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State of the browser is an small, annual conference in London. It originated as a format of 20 minute presentations by each browser maker followed by a panel allowing people to hear browser news straight from the horse’s mouth. It has been running for seven years (I think, hard to find out). This year was slightly different as they didn’t do a panel and there were several speakers that aren’t representatives of browser makers.
State of the browser ticks many of my happy boxes when it comes to conferences and I am highly impressed how the organisers manage to pull it off:
- It has a great and diverse line-up of presenters
- It is single track, with a sensible talk length
- It is pragmatic in its approach and keeps costs low by not catering lunch but giving enough time to find some
- It is ridiculously affordable at 30 GBP
- And yet, they do a really good job to make you feel welcome and supported as a presenter
The conference has a low-key feel to it and that also keeps the presenters humble. There is a great diversity ticket program in place where attendees can sponsor others. The line-up was diverse and there is a focus on availability and accessibility. All the talks were streamed on YouTube and they have professional transcriptions in place that type along as the speakers present. The conference team is taking notes and publishes resources presenters covered live on the speakers’ pages on the conference site and on Twitter.
My talk this year was hinting at a better web in which I cover the changes the web went through over the years and how as developers we have a harder time keeping up with them. And how tooling and using the right resources in context of our work can help us with that.
I will write a longer article about the topic soon.
The full video stream of the conference is available here. My talk is on from 05:11:00 onwards to 05:38:00
Here is a quick recap of the talks from my POV:
- Michelle Barker of Mud showed off the power of CSS grids and custom properties to build complex layouts on the web.
- Dr. Ben Livshits of Brave showed how the advertising model of their browser can make the web more secure and easier for publishers
- Sara Vieira gave a talk ranting about the overuse of DIVs in design and the general lack of quality in semantic markup and sensible, simple solutions on the web
- Rowan Merewood of Google gave a talk about Apps, Web Apps and their overlap. His slides are available here .
- Ada Rose Cannon of Samsung covered “WebXR and the immersive web” showing some interesting VR/AR examples running in Samsung Internet
- Ruth John talked about using the Web Audio API for music experiments and visualization with a focus on the performance of those APIs.
- Chris Mills of Mozilla showed the new features of the Firefox Developer Tools in Nightly talking in detail about their WYSIWYG nature. He covered the Grid Inspector, Animation Editor and a few other neat tools
- Jeremy Keith of clearleft once again gave a highly philosophical talk about how the open web is an agreement
- Charlie Owen of Nature Publishing ended with a ranty (in a positive sense) keynote about us over-complicating the web and thus making it far less accessible than it should be
I was happy to see some nice feedback on Twitter:
Had a wonderful time today at State of the Browser #SOTB18 - thank you to the organisers for hosting an affordable and informative event. I have tons of notes; putting in https://t.co/OSVCuMi0yk as a build step is something I can get started on tonight - thank you @codepo8 pic.twitter.com/VQ0JgrIiZM— Natalie Marleny (@NatalieMarleny) September 8, 2018
Job of the browser at #sotb18 by @codepo8— Martin Jakl (@JaklMartin) September 8, 2018
- show web and media content
- keep users safe
- remember user's history or not
- allow customization
- sync across devices pic.twitter.com/TeRSuLLsN0
I’ve been a supporter of State of the Browser from the very beginning and I am happy to say that – if anything – it gets better every year. The dedicated team behind it are doing a bang up job.
I just came back from Reasons.to conference where I gave the opening keynote about the perils of social media and how we should use the privileges we have to make them better. I will do a longer write-up about this later, but a lot of people asked for the slides and links to the resources I covered, so here you go.
Great @reasonsto #keynote from @codepo8. Great to see a bunch of us are thinking the same things. In these weird times let’s use our privilege to reclaim social media through kindness. #sketchnotes #reasonsto pic.twitter.com/dbvW39v8st— Chris Spalton (@ChrisSpalton) September 6, 2018
- My TEDx talk on Making social media social again
- The Pioneer Plaque showing the universe what humans are about
- A couple of Dutch journalist managed to track down”:https://bit.ly/fit-tracked the identities and location of spies, government officials and military personel using a fitness tracker
- How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
- How the ultra rich are already giving up on humanity and try to find hideouts for the coming apocalypse
- Mike Monteiro’s Beyond Tellerand talk skewering Twitter
- A great book: Not everything is shit, it is just you listing all kind of beautiful things we can experience and enjoy for free
- Kurzgesagt is a great YouTube channel explaining complex things in enjoyable, short videos
- Netflix explained is another great resource to learn new things
- The Paciello group explains how our pushy interfaces and copy have a terrible effect on people with anxiety and panic disorders
- Wil Wheaton leaving social media and what made him do it
I am happy to announce that for this week, this course is now completely free. You need still to sign up for a Skillshare login, but you don’t need a Credit Card and you don’t need to sign up for the two month trial period.
So what’s keeping you? check out the course here
As a reminder, here is what you will learn in the course:
The videos are the following. We deliberately kept them short. A huge benefit of this course is to discover your own best way of working whilst watching them. It is a “try things out while you watch” kind of scenario:
- Introduction (01:46) – introducing you to the course, explaining what we will cover and who it is for.
- Version Control (09:15) – using version control means you write understandable code. And it has never been easier to use Git.
- Asking for Help (05:47) – gone are the days of writing posts explaining what your coding problem is. By using interactive tools you can give and get help much faster.
- Final Thoughts (01:11) – thanks for taking the course, how may we help you further?