Christian Heilmann

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Hot new web technologies and how to promote them – a presentation blueprint

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I am currently at the Mozilla all Hands in San Jose, California and decided to give a talk explaining a lot of open technologies to my colleagues so they can go out to conferences and get people excited about them. We have a lot of people and volunteers, and everybody should feel empowered to speak in public. A lot of times what is missing is a simple way to tell people about the things you want to cover.

To this end I put together not yet another slide deck on SlideShare, but a way to see a presentation and then pick and mix what you want to show yourself.

You can see and present the presentation here (use cursor keys to navigate the slides and press ‘N’ to show ):

The audio recording of the talk (raw, unedited) is available on

The slides and screencasts are available on GitHub and we are also keeping a repository of the explanations and screencasts on the Mozilla Wiki.

The idea is that when you want to do a quick show and tell of new technologies you can go to the slides, uncheck the ones you don’t want to have in your presentation, hit the “start presentation” button and go for it.


Video of my talk at the University of Ankara

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Kivanc Erten has shot a video of my talk at the Open Source Event in the University of Economics and Technology in Ankara, Turkey explaining what free open resources Yahoo has for developers:


Part 1: Yahoo is Open

Part 2: Yahoo is Open

280North bring Keynote to the web

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

I’ve first seen a preview of this at the first JavaScript developer meetup in San Francisco earlier this year, but now the 280 North guys have released their very Keynote-esque presentation editor for the web.

Have a play with it and especially check the key-commands and drag and drop support. The shape designer is also pretty nifty. That said, I am on a hefty MacBook pro, so I’ll check the performance on the old work-horse Thinkpad at home later.

The most amazing thing about this is happening under the hood: the developer wrote a library that abstracts browser rendering engines using Canvas, SVG and Flash (on a per-need basis) into a unified language – Objective J which is – as the name suggests – a mapping from Objective C to JavaScript.

I tried to milk them for more information when we met briefly (yes, the guys involved did work at Apple before – obvious, isn’t it), and will try to cover this interesting concept in more detail soon on Ajaxian or YDN.