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  • Advanced Front-End Development with Ben Bodien

Smashing Conference Workshop: Ben Bodien on "Advanced Front-End Development" (March 17th 2014)

Quick Overview

Developing the front-ends to modern Web applications requires a daunting array not only technical skills, but organisational abilities too. Enforcing consistency, avoiding repetition and building out clean and extensible software is paramount to ensuring that your work stands the test of time, and can evolve seamlessly with the rest of the product. This workshop will teach you how to approach large front-end projects methodically, and how to avoid bloated software chaos.

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Full Product Description

We'll be looking at specific techniques for building well organised, front-end software, and wherever possible this work will be hands-on. Ben will introduce theories and ideas for dealing with common problems, and attendees will be assigned small tasks so they can experiment for themselves with these techniques. This will involve a mixture of both individual and group work. There will be plenty of time allocated to discussions, so we can make sure that everyone understands how they can apply what they've learned to their specific working environments.

In this workshop, you'll learn:
  • Planning and organising larger front-end projects
  • Developing frameworks that are both robust and flexible
  • Modular code design
  • Working well with others
  • CSS pre-processing with SASS and Compass
  • Object-oriented JavaScript for web applications

This workshop is for professional designers and developers who are comfortable writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and have built and shipped a number of websites. If you're facing much larger, application style projects, and you want to make sure you're equipped with the skills needed to continue shipping top class sites, regardless of scale, this workshop is just for you.

Workshop Schedule
  • 8:30 Doors open, Registration
  • 9:00 Introduction & Kick-off
  • 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Afternoon Session
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 The End, Networking

Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

What hardware/software do you need?
You'll need to be familiar with all the raw skills involved in building websites, namely HTML CSS, and JavaScript. You don't need to be completely up to date on the latest features of each of these, as we'll be dealing more with how you use them, not what you use them for. To get the most out of the workshop, you'll need to bring a laptop with your preferred text editor or IDE, and web browser (plus developer extensions) installed.

Pencils, markers and paper will be supplied.

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