Here are some notes from the #TXJS conference three days ago at Austin, Texas
When walking around, I made three observations about the attendees: 1. there were ALOT of them; hundreds and hundreds, 2. they brought Mountain Lion OS running laptops, 3. there were no windows laptops in attendance; not even one.
Dave Rupert really started us thinking why we do what we do; his talk challenged us to love what we do and do what we love, letting the core values of our hearts dictate the values of the working environment and relationships. He challenged everyone to recommit to making the responsive web an accessible one including ARIA. See his http://a11yproject.com/ and subscribe to the Shop Talk Show podcast at http://shoptalkshow.com/.
You can guess what Nicole Sullivan’s talk was about from its title, presuming you’ve followed her recommendations for writing CSS in an object-oriented manner in the past: “OOCSS and Preprocessors in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.” She full-on recommended that all web designers write stylesheets in SCSS in a way that preserves that OOCSS harmony, avoiding tempting possibilities that result in bloated compiled deliverable size.
The author of www.css-tricks.com and www.digWP.com seconded her advice for us to write Sassy CSS (SCSS), but he was less worried than Nicole about the performance hit of having a few extra kilobytes in the compiled, machine read browser deliverable.
Frances Berriman, front-end development lead for @govuk, spoke about “Culture change for creating better user experiences.” Some elements of web design @phae advocated adoption include audience targeting, using analytics to improve UX, functional design, minimalism, and plain language <http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/plain-english-magazine.html>
@jedschmidt & @izs & @polotek talked about server-side programming in Node.js
Charlie Robbins talked about the ethics and end-game of “All Open Source Everything,” championing the model of open sourcing much of the useful internal architecture of systems while retaining and monetizing key components which make the parts a product.
Drew Wilson gave us some golden nuggets of wisdom from his new book EXECUTE www.EXECUTEbook.com, which sounds WELL worth its meager price.
Phil suggested that not every website and/or client actually benefits from a CMS, particularly with a “WYSIWYG” rich text editor.