Sessions at Full Frontal 2011 with audio

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Friday 11th November 2011

  • CoffeeScript Design Decisions

    by Jeremy Ashkenas

    Although limited by what's possible to express in simple JavaScript, CoffeeScript tries to provide pieces of clear syntax that fit together in harmony. We'll dive into the rationale behind some of CoffeeScript's language choices to look at the trade offs involved, and both the why's and why not's.

    At 9:50am to 10:30am, Friday 11th November

  • Excessive Enhancement - Are We Taking Proper Care of the Web?

    by Phil Hawksworth

    We all love to see exciting and innovative "interface shizzle" driven by JavaScript and the ever increasing rendering capabilities of modern browsers, but are we getting these at the expense of the Web? This talk will explore the good, the bad, and the fugly of rich interfaces, while examining how and why we should take care not to damage the Web.

    At 10:30am to 11:10am, Friday 11th November

  • Respectable Code-Editing in the Browswer

    by Marijn Haverbeke

    The past few years have seen the rise and maturation of several full-blown in-browser code editors: CodeMirror, ACE (Cloud9), and Orion. No longer must we mortify users with huge, clunky text areas when they need to edit some CSS or script. This talk will go over the current state of JavaScript-based editors, and describe the implementation of CodeMirror in some depth.

    At 11:40am to 12:20pm, Friday 11th November

  • How We Architected Cloud9 IDE for Scale on Node.js

    by Rik Arends

    Building and scaling a web based IDE is a big challenge, and doing this on Node.JS gave us a lot of unique challenges. Cloud9 is built using a full Ajax client, and besides Node.JS utilizes a full set of new HTML5 features and offline support. In this talk Rik will go through a quick demo of Cloud9 IDE, and then into the unique architecture and design decisions that we made to build Cloud9 IDE. This will be of interest to medium to advanced level programmers, who want to know more about Cloud9 IDE, Node.JS and scalable app development.

    At 12:20pm to 1:00pm, Friday 11th November

  • Scalable JavaScript Application Architecture

    by Nicholas C. Zakas

    Building large web applications with dozens of developers is a difficult task. Organising the engineers around a common goal is one thing, but organising your code so that people can work efficiently is another. Many large applications suffer from growing pains after just a few months in production due to poorly designed JavaScript with unclear upgrade and extension paths. Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques that allowed large sites such as My Yahoo! and the Yahoo! homepage to continue to grow, scale, and change over time without throwing away previous work. This talk isn’t specific to any JavaScript library, rather, it gives you new ways to apply the libraries you’re already using. The principles of good, loosely-coupled design apply to any system, and you’ll learn how this can help your application today.

    At 2:30pm to 3:10pm, Friday 11th November

  • Beyond the Page

    by Glenn Jones

    The latest browser APIs now make it possible to redesign how your web pages interact with other applications. Web pages are too often little islands that fail to play well with the wider user interfaces of our devices. This talk will explore the possibilities from Drag and Drop to Web Intents, demonstrating how to make web pages more equal in the world of applications.

    At 3:10pm to 3:50pm, Friday 11th November

  • Beyond the Planet of the Geeks

    by Brendan Dawes

    Brendan Dawes is a big-a-geek as anyone; he loves nothing more than making and experimenting with all the wondrous technologies, tools, toys and other magical things that constantly surround us. But the thing is, geeks never changed anything, well not in a real-world sense. Making cutting edge Javascript demos with the likes of Canvas or SVG are all well and good but for things to really change and have an impact stuff needs to move beyond the confines of the world of the geek and become common place, the norm and paradoxically, invisible!

    In this session Brendan takes you through his process of experimentation with purpose and how he and the team at magneticNorth are now actively using these exciting new technolgies on real client work that goes beyond *bouncing ball* demoes to create new interfaces and new ways to explore.

    At 4:20pm to 5:00pm, Friday 11th November

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  • You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do

    by Marcin Wichary

    HTML is incredible and powerful. HTML is a mess. Marcin, a user experience designer at Google, will talk about the experience working on interactive doodles like Pac-Man, Jules Verne and Les Paul. How do we put together things that will be seen by hundreds millions of people? What did we get right? What did we learn the hard way? What rules were broken and what contraptions put together? (Oh, and make sure to bring your phones!)

    At 5:00pm to 5:40pm, Friday 11th November