Last week, from the 5th to the 7th of December the London office of Yahoo! hosted the second internal European Frontend Engineering Summit. This meant that for three days everyone who works on the confusing bit of web development the frontend had a chance to meet up and listen to lots of talks about internal technologies in Yahoo! and best practice approaches to common issues.
People came from France, Germany, Spain and several colleagues from the US to see what the old world folks are up to. In addition to the Yahoos we also invited friends and colleagues from outside which meant that in total it must have been around 75 people filling the three meeting rooms in Yahoos office in the middle of Covent Garden, London.
Ex-Yahoo Simon Willison came around to deliver the keynote covering the pains, perils and joys of Comet as an upcoming technology.
There were too many talks to mention all, but we will try to upload the ones not covering internal information to slideshare and therell be several videos cropping up on the YDN theatre as soon as we are done editing them. Some topics that were covered:
- Best practices in Ysymfony (the Yahoo! build of the symfony framework)
- Architecting CSS for performance
- Writing custom widgets using the YUI
- Back-end security traps
- High performance web sites
- PHP Security
- Flash Accessibility
- Creativity and Accessibility (a talk by Ann McMeekin of the Royal National Institute for the Blind RNIB)
- Working in Distributed Teams
- Writing engaging tutorials
You can find some of the slides on slideshare and well keep putting them up there as they get cleaned up and converted.
Working in true English fashion, the summit ended with a pub quiz covering the geekiest ever questions (Where would you find JSSS?) and several drinks. All in all it was a great three days of knowledge sharing and well see if we can repeat the experience next year. Photos are available on flickr and watch the YDN theat
re for more to come.