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The Front End technology stack constantly changes, along with best practice in performance, security, workflow and more. Keeping up with these developments can feel like a full time job.
At Web Directions, we've lived and breathed the web for more than 20 years, and use this unique perspective and deep knowledge to curate Code: two days of in-depth, invaluable presentations from local and world leading experts to help you and your team stay ahead.
Who's it for?
Whether you call yourself a coder, a programmer a developer or engineer, if your job is to build and deliver robust, fast, secure, engaging web experiences, Code is for you.
Real World Knowledge
Now in its sixth year, Code is carefully curated by John Allsopp, whose deep knowledge of the Web over two decades as a developer, author and speaker ensures a program of genuine relevance and value.
- 300+ Passionate attendees
- 20 Transformational speakers
- 2 Intense Days
Code Leaders Conference
This year, for the first time, we'll be running Code Leaders on 2 August - the day before Code itself: a single-day event focusing the challenges facing engineering decision makers and leaders.
With an emphasis on the architectural and strategic aspects of core Web technologies, alongside issues in growing and leading great teams, Code Leaders is the perfect complement to Code. Read more about Code Leaders.
Send a team of five or more to Code and you'll receive a complimentary place at Code Leaders for someone on your team, as well as a complementary upgrade to a Silver Code ticket. Simply book five or more attendees, with the code Team and we'll get in touch for details as to who'll be attending Code Leaders.
Can't make it to Melbourne?
If you focus on front end engineering and development, and can't make it to Melbourne in August, then don't despair, Web Directions Summit, in Sydney in November is a two track event for the whole team, with a track especially devoted to front end development.
Start and end each day with inspiring talks from our industry's leading minds, including:
Mavo: HTML Re-imagined for the Era of Web Apps
Lea Verou W3C CSS Working Group MIT
Mavo is a language that extends HTML to describe applications that manage, store, and transform data. With it, you can build complex applications declaratively, using just HTML and CSS. The spirit of the web, for the age of web apps.
At Code 17, we have the privilege of being among the first people anywhere to hear about Mavo - from Lea herself.
Brian Terlson Editor, ECMAScript Standard Microsoft
The State of Web Fonts
Chris Lilley Technical Director W3C
It seems like only yesterday we were having to use all manner of image replacement techniques just to use more than the most basic set of fonts on the web. But with CSS Level 3 OpenType font features, the widely adopted WOFF format, Chromatic Fonts, and more recently OpenType variable fonts - a single font file that behaves like multiple fonts - the capabilities opening up for typography on the web are extraordinary.
In this session, Chris Lilley shows us what's possible today, and in the near future.
Preact: Into the Void(0)
Jason Miller Creator Preact
Front end developers sit atop a massive amount of technology, often treating whole pieces of our application as opaque functionality. Grab a hard hat and follow me down into the internals of Preact, a tiny 3kb alternative to React. Along the way we’ll shed light on fundamentals like JSX & Virtual DOM, demystify DOM diffing, and see how keys work up close.
On our way back to the surface, we’ll stop at the Museum of Lost Hours to see some performance and size optimisations. Hope you’re not afraid of the dark!
The Power of the Network
Andrew Betts Developer Fastly, W3C TAG
Web developers are increasingly responsible for the performance of the sites they build, and there is now a plethora of advanced tools and services that allow developers to hone front end performance as never before. But the network can still be your biggest bottleneck.
This talk will discuss best practices and creative strategies for using caching, purging, preloading, server push, streaming, and other technologies to make sure your site hits your user's browser at top speed.
Choosing Your Animation Adventure
Val Head Animation Expert
Val will survey the full spectrum of animation options from CSS to React Motion and show which are best suited for things like state transitions, showing data, animating illustrations, or making animations responsive. You’ll also see how your choice of animation tools can impact performance, so you’ll leave knowing exactly which tools to choose for your animation needs.
Developing the Twitter PWA
Zero Cho Software Engineer Twitter
The most recent version of Twitter's web app, Twitter Lite, has just been released. It's a Progressive Web App, which is fast and responsive, uses less data, takes up less storage space, and supports push notifications and offline use in modern browsers.
In this session, Zero Cho from the Twitter Lite team will give us a sense of the architecture of Twitter Lite, the technologies used, and lessons learned in building this most recent version of one of the world's most widely used web services.
No More Awaiting for Async Functions
Erin Zimmer Senior Software Developer Australia Post
We'll go through an example to see how async functions actually work under the covers, as well as look at some real code samples to see how much async functions can improve even straight-forward code.
Modules in Motion
Damon Oehlman Senior Developer Canva
Modularity in web application code has been a topic of much discussion for a long, long time. Additionally, implementing solutions that provide a useful approach have consumed many development hours that quite a few of us will never get back. Thankfully, we are mostly converging on a single solution now in the form of ES6 modules.
In this talk, we'll explore the practical aspects of both consuming and creating those ES6 modules. We will also take a look at other current widely used module patterns, and also those that are quietly fading away. Finally, we will investigate the composition of web application code in general and how that relates to the code we ship to production.
It's Time to Talk About Type Checkers
Ben Teese Senior Developer Shine Solutions
In this presentation, we’re going to talk about type checkers in-the-large. We’ll start with a broad overview of their benefits, then examine some common misconceptions. Next, we’ll see some real-world examples that demonstrate specific scenarios when they can be useful - and not-so-useful. Then we’ll move on to important things to take into consideration when picking a type checker to use for your project (spoiler alert: it’s all about tooling and type definitions).
The Road to Styled Components
Glen Maddern Developer Frontend.center
Building user interfaces on the web is hard, because the web, and thus CSS, was inherently made for documents. Because UIs fundamentally are not documents, we've seen a mindset shift towards building component-based systems.
With that and a few more things in mind, Glen Maddern and Max Stoiber (co-creators of css-modules) sat down and started thinking about styling in this new era. They took the best of CSS and the web to build a new way to style component-based systems. In this talk, Glen will share what they thought about and why they arrived where they did: styled-components.
A Unified Styling Language
Mark Dalgleish DesignOps Lead SEEK
In the past few years, we’ve witnessed a massive increase in the amount of CSS experimentation, with ideas like CSS Modules and — most controversially — the rise of CSS-in-JS. But does mixing our styles and logic run counter to the original ideas of CSS? Does it break progressive enhancement?
In this talk, we’ll take an empathetic look at these new approaches, how they relate to the history of CSS, and why they might possibly hold the key to the future of CSS — all from the point of view of someone who has been writing CSS since 1999.
Traditional CSS at Scale(?)
Mandy Michael Lead Front End Developer 7West Media
Mandy Michael loves CSS. She believes there’s power in its simplicity and flexibility. When the team at Seven West Media Perth redeveloped The West Australian’s digital platform in a tight 4-month deadline, they embraced the CSS they know and love with a component driven approach, utilising ITCSS, BEM and SCSS with strict linting and code review. But while she’s a long-time lover of traditional approaches to CSS, the lessons Mandy learned have led her to the ultimate question: is there a better way?
Join Mandy as she explores her team’s journey in developing their CSS architecture, and find out where Seven West Media’s front end team is heading now.
Artificial Intelligence 101
Patrick Catanzariti Founder Dev Diner
Every industry will be affected by AI, machine learning and voice interfaces in the coming years. Terms like "neural networks" and "deep learning" often sound complicated and sci-fi, but never fear! There are platforms and technologies out there today that can enable you to do a whole lot out of the box upon which you can build.
Patrick will give you a crash course in AI — covering common terms, how you can get started with existing services and APIs, and how you can take all of this and apply it to your own business or idea.
Aimee Maree Forsstrom Software Engineer Open Source Industry Australia
CSS: Current, Soon, Someday
Charlotte Jackson Front End Developer Ansarada
Thanks to progressive enhancement, we can make use of many new CSS features, even though not everyone uses a browser that supports them. We'll take a look at examples of CSS that we can use now and what we can use with care. And it's not all about using new CSS; we can all play a part in its development, too.
Using the Web Payments API
Marcos Caceres Platform Engineer Mozilla
In this session, Mozilla's Marcos Caceres will provide an overview of the emerging Payment Request and Payment Response browser APIs and how to integrate them into existing HTML forms.
He'll also provide a sneak peek at the Payment Handler API, which the W3C is currently working on. It enables the creation of new ways to pay for things using, for example, virtual currencies.
CSS Architectures Q&A
John Allsopp (MC) Co-founder Web Directions
Having heard from three of our industry's leading front end developers, let's dive deeper into the current and future state of CSS architectures. This is a chance to ask probing questions, and to help get to the heart of one of the front end's most pressing challenges: how do we work with style in today's complex web creations?
Code 2017 will again be held in the ANZ Pavilion at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, right on the Yarra in Southbank.
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
With excellent public transport connections right outside, and Flinders Street Station right across the bridge, it's our best connected location yet.
If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartments style accomodation options in Southbank, and otherwise close by. We have for some time put our speakers up at the Mantra Southbank, and stay there ourselves.
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Praise for past Web Directions events
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!
inventor "responsive Web design"
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite
founder Campaign Monitor
Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over 15 years brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.
We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.
We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.
And, our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit returns to Sydney in October 2023, bigger and better than ever.
John Allsopp has been working on the Web for nearly 30 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.
His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.
His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".
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For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.
As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.If you have any concern or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.