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Your field guide to getting the most out of Fluent—news, updates, and important resources.

Exploring the server side at Fluent​

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Simon St.Laurent | @simonstl |

Front-end engineers typically take their titles seriously, focusing primarily on building and improving the front ends of applications. Few actual applications, though, are only about the front end. Creating a smooth experience for users on the client typically requires knowing something about what's happening on the server, and sometimes requires knowing a lot about what's going wrong on the server.

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In-depth training on Native Web Applications

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Simon St.Laurent | @simonstl |

As much as I love Fluent, the point of a conference is to show you a wide range of possibilities around a topic. You'll learn a lot of things, but many people, perhaps including you, need more than a single talk or even a single tutorial to really understand a topic in detail.

In 2015, we've added in-depth professional training to the program, something that lets you dive deep on specific issues for an extended time. These training courses allow you spend two entire days on a single subject, focused on the details you need to learn a story thoroughly. If you'd like, you can spend a third day at the conference looking at the broader picture.

We're offering a training that pushes the boundaries of current web development, Building Native Web Applications

Native application? Web application? Why not a native web application? What does it mean to write applications for the web? How can you combine interactions with users with interactions between clients and server APIs to create a powerfully useful experience? The tools keep improving, giving developers an ever-stronger set of tools for creating intricate and beautiful applications.

This course is limited to 35 people, and has two instructors. You'll get an intense experience with time to explore the details, and return home ready to change your world. Reserve your seat today.

Previewing Fluent 2015

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Josh Simmons | @joshsimmons |

With Fluent just around the corner, it's time to start building your personal schedule. Here's a round up of the most popular sessions right now, each touching on a different facet of the Web.

Have you registered for Fluent yet? Early Price ends March 5.

Seeking nominations for the Web Platform Awards

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Josh Simmons | @joshsimmons |

Elika Etemad wins the Web Platform Award at Fluent 2014

At Fluent, we celebrate the Web Platform and the communities that power each of its core technologies including JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. And so last year, we introduced the O'Reilly Web Platform Awards in order to highlight individuals for whom the Web is truly a labor of love.

The description of the award is straightforward:

The awards recognize individual contributors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and collaboration in the development of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and the supporting Web ecosystem.

This yielded many fantastic nominations which the Fluent Advisory Board, consisting of many of our industry's luminaries, carefully combed through. In the end, three individuals were chosen for their "exceptional leadership:"

  • Elika Etemad for her community involvement and a decade of contributions to the CSS specification.
  • Ian Hickson for his contributions to the community, especially to the HTML5 specification.
  • Addy Osmani for his work on many projects including TodoMVC, demonstrating the use of myriad JavaScript libraries and frameworks.

This April, we'll be announcing the winners of the 2nd Annual O'Reilly Web Platform Awards. But first, we need your nominations. We want to hear about the many unsung heroes and the way they're making the Web better, whether it's work in standards, instruction, community, development, or other supporting work I haven't listed. If you can make the case for a person to win an award, we want to hear it.

Please, let us know who you'd like to see recognized for their contributions. We'll celebrate the best of the best on the keynote stage at Fluent this April.

Submit a nomination for the 2015 O'Reilly Web Platform Awards today.

JavaScript ❤ Unicode

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Josh Simmons | @joshsimmons |

Best of Fluent 2014 Video

User input and string manipulation are central to development, but many engineers, and even popular libraries, struggle with Unicode. And ECMAScript 5 doesn't help, with many string manipulation functions offering puzzling results. Security and the need for internationalization both throw these issues into stark relief. In Mathias Bynens's highly rated talk at Fluent 2014, he explores the ways in which JavaScript's handling of Unicode produces unexpected results. As Mathias dissects these problems, he highlights polyfills you can use today while detailing how ECMAScript 6 addresses some, but not all, issues.

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Technical and Social Progress Toward ECMAScript 6 at Facebook

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Allison Gillespie | @argillespie |

Best of Fluent 2014 Video

Recent progress toward the next version of the ECMAScript specification is exciting, but some people have a hard time waiting for the future to get here. Facebook has already implemented a few of the most promising ECMAScript 6 features in terms of browser-safe JavaScript-of-today, and they released that growing tool chain as an open source project for the benefit of the broader JS community. In Ben Newman's highly rated talk at Fluent 2014, he explains how Facebook made the best parts of ECMAScript 6 production-ready, and how they communicated the news to thousands of developers and accelerated the conversion of tens of thousands of files from the old idioms to the new.

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What's New for Fluent 2015

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Peter Cooper | @peterc |

Peter Cooper, Simon St. Laurent, and others at Fluent 2014

Hi, I'm Peter Cooper, one of Fluent's chairs. While we had a particularly successful event in 2014, 2015 is shaping up to be our best yet. Almost 500 proposals came from our CFP, proposals, a striking number of which received strong reviews by our program committee. We had to disappoint a lot of great speakers, but the upside is that it means our program is very strong and anyone attending will be spoilt for choice.

In 2015 we're doubling down on what made 2014 great. We're keeping our sessions minutes long with 15 minute breaks in between for extended discussions and "hallway track" mingling. We also launched the Community Lounge last year, a space within the event where people could get together at any point to discuss talks, catch up on email, or attend one of a handful of community meetups we'd organized on topics like Ember and Angular.

More community meetups: After the success of our Community Lounge in 2014, we're extending the number of community meetups to cover a wider range of topics. Nothing is yet set in stone, as they are one of the last things we organize, but we anticipate meetups around topics like WebGL, WebRTC, React, Angular, performance, and accessibility—particularly as we have experts in all of these topics already confirmed to attend or speak at Fluent.

More back-end content: Last year attendees expressed an interest in seeing more back-end content at the conference, and we're making baby steps to get this right. We've covered topics like Node and Meteor in the past, but now we're looking at more general back-end architecture and other languages such as Go, which will have its own workshop.

More diverse content to keep you inspired: Expect to see a more diverse range of content at Fluent that not only reflects the modern Web platform but also what goes on around and behind it. As well as offering a generally educational and insightful conference, we also aim to have enough content that comes out of left field and opens attendees' eyes to new ideas or approaches.

More awesome keynotes: Last but not least, we're particularly looking forward to our keynotes. A few old favorites will be back, but we also have some exciting speakers who are new to Fluent, including Kathy Sierra, Andreas Gal, and Eric Meyer, who are sure to challenge and push against our ways of looking at the world of Web development. We hope you'll join us to be educated, challenged and, of course, to pick up lots of new ideas.

Check out the entire Fluent 2015 agenda.

Accepting applications for the Hardware Showcase

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Josh Simmons | @joshsimmons |

Peter Cooper, Simon St. Laurent, and others at Fluent 2014

The web is eating software and it's not stopping there. Hardware hacking is on the rise and connected devices of all manner are plugging into the Web, which is is why we introduced the Hardware Showcase at Fluent last year.

And we're doing it again. Fluent's exhibit hall will once again feature companies and individuals using web technologies to connect with the physical world. This is an opportunity for new projects and companies to get their devices in front of an audience of alpha users, indsutry analysts, and media.

All you need to do is apply.

Our team will select eight leading devices from the submissions we receive. These presenters will have an opportunity to tell their stories live at Fluent, and selected finalists will get two free passes to attend the conference.

We're accepting applications now, the deadline is March 1. Learn more and apply!