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The future of Web Directions, part I. The Shape of online conferences

In early March, shortly after it became apparent that face-to-face events weren’t going to be feasible for some time we quickly announced that our Code conference would be going online. Although a little later than we had planned it, and online rather than in-person it was largely unchanged otherwise. We saw, and are continuing to […]

It was 20 years ago today…

When I was younger the opening lines of the Beatle’s seminal Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band resonated with a sense of genuine antiquity, which no doubt the band intended–20 years seemed an aeon in the eyes of someone young. Especially the years 1947, from the early post war days of genuine privation for people […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Web Assembly at the Edge

Web Assembly at the Edge Mark Nottingham, Principal Engineer Fastly Full session details coming soon About Mark Nottingham Mark Nottingham has helped develop the Web and the Internet since the late 90’s. He has written, edited or substantially contributed to more than twenty IETF RFCs and W3C Recommendations about topics like HTTP, caching, linking, Web […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Tuning web performance with just browser APIs

Tuning web performance with just browser APIs Yaser Adel Mehraban, Lead Consultant Telstra Purple As web applications become more complex, with a corresponding increase in required bandwidth and bundle sizes, to meet users’ expectations the need to consider web performance has never been more important. Yes, there are third-party tools that can help with performance […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–The State of the DOM

The State of the DOM Marcos Caceres, Standards Engineer Mozilla The DOM, while not quite as old as the Web itself, has been with us for the entire professional lifetime of almost every web developer. But its far from fixed in stone. Now the responsibility of the WHATWG it continues to evolve in response to […]

We’re re-imagining what a conference looks like when it’s remote-only

As you can imagine for folks in the business of producing conferences the last few weeks have resulted in a great deal of thinking…. and rethinking of our plans for our upcoming events, particularly Code and Code Leaders in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the meme goes–”life comes at you fast”.  Just 7 days ago we wrote to […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Know Your HTML

Know Your HTML Chris Lienert, Front End Technical Lead Iress HTML didn’t stop at version 5 and it continues to evolve. Chris Lienert will review a number of HTML elements and attributes that are new and (somewhat!) ready to be used. About Chris Lienert Chris started out as a web developer when Netscape ruled the […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–JavaScript debugging the hard way

JavaScript debugging the hard way Marcin Szczepanski, Principal Developer Atlassian Error on line 1, column 6532112 of bundle.js? Out of memory error trying to load a CPU profile into the Chrome debugger? Two minutes to see wait and see if a change you made fixed a bug? While upgrading our complex web application from Webpack […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Understanding image compression

Understanding image compression Andi Tjong, Developer Atlassian There are so many ways you can compress an image before serving it on the web, and there are a lot of tools that can help you with that. However, how does image compression actually works? and why there are many types of image compression? In this talk, […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Observability is for User Happiness

Observability is for User Happiness Emily Nakashima, Director, Engineering Honeycomb.io Within the observability community, there’s a saying, “nines don’t matter if users aren’t happy,” meaning that 99.999% server uptime is a pointless goal if our customers aren’t having a fast, smooth, productive experience. But how do we know if users are happy? As members of […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–The Art of CSS

The Art of CSS Voon Siong Wong, Technical Lead DiUS CSS syntax, like the box-model, flex, and grid is relatively easy to learn, or at least lookup. But CSS semantics, like when to apply the cascade, inheritance, or custom properties is an art form. And to master this art form, we first need to understand […]

Web Directions Code ’20 session spotlight–Simpler, more robust User Interface code with state-driven development

Simpler, more robust User Interface code with state-driven development Brad Woods, Designer + Front-end Developer Easy Agile Developing user interfaces is hard. Currently, we tend to be develop them using event-driven development. This approach can produce code that doesn’t accurately represent the design’s intended behaviour. State logic being imbedded in UI frameworks. Multiple edge cases […]

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  • Web Directions Code://remote 2020

    A global remote-only conference for JavaScript Developers and Front End Engineers.

    Exclusively Online August 2020

  • Web Directions Product://Remote Design & Management 2020

    A global remote-only conference–product design and product management.

    Exclusively Online October 2020

  • Web Directions Summit 2020

    A conference for the whole digital team–featuring product, design, front-end dev, and new people/talent/culture tracks.

    Sydney Late 2020, Early 2021