertise level, you will walk out having learned new things.

    At 10:45am to 11:40am, Thursday 26th May

  • Server Side JavaScript

    by Douglas Crockford

    We first got server side JavaScript in 1996. This time, we’re going to get it right.

    At 10:45am to 11:40am, Thursday 26th May

  • Six rules to designing amazing mobile apps

    by Brian Fling

    Building a mobile app isn’t easy. Regardless of chosen platform or technology creating a memorable mobile experience has some pretty intense challenges throughout. However if you can get it right it can have some incredible rewards and propel your brand in more ways than one. After spending ten years building mobile apps for some of the biggest companies in the world, author and mobile designer Brian Fling shares his six rules for building amazing apps that will either you get you started or improve upon your next release.

    At 11:45am to 12:40pm, Thursday 26th May

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  • Tools For jQuery Application Architecture (Extended)

    by Addy Osmani

    Modern JavaScript development often has to address a number of different concerns ranging from the use of architectural patterns such as MVC to improve code organisation, through to JavaScript templating, cross-​​browser storage, routing/​bookmarking, script loading, feature detection and more. In this talk, JavaScript developer and jQuery Core Bug Triage & Docs team member Addy Osmani discusses tools that can simplify your development process significantly.

    At 11:45am to 12:40pm, Thursday 26th May

  • IE: the story so far (Lunchtime presentation)

    by Martin Beeby

    There is no getting around the fact that, due to an intriguing history, when it comes to Web standards IE’s name is mud with many web developers. The legacy of IE6, leading edge in its day, still lingers nearly 10 years after its release and the nightmare of browser incompatibilities and CSS hacks still has web developers waking in cold sweats.

    The good news is that IE6 usage is down to 3.5% in the UK and the better news is that over the past few years Microsoft has made a concerted effort to make that challenging history, well, history, and the outcome is IE9. The new browser illustrates Microsoft’s focus on standards and speed and has resulted in a browser that has surprised even our fiercest critics. It’s been a long journey and in this talk Martin Beeby will discuss how the community helped us build our best Internet Explorer yet and the amazing things that it’s capable of. Well also take a look into the future of IE and Microsoft plan to maintain the momentum.

    At 12:40pm to 1:40pm, Thursday 26th May

  • Native multimedia with HTML5

    by Bruce Lawson

    A much-​​​​hyped feature of HTML5 is native multimedia. In this session we’ll look at embedding <audio> and <video> into your pages, and how to make it work cross-​​​​browser and degrade gracefully in older browsers. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

    We’ll look at the pros and the cons of HTML5 multimedia and see how to write simple controls with JavaScript. Most excitingly, we’ll also look at how HTML5 builds in support for subtitles and captions for multimedia accessibility. And you might pick up a Turkish dancing tip on the way.

    At 1:40pm to 2:35pm, Thursday 26th May

  • Visualising Data

    by Brian Suda

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is estimated to produce 15 petabytes of data per year. This is difficult to store let alone understand!

    With connected devices quickly out numbering connected people, we are soon going to be swamped with data. Visualising the constant stream of information we are collecting so that it can be better understood is going to be a critical task.

    In this presentation, I’ll walk you through a quick overview of some basic chart and graph design, then look at how easy it is to write some quick scripts in your favourite language to produce beautiful graphics. SVG is an under-​​rated technology, but it can be created programmatically and quickly to visualise data.

    At 1:40pm to 2:35pm, Thursday 26th May

  • The mobile frameworks landscape

    by Jonathan Stark

    There’s little hotter in the world of web development right now than creating optimized web experiences and applications for mobile web enabled devices like iPhone, Android, iPad and webOS. Luckily, there’s a number of excellent HTML/​CSS/​Javascript frameworks to help developers create native-​​like experiences for these devices.

    In this session, Jonathan Stark takes an in depth look at several of these, including JQTouch, JQuery Mobile and SenchaTouch, comparing and contrasting their approaches, and most appropriate uses. As a developer looking to tailor experiences and applications for the mobile web, this will be an invaluable session.

    At 2:40pm to 3:35pm, Thursday 26th May

  • What people want from mobile content

    by Relly Annett-Baker

    Ladies and gentlemen for your enjoyment, education and edification, may I present “The Rollercoaster Vaudeville Tour of Content Through The Ages!” Why should you join my session you ask? Because how we have treated content in the past is the key to understanding what people want from mobile content now. Mobile content has been a trending topic since 3150BC, you know.

    Come on a whirlwind tour of the story and see what we can learn about the future of content from the ancient wisdom of ages past, manuscripts that represent a life’s work, the power of a printing press, banned books and penny dreadfuls. I defy any of you to walk away thinking that no-​​one likes to read stuff on the web.

    At 2:40pm to 3:35pm, Thursday 26th May

  • Day one closing keynote, TBA

    At 4:05pm to 5:05pm, Thursday 26th May