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Steve Barnett

is a Web Developer from South Africa

Steve's Talk

Progressive Enchantment

13:45 on Tuesday, 19 September

“Did you mean: Progressive Enhancement?” No. Well, yes. Building with Progressive Enhancement means making it work for anyone, anywhere. It should be exciting and prestigious to do this. We should have industry awards like “Works Even On Old Versions of IE”, “Best Use of JavaScript In A Supporting Role”, or “Fewest Assumptions About Users’ Browsers.”

So why don’t we love it and always build this way? It can be difficult to do, especially at first. We have time and money constraints. We have to argue with clients, bosses, and (gasp!) ourselves. In this talk you’ll learn about why it’s worth having those difficult conversations. We’ll talk about how being more pessimistic can help us build more stable, resilient, and robust things. And, you’ll learn how can we move away from a > 1%, Last 2 versions, IE 10 support list to an “optimised for” list: building for the web as it is, not as we want it to be.

A bit about Steve

Steve Barnett works as front-end developer and user experience consultant. He loves applying user-centered design principles to front-end development. He loves helping people learn new things and being involved with the local dev community. He helps organise Cape Town Front-End Developers (a monthly meetup group that does talks and workshops) and RailsBridge Cape Town (quarterly Ruby on Rails workshops), and runs occasional Open Device Lab sessions around Cape Town with his Nomad Device Lab.

He loves sharing what he learns, so he writes about it (on his own site and on Medium), speaks at conferences, and facilitates workshops. If he’s not busy with one of those, he’s probably crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it.

Sometimes he writes things about himself in the third person and it feels a bit odd ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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