This is a very special episode that was recorded in front of a live audience at An Event Apart Chicago 2015. Chris and Dave (and a very large fake fern) sat on stage and did a bunch of Q & A, classic ShopTalk style. All the questions were very serious and definitely sent in by real people.
Web browsers have become so powerful that developers are now treating them as if they were a runtime environment as predictable as any other. But the truth is that we still need to deal with many unknown factors that torpedo our assumptions.
The web is where Postel’s Law meets Murphy’s Law. So we can’t treat web development is if it were just another flavour of software. Instead we must work with the grain of the web. Fortunately there are tried and tested approaches to building for the web that will result in experiences that are robust, flexible, and resilient.
David Autor, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), joins Social Europe Editor-in-Chief Henning Meyer to discuss the impact of technological changes on the world of work and the wider economy. The discussion highlights why washing machines will not go to the moon any time soon and why the developing world might have more to fear from the digital revolution than rich countries.
From Velocity Amsterdam 2015: - Where will your next customers come from? Why do the next billion matter, and where do they come from? - What devices do they use? - What challenges do they face? Devices, networks, etc. - What is coming in web standards to ameliorate some of these? - What can browsers do to help – and how do proxy browsers work? - How can web developers ensure their sites work properly with proxy browsers? - What is Opera doing to make its Opera Mini proxy browser faster and better?
About Bruce Lawson (Opera ASA): Bruce Lawson advocates open standards for Opera. He’s been involved in explaining and making web standards since 2002. He co-wrote the first book on HTML5, contributed to the W3C’s Mobile Web Best Practices, and was a member of the Web Standards Project.
Eric Meyer’s worked with the web since 1993, an internationally recognized expert on HTML, CSS, and web standards. Last year, after the tragic death of his daughter, he raised difficult questions about how we design for crisis and compassion, the risk of algorithmic cruelty, and how we can do better.
Recorded in September 2015 at XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit http://xoxofest.com.
Introductory music: "Samurai" by Kyle Devine, courtesy of Marmoset. Intro animation by Craig Winslow. Video production by brytCAST. Video thumbnail by Ian Linkletter. Captions by White Coat Captioning.
Front-end dev is a diverse field that’s changing quickly, and we’ve been hearing lots of questions about what it all means. Don’t fear: our expert panelists will help you navigate the gray areas, understand the range of hybrid roles out there, and explore new technologies with confidence.
After this event, you’ll be prepared to:
Discuss the changing face of front-end dev, and what that means for your work
Position yourself effectively with recruiters and hiring managers
Work successfully with a product team
Define a career path that works for your goals and interests
Chris Coyier, Jina Bolton, Una Kravets, Rebecca Murphey, and Marco Rogers
30 minutes of panelist conversation
30 minutes of Q&A with viewers
SmashingConf Barcelona 2015: Graphic Design in the 21st Century: Is the Internet Killing Creativity?
Is the internet, for all its technology, best-practice guides, metrics and measurements making us better designers? Or is it killing creativity, homogenising ideas and undermining the notion of original thought? Join me as I explore how the practice of graphic design has changed since the information revolution.
The web is being compared to "native" a lot these days, with some even declaring the web dead. But what are the strengths web? What does it do that native can’t touch? What is it we are making when we are creating something of the web? Jeremy Keith joins Jen Simmons to articulate how to understand and appreciate the web.
Miranda Sawyer presents a new, stylish round-up of the best and most memorable podcasting from around the world.
There’s been an explosion in the profusion and quality of podcasts, plus a new public awareness after the breakthrough moment in 2014 with Serial. Suddenly, podcasts have become cool.
There are now more than 100,000 English speaking podcast feeds worldwide covering everything from science to sport to every conceivable niche. Last year, there were 165 million podcasts downloaded just from BBC Radio 4 programmes alone, and the trend is seemingly ever upwards. But is this a bubble or is podcasting set to take its place alongside TV and radio as a long-term media genre?
British podcaster Helen Zaltzman guests in this first episode which explores the genre, plays some great podcasts and asks why it’s taken off in such a big way.
We speak to Frank De Winne, head of the European Astronaut Centre.
When will humans return to the surface of the moon? How are space explorations affected by political tensions and what do astronauts really think about Hollywood’s version of space?
We discuss all this and more with former Belgian air force test pilot and first-ever European commander of the International Space Station Frank De Winne.
Frank now heads the European Astronaut Centre, who recruited six new astronauts in 2009. One of the six is the UK’s Tim Peake, who’s scheduled to make his first flight to the International Space Station in December.
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