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Upgrading the Web: Polyfills, Components and the Future of Web Development at Scale

Andrew Betts (Fastly)
Location: 211/212 Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 36 ratings)
Slides:   1-PDF 

Web development is becoming componentised. Whether via frameworks like React, native techniques like web components, or something else, components are rapidly becoming an essential part of web development. With them come tools and services designed to support teams using components, and cultural change too. This talk will make you think about the principles of your development process, with innovative approaches to style guides, component registries and other services to support new, more scalable web development practices. Using these new approaches requires modern browser features, so I’ll also be talking about a new public project sponsored by the FT and Fastly to build a community polyfill service. It’s time to upgrade the web.

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Andrew Betts


Andrew is a web developer, standards advocate and founder of FT Labs, an emerging web technologies division of the Financial Times in London. His area of expertise is emerging web technologies, particularly on mobile and tablet platforms, where his team created the FT web app, now well known globally as one of the best examples of what can be achieved with HTML5.