.net: What are you going to speak about at Generate?
Along with those complex, fully featured frameworks are a lot of other libraries that deal with just one small part, whether it be templating libraries like Handlebars, visualisation libraries like D3 or script loaders like RequireJS. There's such a vast quantity and it's often overwhelming, so in my talk I'll hopefully be able to give a good overview of the development landscape we're in today and how to go about picking the best bits for the particular project in hand.
.net: What do you think makes a good conference?
JF: Comfy seating! Most of all I find it frustrating when the breaks and lunches are fairly short – often the best bit of the conference is the chatting in between talks. Especially if I've just given a talk, I enjoy having people come up to me and chat about something – whether they agree or have an entirely different view point. It's great to talk to like-minded people. I also cannot stand after parties where the music is loud enough such to make conversations impossible.
.net: How did you get into speaking at conferences?
JF: I first started out doing BarCamps, which are free weekend events. There are no scheduled speakers – the attendees are themselves expected to talk – and I must have done at least five of these events before I submitted a talk to a conference and got accepted, which was the Web Developer Conference in Bristol last year. Once I had one under my belt it was good experience to draw from; I've spoken at a few more events since, with more to come. I've found I really enjoy speaking and hopefully people enjoy listening!
.net: What are you most looking forward to about attending Generate?
JF: I was lucky enough to be at the .net awards – which was at the same venue as Generate, and it was an amazing place. I'm looking forward to going back there and watching the talks. It will be tough choosing which talk to go to with two tracks though!
.net: What projects are you working on right now?
.net: What are you excited about at the moment?
JF: I've been keeping a close eye on Firefox OS, the new mobile operating system from Mozilla. Some phones running it have just gone on sale and it's really exciting to see an OS built upon HTML, CSS and JS foundations becoming reality. I've got my hands on a preview device and it's really impressive and stupidly easy to develop for.
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