Category Archives: Client-side development

Frank Greco and Kevin Hoyt: WebSockets — Past, Present, and Future

WebSockets are one of the most interesting technologies in HTML5, making it possible for the browser to open (and then hold) connections to remote servers. In this talk, Frank Greco and Kevin Hoyt describe what WebSockets are good for and what the state of support is in various browsers. They then provide examples of WebSocket-based applications.

Josh Owens: What I’ve learned during my year with Meteor.js

Meteor is a new type of Web framework — one that bridges the gap between client and server, uses a single language on both, and allows for real-time communication between them. In this talk, Meteor developer Josh Owens introduces Meteor, and describes what he has learned (sometimes the hard way) from using this framework.

Igor Minar and Tobias Bosch: Angular 2.0 Core

Angular.js is a popular open-source client-side framework, whose development is sponsored by Google. The current version of Angular.js, as of this writing, is 1.3 — but the big news is that Angular.js 2.0 will change everything, including much of the syntax. In this talk, two members of Google’s Angular.js team (Igor Minar and Tobias Bosch) discuss the differences between the versions, and what developers can expect.

It should be noted that this talk was given before the final state of Angular.js was decided. Moreover, many Angular.js developers have expressed upset with the sharp changes planned in Angular. Whether you love Angular, hate it, or are curious to see its future unfold, this talk will help you to understand where things are headed.

Mary Rose Cook: Live-coding a JavaScript game from scratch

How difficult is it to program in-browser graphical games using JavaScript? I assume that it’s not that hard in theory, but that it will actually be difficult in practice. Mary Rose Cook wants to disabuse me (and us) of the thought that it’s hard to do, and in order to do that, she implements a Space Invaders game, in JavaScript, over the course of a single 30-minute talk.