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Render Conference 2016


By Stuart Nelson 3 years ago

Render Conf (formally known as jQuery UK) is an annual front end web developer conference in Oxford, with talks ranging from front end testing to how you can use javascript to create a pattern for a wooly jumper. I was lucky enough to be sent along to the first day of the conference by Mr B & Friends to learn about the latest web technologies and how I could apply them to the work I do here. Having never attended a conference before I was super and eager to see what I could learn.

 

Sara Soueidan – SVG in motion

Sara is the SVG guru when it come to web development. Scalable Vector Graphics are images that are made up of of a set of instructions of how to draw the images, as opposed to a photo (say a .jpg file) which only contains information that says make this part of the image this colour make the next part this colour.  SVG’s are perfect for using on any device from a smartwatch to a cinema screen, here’s an article about the differences — Raster vs. Vector graphics.

vector-dogs

She gave a whistle stop overview about SVG’s and then moved on to discuss how to animate them. I didn’t realise there were so many variables to think about before you choose how you want to animate your graphic. This article for Adobe was written by Sara herself and gives a great overview about animating SVG’s.

During the conference I got the chance to chat to Sara, and she kindly gave me some really useful advice about how I could approach animating SVGs for a Mr B & Friends project.

 

Bruce Lawson – Deputy CTO at Opera – web.next

I hadn’t really done much research into Bruce Lawson’s talk before the conference, but he was a fantastic presenter. This talk really gave me a MIND BLOWN moment when he discussed Progressive Web App’s. I have always been interested in creating mobile apps but I am a web developer, not an app developer. He demonstrated how by PWA’s the Digital team at Mr B & Friends could create app like offline experiences without having to invest time in learning new technologies. Not only would this be lots of fun but it would also massively broaden our offering to our clients without passing on a huge cost.

When the tech has matured, PWA will give web developers the ability to create mobile apps for any device that have the ability to easy offline. Interested in seeing a PWA first hand? Check out http://www.pwa.rocks for some examples, my personal favourites are the Airhorn and Wikipedia.

A massive thanks to Mr B & Friends for sending me to Render Conf 2016. It was really inspiring and I can’t wait to start implementing what I learnt!

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Render Conf (formally known as jQuery UK) is an annual front end web developer conference in Oxford, with talks ranging from front end testing to how you can use javascript to create a pattern for a wooly jumper. I was lucky enough to be sent along to the first day of the conference by Mr…