Christian Heilmann

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Practical Progressive Enhancement – my talk at the Future of Web Apps London 2010

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I just got back from the Future of Web Apps in London where I was asked to fill in a talk quickly. The topic I picked was progressive enhancement and HTML5 as a re-boot of web development as we know it. Here are the slides, the audio recording and the links mentioned in the deck for you to check out. I really think that the concept of rendering JS server-side with node and re-using the same widgets client-side is an amazing step forward in not blocking out users whilst maintaining a single code base.

The slides

The Slides are available on Slideshare:

Audio recording

You can find the audio recording on

Links mentioned in the talk

La Red Innova – Yahoo – opening the web for you

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I am currently in Madrid, Spain for the La Red Innova conference. My talk was a hybrid of explaining the social graph and Yahoo Firehose and showing off some of the free technologies Yahoo has for publishers and bloggers.

I’ve recorded the audio of the talk and will publish it once I checked the quality (the stage was very noisy so I am not sure if it worked out). I’ll also upload the official Yahoo slide deck once the connection here is a bit more stable.

Here are my slides and links:

The slide deck

Yahoo – opening the web for you

Notes and links of the conference

Blogs I write for:


Scaling ideas and principles – my talk at Launch48

Friday, June 4th, 2010

I am currently at Launch48 in London – a weekend for entrepreneurs and startups to network, get inspired and come up with a new business in 48 hours. I will be here tomorrow for a more in-depth mentoring sessions but today I was asked to give a 15 minute presentation on scaling products. So I’ve put together a short deck on the train over (I arrived yesterday night at 1am from SWDC) and here it is:

The resources I talked about:

FOWA Dublin – Powerful Tools that You Need (and Probably Don’t Know About)

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Last Friday I was up in Dublin at the Future of Web apps and gave my talk “Powerful Tools that You Need (and Probably Don’t Know About)”. I took FOWA as an opportunity to (re-)introduce the audience to some of the tools Yahoo offers and to brand the drive of developers to do everything by themselves instead of using already built solutions as ineffective.

The slides of my talk are available on SlideShare:

The audio of the talk is on

The video of the talk is available on Ustream:

Here are the resources I talked about as links:

Also check the YDN blog in the next few days for a full FOWA report.

Leancamp London – a new outlook on startups

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

After spending the past weekend at Warblecamp I went up to the construction site that is the Great Western Studios to attend Leancamp. In essence, Leancamp was an unconference trying to promote a new, more agile and leaner approach to starting your own business. Instead of trying to dazzle investors with great visuals and random predictions of future prosperity you concentrate on what you want to build for whom first and then spend as little as possible to achieve as much as possible. Being nimble, agile and lean is more important than showing impressive numbers and burning through a lot of cash before hopefully being bought by somebody.

leancamp scheduleLeancamp attendees.

With me being very oblivious to the pains and ideas of having an own startup my part in Leancamp was two-fold: giving a talk introducing Yahoo technologies that startups can benefit from (YQL, YUI, Design Patterns) and interviewing David Heinemeier Hansson of 37 Signals about their new book Rework for the YDN Theatre.

The latter came as a bit of a surprise as I neither knew anything about the book or much about 37 signals really (never having had a small company I never used BaseCamp). So I spent my weekend reading the book to prepare myself for the interview. For me it was a bit of a blast from the past as I used to work for a radio station constantly interviewing people before becoming a web developer.

My talk had – after a few initial planning hickups – a lot of people in the room and covered all the things Yahoo offers for companies to use for free to build quick prototypes that can easily be turned into full blown products without worrying about scaling and them working in an environment as hostile as the internet. The slides are available on SlideShare and the audio at

I once again was fascinated just how many of Yahoo’s tools are not known to people. I do think I am doing quite a good job promoting them but clearly not enough :)

I will write more about the interview with David Heinemeier Hansson and the book once the video is out.

All in all Leancamp was an interesting (un)conference for me as it meant I met people from environments I normally don’t hang out in. The organisation was good (exception was the lack of food as it ran out very quickly – although @farhan was nice enough to get me a sandwich while I was preparing my talk).

There were some really good discussions going on and I am sure a lot of the material that was recorded will show up on the Leancamp site sooner or later.