Matt Andrews
Software engineer making apps – that aren’t apps – and more at the FT. 会说汉语.

Full Frontal Conference 2013 Notes

09:50 — 10:30: ES6 Uncensored (slides) Angus Croll – @angustweets

A whistlestop tour of ES6 (the upcoming version of javascript due next year). The highlight for me was finally an explanation of yield that I actually understood. Is it me or does ES6 look a lot like Scala?


10:30 – 11:10: JavaScript in the real world (slides) Andrew Nesbitt – @teabass

Mind still buzzing with yielding generators we segued into Andrew Nesbitt’s delightful Terminator-reference and Rabbit-photo packed presentation on the cutting edge of JavaScript powered robots.


11:40 – 12:20: Mobile isn’t a thing, it is everything (slides) Joe McCann – @joemccann

Lots of charts of absurd growth and examples of mobile changing everything, from the most frivolous to the most life-saving and inspirational ways.


12:20 – 13:00: Pushing the limits of mobile performance (slides) Andrew Grieve – @GrieveAndrew

A peak into the history of Gmail web app for the original iPhones. Amazing to see how much faster smart phones have become since 2007. My main take away: JavaScript performance isn’t the issue it used to be on mobile devices – rendering is (probably) a much bigger concern.


break for fish ‘n’ chips


14:30 – 15:10: Our web development workflow is completely broken (slides) Kenneth Auchenberg – @auchenberg

I imagine like many I had unquestioningly accepted the fact that when I use Chrome I must use Chrome dev tools; for Safari and iOS I must use Safari’s and so on.
We’ve all been doing it wrong.


15:10 – 15:50: Stunning visuals with maths and… No javascript? (slides) Ana Tudor – @thebabydino

Really, really cool demonstrations of what can be done with just CSS (and maths).


16:20 – 17:00: Building with web components using x-tags (slides) Angelina Fabbro – @angelinamagnum

The cutting edge of Web Components from the Mozilla camp.


17:00 – 17:40: Time (slides) Jeremy Keith – @adactio

And Full Frontal 2013 ended on Time – an exploration of the permanence of digital information, the longevity of formats and a brief history of time.


What an excellent day at the seaside.