There were some truly excellent talks, ranging from IE6 and ChromeFrame to the latest developments in HTML5 and the mobile web. Big thank you to all the speakers they did a superb job:
- Alex Russell: Excellent talk on ChromeFrame, an IE browser plug-in that replaces the IE render engine with that of Chrome (if enabled via a meta tag). He didn’t have many kind words to say about IE but then again who does.
- Jan Lehnardt: Very informative talk on the mobile web, specifically some of the issues surrounding it. He then switched to CouchDB and how it could be used on a mobile device. CouchDB is a very powerful document-oriented database that can be accessed from anywhere that allows HTTP requests.
- Paul Rouget: My favourite talk of the day. Paul is a development guru who works for Mozilla and his talk was on a few of the features we should look out for in Firefox 4. This included the Audio Data API, FileAPI and WebGL. WebGL looks, well, amazing!
- Dan Webb: Dan works or Twitter as a Front End Engineer. His talk was on how to get around the pesky same-origin problem when pulling in data from other sites. We have JSON-P sure, but there are other methods too; like postMessage, CORS and that old favourite the iframe.
- Brian LeRoux: Brian is a developer on a product called PhoneGap which aims to plug the gaps for mobile developers and encourage handset creators into providing better API’s.
- Seb Lee-Delisle: Seb is a very well known Flash developer but he also has many other skill sets up his sleeve. His talk ranged from 2D particles all the way to the Unity 3D Game Development tool. Incredibly inspirational talk with stunning demos. The future looks very exciting indeed!
The highlight for me was defiantly Paul Rougets talk on “Batshit crazy stuff you’ll be able to do in browsers”. He demonstrated a selection of custom builds of Firefox 4 and left everyone gob smacked with what HTML5 has in store. Using WebGL and the Audio Data API to create a 3D scene that reacts to the music as well as illustrating how useful the new Drag and Drop File API can be. As a bonus he even patched a version of Firefox to interface directly with his web-cam and take a photo and manipulated it via the browser; no plug-ins required! Just wow!