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Below is the preliminary list of all confirmed sessions and workshops for Fluent 2014. We are still in the process of adding more content to the program, and will release the day-by-day schedule in the coming weeks.

Peter McLachlan (Mobify)
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Real world measurement at scale is the only reliable way for web engineers to understand the performance behaviour of routine techniques, considered to be best practices in desktop web development, on smartphones running on cellular data networks. In this talk we will review common performance memes and evaluate them in the context of real world mobile performance.
Fluent's Flocks are informal get togethers organized around specific topics and attended by experts chosen by O'Reilly as well as regular developers and evangelists. There's no need to sign up in advance, just show up in the Community Lounge at the scheduled time to join the conversation and chat with others interested in the topic.
John Lindquist (JetBrains)
Come learn the top AngularJS tips to improve your workflow and enhance your AngularJS experience. John will talk about "Best Practices", debatable approaches, and code smells that he's found from teaching and training on AngularJS since it hit 1.0.
Burke Holland (Microsoft)
An introduction to AngularJS directives, and how the imperative approach lives on, but behind the scenes of a declarative and powerful DOM.
Mark Bates (Meta42 Labs, LLC)
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3-Hours: In three hours participants will go from zero knowledge of AngularJS to being able to write full and complex AngularJS apps.
Alice Boxhall (Google), Cameron Cundiff (Pivotal Labs)
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Testing accessibility can be any or all of slow, expensive and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Open source accessibility testing tools can help you find issues in a timely and useful way. Accessibility Developer Tools is a JavaScript library for automated accessibility testing of the DOM. We'll discuss how it works, and how it makes it easier for developers to test for accessibility.
Kris Kowal (Uber)
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A promise is a proxy for an eventual result, like an asynchronous version of return or throw, but they can also pipeline messages asynchronously to and from remote objects. A Promise type will likely be in ECMAScript 6, and many modern libraries use them already. In this talk, I will bring you up to speed with what they are and what you can do with them today…and what they “promise” for tomorrow.
Sasha Goldshtein (Sela Group)
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In this session we'll review common attacks on web applications: SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), broken authentication, cross-site request forgery, information disclosure, and insecure password storage.
Axel will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, Speaking JavaScript.
Eric will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, Programming JavaScript Applications.
Estelle will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of her book, Mobile HTML5.
Ilya will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, High Performance Browser Networking.
Kyle will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his books, HTML5 Cookbook and JavaScript Scope and Closures.
Mike will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, REStful Web APIs.
Patrick will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, Developing Web Applications with Backbone.js.
Scott will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, Interactive Data Visualization for the Web.
Semmy will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, Learning Web App Development.
Tony will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his books, WebGL: Up and Running and Programming 3D Applications with HTML5 and WebGL.
Wesley will be at the O'Reilly Media booth #220, signing copies of his book, HTML5 and JavaScript Web Apps.
Kitt Hodsden (CodingClan LLC)
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90-Minutes: Front end development is harder than ever! Differing screen resolutions, changing browser support, varying network speeds and other considerations all jockeying for our attention during development. Fortunately, we have more powerful tools to help us develop, test and refine the amazing sites we build! Let's use those tools to automate all the front-end dev things...
Automated testing helps engineers to verify functions, prevent bugs even monitor services automatically. But developing a good testing script needs not only programming skill but testing knowledge. The medical bed in the movie "Elysium" can automatically to detect and cure diseases. I extend this idea to build a tool which can save knowledge and generate testing script automatically.
Susan McGregor (Columbia University)
It's time for video narratives to truly be of the web. Video shouldn't just be a one-way stream: it should create a dynamic, interactive, responsive visual narratives that leverage all the resources of the web, whether those are simply text, or complex visualizations or localized data. Data Docs, an experimental, open-source video platform, hopes to support and inspire a new iteration of....
Todd Papaioannou (Splunk)
Todd Papaioannou, CTO, Splunk, will discuss how Splunk software, including Splunk Enterprise and Hunk, provide developers with a robust and familiar development experience for working with big data.
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School)
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90-Minutes: Learn one of the hottest front-end frameworks and incorporate it into your work tomorrow . Learn to build a Bootstrap-based website from scratch, incorporating the responsive grid system, utilizing out-of-the-box styling, and adding Javascript-based components.
Eric (Ray) Villalobos (
Most tutorials for learning node.js focus on building chat rooms & small applications, but what if you are interested in building real websites using server side javascript? Express.js is a framework for building websites & apps on top of Node.js. In this workshop we will focus on learning a workflow using Express.js and launch a website using grunt.js, express.js, node.js git, heroku.
Ember.js is an exceptionally powerful and exciting technology for building rich, native-feeling experiences on the web. It combines some of the best ideas from classic UI frameworks like Cocoa and UIKit with cutting-edge HTML 5 standards like web components.
Wade Wegner (
Behind every app, every device, and every connection, is a customer. Using the Salesforce1 Platform there's no limit to what you can build for your customers. In this talk Wade Wegner, Senior Director at, will demonstrate how to build your own applications using the Salesforce1 APIs. Heavy in code, light in slides, you'll leave ready to build your own applications on Salesforce1.
Axel Rauschmayer (Ecmanauten)
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Functions in ECMAScript 5 are mostly replaced by new callable entities in ECMAScript 6: arrow functions, classes and method definitions. This talk explains how they work and what existing problems they fix.
Join us at the hotel bar in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis for a drink and one last chance to connect in-person with fellow developers.
Moh Haghighat (Intel)
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We present some exciting results from Intel’s ongoing joint work with Google & Mozilla on bringing SIMD to JavaScript, enabling development of high performance web apps including game engines and apps that require efficient image/video/speech processing. We also cover the portable Crosswalk HTML5 runtime and Intel XDK that lowers the development costs of web and hybrid apps for major app stores.
Andrés Ornelas (Twitter Inc)
In this talk, you will learn about a system we have built that quantifies and tracks the risk of files in any given codebase to empower all the levels of the organization to make informed decisions regarding code changes and accurately evaluate the health of their projects.
Rob Richardson (GoDaddy)
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JavaScript has come of age, and with it, the maturity of the software development lifecycle. No matter the scale or publish platform for your app, you'll need a consistent build. We'll discuss standard CI best practices and techniques, and walk through two approaches to Continuous Integration in JavaScript: Travis CI and gulp.
Brian Rinaldi (Progress)
8-bit gaming is back, big time! Recreating the look and feel of an 8-bit game in the browser isn't complete without that classic 8-bit sound. In this session we'll look at how you can create 8-bit soundtracks in the browser using the Web Audio API and some help from a library called Band.js.
I'm at non-tech company with a tech product. I realized we were functioning with Stone-Age mentality when it came to all things product related. I began a journey to educate myself and my team on lean user experience and product design and in the process created roles and thought processes that never existed before at my company.
John Williams (NewCity Media, Inc.)
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3-Hours: This workshop will introduce you to the basics of the D3 library. D3 lets you create rich, custom interactive pieces driven by data, but the learning curve can be difficult to navigate. We'll cover the fundamental concepts of the library as well as SVG–the most common illustration tool for D3–and enough functional programming to get by.
A look at debugging techniques (some helpful, some desperate) for PhoneGap applications.
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security)
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The quality of modular web applications can be improved by having the right set of APIs. This talk highlights the recent API design best practices, from using static polymorphism for consistent naming, preventing dangerous convenience (e.g. Boolean trap), and avoiding unreadable code due to confusing semantics. Real-world examples and automated tools to recognize bad API will be shown as well.
Lara Hogan (Wherewithall)
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Good page load time begins with good design. As web performance grows in importance in the industry, many page speed tutorials focus on the back end. This presentation focuses on performance from a design and front end perspective.
Tony Parisi (Wevr)
WebGL's hardware-accelerated 3D rendering enables the creation of high-performance, visually stunning web content for advertising, entertainment, e-commerce, and social media. This session covers the basics of developing web graphics using WebGL. Topics include rendering, animation, interactivity, behaviors, and integrating 3D into HTML5 pages using open source WebGL libraries.
Matthew McCullough (GitHub), Brent Beer (GitHub)
Come learn ways to effectively begin using GitHub in one short sitting. Ever find a bug in some open source project and wish you could let the maintainer know how to fix it, or wonder what a fork is and how to keep yours up to date? Get up to speed and be able to participate by sending pull requests today!
Fluent's Flocks are informal get togethers organized around specific topics and attended by experts chosen by O'Reilly as well as regular developers and evangelists. There's no need to sign up in advance, just show up in the Community Lounge at the scheduled time to join the conversation and chat with others interested in the topic.
I’ll go over symptoms of Impostor Syndrome—what causes it, how it pushes the gender gap, and what we can do to minimize it to increase diversity in tech environments.
Rachel Myers (Google), Emily Nakashima (Honeycomb)
Successful applications often get slow because they include *all the code* - even if it isn't needed for a particular client or in the given circumstances. Embracing module loading tools (like Require.js) creates smaller, faster, cleaner applications. We'll talk about how to extend this paradigm to all the components of our app for better performance and maintainability.
In addition to the exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services, the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday will also feature circuit board makers BeagleBoard and Tessel. Stop by their booths and see how Javascript can work with the physical world.
We're hosting a Nonprofit Pavilion on Thursday in the Exhibit Hall, highlighting some nonprofit organizations doing great work with web technologies and the local community.
Grab a drink, mingle with fellow attendees, and see the latest in JavaScript and web platform technologies and products from leading companies. The Reception happens in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday evening after afternoon sessions.
Matthew McCullough (GitHub), Brent Beer (GitHub)
Building a feature branch is an art. You want it to communicate as much as possible and be as orderly as possible for both the recipient and future reviewers. Learn how to polish a feature branch to a mirror-like shine by using a powerful combination of cherry pick and interactive rebase to put all your commits in the right place.
The Fluent Hardware Showcase is discussed.
The FluentConf Survivor Challenge will take the best coders at the conference and allow them to compete for prizes, fame, and glory. The competition is based on the Twilio API, and Digital Ocean’s cloud platform.
Paul Bakaus (Google)
If you want to get your brain stuffed with every bit of info on runtime perf, then this is your talk. In-depth information on how many frames the human eye can process, differences between refresh rates and frame rates, motion blur, jitter, responsiveness, input lag and hands-on advice on profiling and debugging, all obviously from a games perspective, but applicable to all web development.
Brian Lonsdorf (loop/recur)
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Abstractions in FP can be daunting if you're not familiar with set theory or lambda calculus or category theory & all that. I'm certainly not. I'll translate some of the most important functional patterns & interfaces in JS directed towards us object orienters who may not have majored in math. You'll leave with a killer toolset and you'll weep at the beauty...if you have a heart.
Dan Tocchini (The Grid)
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Web developers are expected to build increasingly sophisticated UIs faster, cheaper, with tools that have not evolved with the times. Why is the trivial task of centering an element with CSS so obtusely complex ?
I'll explain how the Internet, along with a few other factors, played a primary role in the international spread and success of the Harry Potter phenomenon. My honors thesis analyzed the key factors contributing to the worldwide success of the Harry Potter series, and this lightning talk will highlight my findings.
Estelle Weyl (Instart Logic)
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HTML forms have been the bane of web developers for years. Not anymore! With HTML5 you may learn to love forms. Browsers now enable you to provide users with rich date GUIs, validate forms and provide validation feedback without JavaScript. JavaScript-free placeholder text, pattern matching, required fields, auto focus, error handling is now a reality.
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? Would you talk about your latest passion? Describe the trip of a lifetime? Teach a hack? We'll find out in this high-energy, fast-paced, technology show-and-tell. Speakers are limited to 20 slides, which automatically advance after 15 seconds—that’s the fun of Ignite!
Spike Brehm (Airbnb)
While the client-side JavaScript app approach can provide snappy, interactive UIs, it presents challenges, including initial page-load performance, SEO, and duplication of application logic between client and server. Let's explore the budding community around isomorphic JavaScript apps and the tools and libraries you can use to run your app on the client and server with a single codebase.
Chase Douglas (Stackery)
Have you ever wondered how JavaScript runtime engines actually execute your code? JavaScript as a language has many interesting facets and features, and this has led to innovative techniques for executing code efficiently. Learn all about how modern runtime engines work, and hopefully gain some insight on how you can better leverage the language for your projects.
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
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This talk will illustrate the design process behind Kindred Britain (, an interactive network visualization and digital humanities project, made with Nicholas Jenkins and Elijah Meeks of Stanford University.
Guy Ellis (GoDaddy)
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Learn how to use the ExpressJS framework to select the right structure and paradigm for your NodeJS application. You will leave this presentation with the knowledge to immediately build a well structured ExpressJS web application.
Data visualizations is increasingly popular. This talk will cover well-known challenges and pitfalls for accessible data visualization, and describe techniques to overcome them, and even to enhance accessibility by using Web solutions like SVG, HTML, ARIA, and the Web Audio API and Web Speech API.
Jon McKay (Technical Machine), Tim Ryan (
The co-founders of Technical Machine talk about what the future has in store for the developer experience of embedded devices and the software architecture behind their JavaScript-powered microcontroller, Tessel.
Kevin Whinnery (Twilio)
In iOS 7, JavaScript has become a first-class citizen for iOS development. The new JavaScriptCore system framework provides a bridge between JS and Objective-C code, opening up the entire Cocoa Touch platform to JavaScript developers. This talk will explore this new API, and demonstrate how developers can take advantage of it with a demo that uses JavaScript to drive a simple 2D SpriteKit game.
Brian Holt (Microsoft)
90-Minutes: Choosing an MVC framework for you next project is a daunting task; there are so many options with fervent supporters that it seems there is no one exclusively right path. This workshop won't be a pitch for any one of them: it aims to give you context for each of the three frameworks so that you can make your own informed decision when you look to choose the framework right for your...
In this presentation we’ll take a look at the various ways JavaScript relies on Unicode, what the consequences are for JavaScript developers wishing to support full Unicode in their apps, and how ECMAScript 6 will make our lives a bit easier in this regard.
Jason Kridner (Texas Instruments)
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An affordable open hardware platform provides entrepreneurial software developers an easy path for wrapping their services with customized and dedicated devices to sell as consumer or industrial appliances.
Brendan Eich (JavaScript)
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I'll update everyone on ES6, ES7, and how JS is evolving quickly under a fairly balanced and competitive/cooperative browser market structure, and the consequent rise of the lead web developers and
Elijah Manor (LeanKit)
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Do you still need jQuery? Has it become a crutch? Can you get away with dropping jQuery as a dependency and use native browser APIs instead? For the majority of this session we will be looking at common jQuery snippets and show how to convert them either using native browser APIs or utilizing popular micro-libraries.
JSFest is a a series of events in San Francisco presented by the JavaScript Community.
Jen Simmons (Jen Simmons Design)
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Jen Simmons, Designer, Jen Simmons Design
Paul Irish (Google Chrome)
Paul Irish, Chrome Developer Advocate, Google
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc), Tom Dale (Tilde, Inc.)
Yehuda Katz and Tom Dale, Co-founders, Tilde Inc.
Steven Pousty (Red Hat OpenShift)
You have seen the stuff that FourSquare has done with spatial and you want some of that hotness for your app. Well this session will give you all the tools you need. We will combine MongoDB, Node.JS, and Leaflet to create full mapping application. When you go home you will be able to amaze your friends and supervisors with some spatial magic goodness you can control.
In 2013, I resolved to really learn something new every day, and catalog those 365 things. This talk includes some of the high points of what I learned over the course of the year, and what I learned about learning itself.
Alicia Liu (
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After you've developed that first demo app using the Angular JavaScript framework, now what? This presentation covers patterns and strategies for developing more complex apps using Angular, avoiding pitfalls, and how to write your own directives and components the "Angular Way".
Have a particular topic you'd like to discuss with other Fluent attendees over lunch on Wednesday? BoFs are a great way to informally connect with others to share ideas, advice, and experiences.
Have a particular topic you'd like to discuss with other Fluent attendees over lunch on Thursday? BoFs are a great way to informally connect with others to share ideas, advice, and experiences.
Jarrod Overson (Shape Security)
Learn what tools exist to assess and visualize JavaScript complexity and learn how to manage ever enlarging codebases. There are loads of tools out now that go a long way to managing your code (and other's) so you have more time to deal with what is important. Learn how to make the best of them.
Nate Murray (
Thinking procedurally is one of the hardest concepts to grasp for the beginning programmer. By using a new-breed of tools we can visualize how programs run and reason about our programs in new ways. In this talk, you will learn how to use tools like esprima to programmatically rewrite javascript and visualize the space-time fabric of javascript execution.
Nathan Taggart (New Relic, Inc)
During this session discover the ways you can impact the application performance for your end user - pin pointing time spent within layers of the application, and end user demographics through geography, browser types, and page views. In addition to the application visibility we will be showing you how to dive into the time being spent within AJAX as well as the impact of JavaScript errors.
Nathan Taggart (New Relic, Inc)
During this session discover the ways you can impact the application performance for your end user - pin pointing time spent within layers of the application, and end user demographics through geography, browser types, and page views. In addition to the application visibility we will be showing you how to dive into the time being spent within AJAX as well as the impact of JavaScript errors.
Chris Wilson (Google)
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We've all come to expect audio, video and realtime communication from apps, games and sites – on all our devices. This session will help you build dynamic, multi-device web applications using video, WebRTC, Web Audio and more. We show you how to maximise performance, avoid common gotchas, and deliver great experiences on mobile and desktop, using powerful new media APIs.
Matt DeBergalis (Meteor)
Meteor is a distribution of open-source packages that makes it radically faster to build modern apps. All the parts are there: a reactive template engine, powerful data synchronization primitives, a standard wire protocol, and a database API that works the same on both the client and the server. This talk will demonstrate making an app from scratch, showing how it all fits together.
The winners of the first annual O'Reilly Web Platform Awards are announced.
Aaron Frost (Domo), Dave Geddes (Domo)
There’s JavaScript goodness, and then there are the painful parts. Aaron and Dave are ready to talk about all of it, including AngularJS, Node.js, and various keynote shenanigans.
Ariya Hidayat (Shape Security)
Ariya is available to follow up, discuss, and hold a general Q&A about his session on Design Strategies for JavaScript API. Ask him about topics such as using static polymorphism to ensure consistent naming, preventing unnecessary and dangerous convenience (e.g. Boolean traps), and avoiding unreadable code due to confusing semantics.
Eric Hamilton (Adobe)
Join Eric for Q&A about his session on static types, loose types, and object extension. He’ll answer questions about: Prototypal vs Classical Inheritance, the value of dynamic types, and any other questions that you may have concerning his talk.
Ilya Grigorik (Google)
If you’re interested in making the web fast (and who isn’t?), stop by and talk to Ilya about strategies for improving web performance, adopting web performance best practices, and any other topics you feel are pertinent.
Jarrod Overson (Shape Security)
Want to talk about managing and visualizing JavaScript complexity and ever-enlarging codebases? Jarrod is here to discuss JavaScript complexity metrics, and JavaScript build tooling, code coverage, and unit testing. You’ll also find out how to be effective as an AD Carry in League of Legends.
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School)
Jen is ready to field any questions you might have that weren’t covered in her Bootstrap demonstration, like how Foundation compares to Bootstrap, and which of them might be better for your application. Find out if you should you be using a responsive design framework at all—or anything else pertaining to Bootstrap, Foundation, or your projects.
Jen Simmons (Jen Simmons Design)
Drop by to have a chat with Jen. Nothing formal is planned, just bring your questions or come by to say hi. She’s happy to talk about HTML and her Fluent keynote, topics from The Web Ahead, and careers in the web industry.
Kyle Simpson (Getify)
Optimizing tools and processes is a tricky business and Kyle is always ready to examine the matter. Come by and explore questions like: how do we define JS transformations that are inversible? How do we parse non-standard JS code? What can JS tools do to improve our experience of writing code?
Lara Hogan (Wherewithall)
Lara is ready to talk to you about web design and its contribution to performance, including front-end performance basics, like markup and image optimization. Find out about approaches to Responsive Web Design performance, and ways to plan for and design around performance priorities.
Lisa Larson-Kelley (
Lisa specializes in online video and media delivery, be it HTML5, Flash, or consumer products such as Skype and Prezi. Come on by to talk about real-time communication, WebRTC, where we are today, and where we’re heading after this.
Marc Grabanski (Frontend Masters)
Want to hear more about Scalable Vector Graphics? Stop by and chat with Marc about the benefits of SVG, such as scripting, transforms, embedding, and more. You can also ask him about RaphaelJS and D3, and frontend development in general.
Matt DeBergalis (Meteor)
So, you’ve heard about Meteor and want to try it out. Matt’s here to help you get started, including how to get your pull request into the Meteor core. He’ll also talk with you about the design of modern apps, such as design patterns for large apps and scaling production apps.
Got questions about using Git? Stumped by past experiences? Come talk to Matthew and pick his brain about things like Git at large companies and in the enterprise, the culture of distributed version control, and open-by-default positive impacts on teams.
Mike Amundsen (, Inc.)
Mike invites you to drop by to chat informally about Hypermedia APIs, API description and discovery, API documentation, and, well, anything you want!
Patrick Mulder (Intel Germany)
Want to talk about building interfaces with 100% JavaScript? Drop by and chat with Patrick about the role of JavaScript modules, such as CommonJS and AMD, workflow automation with Grunt for building client-side applications, and ways to tackle APIs with Restify, noBackend, and NoSQL.
Peter Cooper (Cooper Press)
Peter is here to talk about Fluent and what it’s like to be a conference chair (by all means, bring your comments and suggestions). He’ll also talk to you about publishing and e-mail newsletters, front-end development in general, and SVG, RaphaelJS, and D3. Or engage him in a general programming chat.
Raymond’s here to talk to you about mobile debugging, including topics involving IndexedDB, PhoneGap, and AngularJS. You can also find out about his experiences with learning Node, or anything else web-related you’ve got on your mind.
Scott Hanselman (Microsoft)
Scott is ready to talk to you about any topics that make you happy, from the developer’s life in general to specific technologies like cloud architecture, Javascript, and Microsoft and Open Source.
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Stop by to talk with Scott about data visualizations, user experience, and other interactive phenomena. Specifically, he’s ready to discuss design considerations for data visualization, workflows, and processes for designing data interfaces, and D3.js and Processing for data graphics.
Simon St.Laurent (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Simon is one of the Fluent conference chairs. He’s eager to talk to you about anything related to the Web Platform—past, present, or future. What would you like to see next from Fluent? What other subjects would you like to see O’Reilly cover?
Susan McGregor (Columbia University)
Here's your chance to chat with Susan about the details of Data Docs, the platform behind her talk. She'll enlighten you about specific examples of using Data Docs to incorporate text, visualizations, and API data, and answer technical questions about the platform itself. You'll also find out where video and web-based storytelling are headed.
Tony Parisi (Wevr)
If you work (or play) with web graphics and 3D rendering, come by to talk to Tony about CSS 3D Transforms (tips, tricks and hacks), and WebGL API questions and problems, such as performance, browser compatibility, and mobile development. You can also find about WebGL content pipeline, tools, and application frameworks.
Wesley Hales (tCell)
Stop by and talk to Wesley about creating, running, and managing web apps in the real world. He’ll answer your questions about HTTP2, SPDY, and WebSockets, real-time frameworks and servers, and WebRTC.
Take a breather in the Community Lounge (sponsored by Google) to gather with other brilliant minds, hack on your latest project, or just get a break from the day's sessions.
Take a breather in the Community Lounge (sponsored by Google) to gather with other brilliant minds, hack on your latest project, or just get a break from the day's sessions.
Take a breather in the Community Lounge (sponsored by Google) to gather with other brilliant minds, hack on your latest project, or just get a break from the day's sessions.
Take a breather in the Community Lounge (sponsored by Google) to gather with other brilliant minds, hack on your latest project, or just get a break from the day's sessions.
Ralph Whitbeck (Atlassian)
jQuery Mobile is one of the easiest ways to create a mobile site today. Mobile development brings performance to the forefront. We’ll explore a few ways to get the most out of jQuery Mobile and your site. These tips were used in building a conference mobile site, which was built with performance in mind. We’ll learn how to make jQuery Mobile fast on any device.
Eric Bidelman (Google)
Web Components make web development fun again! Learn how to use Polymer and its UI components to create beautify component-based applications. Let's bring composability, reusability, and maintainability to the web.
Guy Bedford (Verve Interactive)
See how to use ES6 modules and syntax in browsers today, with a focus on writing truly modular code. An overview of approaches will be covered, including a workflow for the ES6 Module Loader polyfill from development to production. Finally see an overview of the JSPM loader and CDN, demonstrating some of the possibilities of browser package management.
Ashe Dryden (Ashe Dryden Development LLC)
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It's been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites?
Pamela Fox (Khan Academy)
What if everyone learnt to program in middle school? How would that change the way that they learnt other subjects? How would it affect their personal life? Their career? It's kind of a crazy idea, but it might be crazy in a good way. In this talk, I'll lay down my ideas for how this could happen and what it might mean, based on my experience teaching programming online on Khan Academy.
Andreas Bovens (Opera Software)
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In this talk, I will look at two of the technologies that lie at the basis of responsive web design: the viewport meta tag and CSS media queries. I will explain how viewport is being standardized as @viewport, and how many other new features in CSS, such as the resolution media query, object-fit, relative length units etc., can be used to create even more compelling responsive designs.
Mike Amundsen (, Inc.)
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Based material from the book "RESTful Web APIs", this talk walks you through the creation of a great UI for a Collection+JSON media type API and then shows how minor changes on the server are automatically handled by the client without rewrites or redeploys. The same library can even used for different APIs with the same smooth results. Reusable libraries for hypermedia clients is a reality.
Kent Brewster (Pinterest)
Yesterday at Yahoo's third Sunnyvale Hack Day I built and demonstrated a many-player game, using node.js,, and as many handheld devices as were willing to sign in. Here's how I did it, and how you can play too!
Kathryn Rotondo (Freelance)
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Young children playing with mobile devices don’t have a preconceived idea of what it means to tap, or swipe, or talk into the mic, or that only one little point of one hand should touch the screen at a time. They rely on trial and error and cues from the app. This session will cover intuitive gestures, interactivity cues, and element placement, as well as legal considerations for children's apps.
Jesse Noller (Rackspace)
Rackspace Performance Cloud Servers
If one of your goals at Fluent is to meet new people, this session will jumpstart your networking with other attendees. Bring your business cards and prepare a minute of patter about yourself, your projects, and your interests. You’ll exchange cards and information with a new attendee every two minutes.
Ilya Grigorik (Google)
Performance is a feature, but what exactly is performance? Should UX be part of it and are there design principles that will help us deliver experiences that "feel faster"? What does it mean for a site to "feel fast" anyway and what is fast enough?
Details to come.
Details to come.
Details to come...
Eric Hamilton (Adobe)
* how loose typing makes generic functions easier * how generic functions are better for code reuse and functional programming * how object extension makes inheritance easier * novel uses for dynamic objects, including a flexible, less error-prone alternative to switch / case
Lee Mallabone (LinkedIn)
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Email consumption on mobile devices is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the HTML capabilities of those devices is a step-change from their desktop counterparts. This talk will demo some lessons learned building delightful mobile experiences at LinkedIn, and present specific HTML & CSS3 authoring techniques for creating remarkable best-in-class mobile emails.
Ben Newman (Meteor Development Group)
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At Facebook we take the future of JavaScript seriously, and we go to great lengths to accelerate the adoption of new language features both within the company and without. Join us for a close look at some of our techniques for transpiling, desugaring, refactoring, and otherwise improving a very large JavaScript codebase.
Mobile devices are leading to a major disruption at the client and on the server side as well. Traditional HTML page generation technologies are not well suited for mobile, and developers are quickly adopting REST APIs to meet the challenge. This shift will reduce the importance of web pages and application servers in favor of smart applications that consume RESTful services.
Aaron Frost (Domo), Dave Geddes (Domo)
Across the board, the JavaScript community is thriving. This last year has seen unprecedented levels of adoption. Dave and Aaron will take a look at some of the reasons for the success of the JavaScript community, while also exploring some of the painful bits along the way.
Lea Verou (Independent)
Lea Verou, Developer Relations, W3C
This is Guy's story of how he backpacked around the world and hacked the process of learning new languages.
The fast pace of Internet software development has put us all on a hamster wheel of learning and made staying relevant way more difficult than ever before. New tools and processes are great but things evolve so quickly that we get no time to take them in. What’s causing it and how do we stay on top of our game?
Chris Eppstein (
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Overview of all the new features of Sass 3.3 and how they can be used to supercharge your stylesheets by one of the creators of Sass.
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Which would you rather have: a website that's fast or a website that's perceived as fast? The answer is "Both!" The list of performance best practices is long and well known, but there's been less focus on the user's perception of speed. In this presentation Steve Souders provides examples of how the perception of speed is completely independent of actual speed, and techniques for leveraging.....
Pete Hunt (Smyte)
At Facebook and Instagram, we’re trying to push the limits of what’s possible on the web with React. My talk will start with a brief introduction to React and then dive into three controversial topics: Throwing out the notion of templates and building views with JavaScript, “re-rendering” your entire application when your data changes, and a lightweight implementation of the DOM and events.
Simon St.Laurent (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Peter Cooper (Cooper Press)
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the second day of keynotes.
Emily Stark (Meteor Development Group)
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Modern applications written in JavaScript are vulnerable to many of the same attacks, like XSS and CSRF, that threaten traditional web apps. But defending against them requires new tools and techniques. This talk will illustrate best practices for securing these apps, and introduce some of the security conventions and tools we've built into Meteor, a full-stack JavaScript framework.
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If not programmed and configured in a security conscious manner, Node.js web applications expose attack vectors that can be exploited for severe technical and business impact. In this presentation, attendees will learn about possible security pitfalls and walk out with a cohesive action plan to effectively address these concerns and build resilient Node.js web applications.
Christine Sotelo (New Relic, Inc.)
Front-end performance bottlenecks and errors leave a lasting impression on your customers. This is not the impression you want. Christine will show you how to quickly identify problems in your front-end code and make sure your users stay happy and keep visiting your web app.
Sarah Mei (Ministry of Velocity)
Every day, we make hundreds of small technical decisions: what's the best way to implement this? Where should this function live? Less often, we make a larger decision: would a different framework make us more productive? Should we rewrite the whole thing in C? We'd all like to make better decisions, at all of these scales. Let's unpack the decision-making process and see what we can extract.
Phil Leggetter (Caplin Systems Ltd)
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Developing large apps is difficult. Ensuring that code is consistent, well structured, tested and has an architecture that encourages enhancement and maintainability is essential. But, how do you achieve this when building HTML5 single page apps? In this talk you'll learn the main concepts to apply when building a front-end app that scales and how BladeRunnerJS can support the development process.
Jeremiah Cohick (Fitbit)
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The field of user experience has proven in the last decade how research methodologies can significantly improve the usability, intuitability, and enjoyment of products. Yet API design is dominated by discussion of how one technology (HTTP) is most purely applied (REST/Hypermedia). User research and testing can elevate the level of design for APIs. I will present strategies for building great APIs.
Scott Hanselman (Microsoft)
How does the pervasiveness of JavaScript on the client change how we architect applications? We can create hundreds virtual machines in the cloud, but we are using the millions of visual machines that visit our sites every day?
Michael Bleigh (Divshot)
3-Hours: Web Components are the building blocks of tomorrow's web applications, but you can start working with them today. Learn about how the various pieces of the spec work together to create awesome, reusable, and well-encapsulated components and put it into practice today using Google's Polymer library.
Fluent's Flocks are informal get togethers organized around specific topics and attended by experts chosen by O'Reilly as well as regular developers and evangelists. There's no need to sign up in advance, just show up in the Community Lounge at the scheduled time to join the conversation and chat with others interested in the topic.
Join like-minded contributors and help to document the web platform and improve the user experience.
Tasneem Brutch (Samsung Research America - Silicon Valley), Steven Eliuk (Samsung Research America)
WebCL provides portable, efficient, secure and high performance acceleration for compute intensive applications, by defining JS APIs for parallelization, with OpenCL support for heterogeneous multicore devices, including but not limited to CPUs and GPUs. WebCL defines a JS API with a binding to the underlying C-99 based OpenCL API.
Lisa Larson-Kelley (
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90-Minutes: WebRTC is a powerful open-source project that enables real-time communication (RTC)– baked right into modern web browsers. This means you can now incorporate video, voice and data sharing using peer-to-peer connectivity via simple JavaScript APIs, with no plugins or additional installs. This session will introduce the fundamentals of WebRTC and get you started building a simple...
Flocks at Fluent are designed to give you face to face exposure with industry experts working on important projects and/or concepts. Flocks are informal group discussions and there is no need to sign up in advance. To participate, just show up in the Community Lounge at the scheduled time and join the conversation.
Simon St.Laurent (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Peter Cooper (Cooper Press)
Fluent Program Chairs, Simon St. Laurent and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the first day of keynotes.
If you're in town Monday evening, join us for an informal, no-host get-together with other Fluent attendees before workshops gets underway the next day. Location TBA, but it will be within walking distance of the hotel.
Kyle Simpson (Getify)
What does a drive-thru have to teach us about optimizing tools and processes?
Marc Grabanski (Frontend Masters)
Take a whirlwind tour of a the graphics format that looks as good on small devices as it does on high resolution (retina) and large displays. We'll take a look at much of the SVG API as well as how to interact with vector graphics through the use of transforms, transitions, matrices and JavaScript libraries such as RaphaelJS and D3.
We should be raising disruptive children, not rule and order based ones. When our economy was manufacturing and agriculturally based teaching kids to line up and fill in blanks made sense. The world today doesn't offer easy answers and the ability to keep learning and innovate now matter most. Our schools need to begin teaching 21st century skills based on a new definition of literacy.
If you're a woman looking for like-minded communities to join, c'mon down to our meetup on Tuesday evening before Ignite Fluent. In addition to great networking, you’ll hear lightning talks from representatives of groups, companies, and projects that support diversity in the technology community.
Wesley Hales (tCell)
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This is not another session using Node and Socketio to demonstrate sending an receiving real time data. This presentation will cover what it takes to stand up production ready WebSocket clients and how to manage and gracefully degrade for non-supporting browsers.