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Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–The Latest on Measuring Web Performance

Patrick is going to explore the current state of web performance measurement, both in a lab (synthetic) environment and from real users (RUM). There has been a lot of exciting advancement in this space with Google’s Core Web Vitals and evolving of other metrics over the years.

We will also explore how synthetic and RUM data complement each other and when each is most appropriate to use.

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Performance Upgrades with WebAssembly and the Edge

This talk will be taking a look at how WebAssembly and Edge Computing can improve your front end performance of your Application. We will take a look at what WebAssembly is, how it can be used to replace hot paths in your JavaScript Application. What Edge Computing is, and how it can be used to provide additional performance to low end devices. Lastly, we will look at how they can be used together for portable and performant applications.

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–On the Cutting Edge: a Glimpse into the Future of Web Performance

Cloudflare Workers enables deploying a serverless application instantly, from a developer’s computer to the edge – as close as possible (tens of milliseconds!) to every internet user around the world.

This is made possible by running V8 isolates – the same engines powering Chrome, on Cloudflare’s global CDN network, spanning 194+ data centers around the world. For end users this means blazing fast, always available applications due to the reduced latency of requests traveling around the globe, and no cold starts, due to the lightweight nature of isolates, as compared to containers. For developers this means more time spent writing code, and building features, rather than scaling and optimizing cloud configurations.

This talk will cover the landscape of what platforms offer at the edge today, and how edge-based serverless is changing the web stack: from incremental dynamism at the edge, to the evolution of JAMstack on the edge and beyond!

A huge thanks to Twilio, our 2021 event partner

There’s little chance you’ve not used Twilio’s services, extensively, even if you aren’t aware of it, or even them. Their SMS, email and other messaging services are relied on by Netflix, Shopify, AirBNB and countless other companies to engage their customers. When we held in-person conferences (remember those days?) they helped us solve one of the most […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Learn How Russian Doll Caching Can Improve your SSR Web App

Are you implementing SSR for your web application? Do you know we can implement multiple layers of caching so that your caching is like an onion or Russian Doll ?

That’s the essence of this talk, we’ll demonstrate how we can implement Russian Doll Caching to create layers of caching so that we get data from databases as small as we possibly can.

Hopefully, after this talk, you’ll not ask about Russian Mall what? Russian %^&*() caching?

Container queries are (almost) here, finally

With Hover, our CSS focussed conference debuting on Friday April 23rd, this week I thought I’d focus on one of the sessions at Hover, or more specifically one of the technologies we’ll focus on, that’s just about ready for prime time, and which developers have been asking for for quite some time–container queries (initially referred […]

The state of the developer job market

I’ve known Steve Gilles, founder of Lookahead, a fantastic Australian developer recruitment agency, more or less since they started back in 2012. Lookahead rightly has a tremendous reputation, not least because of the fantastic people who work for them–folks like Fiona Chan, one of the founders of SydCSS, and long term developer herself. Long time […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Building a Performance Culture

A great user experience often ties into the performance of an application. The user’s first impression of the site they are visiting can be a make or break scenario, and if the performance is slow that can have an impact on the growth of a business.

Behind the scenes, there are teams working on an application, performance is sometimes an afterthought and becomes a focus later on.

In this talk, I will cover what performance culture looks like, how this starts and some ways to communicate the value of performance, as well as ways to drive engagement.

Thanks to our 2021 conference partners REA

REA really is one of Australia’s startup success stories, though they’re far from just Australia based, with operations around the world. I’ve got a bit of a litmus test for whether I’d recommend someone thinking about a role at an organisation, and it’s about who works there, and whether folks tend to work there for an […]

Thanks to platform.sh our hosting partner for 2021

The last year has seen a massive transformation for many companies, not least of all for us here at Web Directions. In a mater of days, the core of what we did for over 15 years, organising in person conferences, became impossible, and will remain infeasible for some time to come. In response we, like […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Is your Progressive Web App Lazy? How to read and improve your PWA Performance

A progressive web app is a way to bring a native app experience into the browser, therefore the idea is to have a progressive enhancement of your app but during our development process, we have to keep in mind a few factors in order to make it. During this talk, we are going to discuss possible how to read and test our PWA performance and which are the tools that can help us to deliver web apps that are fast and progressive (for real!).

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Cheryl Gledhill Product Manager, BlueChilli