Cross Platform Mobile / Building Modular JavaScript

Here’s our second session, and this week we’ve got talks on two technologies that won’t have passed any of you by, Mobile Apps and JavaScript:

Colin Eberhardt: Cross Platform Mobile – looking beyond the HTML5 Hype

The fragmented smartphone market is a very real challenge for mobile application developers. In order to reach end users you have to create applications that will run on a range of platforms. Creating a native version of your application for each platform is often not an option, due to cost constraints. As a result, developers are looking towards cross-platform solutions, such as HTML5, in order to increase the reach of their applications. However, many have genuine concerns about HTML5, which has been much-hyped. With the biggest concern being around visuals - can it really deliver a first-class user experience?

Backed by practical examples and demonstrations on a range of devices, this talk will take a practical look at the options available for cross-platform development, which includes not just HTML5 but also technologies such as Titanium, Xamarin and Adobe AIR.

This talk will take a critical look at the developer tooling, code sharing, and most importantly end-user experience that can be achieved by a number of popular frameworks, allowing you to make a more informed choice.

Tim Perry: The Many Ways to Build Modular JavaScript

JavaScript has its fans, but few would say it encourages organisation or encapsulation. In this talk, Tim Perry will wade through some of the problems this causes, introduce some of the range of potential solutions that have been built on top of JavaScript to overcome them, and take a look at how the rest of the modern JavaScript ecosystem is moving forwards in this direction.

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  • John C.

    Yea great talk from both Colin and Tim, thanks, shame I had to run (had a best man speech to memorise). Looking forward to the next one in December.

    October 6, 2013

    • Nicholas H.

      Hello John, the next one will actually be in November - I am just confirming with the speakers, so hopefully an announcement today or tomorrow for Thursday 7th November...

      October 7, 2013

  • Tim P.

    Glad to hear people enjoyed my JS talk!

    In case it's useful I've now put the slides up in full at[masked] (and the talk video's up on the Bristech youtube at too)

    October 5, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Yes, both talks were excellent, I can see myself picking up some of the stuff Tim talked about in my current job, so thanks for the tips!

    Fascinated by Colin's short talk on the lack of green in the app store icons. His main talk was pretty good too.

    Finally, +1 on the pizza, nice touch :)

    October 4, 2013

  • Nicholas H.

    I *really* enjoyed both talks, with some great insights into x-platform development from Colin and a very engaging talk by Tim on modularity in JS - AMD, ComonJS and ES6. Great stuff!

    October 4, 2013

  • Joe J.

    Thanks! that was great! Perfect timing for me too as I am just about to consolidate and refresh our javascript framework.
    We are looking for devs if anyone is interested

    October 4, 2013

  • Simon C.

    sorry not to be able to make it this time

    October 3, 2013

  • Ben H.

    Will the session be video/audio recorded at all?

    October 1, 2013

    • James P.

      Hi Ben, that's the intention, yes - provided I don't forget the video camera this time (reminder set!)

      1 · October 1, 2013

  • Peter W.

    Looking forward to the modular JS talk, been trying recently to get into it. New to this sort of thing entirely.. is there any charge to attend?

    October 1, 2013

    • James P.

      Hi Peter, the only charge is an hour and a half of your concentration, some intelligent questions/discussion and any feedback you'd care to pass on afterwards :-)

      October 1, 2013

  • Andrew F.

    I'm hoping to be able to make this one!

    September 20, 2013

    • Nicholas H.

      Great! We are hoping that both speakers will arrive without mishap this month after Rob's unfortunate M4 'incident' last time...fingers crossed!

      September 20, 2013

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