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Fronteers 2015 schedule

Thursday 8th October 2015

Friday 9th October 2015

  • Static Sites Go All Hollywood

    by Phil Hawksworth

    The popularity of building web sites with static site generators is on the rise. Their reduced complexity, easier compliance, cheaper hosting, and other benefits are getting people’s attention, but they do have limits.

    This talk will explore how we can break through some of those limits with the use of a new breed of hosted tools and services. We’ll look at practical examples of how a static site generator can help deliver a modern web development workflow, support a living styleguide, and also pack the kind of dynamic punch that you’d only think possible from bigger application stacks.

    At 9:00am to 9:50am, Friday 9th October

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  • Modern Workflow + Tooling for Front-end Developers

    by Wes Bos

    How do you create an efficient workflow that helps you build better and faster websites or web apps? What are the tools you should be using? How do they all fit together?

    Front end development is changing at a rapid pace and we are seeing a flurry of new tools and suggested workflows. While these tools are supposed to make web development easier, we often find ourselves overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.

    This talk will explore and simplify a modern workflow for a front end developer. Diving into what these tools are, how they fit together and which ones you should be using. Using tools such as Gulp, Browserify, Webpack, NPM, PostCSS, Sublime Text and the Command Line, you'll leave this talk with a newfound sense of comfort in our current development landscape.

    At 9:50am to 10:40am, Friday 9th October

  • An Introduction to Open Data

    by Sally Jenkinson

    In a world where many of our digital spaces are becoming more closed than ever, open data is a concept that is rapidly on the rise.

    In this talk we'll explore what open data is (and what it isn't), and why we should care about it. We'll look at how you can introduce it into your projects with regards to practical publication and consumption, and discuss some useful tools and reference points.

    Open data isn't just dry and technical - it gives us great scope to be creative, and throughout this talk we'll go through some of the amazing things that it has been used for globally in the hope that it will inspire you to create something amazing yourself.

    At 11:10am to 12:00pm, Friday 9th October

  • Freedom Can Be Designed

    by Rejo Zenger

    The small group of French revolutionaries were able to take control of Paris by using the small and winding streets. Napoleon III didn't want that to happen again, so he created the large boulevards that we love today.

    Nowadays, our built environment is largely made out of software. Developers directly influence the behaviour of their users through what the interface allows people to do with their software. A perfect interface isn't a solution for all software problems, but we do know that even the best algorithms are useless if they are not made accessible through an attractive and intuitive interface. This is essential when creating technology that is meant to protect our freedoms.

    In his talk Rejo Zenger will show how frontend developers and user interface designers have an important responsibility in protecting freedom in our society.

    At 12:00pm to 12:50pm, Friday 9th October

  • Hands-On Web Audio

    by Soledad Penadés

    We all know about the <audio> tag, but the Web Audio API still remains this mystical creature very few people dare to get close to.

    In this talk we'll discuss how Web Audio can greatly enhance your app performance and how it will enable you to build sophisticated and efficient tools with very little effort. We'll also cover debugging and interacting with other web APIs.

    At 1:50pm to 2:40pm, Friday 9th October

  • But What About Old Browsers?!? Embracing New CSS When Your Users Are Stuck in the Past

    by Rachel Andrew

    Put your worries about browser support to one side for a little while as I introduce you to the newest specifications used for layout. We’ll then take a look at realistic ways in which you can start to implement some of the shiny goodness today.

    At 2:40pm to 3:30pm, Friday 9th October

    Coverage slide deck

  • But What About Old Browsers?!? Embracing New CSS When Your Users Are Stuck in the Past

    by Rachel Andrew

    Put your worries about browser support to one side for a little while as I introduce you to the newest specifications used for layout. We’ll then take a look at realistic ways in which you can start to implement some of the shiny goodness today.

    At 2:40pm to 3:30pm, Friday 9th October

  • The Art of Debugging

    by Remy Sharp

    Pretentious title aside, Remy will share how he approaches debugging, techniques that have become muscle memory, old tired and tested methods and (hopefully) show off a neat trick or two that can be achieved with today's state of the art debuggers.

    At 4:00pm to 4:50pm, Friday 9th October

  • Of Gaps, Fillers and Empty Spaces

    by Christian Heilmann

    Web development is in a state of confusion. We feel we are not innovating enough, we are let down by browsers and OSes and we try to fill all these holes with home made remedies. It's time to look at what we have, what we lost and what is a waste of our time.

    At 4:50pm to 5:40pm, Friday 9th October

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