These technologies have become central to all kinds of development, not just building websites. If you're building web applications, designing for mobile devices, or working with the web's evolving infrastructure, you need to keep up with the proliferation of new technology that's driving the Web Platform.
At Fluent, you'll immerse yourself in learning. Fluent's speakers are people who are actually working with the same technologies you use—and inventing clever ways to wring the most out of them as they create products and services. Fluent offers a variety of forums for learning, from tutorials and sessions with experts to the "hallway track" between sessions where attendees informally connect and share questions, knowledge, and perspectives with their peers.
At the same time, Fluent retains much of a "small conference" feel by providing plenty of opportunities to meet and talk with others, connect with people you've always wanted to meet, and network with speakers during their informal Office Hours. In fact, Fluent is uniquely structured to offer ongoing opportunities to interact with others. Even people who naturally cringe at the idea of networking, will find easy ways of meeting new people, joining in discussions, and making connections they'll value for many years.
At Fluent, you'll find the following, at all levels of experience, from entry-level to senior:
Simon St. Laurent
Simon has spent most of his career explaining technology. He is co-chair of the Fluent and OSCON conferences, a Senior Editor at O'Reilly, and a web developer. He has written over a dozen books, including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails, XML Elements of Style, and XML: A Primer. He spends his spare time making objects out of wood and presenting on local history.
Allyson MacDonald (O’Reilly) is an editor at O'Reilly Media focusing on web content, especially server-side technologies such as Node, PHP, and Rails. Before coming to O'Reilly, she worked in higher education publishing with a focus on computer science topics. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and exploring her native Boston.
Ben Henick (Sole Proprietor) is the author of “HTML & CSS: The Good Parts” (2010). As of OSCON 2014 has two O'Reilly titles in development: “No-Nonsense HTML & CSS” (2014) and “Mastering HTML & CSS” (2015). The latter will be marketed to the same market as “HTML & CSS: The Good Parts”, which will continue to hold value for developers called upon to maintain front-ends of legacy web implementations. Ben has been in the sitebuilding trade since late 1997, serving the latest client to hire him sometimes to his credit, but sometimes to his detriment. During that time he has been a frequent participant in outreach work, including years of participation in professional-ed mailing lists (e.g. webdesign-l) and was a contributor the Opera Web Standards Curriculum, now maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium. In addition to these efforts Ben served as self-styled "Member At-Large" for the Web Standards Project (webstandards.org), contributing to the group's positions, serving as its public correspondence secretary, and performing site maintenance for the first few years of his involvement with the group. In addition to his O'Reilly titles, Ben served as the Managing Editor of Digital Web Magazine and has contributed several pieces to A List Apart.
Brad Green (Google) works at Google as an Engineering Director where he manages AngularJS, AngularDart, Google's sales platform and several other projects. Prior to Google, Brad worked on the early mobile web at AvantGo, founded and sold startups, and spent a few hard years toiling as a caterer. Brad's first job out of school was as lackey to Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer writing demo software and designing his slide presentations. Brad lives in Mountain View, CA with his wife, two children, and four chickens.
Brian Rinaldi (Telerik) is the Developer Content Manager at Telerik. Brian is the founder of the very popular web and mobile developer site Flippin’ Awesome. He writes regularly and also tweets the best articles, tutorials and new projects he finds @remotesynth.
Chris Vandomelen (SightWorks, Inc.) is an expert PHP programmer and specializes in open source technologies. She brings a high level of web application development experience to every client project, and has received credit in the PHP source code for the sockets API.
Elijah Manor (Ramsey Solutions) is a Christian and a family man. He works at The Lampo Group (Dave Ramsey) as a front-end web developer. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, ASPInsider, IE userAgent, and a Pluralsight author. He enjoys blogging at elijahmanor.com and tweeting (@elijahmanor) about the things he learns.
Jonathan LeBlanc (PayPal / Braintree) is an Emmy award-winning software engineer, author of the O'Reilly book “Programming Social Applications”, and the head of global developer advocacy for Braintree and PayPal. Specializing in identity, auth and security, hardware to web interconnectivity, and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives toward building a more user-centric web.
Josh Simmons (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) is a web developer and community builder with a decade of freelancing and one failed startup under his belt. He's now a community manager at O'Reilly where he focuses on open source and web technology. Looking to strike up a conversation? Easy: Anything philosophy, psychology, or technology and you'll have a captive audience.
Kimberly Blessing (Think Brownstone) has been building web experiences for nearly 20 years. She is the Director of Web Development and Technology Consulting at Think Brownstone in Philadelphia.
Leah Silber (Strobe Inc.) is a co-founder of Tilde Inc., the open-source-centric company behind Skylight. She is also a member of the Ember.js Core Team, and an organizer of EmberConf, RailsConf, and the Golden Gate Ruby Conference.
Mary Treseler (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) is Editorial Strategist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. She acquires and edits web, business, commerce, and UX projects. Most recently Mary created and launched The Lean Series with Eric Ries. She has been working in technology publishing for over 20 years. Mary lives by the sea in South Dartmouth, MA with her husband and two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. When she unplugs you can find her out wandering with her camera.
Meg Foley (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) has spent most of her career thinking about books. She is an editor at O'Reilly, focusing on front end web topics. With over 13 years of experience, she has worked at companies large and small, in everything from production to marketing and sales to editorial. She spends her spare time perfecting the pumpkin whoopie pie and exploring western Massachusetts with her family.
Mike Amundsen (API Academy, CA Technologies) is an internationally-known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the world consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, web application development, and other subjects. In his role of director of architecture for the API Academy, Amundsen heads up the API Architecture and Design Practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise. Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His most recent book is a collaboration with Leonard Richardson titled “RESTful Web APIs”, published in 2013. His 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, is an oft-cited reference on building adaptable web applications.
Wesley Hales (Shape Security) is a Software Developer at Shape Security. He currently spends his spare time working on two open source projects: onslyde and loadreport.js. You can see him speak at the occasional conference, read his articles, or follow him on twitter @wesleyhales.
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