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Battle of the HTML5 Hackers

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Hackers Jeff Burtoft and Jesse Cravens, co-authors of O’Reilly ‘HTML5 Hacks’, approach HTML5 and JavaScript technologies from vastly different vantage points.

Jeff works as an HTML5 Evangelist for Microsoft focusing on IE10 implementations of the new HTML5 specifications and JavaScript powered native applications. Jeff’s job consists of continuous outreach to the HTML5 community, and building wicked cool HTML5 games that push the boundaries of modern browsers.

Jesse works in a small studio in Austin, TX for the innovative agency, frog, and evangelizes the use of free and open source software. He spends his time hacking on JavaScript frameworks and evangelizing Node.js as the ideal rapid prototyping environment. His ultra hack? Outfitting his Fleetwood Pegasus Ultralite to collect data, and actuate tasks from his embedded JavaScript, microcontroller toolkit: trailr.

From canvas to web workers and file transfer to blob management, come see HTML5 demos and code samples that will have you rethinking the possibilities of browser based apps. Watch the competitiveness mount, as these two innovative Hackers try to one-up each other through demonstrations of each of their most inspired hacks.

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Jeffrey Burtoft


Jeff Burtoft is an HTML5 Evangelist for Microsoft where he has the pleasure of working with the HTML5 community every day. Jeff is also a blogger at and has personally released several Hybrid Mobile Applications into some of the popular mobile app markets.
Jeff has been in the Web Development community for over 10 years. his work experience varies with positions like “web master” of a start-up company, to multimedia consultant for the department of defense. Jeff has also spent over five years working as the Principal Front-end Engineer for a fortune 500 company in San Antonio, TX. Jeff has a B.A. in Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University and a certification in Latin American Business from Inter-American University in San Juan Puerto Rico. Throughout the years, Jeff’s first love has been the web: HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and now HTML5.

Jeff lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and three children. In his free time, Jeff enjoys writing Mobile Apps and getting beat by a 5 year old on video games.

Jesse Cravens


Jesse is a Sr. Engineer at Frog where he works with the world’s leading companies, helping them to design, engineer, and bring to market meaningful products and services. He possesses a deep background in web application development, and has recently been focusing on single page web application architecture, the mobile web, HTML5, and Embedded JavaScript. His first book, ‘HTML5 Hacks’ is available through O’Reilly Media.

He previously held senior software and technical management positions at USAA, leading a team of mobile application developers that included both domestic full time employees and offshore 3rd party contractors. He was responsible for providing technical leadership in the planning, designing, development, testing, implementation and maintenance of USAA’s industry leading iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and mobile web applications for USAA’s 8 million members worldwide.


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