Don’t be Afraid of the Front End!


Let’s face it the front-end seems scary to most developers who are better versed for back-end, logic based coding practices. Unfortunately, users don’t interact with the backing, they interact with the client. User experience is a balance between art, psychology, device constraints in code architecture.

Don’t feel alone, most senior architects and developers are often lost in the world of the front-end. However, building successful application experiences does not have to be difficult. There are practical ways to architect and measure front-end success for the more logically minded person.

In this session we review code architecture, browser capabilities and how to measure things so you can ensure your application is successful now and in the future. We will look at JavaScript code architecture, some CSS best practices, a little responsive design and some browser developer tools to make the developer experience better.
But we’re not going limit ourselves to the browser, we’re also going to look at development practices, workflows and deployment options. In particular were going to look at how to leverage the static web site to create a rich user experience in the browser.

This workshop is designed to challenge your limits, expose you to new practices and empower you to feel comfortable in the world of the browser. The session is aimed at senior architects and developers but you don’t have to be an expert to attend.

Chris Love

Chris Love is a front-end developer for people and companies who are lost in the sea of modern web and user experience standards. He has a quarter century of web development experience, and has built a wide variety of web sites and applications in those years. In recent years, he immersed himself in responsive web design, single-page web applications and web performance optimization.

He applies these interests to run a small web consulting company, Love2Dev, that focuses on user-first web applications that operate on all device classes and usage contexts. Love2Dev offers web development and analysis to help companies engage end users and operate more efficiently.

Chris authored 3 web development books including, High Performance Single Page Web Applications, http://amzn.to/1b0twcm. He is a Microsoft MVP, ASP Insider and Edge User Agent. Chris regularly speaks at user groups, code camps and developer conferences. He blogs at http://love2dev.com and is active on Twitter, @ChrisLove.

Through his blog, speaking and books, he’s here to help you shake up your approach to web development while making it all feel like fun. His insights and opinions have been featured in various magazines, popular podcasts web sites. He has helped hundreds of businesses and individuals, ranging from mom and pop shops through major corporate brands, to build modern web experiences.

When he’s not working on front-end development, you can find him spending time with his step-kids, learning karate, training for Spartan races and serving on his church board of directors.

You can follow Chris’ Blog at love2dev.com and on Twitter @ChrisLove.