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Nashville 2015

The Venue

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The Iron Yard Nashville

613 Ewing Ave. Nashville Nashville, TN 37203

Nashville is a classic Southern city with a rich heritage in music. As robust as the city’s past is, entrepreneurs and tech companies are working to help build the future and make one of Tennessee’s largest cities one of Southeast’s best places to grow a software company. We're working directly with Launch Tennessee to bring tech education to the already-robust ecosystem they've built for startups.

Nashville Highlights

Nashville has been known as a music town for as long as we can remember. Underneath the slide guitar and cowboy boots, though, is an up-and-coming tech scene that rivals those in cities twice the size. From startups to big healthcare, we're training the talent who will put music city on the map for more than just the CMAs.

HYATT PLACE 301 3RD Avenue South Nashville, TN 37201 T +1 615 324 2444 Group Name: (BD Conference)

Workshops

Build Right: Frontend Testing Workshop (1/2 Day)

Frontend projects are becoming more and more complex, pushing greater rules and requirements into the browser. We expect a lot from modern web applications (many run entirely in the browser), but we’re rarely writing tests to verify that our high expectations are met. In this 1/2 day workshop we’ll give you the tools and techniques […]

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rob-tarr
Rob Tarr
ryan-cromwell
Ryan Cromwell

SMACSS Workshop

The SMACSS Workshop is a full day of instruction and exercises on writing HTML and CSS using a flexible and modular approach that will improve team efficiency and minimize problems with growing projects. It takes the e-book and brings it to life with practical examples and in-depth discussion. Get the full background info on this […]

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jonathan-snook
Jonathan Snook

Beyond Responsive

Responsive web design has taken our industry by storm and with good reason: it helps us improve our reach with less effort. But incorporating responsive design is not the goal, meeting our user’s needs is. Responsive design is not an end in itself… it’s just the beginning. We need to embrace the heterogenous nature of the […]

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aaron-gustafson
Aaron Gustafson

Schedule

June 8

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Workshop

Designers Can Open Source

Garth Braithwaite

erik-runyon

Workshop

Taking the Web Offline

Erik Runyon

Workshop

Lunch

jd-graffam

Workshop

Micro-Interactions Matter

JD Graffam

aaron-gustafson

Workshop

Falling in Love with Forms

Aaron Gustafson

dan-tello

Workshop

Native or not? The untapped power of web apps.

Dan Tello

nick-whitmoyer

Workshop

Rethinking The News: An Insider's Look at NPR's Responsive Redesign

Nick Whitmoyer

June 9

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Letting Go of Workflow Baggage

Ben Callahan

Pretty much every company out there already has a website. That means pretty much every customer you take on has been through a web design and development process already. That also means they'll all bring their baggage from past experiences to your project. In this session, Ben will share how the flexibility we build into our web work needs to filter into every part of what we do--from writing code to writing estimates. You'll learn techniques for managing the expectations of your customer which will result in better communication and better work.
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A Programmer's Intuition: The Good, The Magical, and The Frustrating

Mason Stewart

With so much of the industry's thought bent on how we teach new programmers properly, there is less discussion on how we teach ourselves as experienced programmers. Over time, our experiences, abilities, feelings, and preferences all begin to converge in the form of intuition. As those who observe our magical-seeming intuition start asking, "How did she know how to do that?", we don't stop often enough to take stock of our own understanding.

Understanding exactly how we learn as programmers and being able to reverse-engineer our own intuition is critical to our ability to teach the next generation of hackers, teach ourselves, and accurately explain to our teams and customers why we feel the way we do.

Lunch

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Style Guides: For Clients, for Products, and For Yourself

Sophie Shepherd

In the world of ever-changing design deliverables, a browser-based style guide serves as an anchor to the design system, and bridges the gap between design and front-end development. While a style guide is almost always a good idea, many factors determine what it should define and how it should be used in the lifecycle of the project. In her talk, Sophie will cover what a style guide should contain and how it can be used by a whole team (not only designers and developers!) — and how these things differ for client work, internal products, and open source products.

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Performance is everybody's job: from UX to design to development

Una Kravets

As builders of the web, performance is our most important job — it dictates a user’s practical experience, significantly impacting their overall happiness with a product. Beautiful does not always equal usable, yet when beautiful meets usable, it creates magic. This talk outlines how performance is everybody's job: from UX to design to development, and will discuss how to optimize performance from each point in the build process. The audience will gain an understanding of the neuroscience behind page speed and will leave this talk with several tools, recommendations, and techniques to create performant products, increasing user adoption and making the internet a better place.
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Responsive Design for Web Applications

Jennifer Dellacroce

Nowadays, everyone is building responsive websites. But what are the unique challenges faced when designing complex user interactions that need to work beautifully on all screen sizes? During this presentation, we’ll discuss real life examples and our thought processes in tackling responsive design for our online form builder.
matt-kelly

Pull your front end out of your back end

Matt Kelly

We have entered the era of the front end. No longer a feature of back end frameworks, they now have powerful tools and their own development stacks. Using Foundation for Apps we'll show you how to build a responsive Angular web app and assemble all the Sass, JavaScript and view templates with a simple command line tool. For our next trick we'll show an example of how to wire your application up using Rails as your backend API.

Why is this so cool? It let's you rapidly prototype and build responsive web applications without having to setup (or even think) about a backend. Once it is integrated, your front end remains separate from the back end. Foundation for apps is the first front-end framework created for developing fully responsive web apps. It's built using Angular and works with any back end.

June 10

Workshop
aaron-gustafson

Beyond Responsive

Aaron Gustafson

Responsive web design has taken our industry by storm and with good reason: it helps us improve our reach with less effort. But incorporating responsive design is not the goal, meeting our user’s needs is. Responsive design is not an end in itself… it’s just the beginning.

We need to embrace the heterogenous nature of the web—myriad web-enabled devices with vastly different dimensions, screen sizes, networks, and capabilities in use by countless individuals, each with their own special needs—and craft experiences that will work anywhere at any time. We need to build robust systems that adapt in ways far beyond aesthetics.

Aaron Gustafson will open this workshop with a discussion of a number of considerations that we should be aware of, beyond screen size and pixel density, and provide examples of how to adapt our interfaces so they rise to meet our customers’ needs. Then he’ll turn it over to you to propose gnarly design and/or interface challenges you are struggling with. Once everyone’s challenges are collected, attendees will be given the opportunity to form small groups around each and you will spend a portion of the day working on solutions while Aaron mentors each group and pushes you to think more about accessibility, alternate interaction methods, slow networks, and other considerations.

The workshop will wrap up with brief presentations from each group followed by a an open question and answer session.

Workshop
jonathan-snook

SMACSS Workshop

Jonathan Snook

The SMACSS Workshop is a full day of instruction and exercises on writing HTML and CSS using a flexible and modular approach that will improve team efficiency and minimize problems with growing projects. It takes the e-book and brings it to life with practical examples and in-depth discussion. Get the full background info on this remarkable workshop.
Workshop
rob-tarrryan-cromwell

Build Right: Frontend Testing Workshop (1/2 Day)

Rob Tarr & Ryan Cromwell

Frontend projects are becoming more and more complex, pushing greater rules and requirements into the browser. We expect a lot from modern web applications (many run entirely in the browser), but we’re rarely writing tests to verify that our high expectations are met. In this 1/2 day workshop we’ll give you the tools and techniques you need to build solid, tested frontend code and get your team excited about frontend testing.