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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!).

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Native Lazy Loading

A conference called Lazy Loading must feature a talk on lazy loading! With native lazy loading introduced in Chrome 77 and other browsers following suite, now is a fantastic time to refresh on what’s available today.

We are going to look at how and where native lazy loading can be used, potential gotchas and how it can help improve your site performance both with images and JavaScript alike. You’ll come away from this talk with more knowledge on lazy loading even though the property appears deceptively simple at first glance.

500 Million

No, not dollars, which while an almost staggering amount for most humans to even contemplate is barely chump change for Facebook–500 million phone numbers, and other important identifying information about their users, leaked. Somehow the phone number part seems to impact people more than the leak of email addresses, an almost routine occurrence it would […]

Announcing the Lazy Load program

At the start of 2021 we announced that this year we’ll be hosting 6 online conferences, drawing on what we learned holding our first two in 2020–and today we’re announcing the program for our second of those 6, Lazy Load, focussed on Front End Performance. Online conferences must be different We believe online conferences need […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–How to read a WebPageTest waterfall chart

WebPageTest is one of the most well known and important tools in the web performance community. It’s been actively developed by Pat Meenan since he worked at AOL in 2008. It has become the go to tool for both very simple to very advanced debugging of the web performance of a website. One of its most well known charts is the waterfall chart.

In this talk I’m going to introduce the waterfall chart and also go into detail on how you can examine and read it. The more you understand about the chart, the the more WebPageTest as a whole will be able to help you fix a slow performing website.

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.

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