Fluent 2012 Keynotes

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Dion Almaer

Dion Almaer, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Architecture

Dion Almaer is a technologist who loves to code and build. He and his long time partner-in-crime Ben Galbraith recently brought their team to Walmart to power the mobile engineering efforts. He enjoys sharing his passion for software production across various communities, including a new property called FunctionSource.com.

Dion has been writing Web applications since it took over from Gopher. He has been fortunate enough to speak around the world, has published many articles, a book, and of course covers life the universe and everything on his blog.

He has been called a human aggregator, and you can see that in full force if you follow him on Twitter.

10:05am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Join Ben and Dion as they discuss the role of the web in the mobile present and explore developer issues as we head into the post-PC era.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5

Ryan Bubinski

9:25am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Learning to program is hard, and even harder when the language you're using is known for its quirks and inconsistencies. This talk explores some of the funnier moments in programming education when new programmers face these quirks head-on and the surprising outcomes that ensue.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper, Cooper PressEditor

Peter Cooper is the founder of Cooper Press and the editor of several weekly newsletters, including JavaScript Weekly, and co-host of The JavaScript Show as well as the editor of several popular Ruby Web sites and author of Beginning Ruby. He publishes programming oriented e-mail newsletters, podcasts, screencasts and blogs full-time.

He also chairs O’Reilly’s JavaScript and Web technology conference, Fluent.

9:00am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Fluent Program Chairs, Brady Forrest and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the first day of keynotes
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
9:00am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Fluent Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Brady Forrest, welcome you to the second day of keynotes, and announce the top three Startups from the Fluent Startup Showcase: Stack Mob, PicPlum and Kanango2go.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.Founder

Ward Cunningham has worked for and consulted to daring startups and huge corporations. He has served as CTO, Director, Fellow, Principle Engineer and Inventor. He is best known for creating wiki. He leads an open-source project rebuilding wiki to solve more complex sharing situations addressing some of societies toughest problems. Ward founded movements in object-oriented, agile software, extreme programming and pattern languages. Ward lives in Portland, Oregon and works for New Relic, Inc.

9:50am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Our new wiki innovates three ways. It shares through federation, composes by refactoring and wraps data with visualization. The Smallest Federated Wiki project wants to be small in the "easy to learn powerful ideas" version of small. It wants to be a wiki so that strangers can meet and create works of value together.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich, MozillaCTO

Brendan is responsible for architecture and the technical
direction of Mozilla. He is charged with authorizing module owners,
owning architectural issues of the source base and writing the roadmap
that outlines the direction of the Mozilla project.

Brendan created JavaScript, did the work through Navigator 4.0,
and helped carry it through international standardization. Before
Netscape, he wrote operating system and network code for SGI; and at
MicroUnity, wrote micro-kernel and DSP code, and did the first MIPS
R4K port of gcc, the GNU C compiler.

9:05am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
* Whirlwind history, with dirt dished from each era (Netscape, the IE stagnation, the Ajax revolution, the modern era). * What worked well. * What didn't (JS WAT) * What's coming in ES6, and prototyped in Chrome and Firefox already. * Hot topic: JS as the universal virtual machine * Low-level typed JS (*JS) demos * Emscripten (C/C++ compiled to JS) demos *What's next
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Gary Flake

Gary Flake, Clipboard Inc.CEO

Dr. Gary William Flake is the CEO of Clipboard Inc., a seed stage Internet startup that allows users to save, organize and share their favorite parts of the web. Prior to founding Clipboard, Gary held executive positions at Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Overture, where he managed applied research teams, corporate-wide innovation efforts, and helped guide corporate strategy. Gary has filed over 150 patents and has numerous publications spanning over 20 years which have focused on machine learning, data mining, and complex systems. Gary has also appeared in leading national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Nature Science, CNET News, Computer World, Fast Company, TechCrunch and Mashable, and has presented at leadership events such as the TED... Read More.

9:35am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Bookmarklets are both a blessing and a curse. They are inherently risky from a security perspective, but also offer the only cross-browser method for instantiating an application on top of another Web page. The core of our product (www.clipboard.com) is a bookmarklet that serves as a sort of cross-site copy buffer.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest, O'Reilly Media, Inc.Tech Evangelist

Brady Forrest is Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Where and co-chair for Android Open . Additionally, he co-chaired the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
9:00am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Fluent Program Chairs, Brady Forrest and Peter Cooper, welcome you to the first day of keynotes
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
9:00am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Fluent Program Chairs, Peter Cooper and Brady Forrest, welcome you to the second day of keynotes, and announce the top three Startups from the Fluent Startup Showcase: Stack Mob, PicPlum and Kanango2go.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Ben Galbraith

Ben Galbraith, Walmart.comVP, Mobile Engineering

Ben Galbraith, together with his long-time friend Dion Almaer, forms one-half of the dynamic “Ben and Dion” duo that founded Ajaxian.com, headed Developer Tools at Mozilla, ran Developer Relations at Palm and is now running mobile architecture and engineering at Walmart.com after being acquired along with their start-up team in early 2011. Ben’s been writing code since he was six and starting businesses since he was ten; he’s written books, given hundreds of award-winning presentations world-wide, produced a few technical conferences, sold three companies, and has held CEO, CIO, CTO, and Software Architect positions in the medical, publishing, media, consumer electronics, advertising, software and internet industries. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and six children.

10:05am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Join Ben and Dion as they discuss the role of the web in the mobile present and explore developer issues as we head into the post-PC era.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Tom Hughes-Croucher

Tom Hughes-Croucher, Change.orgCTO

Tom Hughes-Croucher is the CTO at Change.org The world’s largest petition platform. Tom loves helping people Change the world every single day.

Previously he founded Jetpacks for Dinosaurs, a consultancy that helped make their clients’ (Walmart, Nexenta, MySpace, Comcast, NY Times, etc) internet applications really fast.
Tom is the co-author of the O’Reilly book “Up and Running with Node.js”.

Tom has also worked at Joyent on the Node.js team, at Yahoo! and a range of other startups. Tom is an O’Reilly author with his book “Node.js Up and Running”.

Tom has contributed to a number of Web standards for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). He has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including... Read More.

10:05am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Tom will show us how JavaScript is playing an important role in the Internet of Things. We'll explore what the Internet of Things is and how the event driven nature of JavaScript makes whole new classes of application possible. Expect exciting on-stage demos.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Paul Irish

Paul Irish, GoogleChrome Developer Advocate

Paul Irish is a front-end developer who loves the web. He is on Google Chrome’s Developer Relations team as well as jQuery’s.

He develops the HTML5 Boilerplate, the HTML5/CSS3 feature detection library Modernizr, HTML5 Please, CSS3 Please, and other bits and bobs of open source code.

9:05am Thursday, 05/31/2012
The past two years have given us a wealth of tools and editor innovation that makes developing web apps more fun and certainly more productive. Learn what a modern development workflow looks like, from editors and plugins, to authoring abstractions, testing and DVCS integration.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Enda McGrath

Enda McGrath, EnyoHead of Developer Relations

As a veteran of the mobile industry with over a decade at Palm, Enda leads the Developer Relations team at HP that supports both the Enyo and Open webOS product lines. He began his professional career as an electronic engineer before switching to web development. In 2000, he began working on Palm’s line of PDAs and smart phones, ultimately returning to his passion for web technologies with the introduction of webOS. He has spent the last 4 years developing WebOS from the ground up and supporting its enthusiastic developer community.

9:35am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Learn how Enyo’s elegant object model makes it simple to build and maintain even the most complex desktop and mobile apps.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Axel Rauschmayer

Axel Rauschmayer, 2ality consultingN/A

Dr. Axel Rauschmayer is a consultant and trainer for JavaScript, web technologies and information management. He has been developing web applications since 1995 and held his first talk on Ajax in 2006. In 1999, he was technical manager at an internet startup that later expanded internationally.

Located in Munich, Germany. Speaks German, English, French, and Spanish.

9:25am Thursday, 05/31/2012
JavaScript is well on its way to become the dominant general-purpose programming language. The present looks good and the future looks even better: Many of the things that people currently complain about will be fixed by the next version of ECMAScript (code-named ECMAScript.next). We’ll also look at steps to improve JavaScript after ECMAScript.next, some of which are not language-related.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Steve Souders

Steve Souders, FastlyChief Performance Officer

Steve is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services.
He previously served as Google’s Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!.
Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync.
Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites and
Even Faster Web Sites.
He is the creator of many performance tools and services including
the HTTP Archive,
He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group.
He taught Read More.

10:15am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
Hiccup. We all get them occasionally. So does the Web. When an Internet or server hiccup causes a script, stylesheet, or font file to timeout, the result can be devastating - the containing web page is likely to appear completely white for a minute or more. What's worse - your monitors are unlikely to register this outage. Don't worry - this probably won't happen to your website. Or will it?
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan, StubbornellaArchitect

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of Smush.it, an image optimization service in the cloud. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.

She co-authored Even Faster Websites and blogs at stubbornella.org.

9:40am Wednesday, 05/30/2012
The JavaScript community is one of the most vibrant and fun groups I've ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Like any vibrant community, sometimes people don't play nicely. In this session, I will discuss what it has been like to be shy *and* be on twitter, mailing lists, and open source.
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5
Lea Verou

Lea Verou, IndependentWeb developer, speaker, author

Lea previously worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C and currently spends her days writing & designing her first book (“CSS Secrets”), published with O’Reilly in 2014. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfils by researching new ways to use them, bloggingspeakingwriting, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is an Invited Expert in the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself. Although she holds a BSc in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

9:50am Thursday, 05/31/2012
Lea Verou, Web designer & developer, independent web evangelist
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Location: Continental Ballroom 1-5


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