I recently attended an awesome conference called Web Direction Code, which is held every year for web developers. As someone who is very interested and tries to be heavily involved in anything to do with mobile and UI design, I found this conference to be very beneficial. That it was also entertaining and fun was just a bonus. The event was held at the Melbourne Town Hall and went over 2 days, with just a single track.
Personally, I learn best while on the job, so while doing what it is I am trying to learn. Besides that, Google is my best friend. You are almost always NOT the first person to encounter your problem, particularly in the web development space. The web development world continues to be more and more open source minded, so people will usually share their experiences and their expertise.
But besides doing your own research and practicing your skills, one thing we all need (in my opinion) is constant inspiration. Inspiration is crucial to self development, as without it there is no reason to change. So I chose to inspire myself by going to this conference; to see what is new and exciting in the web development world, and to share ideas with people better than me.
Web Directions had so many good speakers and topics, but I will just share my favourites with you. Almost all the speakers shared their slides and content online, so you could almost have the same experience as me. Here are the topics/speakers I found the most interesting:
- Alex Feyerke – Offline First Web Apps
- Ryan Seddon – Web Components: The Future of Web Dev
- Barbara Bermes – 3rd Party Footprint : A Publisher’s Take on Controlling Third Party Scripts
- Tantek Celik – The Once and Future IndieWeb
The full schedule can be found here with links to the speakers’ twitter accounts, where they would have shared their content. I believe the video content of the conference will soon be loaded on the website, so stay tuned.
Here are a few photos chronicling the fun time we had at the event (additional photos by John):
Sascha’s homemade biltong keeping us fortified during the sessions.
Presentation by the ECMA-262 technical editor, Allen Wirfs-Brock
Alex Feyerke’s excellent presentation on offline capable apps and the framework he created.
The awesome venue we were gathered in.
Raquel Velez’s presentation on math waking us up first thing on the first day.
Jared Wyles’ entertaining presentation on readable code got us thinking about the habits we’ve developed on comments.
While not all the content is relevant to us in the SAP world, it is still important to keep in mind these concepts when developing a user experience. I hope that you’ll find these thoughts helpful and be inspired to expand your learning.