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Random web reading for this week

Some weeks my notebook of links to share fills up, other weeks seem slower–like this one, though I could have sworn I read as much or more than usual. So just a handful of links this week, but all high value. Conditional CSS with :has and :nth-last-child Ahmad Shaheed is one of our favourite CSS […]

Keeping up with an ever changing web

Let’s set the effective starting date of the Web as 1993 and the release of Mosaic, the first graphical browser that gained any sort of widespread adoption. 30 years. A lifetime ago or more for many, though I remember it well. What was the technology landscape at the time? Windows dominated the consumer computing landscape […]

(re)introducing Web Directions AI

TL;DR; Today we’re announcing Web Directions AI A 1 day event focussing exploring the technologies, opportunities & impact of generative AI, taking place in Sydney, July 21st. It’s amazing value already (early bird tickets are just $395), but if you get a gold or silver ticket for Web Directions Summit by June 30th we’ll give you a free ticket […]

Some AI reading for the first week of May

This week’s reading is all about generative AI. And whether you’re a designer, developer, product manager, content strategist, whatever your role, take a look at our brand new conference, Web Directions AI, coming to Sydney very soon. Agents on the Brain Autonomous agents’ traction is undeniable. On the other hand, it’s unclear how useful these […]

the X moment for AI–solve for X

One of the analogies people all over have been using to try and distil what this moment feels like for AI is ‘the X moment for AI’. This is “the iPhone moment for AI“, or “the Web/internet moment for AI”. Bill Gates speaks of AI in as analogous to when he very first saw a […]

Engineering practice at Web Directions Code

Modern frontends are complex and large. They involve coordinating resources across front and back end, and across networks. They utilise numerous different technologies and resources, and typically involve teams of people performing different roles and potentially contributing to a code base with others they have never met scattered around the globe. Frankly it’s a marvel […]

AI, the fourth personal computing revolution

I’ve had to good fortune to see up close, and be involved in my own little way, in four transformative moments in technology over the last four decades. As a young teenager, the early PC era (we called them microcomputers back then) like the Apple II, Apricot, Acorn and TRS-80 (my own first computer) In […]

The Web Platform at Web Directions Code

The Web platform is constantly evolving, and what we can build in the browser becomes more complex and sophisticated by the day. We’ve long covered these capabilities at our conferences and Code will be no different, with a range of talks to help you get up to speed with what browsers are capable of today […]

JavaScript at Web Directions Code

We use it day in day out, but how much time do we invest in keeping out knowledge of JavaScript up to date? We get it (we’re developers too)–it often feels like a full time job just keeping up with what’s happening in front end technologies. That’s what drives the programming at all our conferences–at […]

What’s the place for design in the AI revolution?

Later this week in Sydney I’m MCing From Paint to Pixels: AI & The Creative Industries, a discussion with Jessica Priebe – Art historian and lecturer in emerging technologies at the  National Art School, Jamie Sissons – Founder of Absolutely AI, and Jesica Edwards, creative technologist at Canva. I’ll ask them their thoughts about the professional challenges […]

Front end architectures at Web Directions Code

How we architect our front ends is complex. So at Code we’re going to take a longer look at modern front end architectures. Kenneth Rohde Christiansen will take us beyond the front ends of today, and look at the capabilities coming, or already here in the Web Platform–from Web Neural Networks to Web GPU, Web […]

Security at Web Directions Code

Front end developers have probably long been a little guilty of thinking about security as essentially “back end” problem. And many of the most significant issues we’ve seen with recent security breaches are definitely issues on the back end. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a front end responsibility as well. So at Code, we’ve […]

Performance at Web Directions Code

There’s little doubt that every aspect of front end development has become more complex–but perhaps none more so, more quickly, than performance. Less than a decade ago, when developers first started to pay real attention to performance we’d minify, concatenate, then gzip all our assets, to minimise the number of files to download, perhaps play […]

Performance, security, JavaScript oh my!

I spend a lot of my time keeping up with what’s happening in front end development–so you have to spend less time doing so.​You’d think this might get easier, or the pace of innovation might have slowed now we’re well into the web’s 4th decade (sorry if that makes some of us feel old!) but […]

I for one welcome our GPT overlords co-workers

Yes, yes, I promised I’d focus less on AI after a flurry of posts late last year. But honestly, I can’t–I think it is that significant.  As we put together the program for Code in June, and Summit later this year, submission after submission across dev, product, design, content is focussed on the impact of AI […]

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