Archive for May, 2011

Presentation: Why You Need a Front End Developer

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at the DFW JavaMug last night, and created a presentation based on one of my more popular blogs, Why Your Company Needs A Front End Developer. Instead of addressing managers or decision makers, this one was geared toward server side developers. The premise is simple, though difficult: before hiring a second (or another) server side developer, make sure you have a good front end developer in place — and don’t try to do it all yourself. Telling an end-to-end developer that he shouldn’t do it all turns out to be in conflict with human nature and business. Often these are developers who are trying to please, and looking to be the “go-to guy”.

Regardless, the web is changing, thick clients are becoming more common, and front end technology is getting more complex. It’s harder to be a generalist, and it’s time to start thinking about specialists.

See the presentation here.

Video: HTML5 Video and Canvas Demo

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Donald Smith gives an excellent demo on HTML5 Video and Canvas. He first converts video into a canvas object, then manipulates the pixels, creating some simple special effects. The group was very impressed at this functionality. VIDEO HERE. Demo files included.

Bonus Video: Bob Byron risks death by giving us the latest events in the Ajax world! VIDEO HERE.