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Announcing the Global Scope program

We’ve had JavaScript focused presentations since our very first conferences, though way back in the mid 2000s (our first conferences predated even jQuery) when JavaScript was still used very sparingly by most developers, so our coverage was similarly scant. But just as the use of JavaScript has become more and more prominent, its appearance on […]

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 20 has, over the last decade, become Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day “to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities”. The last few weeks I’ve been providing a bit of assistance, and some of the technology we developed for our online conferences to a new event […]

The importance of performance

When I first started developing for the web, networks were glacially slow by today’s standards. In the early to mid 1990s a dialup modem speed of 14400bps (bits per second) was common, a 56K (kilo bits per second) a very fast connections. That’s bits, so divide by 8 to get bytes per second–we’re talking 1800-7,000 […]

Core Web Vitals at Lazy Load

over the coming months, starting in June, web performance is going to become even more critical, as beginning in a few weeks Google starts using page experience as part of their ranking algorithm. As the Google Search Central blog put it page experience signals combine Core Web Vitals with our existing search signals including mobile-friendliness, safe-browsing, HTTPS-security, and intrusive […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–The Latest on Measuring Web Performance

Patrick is going to explore the current state of web performance measurement, both in a lab (synthetic) environment and from real users (RUM). There has been a lot of exciting advancement in this space with Google’s Core Web Vitals and evolving of other metrics over the years.

We will also explore how synthetic and RUM data complement each other and when each is most appropriate to use.

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Performance Upgrades with WebAssembly and the Edge

This talk will be taking a look at how WebAssembly and Edge Computing can improve your front end performance of your Application. We will take a look at what WebAssembly is, how it can be used to replace hot paths in your JavaScript Application. What Edge Computing is, and how it can be used to provide additional performance to low end devices. Lastly, we will look at how they can be used together for portable and performant applications.

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–On the Cutting Edge: a Glimpse into the Future of Web Performance

Cloudflare Workers enables deploying a serverless application instantly, from a developer’s computer to the edge – as close as possible (tens of milliseconds!) to every internet user around the world.

This is made possible by running V8 isolates – the same engines powering Chrome, on Cloudflare’s global CDN network, spanning 194+ data centers around the world. For end users this means blazing fast, always available applications due to the reduced latency of requests traveling around the globe, and no cold starts, due to the lightweight nature of isolates, as compared to containers. For developers this means more time spent writing code, and building features, rather than scaling and optimizing cloud configurations.

This talk will cover the landscape of what platforms offer at the edge today, and how edge-based serverless is changing the web stack: from incremental dynamism at the edge, to the evolution of JAMstack on the edge and beyond!

A huge thanks to Twilio, our 2021 event partner

There’s little chance you’ve not used Twilio’s services, extensively, even if you aren’t aware of it, or even them. Their SMS, email and other messaging services are relied on by Netflix, Shopify, AirBNB and countless other companies to engage their customers. When we held in-person conferences (remember those days?) they helped us solve one of the most […]

Web Directions Lazy Load ’21 session spotlight–Learn How Russian Doll Caching Can Improve your SSR Web App

Are you implementing SSR for your web application? Do you know we can implement multiple layers of caching so that your caching is like an onion or Russian Doll ?

That’s the essence of this talk, we’ll demonstrate how we can implement Russian Doll Caching to create layers of caching so that we get data from databases as small as we possibly can.

Hopefully, after this talk, you’ll not ask about Russian Mall what? Russian %^&*() caching?

Container queries are (almost) here, finally

With Hover, our CSS focussed conference debuting on Friday April 23rd, this week I thought I’d focus on one of the sessions at Hover, or more specifically one of the technologies we’ll focus on, that’s just about ready for prime time, and which developers have been asking for for quite some time–container queries (initially referred […]

The state of the developer job market

I’ve known Steve Gilles, founder of Lookahead, a fantastic Australian developer recruitment agency, more or less since they started back in 2012. Lookahead rightly has a tremendous reputation, not least because of the fantastic people who work for them–folks like Fiona Chan, one of the founders of SydCSS, and long term developer herself. Long time […]

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