Photo by Remy Sharp
As November rolls around, excitement grows amongst UK based front end developers. 2013 is the 5th outing of Full Frontal Conf where we all descend on Brighton for a day of talks on subjects that Remy Sharp wants to hear about (is there any other way to curate a conference?). This was my second visit to Full Frontal, after my 2012 experience made it an unmissable addition to my calendar.
The past's relationship with the future
We also looked back at performance in mobile sites with Andrew Grieve, at how our development workflow has changed over the years with Kenneth Auchenberg and over the growth of mobile with Joe McCann. Each of these session had a good view on what’s next, with Andrew saying that a lot of the hacks involved in making early mobile sites performant could be safely ignored now.
Most interesting was Kenneth’s call to help him decouple dev tools from browsers and unify remote debugging. I still use Firefox and Firebug for developer tools, but many developers switched to Chrome for the tools. If we were able to use the tools we liked from one browser to debug every browser then our workflows could be vastly improved. Kenneth’s demo of using Chrome dev tools to inspect a page in Firefox elicited a hugely excited response from the audience.
Looking further to the future, Angenlina Fabbro covered web components, showing a demo of Mozilla’s Brick, a library of custom HTML elements that can be used today. I’ve seen plenty of stuff on Google’s Polymer Project so it was interesting to see the Mozilla approach.
Last talk of the day was Jeremy Keith talking about Time. It was very interesting to consider our digital legacy and how both digital and physical formats, as well as the data they contain, will come and go. Jeremy’s long bet on a URL seems like a long lived concept, and I hope he loses the bet, but that pales in comparison to a project such as the 10,000 year clock. It was a contemplative talk, beautifully interspersed with excerpts of the wonderful short Powers of 10, which nicely wrapped up the day.
Of course, no conference is really complete without an after party. Talking over the day and meeting other attendees is fantastic. The Full Frontal after party not only supplied plenty of this, but a round of bacon sandwiches that really hit the spot after a few beers!