Sessions at Future of Web Apps London 2012 on Wednesday 17th October Workshops

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  • Create Beautiful Data Visualisations With Javascript

    by Tim Ruffles

    Data visualisation is everywhere. Build on your existing Javascript skills and amaze your users with powerful representations of your data.

    By the end of the work shop you’ll have produced 3 data visualisations, making use of d3.js and 3.js, covering low-level, data-driven, and 3 dimensional data visualisation.

    This is an intermediate level class, aimed at those with existing HTML, CSS and Javascript skills looking to build some great visualisations. You’ll need to bring a laptop.

    What you'll learn:

    • The basic concepts of data-viz
    • To use the *nix tools to quickly clean, transform and prep data
    • To drop down and draw visualisations from the ground up with Raphel.js
    • To produce data-driven documents with with d3
    • How to take advantage of the 3rd dimension to create amazing interactive visualisations with 3.js

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 17th October

    In The Brewery

  • Design and Build Your API

    by Lorna Jane Mitchell

    Every product needs a good API, but what's a "good" API and how do you make one? We'll kick off by inspecting some existing APIs and looking at their structure, purpose and delivery. We'll move on and look at the technologies behind web services, the difference between RPC and REST, and so on. Once you've seen enough theory, we will jump right in and start to design our own API ... and then we'll build it! Bring your laptops and API ideas, and let's begin. I'm a PHP specialist but APIs are all about interoperability so we'll talk about the exchange of data over HTTP in general, and you can build in whatever technology suits you best.

    What you'll learn:

    • Overview of API types
    • In-depth study of HTTP features
    • XML and JSON
    • Consuming and debugging existing APIs
    • Design pointers for a great API

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 17th October

    In The Brewery

  • Online guerrilla marketing 101

    by Paul Boag

    Whether we are launching a new app, promoting our business or thinking about our future career, we all have to be marketeers these days. From building personal brands to attracting users to your site, online marketing is increasingly important. Unfortunately most of us don't have the budget for lavish online campaigns. However, using social media, free online tools and some hard work you can attract an audience and build a community.

    What you'll learn:

    • How to create compelling content that has value to your audience.
    • Ways to stand out from the crowd with a unique message.
    • The best ways to use social media and your website to create an engaging user experience.
    • How to get yourself seen and grab attention.
    • How to transform users from passive consumers into active evangelists who promote you.

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 17th October

    In The Brewery

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  • Workshop: Designing an Elegant Mobile User Experience Across Multiple Devices and Platforms

    by Erik Loehfelm

    The biggest challenge in developing mobile apps is how to design for both elegance and usability, and do this across all the various devices, platforms and technologies and while still maintaining the brand feel. This workshop explores key challenges around creating an app that runs on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets and web, and the latest thinking on how to deal with HTML5 vs Native vs Flash.

    What you'll learn:

    • User-centered design practices to design mobile apps people love! - Creating personas, context scenarios, wireframes, and paper prototypes
    • Best practice techniques for mobile design including the use of mobile design patterns, adaptive and responsive web design, the theory of progressive enhancement, and on-device prototyping tools
    • Decision matrix for Native, Hybrid or HTML technologies

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 17th October

    In The Brewery