Building a Better Web
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Reflecting on 20 years on the web

Max Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training)
2:10pm–2:25pm Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom 220
Average rating: ****.
(4.89, 9 ratings)

Is it better or easier to work on the web today, 20+ years after its creation? What lessons have we learned—and what are we still doing wrong? Max Firtman explains why, after years of adding layers of complexity to the frontend, especially in relation to layout, compatibility, and performance issues, it makes sense to go back to the roots of the web.

Max also looks to the future of the web, exploring how PWAs, AMP, WebAssembly, and React build on lessons learned from past endeavors, such as Flash, AJAX, WML, and responsive web design.

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Max Firtman

ITMaster Professional Training

Max Firtman is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. Max teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of IT-training company ITMaster, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community. He blogs about mobile web platforms on, keeps compatibility tables updated at, and has written many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (available in a second edition) and the recent High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp, and many other events around the world. Max has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community. He is an Adobe Community Professional, Microsoft IE User Agent, Nokia Developer Champion, and BlackBerry Elite, among other distinctions.