JSConf DownUnder, an offshoot of the developer gathering JSConf, kicked off on November 15 at Sydney’s Town Hall, in the heart of the CBD.
Brian Leroux was supposed to talk about PhoneGap, but mostly talked about tips and tools for mobile development (check out the slides). In an entertaining and ironic way, his presentation demonstrated his point that perceived performance trumps aesthetics.
Alex Sexton showed us a variety of methods being used in the wild to localize websites. He described his journey of progressing from using properties files to building the Jed API using Gettext, to learning that Jed was fundamentally flawed (“Thanks Norbert,” he says), to the ICU MessageFormat, and finally … that we have more to look forward to. I suggest you have a read and watch this space.
Isaac Schlueter discussed the current (broken) state of streams in Node.js and what to expect in Node.js 0.10. It seems that backwards compatibility is difficult in a young platform and thriving community, but there are ways to support it.
Mikeal Rogers suggests that, on the matter of web specifications, “no matter how bad you think things are, adding your opinion makes it worst.” Essentially, there’s too much white noise in the debate. You should only engage in discussion of web specs with an existing implementation—build first.