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The QuirksBlog is my professional blog in which I write about web development and related topics, and occasionally about my personal life. I'm not really interested in keeping a personal blog, though, so the majority of the entries are about solidly techy stuff.

Full line-up for Mobilism 2015

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Mobilism 2015 will take place on 27th of March in Amsterdam. Today, our full line-up was revealed. Mobilism first-timers Petro Salema and Agnieszka Walorska are joined by veterans Seb Lee-Delisle, Stephanie Rieger (and me) to create a nice mix of the new and the familiar.

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Front end and back end

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The difference between back-enders and front-enders is that the first work in only one environment, while the second have to work with myriad of environments that may hold unpleasant surprises.

I feel that the subconscious assumption that a complex JavaScript-driven web site or web app will run in only one monolithic environment is the root cause of many problems front-enders see in back-end-driven web-based projects.

Even worse, where back-enders hold that they’re better in creating complex applications than front-enders — and they may even be right — some show an unwillingness to learn about the front end.

The combination of an insistence on being right about application structuring with a casual dismissal of front-end techniques aimed at catering to myriads of challenging environments makes the archetypical back-ender come across as arrogant. If you want to teach, be prepared to learn.

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Angular and templating

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Well, that was quite a ride. 50K hits on my Angular article (which is a LOT for me), and still people trickling in.

Predictably, trolls came out in the comment threads on Hacker News and Reddit, but also some thoughtful reactions, and even a few who defended my article. It almost seems as if the comment quality is going slightly up. That’s unexpected, and nice. (For the record, I’m not a fan of comments.)

There’s way too much feedback to treat it all — I encourage you to read the comments for yourself — but there’s one particular argument I’d like to point out. It’s about my belief that templating belongs on the server, and it was made in both comment threads:

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Elsewhere on the 'Net

The Elsewhere on the 'Net blog contains many links to other interesting web development sites, articles, and resources.

16 March 2010

Opera Browser Standards support chart

19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Touch web browser mega shootout: Surf's up

18 February 2010

Dispatches from the front line - War reporter checks in from smartphone battle zone

2 February 2010

How Internet Explorer 8 document mode affects JavaScript

31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

RIM patent app will have you barely browsing the web at incredible speeds

NetFront Browser v4.0

8 January 2010

A Bloodbath for 2010: the Smartphone market preview

6 January 2010

Google's biggest announcement was not a phone, but a URL

5 January 2010

What’s Ahead for the Mobile Web in 2010?

Is there hope for Palm in the 2010 smartphone wars?

8 December 2009

The mobile data apocalypse, and what it means to you

Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Deal in Browser Case

See the Elsewhere homepage for older entries.