Happy Browser, Happy User!

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Performance is fundamentally, a UX concern. Sites that are slow to render or janky to interact with are a bad user experience. We strive to write performant code for our users, but users don’t directly interact with our code - it all happens through the medium of the browser.

The browser is the middleman between us and our users; therefore to make our users happy, we first have to make the browser happy. But how exactly do we do that?

In this talk, we’ll learn how browsers work under the hood: how they request, construct, and render a website. At each step along the way, we’ll cover what we can do as developers to make the browser’s job easier, and why those best practices work. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of how to write code that works *with* the browser, not against it, and ultimately improves your users’ experience.

Speaker Info:

Katie Sylor-Miller (@ksylor) is a Staff Software Engineer on the Frontend Systems team at Etsy, where she advocates for and implements frontend best practices in collaboration with product engineers and designers.

She is passionate about frontend architecture, design systems, accessibility, frontend performance, and teaching others. Katie co-authored the Design Systems Handbook, but her proudest accomplishment is creating ohshitgit.com to share her hard-won knowledge of how to get out of your git messes with a bit of humor (and a lot of swears).

Meetup is hosting us again. And they still have food and beer!

As always, we are going to have geekaways with geeky prizes provided by our sponsors.


6:30 - Arrive at Meetup, meet other members
6:45 - Event starts
7:00 - Happy Browser, Happy User! (Katie Sylor-Miller)
8:00 - Q&A
8:15 - "Books and Stuff" geekaways
8:30 - Open Discussion, Networking


632 Broadway
9th floor
New York, NY

Directions on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/VUw23K

Entrance on StreetView: https://goo.gl/h4Cwh6

Our Sponsors:

- Fastly (https://www.fastly.com/) is the only CDN that gives businesses complete control over how they serve content and the ability to cache frequently changing content at the edge.

- Catchpoint's (https://www.catchpoint.com/) end-user experience monitoring provides complete visibility into users’ experiences from anywhere to detect and fix issues faster.