It’s an exciting time to be working in/ on/ with the internetz at the moment. So much so that a month ago, I quit my lovely agency job and joined an internet startup (more on that in a future post). And as Pando Daily’s Hamish McKenzie recently proclaimed, ‘Web 2.0 is Over, All Hail the Age of Mobile‘. It’s safe to say the web’s undergoing some pretty seismic changes at the moment.
So when Luke fired me an email earlier this week, asking if I wanted to sit down and listen to:
“Representatives from Opera, Google, Mozilla and Microsoft show how their browser technologies are being used to bring the web to tablets, smartphones, games consoles and television”
I jumped at the chance. This weekend saw London Web Standards’ 2012 ‘State of The Browser‘ descend on the Greenwich Peninsula and set up shop in Ravensbourne College. And given it’s been at least a month since I last went to a conference, I figured it’d be a good idea to drag myself out of bed on a miserably grey Saturday morning and make my way to North Greenwich.
Somewhat unfortunately, I’d managed to double-book myself in the afternoon so I only made it to the morning’s presentations (which is kind of rubbish as it meant I missed the breakout sessions and what sounded like a mind-blowing demonstration from Seb Lee-Delisle). But you win some and lose some I guess. Luckily for me (and those of you in a similar position or those who couldn’t make the event at all), London Web Standards recorded the entire day – so once the footage is edited and online I’ll link it up on here.
@mahemoff‘s ‘Web vs native (it ain’t over til it’s over)’
Michael Mahemoff opened the day’s proceedings with a topic close to my heart; “Web vs native (it ain’t over til it’s over)”. Michael’s talk was a fantastic way to kick the day off – covering the advantages and disadvantages of developing web and native apps. Which you can see in all their glory in the awesome sketch notes from Luke above (really wish I could sketch my notes)! If you want to see Michael’s deck in all its glory (and its topless photos), you can find it online here.
@Paul_Kinlan‘s ‘No app is an island’
— Alex Logvynovskiy (@dr_axly) April 28, 2012
Next up was Google’s Paul Kinlan; who, apart from discussing his love for tunnels (and interest in bridges), explained how Web Intents are going to change the way native apps talk to the web (and each other etc). This got a bit technical for my layman’s ability – but the gist of Paul’s fascinating presentation seemed to be that Web Intents framework bridges native/ web apps, allowing them to communicate with the web and apps directly. “Enabling complex client-to-client integration with short amounts of code” as Luke’s sketch notes put it! Paul’s presentation is available online in its entirety for those of you who missed it (or want to go through it again as – I probably need to).
@thebeebs‘ ‘The Web As It Should Be’
Ubelly’s very own Martin Beeby (yes, that’s a very fresh-faced 16 year old Martin in the photo above!) was then on hand to discuss how CSS3 and HTML5 are going to improve the user experience of IE9/ IE10. Martin’s talk covered a lot of interesting points – including this absolute gem – and how Microsoft are moving towards standards-based browsing (while making IE10 an application development platform, amongst other things). The web as it should be according to the Beebs? Based on W3C standards, compelling for the end user and innovative. I couldn’t agree more! Find Martin’s deck on Slideshare here or peep Luke’s sketch notes here.
@codepo8‘s ‘Broken HTML5 promises – are we ‘appy?’
[Photo by LWS' Steve]
The final presentation of the morning was from Mozilla’s Chris Heilmann – which was a breath of fresh air (and rather amusing; check the progress bar from Chris’ deck – nyan cat!). Chris covered how HTML5 has gone from an innovative spec to become sales speak for everything new and cool on the web – but also how the spec’s not quite yet at the stage where it is the ‘future of the web‘. He also discussed what Mozilla are doing with Boot2Gecko (their HTML5 OS built on Linux) and how browser vendors should combine forces to make HTML5 work…
— Wil Benton (@FatKidOnFire) April 28, 2012
All in all, what I experienced of ‘State of the Browser 2012′ was top notch. It’s a bit of a shame Apple didn’t send anyone down (but that’s to be expected); but all in all, the speakers delivered fantastic presentations – with a few common themes.
The net vs. native argument is ongoing and HTML5 isn’t quite there. Yet.
The next 12 months are going to be killer – for developers, designers and users of the web in general. It’s a hugely exciting time for the internet and those of us privileged enough to be part of its evolution.
As I said earlier in the post, I’ll update the recap once the day’s video has been posted online – but until then it’s probably worth reading the Twitter stream from the day or reading Remy Sharp’s notes (they’re pretty awesome). Steve (who provided the sketch notes in my recap from openMIC13) has posted his wicked photos on Google+ – well worth a look. If anyone’s got any content they think is worth linking to leave a comment below and I’ll add it in!
A massive thanks has to go to Nick, Jim, Steve and the rest of the LWS team (lovely to see you all again)! See you all next year.