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Each month, the Montreal-based group HTML5mtl meets for a 45-60 minute conference to discuss the evolution of HTML5 standards. This past Thursday, however, was decidedly different: the group decided to try a new format. Inspired by the “American Idol” model, a Speaker Idol presents a line-up of speakers with little or no speaking experience. The group’s organizers, Frédéric Harper, Mathieu Chartier and Benoit Piette, chose four “idols” for the event: Pierre Paul Lefebvre (TP1), Claudine Lamothe (TP1), Vincent Costel (Apcurium) and Lydie Padilla (NVI).
Pierre Paul - Websockets
My presentation introduced WebSockets, positioning this technology as a true revolution. WebSockets enable a bi-directional connection between clients and servers, unlike Ajax, which requires clients to interact (through the click of a button, refreshing. etc.). I gave a quick overview of the two types of WebSockets servers and then ran a few really interesting demos. I also showed the group how to create WebSockets, from both the client side and the server side. The code and full presentation are available on my github profile. (French only).
Vincent Costel - CSS3 transitions
Vincent gave us a 15-minute A-to-Z overview of CSS3 transitions. He presented different types of possible transitions, as well as available properties that can be activated. There was also a brief introduction to bezier functions, which helped the group understand how transitions work. Check out the full presentation on github (French only).
Lydie Padilla - Microdata
Lydie presented a somewhat less technical topic, but one that is still very important to everyday life: How microdata compiles specific information that can be later reused by search engines. This excellent presentation can be applied to problems we encounter every day. Her full presentation can be viewed on slideshare (French only).
The public voted all speakers as winners, applauding how interesting the subjects were and how well they were presented, as well as the quality of the work presented. After deliberating, the judges crowned Vincent Costel as our Speaker Idol and awarded him a slot during the next Make Web Not War conference.
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