Saturday, October 23, 2010

Front Trends 2010 in a few words - 2nd day

First day of FT2010 was described [here]. Now let me share my experiences from the second one.


First speech of the second day of Front Trends was opened by Jake Archibald. It was all about designing and creating flexible APIs. We learned that API needs to be designed before any code is written - otherwise young boys will watch movies about cocks with their mothers. Also - good API is like Patrick Stewart (who hates PHP) and most of the world's problems are caused by Java. Jake discussed also different use cases of typical API on the example of creating the carousel element on the web page. It was one of the most interesting presentations during the FT - both in terms of content and form. Great job! [watch it here]

Another lecture was prepared by Christian Johansen. He presented the idea of Test Driven Development using Live Search jQuery plugin as an example. There was a bit of theory and a lot of live coding.

I was really looking forward for the PhoneGap speech by Kamil Trebunia, former employee of Nokia. He started with advantages of cross-device development and presented basic aspects of creating applications using HTML5 techniques. Then showed crossmobile tools like Phonegap or Titanium Mobile with their pros & cons. After discussing jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch as examples of JS mobile frameworks Kamil shows few hacks and tricks for performance boost, like optimizing reflows (using CSS3 transformations instead of changing absolute style attributes like positions or margins, etc.). After the speech we had nice talk about future of cross mobile development together with Markus Leutwyler and one Wikipedia guy from Italy, unfortunately I forgot his name.

Another very interesting speech was prepared by Professor of Mechanical Engineering from Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Stefan Gössner. He began his speech with the question - why not to use modified physics engines for games, like Box2d, in scientific simulations? And, in addition, why not to make it as a web application using Javascript & Canvas? Results of his work was amazing - prof. Stefan presented couple of real life examples of mechanical simulations, like solid body on a spring, typewriter or Mercedes Benz's wipers mechanism. Everything works smooth, fast and most importantly - it looked convincingly. Rest of the talk he was describing different representations of physics data like vectors, matrices etc., everything supported with performance tests.

Peter-Paul Koch, author of the well known Quirksmode.org was the last speaker at Front Trends. He was generally talking about the future of the mobile apps - about 10$ smartphones available worldwide in 2018, about ridiculous at least 41 App Stores, free HTML5 apps with paid content, shared via Bluetooth on wide variety of devices and systems. Ppk mentioned also some hypothetical javascript mobile browser's events, like onphonecall or oncompasspointnorth and gives examples of using them in real life applications. He also answered lot of questions about his vision of the mobile future and some less clever also ( - You think iPad is more mobile or desktop device? - Yes.).

Unfortunately I was not able to be present on all of the lectures - I regret the most "Mobile UX and current trends in mobile design" by Anthony Ribot. If there is any video from that one please publish it somewhere!

I would like to thank anyone I was talking with. Also organizers for that awesome event. And guys from PALM for my PRE phone (I hope so, it still stuck at customs:) ). It was exciting to meet first league of world's frontend developers not even leaving my own city. I hope I will feel the same after FalsyValues!

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