Invest in the future: build for the web!

I spoke at GOTO Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I was really thrilled to be back in the Netherlands after so many years! So thanks to Sergi Mansilla, who curated the HTML5 track, and the organisation in general for bringing me there!

The talk wasn’t recorded, but I made a screencast just in case you really want to listen to me. I am also posting the outline/notes I wrote, and they differ in places because I don’t read them during the talk (I don’t even have them handy) and I sometimes went a bit off topic, but that’s the beauty of improvisation!

Here are the slides, and the slides source code just in case you wanted it too.

On to the notes-expect some MASSIVE GIFs and amazingly clever photomanipulation! tee hee hee!
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Speaking at GOTO Amsterdam 2014

I’ll be speaking at GOTO Amsterdam next month too! The talk title is Invest in the future: build for the web!

See you on Friday 20th of June, 13:20-14:10h!

My first favourite thing about this conference is its name. As a Child of the 80s anything with a GOTO on it is surely going to be amusing, despite Dijkstra’s concerns with regards to the GO TO statement.

My second favourite thing about this is that I also got a discount code with my name: use PENA100 for a 100 euros discount on the ticket price.

And the third and best favourite is that they used my not-serious job title in my email signature for my profile on their website: Troublemaker & GIF Hacktivist at Mozilla, and I am not going to ask them to change it because it’s GREAT.

That’s right, kids, I’m a GIF HACKTIVIST, and proud of it!

The unexpected wrath of the angry developer

I attended a tech meeting yesterday where I had my first experience of an angry developer complaining to me about “HTML5 is utterly broken” just because I work at Mozilla.

YAY! #achievementunlocked, as they say nowadays.

I couldn’t really figure out the exact details of what happened to this person, no matter how hard I tried. He had probably drunk a little bit too much wine, and wouldn’t stop repeating something about old flex box model, new flex box model something something, and having to update broken sites afterwards.

I tried to guessexplain to him that maybe he had been using prefixed properties, which he probably shouldn’t have done for client work, and that luckily browser makers are steering away from the whole prefixed stuff workflow because of the issues it brings with it, but I don’t believe I was loud enough to be authoritative, or that he wanted to listen either.
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Firefox OS App day at London

I signed up for the event with a mix of curiosity and laziness–an event that starts at 8.30 AM on a Saturday is not something that routinely manages to excite me as I sort of prefer to live week-ends at a slow pace, but the idea of building software for mobile with open technologies and maybe a minimum set of changes/additions really excites me, so I finally managed to reach out the shiny new Mozilla office in St. Martin’s Lane in time.

On the way there, I was treated to a beautiful blue almost cloudless sky, and magnificent views of the sun over the buildings in St. James’s Park. It was the prelude to a great day!

Sun over St. James's Park
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GDG DevFest Barcelona 2012

The Google Developer’s Group DevFest Barcelona 2012 (or GDG DevFest BCN for short) edition was held past Friday the 9th of November.

In contrast with the 2011 edition, the event didn’t feature so many “official” Google evangelist talks as in 2011. Instead, there were several local start-ups talking about their experience using Google and open technologies such as HTML+Javascript for building their products, rather than Google-sanctified talks only. Also, there were two tracks at the same time (Android and Web), plus several code labs which were definitely pretty hands-on, so even if they had financing problems this year, the organisers still managed to produce a really good event.

I didn’t take as many notes this year, instead I turned to drawing a few speakers and live-tweeting the others (with pics, because otherwise it didn’t happen).
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