Talks

Over the course of the last few years I’ve given quite a few talks at meetups and conferences. Below is a complete list of all talks, with links to all the slides and videos (if they are available).

Don’t Panic

10 years is a long time. You can change the world in less. So what have we done over the last decade? And more importantly, what lessons have we learned?

Fronteers Conference
October 5th, 2017 Slides Video

Fun with Bluetooth

Time for the browser to get physical. With WebBluetooth the browser can actually take control of all kinds of physical devices in the real world like lightbulbs, robots and even drones. This talk will teach you the basics that you need to get started and will show you some more advanced topics like building your own Bluetooth devices using just JavaScript.

GDG DevFest NL
November 18th, 2017 Slides Video
HalfStack
November 17th, 2017 Slides
Domotica Grunn
November 1st, 2017 Slides
code.talks
September 28th, 2017 Slides Video

Monsters, Mailboxes and other nonsense

The Internet of Things can become quite boring pretty fast. Turning on the lights in your apartment with an app is a nice novelty, but it isn’t really very creative. And as developers we like to tinker and look under the hood, but manufacturers like their walled gardens. This talk is about combining sensors, switches and displays with different technologies to solve problems that don’t really exist and more importantly just to have fun with IoT and make geeky stuff. This talk contains monsters, and lots of them.

Domotica Grunn
September 5th, 2017 Slides Video
FrontTrends
May 24th, 2017 Slides Video
IndieWebCamp Düsseldorf
May 13th, 2017 Slides
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
April 11th, 2017 Slides

Flexbox

Flexbox is een krachtige CSS techniek die hand-in-hand samengaat met content management systemen. Het lijkt wel alsof ze voor elkaar gemaakt zijn. En juist in dit tijdperk van responsive design moet een theme flexibel zijn. Deze talk zal laten zien dat het gebruik van Flexbox niet alleen je themes mooier, maar ook robuster zal maken en kan helpen met responsiveness.

Joomladagen
April 2nd, 2017 Slides

The Progression of Web Apps

No, this title is not a typo. This talk is about Web Apps in general. We look back to the past of Web Apps and we’re going to look how we can create native apps using web technologies. Of course we’re going to look at the future too. Progressive Web Apps – what are they? And is the web now finally able to challenge native app development?

GDG DevFest Belgium
October 23th, 2016 Slides
NLHTML5 @ De Voorhoede
October 20th, 2016 Slides
Fronteers @ Mirabeau
August 18th, 2016 Slides Video

<noscript>

HTML is special. Unlike many other languages the browser won’t show an error message when you make a mistake. Sure, that makes it easy to write bad code, but it also allows HTML to be both backwards and future compatible. It allowed the HTML5 specification to extend the existing form field types. It allowed the RICG to create the <picture> element. And it forms the basis of Web Components because it makes custom elements possible. And most importantly, it allows the <noscript> tag, which by definition does absolutely nothing.

Amsterdam HTML & CSS Meetup
June 22th, 2016 Slides
CSS Day – HTML Special
June 16th, 2016 Slides Video

Making apps for the big screen

When PhoneGap was first released, its goal was to become obsolete. On mobile that never happened. However, if you want to create an app for a Smart TV, set-top box or game console, you will find web apps are almost always natively supported. And in many cases it is the only way to build apps. This talk will focus on the different platforms that are out there, the SDKs that you can use, and the practical problems you are going to encounter when you port your apps to the big screen.

PhoneGap Day EU 2016
May 19th, 2016 Slides Video

Everybody lies

This is talk about browser sniffing. And yes, I do realise it is 2016. I know browser sniffing is ugly and we should all be using feature detection. But a quick search on Github still shows millions of lines of code referring to user agents strings. So this message clearly hasn’t landed yet. But why is browser sniffing a bad choice? This talk will dive into history and show the origin of the user agent string and the hidden battle between browser makers and web developers. It will show its simple beginnings and the horrible monstrosity it has become.

HalfStack
November 18th, 2016 Slides Video
Fronteers 2016 Jam Sessions
October 6th, 2016 Slides
code.talks
September 30th, 2016 Slides
NLHTML5
March 17th, 2016 Slides Video

The story behind WhichBrowser

When creating WhichBrowser – my own browser sniffing library written in PHP – I’ve also encountered some other technical challenges. We will talk about code coverage and testing without PHPUnit and a bit about using Travis for continues integration. And finally how I improved the performance by 400% by creating indices for the data files. This proved to be a challenge because the data files didn’t contain just strings, but also regular expressions. And how do you build an index for regular expressions?

PHP Zwolle
October 26th, 2016 Slides
PHP.FRL
August 23rd, 2016 Slides
GroningenPHP
April 7th, 2016 Slides

A eulogy for Internet Explorer

Windows 10 has been released. For the first time since Windows 95, Internet Explorer will no longer be the default browser in Windows. That place has been taken by Microsoft Edge. So now would be a good time to say goodbye. A eulogy, if you will.

Fronteers 2015 Jam Session
October 7th, 2015 Slides Video
code.talks
September 30th, 2015 Slides
NLHTML5
July 23th, 2015 Slides Video

Weird Browsers

Ever since the web has conquered the desktop, people have been trying to bring it to other devices. Everything from microwaves and fridges to cars. Sometimes these experiments were a success and other times they were complete failures. What are the current frontiers for the web? Are there still any weird browsers left?

The latest generation of Smart TV’s run on the same operating systems as our mobile devices. How weird can these browsers be? Perhaps Smart TV’s aren’t as smart as we all would like to think. But there are more weird browsers. How do game console handle your websites and are e-readers really capable of browsing the web? I will try to give an overview of all the problems you are going to face when you want to make your site work on these weird browsers.

Microsoft TechDays 2016
October 5th, 2016 Slides Video
Webworkers NRW
August 11th, 2016 Slides
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
March 8th, 2016 Slides
Frontend NE
March 3rd, 2016 Slides Video
London Ajax
Januari 12th, 2016 Slides Video
WebPerfDays Amsterdam
October 31th, 2015 Slides
NLHTML5
October 15th, 2015 Slides Video
code.talks
September 30th, 2015 Slides
GrunnJS
September 9th, 2015 Slides Video
Fronteers Meetup
June 3th, 2015 Slides Video

The Android Webview

The Android WebView is a system level component that handles HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and can be used by other applications. One of the applications that uses the WebView is the default Android browser, but your own PhoneGap apps are also using it. In fact, PhoneGap is just a wrapper that extends the WebView. Unfortunately there is not just one WebView. The WebView changes between versions of Android. Sometimes these changes are just bug fixes, and sometimes they include new features. What’s even worse: device manufactures apparently also like to make their own modifications to the WebView. Recently Google tried to solve this mess and created a new backwards compatible WebView for Android 4.4 and higher. The new WebView is no longer based on WebKit, but uses Chromium instead. What are the differences and how does this impact your applications? Is the new WebView really backwards compatible? Which web platform features should you avoid in your PhoneGap app and which are safe to use? How do you deal with creating apps for a multitude of WebViews that all behave slightly different? Which devices do you need to properly test your app? And finally, are there other solutions to these problems?

PhoneGap Day EU 2015
May 18th, 2015 Slides Video