September’s London Web Standards Meetup featured UX designers and developers bringing print to life with their tales of making web apps for the FT (Matt Andrews) and an iPad app for The Week (Harry Brignall). Sketchnotes are below.
Sorry it’s not much of a write-up (and a month late) but better late than never.
From Print to iPad – UX of The Week – Harry Brignall
HTML5 From Apps to Everywhere – Matt Andrews
This month’s London Web Standards was on augmented reality, a hot topic a few years ago that is making its way back into people’s mindshare with projects like Google Glass. We had Dr. Paul Coulton talking about the current state of AR on mobile, Imogen Levy talking about how Westminster Abbey is using 3D and AR to improve the visitor experience, and Trevor Ward talked about how we can use AR now on current-generation devices.
We were also graced with the presence of Clare Sutcliffe, who came to talk to us about Code Club, getting kids aged 9-11 to learn to program using Scratch. The video that she showed is after the gallery.
Clare Sutcliffe on Code Club
Imogen Levy on Westminster Abbey 3D
Dr. Paul Coulton on the state of augmented reality
Trevor Ward on AugmentedTi
Just a quick post to say that State of the Browser 2012 was awesome. I had loads of fun, met a lot of great new people and heard loads of really interesting talks.
If you couldn’t make it, sad times, but we streamed the whole thing live on the website. Vimeo videos will be on the website soon, direct yourself to browser.londonwebstandards.org for the goodies.
Before that, I was taking photos, so take a look at this album to see what was going on:
February 2012’s London Web Standards event at Forward London was an introduction to Node.js, the server-side javscript framework designed for high concurrency and real-time events. There were two sessions at the event, George Ornbo (@shapeshed) giving an introduction to Node, and a “Node & Tell” session, where four sets of developers came and told the gathered crowd how they’d been using Node in their work.
LWSNode - George Ornbo
Introduction to Node.js – George Ornbo
George fired up his browser, and gave the attendees the IP address of his laptop, which was running a simple Node.js chat server, which coped incredibly well with 100 people trying to join from their phones and laptops, showing how resilient it can be on a small laptop. We were then treated to a demo of a “Love/Hate” measure, taking a data feed from Twitter in real-time, it counted and displayed a graph of the percentage of love and hate on Twitter within the last 10 minutes. Seeing the data streaming in, and then the 30 lines of code used to create that was amazing. Node is a framework that does all the hard stuff for you, and enables you to write applications quickly and efficiently.
Node and Tell Sessions
Node & Tell
All of these 4 people gave it a go and were kind enough to show us what they’d been doing.
First was Maired Buchan from Head who had made a voting system based on an Arduino and Node to collect the data. Other than that the voting machine use marble runs to capture votes, she explained that they’d tried a number of places to put the Node server to get maximum performance, eventually settling on a separate server, allowing the Arduino to just count and send a message to Node. The source code is now on GitHub.
The second talk was from Andrew Nesbitt talking about the London Node User Group (which me mentioned on and off), and showing off how he’d made the LNUG website with Node and GitHub.
The third talk was Simon Thompson talking about how he’s used Node as a prototyping language, making a drag & drop filing cabinet backed by a MongoDB. He was really impressed with how simple everything was and how little setup you needed to do before everything was working.
The final talk from Daniel Knell and Jason Grant showed a responsive web app that found interesting things to do in your local area. Using Node to help them make some of the more complex geolocation calculations, the web app is a very simple idea that is well executed. It is so good that it won first place at a recent hack day, and they finished in half the time they were given.
If you want to learn more, go to LNUG.org or look into Remy Sharp’s training course, which is an excellent introduction to Node
London Web Standard crowd at Forward