Here are my slides for HTML5 Dev Conf, both the workshop and the conference.
Conferences I attended.
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Here are my slides for HTML5 Dev Conf, both the workshop and the conference.
Here are the slides of my Viewports presentation at WebVisions in Portland.
As I said before I’ll repeat the presentation at the Marquee Club in Seattle on the 14th, and at HTML5 Dev Conf in San Francisco on the 22nd. Also, I’ll do an entire workshop on this subject on the 21st, also in San Francisco.
Tomorrow I’ll leave for a 16-day tour of the US, which will bring me to Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. My schedule is:
25 March 2014
Desktop browsers have only one viewport: the browser window. In contrast, mobile browsers have three: layout, visual, and ideal. Why is that? What does it mean for the meta viewport, media queries, and all the rest? Why does responsive design work? (Not how. Why.) And how are the desktop browsers reacting to this series of new concepts coming from the mobile side?
In mid-May I’ll be on the West Coast for about 10-16 days, ending at HTML5 Dev Conf 19-22 May. I’ll be in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, probably in that order. If you want me to come to your company or meet-up, hey, let’s talk.
Today, we announce the eight speakers for CSS Day, 4th of June, Amsterdam. They are:
We proudly announce CSS Day 2014, 4th of June, in Amsterdam, eight top speakers, eight CSS dev topics.
Early bird has started. Grab those tickets now for € 200 instead of € 275. And there’s only 50 of them.
Who are the speakers, you ask? Sorry, we won't tell you. We'll reveal them on 4th of February, but early bird ends at that precise moment in time. Do you trust us? Then order now!
Also, summer in Amsterdam.
Well, it’s September and here’s the update: there will be no Mobilism 2014.
In slightly more than a week CSS Day will take place in Amsterdam. There are still 35 tickets available, and we thought it’d be cool if we’d sell out.
This will be a one-off event; we’re not going to repeat it next year. So if you want to hear eight top-notch speakers on eight cutting-edge areas of CSS, this is your only chance.
On 14th of June we’re organising CSS Day, a one-day conference with eight top-notch CSS speakers about eight modules. It promises to be a nerdy CSS day with plenty of code examples, odd problems, compatibility issues, and subtle tricks.
The line-up is pretty good, if we do say so ourselves. Eric Meyer, Bert Bos, Stephen Hay, Divya Manian, Tab Atkins, Daniel Glazman, Peter Gasston, and Lea Verou.
Tickets are still available (and contrary to Mobilism, sales are proceeding according to plan). And it’s just €250. Pre-conference workshops (Eric Meyer on CSS, Peter Gasston on responsive design) are €300.
We’ll likely get a lot of answers to advanced CSS questions. Our personal favourite is “Can Lea Verou really talk about border-radius for 45 minutes?” It’s a puzzler, but she assured us she can, and we chose to believe her.
If you want to see for yourself, join us on 14th of June in Amsterdam.
On 16th and 17th of May we will organise the third edition of Mobilism, the mobile web conference.
On Wednesday 15th of May, the day before Mobilism, we have organised two technical platform workshops: one for Firefox OS and one for BlackBerry 10. Both are half-day workshops and a ticket for the two of them costs only €150.
On 16th and 17th of May the third edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Mobilism is once more going to be special this year, not only for its speaker line-up, on which more below, but also because this could well be the last Mobilism.
Mobilism is getting mobiler and mobiler, if that's proper English - and even if it isn't. Today we have three new speakers and two workshops to announce.
Eight top speakers talk about their favourite CSS modules. 14th of June, Amsterdam. That's CSS Day. Sounds good?
It sounds even better when you see the line-up. Every speaker will focus on one or two CSS modules, as follows:
Eight top speakers on eight CSS modules. 14th of June, Amsterdam. That's CSS Day. Sounds good?
More to the point: do you trust us?Today we open early bird sales: tickets for €150 instead of €250. But you won't get any more information. On 12th of February we'll announce the speakers, but early bird will end. And we only have 50 early-bird tickets all in all.
So trust us, buy a ticket and save €100. Or wait a while to make sure we can deliver, and pay the full price. The choice is yours.
Update: Early bird sold out.
On 16th and 17th of May we’ll organise Mobilism, the mobile web conference, in Amsterdam. Today we unveil two new speakers as well as our MC.
Also, early bird is running out. We've only got 30 early-bird tickets left, and they will run until January 25th, so if you want to save €100, you’d better hurry.
We’re going to run another conference this year.
The concept is simple: one day, eight world-class speakers, each of which discusses one or more CSS modules. That’s CSS Day.
14th of June, Amsterdam. Tickets not yet on sale. Speakers as yet a secret, but we’re going to reveal their names in early February.
See you at CSS Day?
8 January 2013
We are excited to announce that Mat Marquis and Sara Wachter Boettcher will join the expanding Mobilism 2013 line-up. With Sara discussing content strategy and Mat sharing his responsive images knowledge, the range of topics is broadening; and it will broaden once more when we announce our next batch of speakers.
Early-bird tickets, which save you €100, will be available until 25th of January, or until they sell out. Currently they aren't sold out, though that may change quickly.
See you in May!
28 November 2012
Mobilism 2013 will take place on 16th and 17th of May in Amsterdam. Today we're very glad to be able to announce two more Mobilism 2013 speakers:
OK, so we once again have a discussion on diversity in conference line-ups. This time the cause is the cancellation of the British Ruby conference because of perceived bias in favour of white men. See also John Allsopp’s excellent overview.
Now I don’t have strong opinions one way or the other, but I still want to make one point.
On 16th and 17th of May the third edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Today we're happy to announce two more speakers: Jake Archibald, who by then will be a Google developer advocate, and Josh Clark, mobile user experience designer extraordinaire and author of Tapworthy.
1 October 2012
In the next two months three important changes will take place in my professional life. These changes have a common theme: they reduce the time I spend on unpaid jobs.
Why these changes? To be quite honest, I feel I’ve done enough free work for the web development community.
On 14th of September PhoneGap Day EU will take place in Amsterdam. This day is wholly dedicated to PhoneGap (duh...) and features quite a few good speakers from the PhoneGap team and other companies deep inside the PhoneGap world.
Tickets are still to be had and are a mere €150. That includes lunch and beers. Yes, you read that right: lunch and beers. Bargain price.
So if you’re into PhoneGap, or thinking of using it in your next project, why not buy your ticket and hop over to Amsterdam? The weather is likely to be decent, the beer likely to be wet, and the sessions
likely to be will certainly be inspiring.
See you on 14th of September in Amsterdam.
On Friday 14th of September, Web Conferences Amsterdam will team up with PhoneGap to organise the first PhoneGap Day EU in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam. Tickets are a mere €150, and until 1st of July we even give an additional discount of €50.
Wow. Mobilism 2012 is done, and it was a lot more awesome than I thought. Not that I thought it would be a dud, but it’s always pleasant when your expectations are exceeded.
In about two hours, at 16:50 CET, Mobilism will live-stream the mobile browser panel.
Moderated by Jeremy Keith, the panel features representatives of BlackBerry, Opera, Nokia, and Google. Just like last year they will discuss the state of the mobile browsers.
So follow our live-stream for an update on the mobile browser world.
Mobilism 2012 will be sponsored by BlackBerry, Nokia, Intel, Google, HP, Adobe PhoneGap, and Microsoft. Of these seven sponsors, four will give us ten devices each that we'll share out among our attendees:
Yesterday’s MoBeers slides are up.
This is the second draft of my Viewports presentations, and it has evolved somewhat since my talk in San Francisco last Friday.
I’ll still be in the US for a week and will still talk at Breaking Development about the Mobile Browser World. See you there?
Three legs of my US tour are now done and dusted. Here are links to my slides, and the rest of my schedule.
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.
The Mobilism line-up is complete now. We have one more item to announce: a device/network API panel featuring representatives from W3C, PhoneGap, and Blue Via to discuss how web developers will get access to phone functionality such as the address book and the camera, as well as access to payment systems that tie in with the mobile operator.
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.
Today we finalise our line-up: no less than Brian Fling, principal of pinchzoom, will come to Amsterdam. In keeping with the design-minded philosophy of his company, Brian will talk about the principles of good mobile design, based on a transferral to mobile of Dieter Rams's 10 principles.
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web.
As promised, here’s an update on my North-American tour consisting of four public speaking gigs in Seattle, San Francisco, Waterloo, and Orlando, and one workshop in San Francisco.
I’ll leave for Seattle on Saturday 31st of March and return to Amsterdam on Thursday 19th of April. During that time I’ll likely suffer from diminished attention span and will blog and mail less than usual.
Currently our quest is to systematically destroy your rationalisations for not buying a ticket right now. Today we give you no less than six brand-new reasons to attend:
For this edition we’re happy to welcome James Pearce, head of Mobile Developer Relations at Facebook. He will shed some light on mobile strategy in general, and will cite ample examples from Facebook's strategy
For this edition we’re happy to welcome Heiko Behrens, a programmer and author for over ten years now focusing on mobile. He will share his thoughts on mobile frameworks and how to get the best results out of them.
On Wednesday 9th of May, the day before the conference, we have organised two mobile web workshops:
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web. For an idea what we’re going to do, see last year’s coverage, or watch my session.
Belatedly, and snowed under by other news, here are my BlackBerry DevCon slides of Wednesday. Once more the Future of the Mobile Web, but I think it was the best Future session I gave so far. And I use new cat and fisherman pics.
More in general, the conference was excellent; much, much better than I thought. There was ample web content sprinkled through a solid core of BlackBerry-centric sessions, but even part of the BB sessions were in fact about web technologies and related topics.
From 31st of March until 17th of April I’ll be once again touring the US. I’ll start and end with conferences, but I’m not quite sure yet what I’m going to do in between and I’m looking for suggestions.
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Like last year, it will concentrate on all aspects of the mobile web. For an idea what we’re going to do, see last year’s coverage, or watch Stephanie Rieger’s session.
If you want to come to Mobilism 2012, 10th and 11th of May in Amsterdam, it’s best to buy your ticket before Saturday. Early bird prices, which knock off €100 of the ticket price, ends with the outgoing year, and why should you pay more than necessary?
Mobilism 2011 was a blast; see also the videos. We’re set to repeat and extend this success in May. with seven world-class speakers, including Ethan Marcotte, Jeremy Keith, Horace Dediu, and Jason Grigsby, who’ll show you how the mobile web works and how you should adapt to it as a web designer or developer. What’s not to like? And even more speakers will be announced later.
See you at Mobilism.
Heads up: the Mobilism 2012 early bird discount and call for papers are ending.
On 10th and 11th of May the second edition of Mobilism will take place in Amsterdam. Just like last year we’ll be informed about the current state of affairs on the mobile web from the world’s most renowned speakers and practicioners. For ample evidence, see last year’s session by Scott Jehl of jQuery Mobile.
We’re also proud to announce Scott Jenson as a speaker. He has worked in UI for many years, first for Apple, later for Symbian and Google. He will share his thoughts on the continuing evolution of mobile interfaces.
The slides of my Forum Oxford presentation are now online (PDF; 76K).
This is likely to be a one-off presentation. I don’t think other conferences are particularly suited to bring the main message of this presentation to the right audience.
Friday 28th of October I’ll be speaking at Forum Oxford, the annual mobile conference organised by Tomi Ahonen and Ajit Jaokar. This is an extra-special event for me since it’ll be the first time I speak at a purely mobile (i.e. not specifically mobile web) event.
Tickets are £295 and can still be had.
Here are the slides (PDF; 900K) of my ParisWeb presentation about the mobile browser world.
I’ll probably repeat this presentation a few times, but will update it whenever the mobile platform or browser market changes — and that’s fairly often these days.
Fronteers 2011, held last Thursday and Friday, was an extraordinary web conference. Where the previous three editions were good and could easily compare to the best international events, Fronteers 2011 was better. The upcoming videos will prove it.
I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and organised four. The ones I organised, and more than half the ones I visited were good, most others were not so good, but a few were extraordinary. Fronteers 2011 belongs in that select group.
And the wifi worked flawlessly with 450 simultaneous connections!
Mobilism 2012 will take place on 10th and 11th of May in Amsterdam. The Main Track, for which we are inviting thought leaders from both the web development and the mobilist community, is filling up nicely (announcements pending). Watch Bryan Rieger's video from last year to get an idea what the Main Track will look like.
However, next year we'll also feature a Fast Track for which we've issued a Call for Papers. If you're interested in a 30-minute session to entertain and enlighten our audience about one aspect of the mobile web, submit a paper. The Call for Papers closes on 16th of December, so you still have time.
We don't yet have a specific number of Fast Track presentations in mind; that depends on the quality of the proposals. If we get only two good proposals, there will be only two Fast Track presentations; if we get many more we could accomodate up to ten or so.
Anyway, let us know what you'd like to speak about, send us a link to a video, and we'll see what we can do.
And remember: if you just want a free ticket, track us on Lanyrd.
Yesterday we received the fourth correct answer to the Mobilism contest that allows you to win a ticket for Mobilism, 10th and 11th of May in Amsterdam.
Strictly speaking that would mean the end of the contest, but we’ve decided to make one more ticket available. So if you can identify these ten phones and are fast about it, you can win a free ticket.
The Mobilism conference is still nine months away. If you can’t wait that long for good advice on the mobile web, you could come to one of our workshops.
On 28th and 29th of September we’ll go to Frankfurt, where we’ll settle down for two days in the Pulse Club to discuss the mobile web with you.
We’re eager to repeat this succes, and therefore we’re happy to announce that Jason Grigsby, co-founder of CloudFour in Portland and mobile strategist extraordinaire, will join the Mobilism 2012 line-up.
Just a quick note to say that ticket sale for the Mobilism workshop in Brighton on 9th and 10th of November is now open. I will run the Brighton workshop by myself; Stephen can't make it.
Mobilism is bringing its two-day mobile web workshop to a city near you. Today we announce workshops in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Manchester, and Brighton. Ticket sales for Amsterdam and Frankfurt open today. Sales for Manchester and Brighton will open soon; we’ll let you know.
After the astounding success of Mobilism 2011 we lost no time in planning the next edition. Therefore we're proud to announce that Mobilism 2012 will take place on 10th and 11th of May 2012 in Amsterdam.
I’ve written a Conference Organiser’s Handbook in which I share some of my experiences with organising conferences, and offer beginners the solid, practical advice that they need. It’s free; do whatever you like with it (except for copying it entirely to another URL).
Incredible! Mobilism 2011 was more than two weeks ago, but it still feels like yesterday. It took me this long to recuperate to the point where I can blog about it. So let’s blog! And let’s watch Stephen Hay’s session while we’re doing it.
Mobilism was a blast; just ask the speakers and the attendees. The worst thing that happened is that the wifi didn’t work for the first hour; it worked fine for the remainder of the conference. If you want specific details on the type, size, and texture of the Mobilism blast, see our coverage page.
In the past three months I’ve given my new presentation The future of the mobile web no less than seven times. I held up releasing the slides until now because I knew I was going to give it again at Mobilism. Now that that last session is done and dusted there’s no reason to hide the slides any longer.
Today at 16:00 CET (3:00pm UK; 10:00am Eastern; 07:00am Pacific) the world’s first mobile browser panel will be streamed live from the Mobilism conference in Amsterdam.
Join us LIVE when Andrea Trasatti (Nokia), Andreas Bovens (Opera), Eli Fidler (RIM), and moderator Jeremy Keith discuss the current state of the mobile browsers, technical challenges, and the future of the mobile web.
Update: The video is now online.
In eight days Mobilism, the conference for mobile web development, will take place in Amsterdam. Surprisingly, we still have a few tickets left at this late stage.
In two days we’ll bring thirteen sessions about the mobile web, with speakers ranging from Luke Wroblewski on Mobile First, Steve Souders on mobile performance, Jared Spool on UX, and Brian Leroux on device APIs and creative cursing, to Bryan and Stephanie Rieger on the evolving mobile market and the world’s first mobile browser panel, where representatives of Nokia, RIM, and Opera will discuss their implementations and the problems they encountered.
If you plan on switching to mobile in the next year (and every web developer should at least consider this option seriously), you can’t afford to miss this conference. So what are you waiting for? Order your ticket now!
Just now I uploaded my Front-end Day workshop slides. PDF; 750K. People who follow my slides religiously will notice that it bears a suspicious resemblance to the Albany talk I gave earlier this month; I just swapped in Bulgarian stats for the US ones and added three slides or so.
During the main conference I held two presentations: Future of the Mobile Web and The Touch Events. I will publish the Future slides only after Mobilism (12/13 May) because I’m going to repeat it there.
As to The Touch Events; it’s exactly the same as my Huge presentation I held in New York (PDF; 800K). I didn’t expect to have to repeat it, so I didn’t have time for any changes (even though I don’t like the flow of the presentation; a future version will differ significantly from this one).
We are proud to announce that the Mobilism conference, which will take place on 12th and 13th of May in Amsterdam, will feature the world’s first mobile browser panel, in which representatives of several mobile browser vendors discuss their implementations with the audience and each other.
During my US tour I gave five presentations. Here are the slides of the last three, given in New York and Albany.
On Monday I’ll fly out for a two-week US tour that will bring me to San Francisco, San Jose, Austin, Dallas, New York, and Albany. On the way I’ll hold four public sessions, and I expect to see a lot of people and drink a lot of beer.
By popular request, here are the slides of today’s webinar. Power Point format, 4.5Meg.
In the first two weeks of April I’ll be in the US for the first time in two years. Events in Dallas, Austin, and NYC are in various stages of preparation, and if you like (and pay) some more events will be added to my schedule.
On Wednesday 23rd of March I will hold a Mobile Web Workshop in Amsterdam. The workshop will take place in Felix Meritis (Keizersgracht 324), and it will run from 10:00 to about 17:00. Tickets are €300 ex. VAT, and they include lunch. The maximum number of participants is 15.
A month ago Steve Souders announced he was going to shift his focus to mobile. That’s good news, because mobile peformance is pretty much a terra incognita, and we badly need more information. If the pre-eminent specialist on performance wants to figure it all out for us, we’ll be glad to leave the hard work to him.
On 12th and 13th of May the Mobilism conference will take place in Amsterdam. There are still some tickets left, although interest is high.
Conferences are all fine and good, but there’s nothing like learning new concepts and techniques at the feet of a world-class teacher in small groups. Therefore, today we announce two workshops for Wednesday 11th of May, the day before the conference:
Ticket sales for Mobilism 2011 continues to exceed our expectations. The 50 early-bird tickets we released initially are now all but sold.
Since it’s going so well, we decided to release 25 extra early-bird tickets as of right now. So if you want an early-bird ticket that saves you €140 on a mobile web conference with John Resig, Jared Spool, Jeremy Keith, Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, and several other top-notch speakers, you shouldn’t wait too long.
When these last tickets are sold out, they will be really sold out. We will not release even more early-bird tickets.
See you in May.
A quick Mobilism update before we enter the long dark Christmas time of the soul.
Mobilism 2011 takes place in Amsterdam on 12th and 13th of May. We opened ticket sale eight days ago, and already we found 27 attendees. Not bad for eight days just before the Christmas break.
Anyway, the offshoot is that if you want an early-bird ticket that saves you €140 on a mobile web conference with John Resig, Jared Spool, Jeremy Keith, Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, and several other top-notch speakers, you shouldn’t wait too long. If the 23 remaining early-bird tickets sell out, they’re ... well ... sold out. I even wonder if they’re going to last through the last few days of 2010.
See you in May.
I already mentioned this a little while ago, but now it’s official: Mobilism 2011, one of the first conferences dedicated entirely to mobile web development, will take place in Amsterdam on the 12th and 13th of May, and ticket sales have started.
On the 7th and 8th of October Fronteers 2010, the third annual conference of Fronteers, took place in Amsterdam. Contrary to the last two editions I had nothing to do with this one. Still, I’m quite happy that videos of all sessions have been made available, as well as a nice compilation video.
29 November 2010
The mobile web is becoming more and more interesting to web designers and developers. After all, it won’t be that long until the average client will insist on mobile browser compatibility for every site in addition to the usual desktop browser compatibility.
But how do you make your website mobile-compliant? I’ve been working on this problem for close to two years now, but it’s not an easy question to answer.
I have been using Lanyrd pretty much since it exists (which isn’t that long), and I’m already convinced that it’s the awesomest possible tool for a multiclass speaker/organiser such as me. Therefore I wish to praise Lanyrd, and also make a few feature requests.
If you organise an event, especially a web conference somewhere in Europe, please add it to Lanyrd. It makes finding your event much easier.
Here are the slides of my FrontTrends presentation. Mostly new material about why we need SMS messages for transferring JSON, web servers over Bluetooth, why we don't need app stores, and other mobile web ideas.
Overal verdict: fun conference! If it runs again in 2011, go there. And they plan an event called Falsy Values, too.
Right now I’m in Düsseldorf with Vodafone, testing the 15th mobile WebKit I found: LG WebKit. I’ll head home this afternoon, and after that I have two more trips to go before this year is up.
Next week I’ll be in Warsaw for Front Trends where I will speak about JSON over SMS and other cool mobile opportunities. I will also visit friends there.
As Mathias points out in the comments I'll go to Ghent for a Fronteers meeting on 4 November, but it's travel by train (which to me counts as minor travel), and besides the meeting is completely booked.
Then in the second week of November I’ll head to the UK once more. I will attend Full Frontal on Friday 12th, and it seems likely I’ll be around London or Brighton from Wednesday or so on; maybe even earlier.
That’s it for the year; when I land on Schiphol on Saturday 13th my traveling will be over until at least February or so.
I’ll probably meet some of my readers during either of the conferences.
As I promised I uploaded my WebExpo slides. This presentation was based on my Newcastle one, but extended and slightly changed.
27 September 2010
In practice I think the conference will be sold out way before the 60 hours are over.
6 August 2010
The Fronteers 2010 conference has announced two new speakers: Jake Archibald of the BBC’s Glow library, and Stoyan Stefanov of Yahoo!
On 21 and 22 October the first Front Trends conference will take place in Warsaw. I will be speaking there; I’ll talk about JSON over SMS and other exciting marriages of web and mobile.
Tickets are inexpensive, not to say bloody cheap. € 198 to see a lot of good speakers (Douglas Crockford, Tantek Çelik, Dmitry Baranovskiy of Rafael.js, plenty of others) is not expensive.
So if you’re in the neighbourhood, why not join us in Warsaw? As of this writing there are still tickets available.
On 7 and 8 October Fronteers 2010 will take place in Amsterdam. Three more speakers and one more workshop have been announced, and the early bird period will end next Wednesday, at the end of June.
Dan Rubin will be giving a workshop “Bringing Your Design to Life with CSS3” on Tuesday 5 October, two days before the conference.
Right now a conference ticket for two days is still only € 275. These prices will go up next Thursday, though. A workshop ticket for Dan Rubin or Andy Clarke will remain € 350 So what are you waiting for? Buy one! (Or two, or five.)
(Fronteers members should not use the general ticket sale page. Instead, they have gotten a mail with special instructions for obtaining an extra discount.)
I hope to see some of my readers at Fronteers 2010.
I’ve published my Samsung bada/HTML5 apps presentation of yesterday. People who religiously follow my presentation will not find much new stuff in there, except maybe that I made the case for a change of app monetisation more forcefully than before.
Next Thursday there’s a bada developer day in Amsterdam, co-sponsored by Vodafone, at which I’ll speak. Entrance is free, although registration is required so that the organisers know how many people will be coming.
Just like last year, Fronteers, the Dutch association of front-end engineers, is organising a conference, and it looks quite good. For me personally the best part is that I don’t have to do a thing; contrary to the last two years I’m not involved in the organisation at all, and just have to show up and have a good time.
I have posted my DIBI slides (PDF; 1,8Meg). It was a fun conference, and my presentation went well. Web developers clearly want to know about mobile.
The talks also seem to have been broadcast and taped; will let you know when they appear online.
For clarity's sake: this year I have nothing to do with the organisation; I'll just attend the conference, relax, enjoy the show, as well as a beer or two.
Maybe I'll meet some of my readers at Fronteers 2010.
Well, a new year has started, and it’s tradition to give an overview of where you’re standing. So here’s mine.
As longtime readers may remember, I was totally burned out at the end of both 2007 and 2008. I’m happy to report that that trend has been broken; although I was glad to have a little holiday at the end of 2009, I returned to work without noticeable problems. So that’s good.
However, I have decided that certain aspects of my professional life are in need of a change; notably my public speaking and my compatibility tables.
When we sold out Fronteers 2009 in September we loudly proclaimed that no more tickets were to be had. Point is: we weren't entirely truthful. There still are two tickets available. They're even free. You just have to do something in order to get them.
You can find more details on the Fronteers site.
15 September 2009
Now follows the most anti-climactic speaker announcement ever. We’ve got tons of new excellent speakers to announce for Fronteers 2009, such as Dion and Ben from Ajaxian, Chris Heilmann, Pete LePage, and Stephen Hay, but we’re about sold out. If you don’t have a ticket already you can’t come and see them.
The full list of Fronteers 2009 speakers has been published, and as you can see this promises to be quite a conference. I like the line-up, if I may say so myself.
We’re almost sold out. Currently ticket sale has been halted while we figure out exactly how many tickets we can still sell. We expect a very few tickets (less than 10) to be released somewhere next week. When these are gone we’re completely sold out. Price is € 350, there are no more discounts, and there is no way of reserving tickets beforehand.
The release will be announced at our @fronteers09 Twitter feed first.
I hope to meet some of my readers at Fronteers 2009.
29 June 2009
As I announced earlier the Fronteers 2009 conference will be held in Amsterdam on the 5th and 6th of November. Today we announce two speakers, and we also have extended the early bird period by one week (ends 10th of July instead of 3rd). The conference will be held entirely in English.
Just as we did last year, Fronteers, the organisation of front-end engineers in the Netherlands, organises a front-end conference. Ticket sale has started, and two more speakers have been announced.
Ticket sale has started; currently we’re in the early bird period that will expire on the 3rd of July. A two-day ticket costs € 250; a one-day ticket € 175.
Additional discounts are available for Fronteers members (who have meanwhile received a mail), and Dutch educational institutions.
The conference is sponsored by Vodafone, and we’re currently negotiating with other potential sponsors.
I hope to see some of you at Fronteers 2009!
4 May 2009
Phew, the last two weeks have been a blast, but also a bit tiring. I went on a visit to San Francisco in order to speak at the Voices That Matter Web Design Conference, and since I was in town anyway both Yahoo! and Google invited me to do a tech talk. I returned home on Friday, and on Saturday I spoke at the Amsterdam Widget Dev Camp organised by Vodafone NL. Fun, but wearing.
As you may know by now, I’m currently heavily engaged inW3C Widgets research, so it’s no surprise that three out of four of my presentations treated this topic. As usual I’ve put the slides online.
28 April 2009
By the way, the good people at Yahoo! have already published the video of my presentation; including a complete transcript (it's odd to read through it).
As I said during my VTM presentation, the Yahoo! one contains the solution to the focus/blur event delegation thing, as well as some information on events in the mobile browsers.
25 April 2009
The slides of my Google presentation are now online (PDF, 841K).
This presentation, too, has been taped and will be published online. I'll let you know when that happens.
I also caved in to Jon Boutelle's peer pressure and now publish my slideshows on Slideshare.net; including this one.
24 April 2009
The presentation has been taped and will eventually be published online; I'll let you know when that happens.
13 April 2009
I’m pleased to announce that Google has graciously agreed to sponsor my work on my compatibility tables. We’ve entered an agreement for this year; after that we’ll see what happens.
Therefore, if you go to the compatibility tables now, you’ll see a tasteful little sponsor bar at the bottom of every page with a well-known logo in it.
After the success that was Fronteers 2008, Fronteers lost no time in starting up preparations for the next edition of our conference.
Fronteers 2009 will be held on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of November in Felix Meritis, Amsterdam. Just like last year, it will have a stellar line-up of Dutch and foreign speakers. Please jot down these dates in your agenda; you wouldn’t want to miss this one.
29 October 2008
Yesterday I did my first five-hour workshop at the Fundamentos Web conference in Gijón. It went well, I think, even though today my legs still hurt a bit from standing up so much.
As I think I said before, five of the eight sessions of the second day of Fronteers 2008 have been taped.
The videos are done now; you can watch them on the bachelor-ict site (these are the people who organised, and paid for, the actual taping).
On the front page you find short interviews with most of our speakers. The purple blocks say "Bekijk de presentatie", which means "View presentation", and you have to click on those links to access the actual presentations.
The presentations of Pete LePage, Raph de Rooij, Chris Heilmann and Stuart Langridge are available. In addition, you can watch the panel that Bruce Lawson and Vasilis van Gemert did on the homepage.
Well, one more conference done and dusted, and The Ajax Experience was definitely fun to do, not least because it allowed me to return to Boston.
Currently I’m sitting in the hotel bar with a few hours to kill, so this is as good a time as any for some impressions:
1 October 2008
Yesterday I gave my State of the Browsers presentation at The Ajax Experience in Boston. Here are the slides (PDF, 2MB).
26 September 2008
16 September 2008
Wow, it’s over. I created a first class web conference. Of course I borrowed heavily from the @media plan, which I now thorougly understand after five visits. But still, I’m happy — and exhausted.
Some random impressions:
With three days to go before Fronteers 2008, we still have some tickets left. Why not join
and Pete LePage of the MSIE team
in Amsterdam this Thursday and Friday? It promises to be two days full of front-end geekery.
Everything’s set up now; to my own surprise I have very little left to organise, which I think means I did a good job during the last months. I hadn’t really expected that, but I’m grateful even for small favours.
See you at Fronteers 2008.
25 August 2008
The preparations for Fronteers 2008 proceed apace; it’s likely to become an excellent conference. (Amsterdam, 11 and 12 September.)
Ticket sale has meanwhile started; unfortunately there’s a bug in the English version that requires everybody to use the Dutch one I linked to. My apologies for the bug, but this is something the ticket system vendor has to solve (and is solving, if rumours are to be believed).
Unfortunately we had one cancellation: Nate Koechley had a clash of schedules. Fortunately Andy Clarke and Anne van Kesteren have agreed to host sessions (on CSS positioning and the
<video> element in HTML5, respectively), so I believe the conference will survive Nate’s absence.
I personally am swamped in work (if you think organising a conference is something you do in your spare time I advise you to upgrade your brain), but I believe the main thrust is behind me now. With only a few relatively minor things to arrange it looks as if the conference is set to go.
Hope to see you there.
4 August 2008
29 June 2008
In this entry I give some impressions of AEA Boston, as well as an attempt to compare the current web dev world with the old potlatch system.
Here they are (PDF, about 400K).
It’s nearly 1am now, and this is the only time slot I have available for a blog post about the two conferences I attended this week. Besides, I’m going on holiday in a few hours and it’s my unfailing habit to point that out here—and the fact that we have to be at the airport at the ungodly hour of 5am means that I’m not going to sleep tonight.
So let’s get it out of the way: I will be on holiday on Zakynthos, Greece, from 2 to 16 June, and it seems likely I’ll be completely unreachable during that time.
I’m hardly yet in a holiday mood; yesterday I returned from London at 11pm, still slightly the worse for wear after I’d spent the afternoon sipping pints with Dean Edwards, and today I had to do a lot of boring-but-necessary pre-holiday things such as finances, dropping stuff off, sending vital mails etc.
But I’m digressing. Let’s talk about conferences instead.
Download them here. PDF file; about 620K.
I want to repeat this presentation in English at some conference somewhere, but I don't yet have specific plans. So if you can't read Dutch you'll have to have some patience.
22 May 2008
Next month will be a busy, conference- and travel-rich month. September will be exactly the same, but fortunately I've got some spare time in between (time that I'm going to need for my next big project).
Before revealing my exact schedule, I've got a new speaking gig to announce: The Ajax Experience, September 29th to October 1st, Boston. I will present the "State of the Browsers" session, in which I'm going to discuss the failings of modern browsers when it comes to DOM support, as well as quizzing a few framework authors about their handling of browser incompatibilities. It's going to be huge fun and I'm looking forward to it.
As I think I said before, I'll arrive in Austin only on Saturday afternoon. I've been very lazy this year and have made absolutely zero plans. However, I'd like to kick off my personal SxSW experience by having a relaxed beer in The Ginger Man from about 5 to at least 7 pm. I'm already supposed to meet some people there, but by this entry I'd like to extend the invitation to anyone who's interested (or who wants beer).
Hope to see you there.
Quite frankly, I haven't yet done very much this year. In the middle of last December I was overtaken by an acute case of severe stress (I posted a rambling entry at that time). Fortunately my planning called for a holiday at that point in time, but what I hadn't expected is that, even after three weeks of complete rest and no email, I still wouldn't be able to restart working.
As a result, I didn't do even 20 % of what I planned doing during January and February. Meanwhile I'm beyond apologising. Such things happen.
I may ignore the world, but the world still expects things of me. More precisely, it expects me to be present at no less than seven conferences between now and July. I hope that visiting these conferences will be what I need to get my act together again, especially since I have to speak at only three of them.
See my schedule for an (as yet un-microformatted) overview.
On 23 or 24 June I'm going to speak at An Event Apart Boston. If you're interested in meeting me in person, be there.
I hope to meet a few of my readers there.
28 October 2007
Yesterday morning I returned from my first visit to San Francisco, where I delivered my first real solo presentation at the Voices that Matter: Web Design conference, as well as visiting Yahoo! and wandering around town a bit. All in all it was a wonderful experience.
Just now I finished my presentation at the Voices that Matter conference in San Francisco. At the request of New Riders and my audience, I've put the slides online (as a PDF).
Maybe this notice is a bit late, but next Tuesday I'll hop on board the plane that will take me to San Francisco for a ten day stay (Wed. 17th to Fri. 26th).
I've never been there before (in fact, this will be only the second time I visit the US), and I'm very curious about this great city where everybody's rumoured to talk about CSS all the time, which is supposed to be quite a bit like Amsterdam (at least, that's what a San Franciscan once told me), and whose praises have been sung many times over, even though the requirement to put flowers in your hair seems to have been scrapped somewhere during the Reagan administration.
21 August 2007
Well, another year, another @media. As usual I loved the conference, as well as meeting old friends and making new ones. I didn't drink quite as much beer as last year; I'm not yet sure why (and no, it's not because I'm getting old; I feel younger with every passing day and will pretty quickly re-enter adolescence). In any case, it was more than worth it and I'm looking forward to next year's edition (and, of course, to @media Ajax).
At the tail end of @media 2007 Europe, Patrick Griffiths announced a brand new conference at which I'm going to speak:
@media Ajax, 19 and 20 November 2007 in London.
1 June 2007
As I think I said before, I'm becoming addicted to public speaking. Therefore I was very glad when New Riders/Peachpit invited me to speak at their Voices that Matter: Web Design Conference, 22-25th of October.
19 March 2007
There's one aspect of SxSW that I didn't discuss in my previous entry: the reason why I went to only a few parties. Most nights I was back in my hotel around 11:00. That's not really sociable, is it? Unfortunately I was unable to attend most parties BECAUSE OF THE FUCKING NOISE.
I'm wondering if it would be at all possible to just turn off the LOUD BACKGROUND MUSIC at conference parties.
Wow, what shall I say?
SxSW 2007 was awesome, but also just the tiniest bit intimidating. Why intimidating? Because it was so HUGE. I expected it to be larger than @media, but I didn't expect it to be nearly eight times as large, and the fact that it was has hampered my efficiency a bit. I haven't talked to nearly half the people I wanted to talk to (sorry, guys), because I kept saying "OK, I'll have to rush now; catch you later", but when later came around I couldn't catch them because they were at another party, or maybe at their hotel, or whatever.
See also the slides.
I'll see some of you there.
As I posted before I'll be in Austin on Thursday, and I'll be looking for something to do. Meanwhile two get-togethers have been organised:
I hope to see some of my Austin-based readers there; and maybe a few others who, like me, have decided to arrive early for SxSW.
27 February 2007
I'll be in Austin a few days before SxSW starts, and I'll leave a few days after it ends. Which brings me to my main point: will anyone be in Austin on Wednesday 7th and/or Thursday 8th and feel like meeting up? If you do, please leave a comment below. I'll be staying in the Driskill Hotel (not sure if that matters, but anyway).
3 February 2007
11 October 2006
Hope to see you at SxSW.
25 September 2006
30 August 2006
Although I'm almost ready with the promised redesign of QuirksMode.org, I'm nonetheless going to postpone it. There are two reasons:
23 June 2006
The Hot Topics panel that closed the conference featured one excellent question that set me thinking about socio-political questions:
Isn't the recent mass movement of high-profile web designers to large companies like Yahoo and Google a little worrying in terms of objectivity and in terms of creativity?
You can read the discussion that followed in the transcript, but my own thoughts went in a slightly different direction.
The conference was split into two tracks, and there have been quite a few discussions about whether this was a good idea. I think it is because it allows for more specialisation. In any case, here are a few notes on some of the presentations I attended.
20 June 2006
Well, I'm back from @media, and it was as wonderful as last year. I met lots of interesting people, talked about lots of geeky stuff, drank the amount of beer required by British law, and went on stage at a web conference for the first time—but I hope not for the last.
As usual this site is closed down during my stay in London; anything that needs my personal intervention will have to wait until I return on Sunday, especially the five or six bug reports that came in during the past few days.
Please pull your agendas and make a note: @media 2006 will take place on 15 and 16 June in London. Be there.
Locatie: Café De Jaren, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam, vlakbij de Munt. Tram 4, 9, 16, 24 of 25 vanaf het Centraal Station, bij de Munt uitstappen, links de brug over de smalle straat in en dan kom je er vanzelf.
Ik hoop daar een paar van mijn Nederlandstalige lezers te treffen.
@media was more than great: it was necessary. Patrick Griffiths, thank you for making all this possible. See you next year.
Next Thursday and Friday I will attend the @media 2005 conference in London, where I hope to meet a few Web development luminaries like Jeffrey Zeldman, Joe Clark, Douglas Bowman, and many others, not to mention a few of my readers.
There seems to have been a (badly covered) "Ajax Summit" organised by O'Reilly and Adaptive Path. Could be interesting. Scott Andrew has the details.
Just now I registered for the @media 2005 Web Standards & Accessibility conference held in London on 9 and 10 June. Maybe I'll meet some of my readers there.
I’m around at the following conferences: