Presentations at Yahoo!, Google, Voices that Matter and Amsterdam Widget Camp

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.

  1. I started with a Yahoo! presentation about JavaScript Events, treating the key events, delegating the focus and blur events through capturing (and not bubbling!), the change event, and I ended with a quick peek at some ways in which mobile browsers try to support the fundamentally alien desktop event model.
    Yahoo! recorded and published my presentation for your viewing pleasure.
  2. The next day, in my Google presentation, I gave an overview of the current mobile browser market as well as W3C Widgets. I called upon the Google Android team to start supporting W3C Widgets, too; unfortunately I have no idea how (un)convincing I was. I finished by pointing out some possible security problems in W3C Widgets.
    Google, too, recorded and published my presentation for your extended viewing pleasure.
  3. Then I got three days of rest before my Voices that Matter presentation. It partly repeated the Yahoo! presentation, but also contains some new material. I did not talk about the mobile browsers; frankly VTM is not a terribly tech-oriented conference, and I think even hardened JavaScript programmers would be put off by the mobile stuff, let alone VTM visitors who overwhelmingly came from the graphic and UX side of things.
  4. Then I had one day without presentations before flying back home and giving my Widget Camp presentation. It partly repeats the Google one, but I added some information about the widget object and the config.xml file any widget needs.

At the urging of Jon Boutelle I became a SlideShare member and uploaded my presentations there, too.

(By the way, just a few hours ago I read Jeremy’s article about GeoCities being destroyed. Jeremy is concerned that this may happen to other services, too, and is not happy with this state of affairs.

I disagree with him; as far as I’m concerned the problem lies with people who put vital content only on external services instead of at their own site, where it belongs. If the data is important to you, keep a local copy. If you don’t, anything that happens next is your own fault.

That’s why I consider the slides here on the official and canonical ones, and the SlideShare ones mere copies meant only to give my readers and followers easier access and sharing possibilities. Should, God forbid, anything happen to SlideShare later on, no lasting harm will be done.)

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1 Posted by henrah on 5 May 2009 | Permalink

Regarding your aside about Geocities: I don't think its particularly germane whose 'fault' it is when the site shuts down. Geocities captures an important section of internet history, and it particularly characterizes a point in time when most people didn't think about keeping local copies of their data. The internet was a different place then, and it was for the first time becoming the plaything of the technically uninformed masses. Yes, they were naive, but that's part of the historical significance of those sites. If they disappear forever, we all lose, not just the original creators.

2 Posted by Anne van Kesteren on 5 May 2009 | Permalink

Actually, lasting harm will be done. All the links to SlideShare would be broken and it is completely unclear whether the person following the link will know he can also find the slides here. is still very much true.

(Then again, it's pretty clear URLs have a finite lifetime so maybe we need to find some better solution.)

3 Posted by Sander Aarts on 5 May 2009 | Permalink

Gladly Bruce Lawson captured the essence of Geocities: