I know everyone is twittering, but I thought I take a half-assed attempt at some live-blogging.
We all found power sockets and introduced ourselves. A great crowd – this is going to be choice!
Session One: The future of Web Standards
First session I’m attending is Rob O’Callahan, Mozilla Corporation talking about the future of web standards.
- Standards are necessary; balance of implementation/development.
- Clean up existing standards. De facto vs. de jure : eg: innerHTML. Background of standards groups, etc.
- Add new features. The open web needs to remain a competitive platform, eg. not closed flash, silverlight, etc. New stuff like SVG, video, etc.
- WHATWG/HTML5. <video> vs. <object> client-side SQL, offline stuff, browser registration as protocol handlers. HTML5 spec
- Video. Ogg Theora. Standards should be open.
- Your needs.
Morning tea = tasty muffins and sausage rolls with open sauce.
Session Two: Sending Spam
- InternetNZ Spam Code of Practice
- Friend-get-friend. Overly legislated – most companies are dropping friend-get-friend just in case.
- Test your email across a number of ISP before you send it.
- IP reputation, Customer ranking (‘Mark as spam’), SPF, Domain keys
Session Three: DIY CSS Frameworks: CSS Design Patterns
Darren Wood (go, microformats!)
- Blueprint, etc.
- Reset your CSS
- Set up some default styles
- Set up styles for accessibility
- font-size:62.5% = 10px or thereabouts, so then 1.2em = approx 12px, etc.
- John Oxton’s scalable logos.
- Pros and cons of large corporates with supplied/mandated markup/CSS; it’s tough having to implement crappy code, but conversely, you have the benefit of code handed to you on a plate.
Session Four: Spaghetti or Meatball?
How to design this barcamp t-shirt.
- Designing before the fact, not after.
- Freehand over Illustrator.
- It’s a wear-again shirt; not your average conference t-shirt.
Much of Matt’s presentation was too tricky to type up – thought processes, rationalising, influences, feedback from others, etc.
Session Five: Charles
Karl von Randow tells us all about Charles.
- Developing and marketing software.
- Shareware: time is precious for developers, so there’d be a willingness to pay to remove the 30-minute time limit, etc. If you’re not using it enough to be annoyed by the time-out and the nag-screens, then you’re not using it enough to warrant purchasing it.
- Development driven largely by user feedback/requests.
- Leaving Charles running for your everyday HTTP requests means you see all sorts of interesting things; e.g. how to hack Mintshot.
- Bandwidth throttling
Session Six: Demos!
Some short demonstrations of cool stuff!
- Simon Lyall demos the Asus eee.
- Mark Derricutt demos some DB migration Java classes.
- Jeff demos the Mukuna gig guide changes since the last Auckland Web Meetup.
- Demo of Vidavee’s WordPress plugin. This is worth checking out.
- Robert O’Callahan demos in-page OpenGL 3D. Browser talks directly to the GPU – it’s really fast!
- Karl stands up and says iPhones are cool.
- Lugwig – the man himself – shows us an app he built: NCEA tracker.
Well, this has been barcamp – thanks everyone – it was great!