Episode 116 Preserving the Architecture of the Web with Stefan Tilkov

May 30, 2016

There’s a lot of pressure these days to use a JavaScript framework to create every website. “Which one is best?” people ask, “Which one should I use?” Stefan Tilkov joins Jen Simmons to talk about the architectural style of the web, and how to understand to best create an application on the web. What is the role of each of the technologies available?

In This Episode

  • Constraints and Qualities of The Web
  • The Hypermedia format
  • The REST model
  • The ways that we’ve forgotten the architecture of the web before in the past
  • The three core web technologies: HTML, CSS, JS, and the separation of concerns
  • The idea that HTML is not good enough for real programmers
  • Angular, Ember, React — how does a team choose the best tool?
  • The role of JavaScript: to extend the user agent’s capabilities, and do things that cannot be done in HTML or CSS

Episode 105 Progressive Enhancement with Aaron Gustafson

August 29, 2015

Progressive Enhancement is a core principle of the web. But these days it seems a lot of folks don't quite understand what it's about. Aaron Gustafson joins Jen Simmons to break it down, and explain why and how your website should be built using the principles of Progressive Enhancement.

In This Episode

  • What is progressive enhancement?
  • How do we do it?
  • But what about supporting the old browsers?
  • But what about doing the hot new stuff?
  • Doesn’t it take longer?
  • Why in the world?
  • Ok, ok, I know I should, but how? no really, how?
  • But what about my cool JavaScript-based Web App for my awesome new startup? That doesn’t need to bother with progressive enhancement, I know it.

Episode 74 HTML Semantics with Bruce Lawson

June 18, 2014

HTML5 brought more semantic elements to HTML. How's that going? Why should developers use semantic HTML? Bruce Lawson joins Jen Simmons to discuss HTML, semantics, accessibility, ARIA roles, microformats, microdata, RDFa, web components and more.

Episode 65 The Future of the Web Stack with Simon St. Laurent

April 3, 2014

Now that the web has new superpowers in the form of HTML & Javscript APIs, many engineers are rushing to the web, excited to use modern programming tools on the web platform. It seems there might be an emerging trend, however, to not understand or respect the web for its strengthens, and to toss out years of known best practices in the rush. Simon St. Laurent joins Jen Simmons to ask, what is going on?

Episode 33 Back to Basics with Jen Robbins

September 6, 2012

The web at its basics is HTML and CSS. If you want to learn these fundamentals, where do you start? Jen Robbins joins Jen Simmons to lay out a road map.

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