Rob Larsen

Wild World Web: Web Development in a World of Ever-Changing Browsers, Platforms & Compatibilities

Date: This event took place live on November 11 2014

Presented by: Rob Larsen

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

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How can front-end web developers make the transition out of developing with known goals and tools into the new world of development in the midst of uncertainty?

Approaching the web today requires that the web developer let go of hard and fast rules, and begins to design for uncertainty.

Embracing uncertainty as a core tenet of web development and scrapping the rules we've relied on in the past few years is the best bet for creating future proof web solutions. By combining web standards, progressive enhancement, an iterative approach to design and development and a desire to question the status quo; web development teams can create sites and applications that should perform well in a wide range of present and future devices. By focusing on optimal solutions with intelligent fallbacks and forgoing the desire for absolute solutions, design and development can work together to create a web that is fast, widely available and reliable.

About Rob Larsen

Rob is an experienced front end engineer, team lead and manager. Since 1999 (that's Web 1.0, if you're keeping track) been building web sites and applications for some of the world's biggest brands.

Rob is an active writer and speaker on web technology with a special focus on emerging standards like HTML5, CSS3 and the ongoing evolution of the JavaScript programming language. He is co-author of Professional jQuery, the author of Beginning HTML and CSS and, coming in November 2014 from O'Reilly, The Uncertain Web. He's also active in the open source community.

In his career Rob has spent time at Sapient Global Markets, Isobar, The Brand Experience, Cramer and as an independent consultant. Over the course of his career Rob has solved unique problems for clients like Samsung, Motorola, Philips, Gillette, Boston's Museum of Science, State Street Corporation and Harvard Kennedy School.

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