The Making of Fastbook / Halo Waypoint in HTML5

The Making of Fastbook

When Mark Zuckerberg said HTML5 wasn't ready, Sencha took offense to that. They sent two of their senior engineers on a mission to prove that HTML5 was indeed ready by implementing the most challenging parts of the HTML5-based Facebook mobile app the way Facebook should have. In less than 2 months, Fastbook was born.

Jarred Nicholls will take you on a deep dive into the making of Fastbook, the technical challenges Facebook's mobile app faces and how those challenges were met head on.

For a synopsis of the making of Fastbook, please see the official blog post from Sencha:


Halo Waypoint

Mike Wolf will show us how 343 Industries upgraded this portal to HTML5:

The year was 2009, and the Master Chief was buried side-by-side with HTML and Javascript at 343 Industries, stewards of the Halo franchise. 343 had just released the Halo companion website, Halo Waypoint, created entirely in Silverlight. Three years later, in anticipation of the release of Halo 4 and the return of the Master Chief, it was time for a significant upgrade to Waypoint. Enter Javascript and HTML 5. We’ll discuss how 343 went from using proprietary browser plugins and native mobile apps to a full breadth of products built with standards-based web application technology and a single codebase cross-platform PhoneGap application (including real-time mapping and in-app purchases). From the Xbox Smartglass app and Halo 4 Stats app (for desktop and mobile), we’ll walk through the stacks and talk about how it all came together over the past 2-3 years, including some of the unexpected benefits we discovered along the way. We’ll cover both the business needs that lead to this revolution and the good, bad and ugly tech challenges that made Javascript a major player in the Halo Universe.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Both presentations were very interesting.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Both topics were fascinating and timely, great stuff.

    February 27, 2013

  • Federico C.

    Babysitting my son.

    February 26, 2013

  • vincent y.

    But I will be moving to Bmore March 10th-ish. So email me if you need an iPHONE app ;)

    February 23, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Looking forward to it!

    February 21, 2013

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