May - Making Components Pretty and the Life and Times of the Browser
Date: 29th May 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This month we have a couple of excellent sounding talks from Andy Carter and Umair Ahmed where we'll be delving into the fascinating history of the web browser and learning about CSS-in-JS!
We'll also be giving away 2 codes for a year subscription for a Jetbrains toolbox product of your choice and a year subscription for egghead.io!
The Dramatic History of the Web Browser
Microsoft announced at the end of 2018 that it was building a new browser based on Chromium. It will join an ever growing list of web browsers that are built on Google's open-source Chromium project. With Google Chrome's own share of the browser market continuing to grow does this mean Google have won the 'browser wars' and are comparisons with Microsoft's once dominant Internet Explorer fair? Now seems like a good time to re-examine the history of the web browser.
Starting with its humble beginnings amongst the international physics community we'll trace the browser’s journey through three decades of progress up to the present day. It's a story rife with competing corporations, lawsuits and surprise plot twists. Does history repeat itself and what could happen next to the web browser?
Styling The Web: With CSS And JS
Without styling, the world wide web would just be a load of boxes and plain text. That might have worked a couple of decades ago, but today we want more.
This is why CSS is great, as it makes it easy to create beautiful sites and apps. However, as time has passed and the complexity of app creation has increased, CSS has become harder to tame.
But all is not lost. In this talk we’ll explore some of the problems that are harder to tackle with plain CSS, and I’ll demonstrate how, when merged with JS, you can make things that little bit less complex and easier to maintain.
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