Delegates (or their wives/partners) were not required to take their clothes off. And in any case, November was no time to be parading around in the nude on a beach in Brighton.
Organised by Remy Sharp (http://remysharp.com/), co-author of the book ‘Introduction to HTML5’, the conference was clearly popular amongst web design and java users and tickets were sold out long before I headed to Brighton on 12 November. This was the second such annual conference organised by Remy.
There were roughly 600 delegates.
The line-up of eight expert speakers (http://2010.full-frontal.org/speakers) was most impressive.
The following are a few of my brief notes of some presentations:
As a speaker this guy was rocket propelled. He spoke with the speed of light and I struggled to keep up with him. There was however, one subject about which we hold opposing views. He sang the praises of Lotus Notes as a great application. I must disagree in terms of front end as it is a challenge to make even a newsletter look good on Lotus Notes. Apparently, Couch DB is based on Lotus Notes back end.
was something else and his presentation blew my socks off. Paul is from Mozilla and he showed some Firefox 4 versions with patches. This browser uses the power of the PC to the full and puts 3D within the reach of everyone. I believe this is the direction of future development but not necessarily in the immediate future. It will deliver websites without flash, with full 3D and live comments, tweeter and everything you want to see in your matrix.
Paul began with a simple 2d image demonstration where you can drag and drop the image into a browser and change on a fly (resize, colour, add text), then just drag to Flickr. As his demonstration progressed things became more mind-boggling. A video could be seen in the browser and as he dragged the photo the video was working with this new image. All this happened in the browser. Clearly it was not an everyday browser as it behaved like a seamless video editing application in which CSS and the browser could not be separated out.
spoke about ways of getting crossdomain information rather than our current method of using iFrames to implement Twitter and Facebook. There is a way, but I have to admit I did not get exactly how.
Paul Bakaus, CTO of Zynga
Thank you. I trust my brief notes have given you a flavour of the Full Frontal conference. A lot more info is available from the above links and other links that you will find through Google.