Track: Web as Platform

Location: Pacific LMNO

Day of week: Wednesday

All things Browser, from JavaScript Frameworks for animation and AR / VR to Web Assembly and from protocol work to open standards evolution.

Track Host:
Kevin Ball
Project Lead & Contributor @ZURBfoundation

Kevin Ball is an experienced web developer and entrepreneur. He has co-founded and acted as CTO for 2 companies, founded the San Diego Javascript Meetup, is a regular presenter at local tech meetups, and consults on software development, communication, and leadership.

10:35am - 11:25am

by Natasha Rooney
W3C Advisory Board, Stack Evolution Board IETA, & Engineering Director @GSMA

The networks which carry websites and app content is constantly changing; and not many of us know how. In the last few years most of our content has moved to being provided over HTTP, but in doing this internet engineers found out that HTTP is too old and clunky for today’s internet content. This talk will go through the issues in HTTP, how HTTP2 was developed using Google’s SPDY experiment, and how QUIC will change everything.

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Jay Phelps
Senior Software Engineer @Netflix

WebAssembly (aka wasm) is a new, standardized compilation target for the web, shipping in all modern browsers. But since it's so low level it can be difficult to see how it will revolutionize the next generation of web apps–and definitely not just games and C++. This is a game changer for all web developers.

In this talk Jay will reveal what it is, how you can use it today, and the incredible opportunities it will unlock in the...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Michel Weksler
Software Engineer @Airbnb

Too often, poor Web checkout experiences, especially on mobile devices, lead to user frustration and shopping cart abandonment. To streamline checkout and increase conversion rates, leaders from across the payments ecosystem have come together at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to develop open standards for payments on the Web. This incorporates new browser features to accelerate checkout, integration with mobile payment applications and enhanced payment...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Dan Wilson
Web Engineer @MutualMobile

We've enjoyed CSS transitions and animations for several years, with their broad support and ability to get key performance gains. Now the Web Animations API is here and growing, so what does this let us do through JavaScript?

Through several examples, we will take a look at how this new JavaScript API came to be and how it compares to the alternate ways to animate on the web. We will work through its added benefits like...

5:25pm - 6:15pm

by Kieran Farr
Senior Director @Brightcove

The use of virtual and augmented reality hardware and software has exploded in the past few years thanks to products like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Daydream, and recent releases of Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore SDKs. But most of this growth is fueled by native applications in a highly fragmented ecosystem requiring developers to target specific hardware with proprietary SDKs.
Meanwhile delivering 3D experiences on the web has been improving at a rapid pace thanks to WebGL,...



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