Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2012
Run time: 54 hours 52 minutes

Explore the changing worlds of JavaScript, HTML5, and beyond

JavaScript is everywhere: from websites and mobile apps to desktop apps, games, databases, and new cloud technologies. People who attended O’Reilly’s recent Fluent Conference explored every permutation of this powerful, full-stack programming language—and now you can tune into every workshop, session, and keynote with this complete video compilation.

Learn the latest from Steve Souders (Google), Brendan Eich (Mozilla), Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), and dozens more in the field through six different tracks: JavaScript in the Browser, Node.js, Mobile Platforms, Ancillary Technologies, Gaming, and Pure Languages. You’ll also learn about several new real-world production environments and stack configurations from Just.Me, SoundCloud, Cloud9, ordr.in, PubNub, and more.

Download these videos or view them through our HD player. You’ll quickly make sense of this vast JavaScript explosion and learn new skills you can apply immediately.

Here are just a few of the sessions you’ll receive in this video package:

JavaScript in the Browser

  • Bootstrap.js (Jacob Thornton, Twitter)
  • Maintainable JavaScript (Nicholas Zakas, WellFurnished)

Node.js

  • Functional programming with Streams in Node.js (Adam Crabtree, webOS Enyo Framework Team)
  • Bridging the client-side/server-side divide (Sean McBride, Adobe Typekit)

Mobile Platforms

  • Hybrid Web-Mobile Applications with PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile (Ryan Stewart, Adobe Systems)
  • Breaking HTML5 limits on mobile JavaScript (Maximiliano Firtman, ITMaster Professional Training)

Ancillary Technologies

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know HTML5 Could Do! (Eric Bidelman, Google)
  • CSS3 Animation: Making it Snow (Estelle Weyl, Standardista.com)

Gaming

  • The State of HTML5 Games (Rob Hawkes, Mozilla)
  • Building a Browser-based Game with a Modern Graphics Engine (Charlie Key, Paranoid Ferret Productions)

Pure Languages

  • Jasmine: An Introduction (Davis W. Frank, Pivotal Labs)
  • The Promised Land: Untangling Async Spaghetti Code (Trevor Burnham, Pragmatic Programmers)
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    4.0

    Comprehensive overview of Javascript

    By Aaron Sumner

    from Lawrence, KS

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    Comments about oreilly Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation:

    I've spent time this year revisiting JavaScript. To be honest, I'm one of those old school web guys who played around with it when it was a brand new offering from Netscape, found it a cute but unreliable way to do cute but unnecessary things in the browser, and moved on. Its resurgence admittedly caught me off guard, and I found myself playing catch-up with a lot of great developers who are doing interesting things with the language.

    So, in addition to a number of books and other video resources, I recently checked out some of the talks from the 2012 Fluent Conference, available in a massive, 55-hour video compilation from O'Reilly. The offerings in this collection are vast and varied. Three days' worth of talks are included, ranging from 20-minute big picture talks geared more toward managers to more lengthy sessions on the nitty-gritty of software and library development. Use of JavaScript for frontend and backend, desktop and mobile are all covered. As can be expected, some talks are better than others: My favorite of the ones I've watched so far is from Nicholas Zakas on writing clean, maintainable JavaScript code. When browsing the offerings I found it handy to refer to the original conference schedule. Not only can you read a more complete description of any given talk, you can also see how conference attendees rated the original talk.

    Video and audio quality are excellent. My only knock here is that at times I felt like I was missing something being referred to in a slide, but this may just be a perception thing on my end. Otherwise I think I prefer the videographers' focus on the speaker as opposed to a picture-in-picture or dual screen format.

    Some might wince at the $399 price tag, but keep in mind that a plane ticket to San Francisco to attend in person may well have cost that much (never mind hotel, conference registration, etc.). That said, JavaScript is a fast-moving beast–so the further removed you are from the original conference date (May 2012), the more likely you may be to find that portions of this collection are no longer relevant. Just something to keep in mind before taking the plunge–at some point these videos will be more time capsule material than useful references for developers.

    All in all, the Fluent Conference video compilation is a solid alternative for those who couldn't attend in person, who want a broad overview of the state of JavaScript (as it was in mid-2012), and/or old developers like me who are still learning the many ways bright minds are putting the language to work.

     
    4.0

    Amazing collection of the Fluent Conf

    By Juri

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      Comments about oreilly Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation:

      I found the video collection amazing. Lots of tutorials, more than you're probably able to watch (in a reasonable amount of time). I picked out some I'm interested most, under which so far I watched the session about CoffeeScript by Gregg Pollack.
      So, when is it worth to get this compilation. If you're a web developer that loves to use the newest available technologies or if you'd like to get started with them, then these sessions are for definitely you.

      Read more on my according blog post:
      http://blog.js-development.com/2012/08/fluent-conference-javascript-beyond_29.html

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      5.0

      Excellent Product!

      By Jason Irwin

      from Washington, DC

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        Comments about oreilly Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation:

        O'Reilly's first ever Fluent Conference took place in May of this year (2012). Fortunately for those of us who couldn't make it to the event in person, O'Reilly recorded the sessions, making the entire conference available at $400 for a whopping 55 hours of video content. There is no doubt that JavaScript is one of the most popular programming languages in the world (we live in a world with over 1 trillion unique URLs) so conferences dedicated to this language are sorely needed.

        The conference was split into 7 tracks: Ancillary Technologies, BusinessJS, Gaming, JavaScript in the Browser, Mobile Platforms, Node.js and Pure Languages, and there is something here for everyone. The first thing that hit me is the quality of the video/audio and production. Not only does O'Reilly have the resources to put on a conference like this, but they have the resources to do it right – and the quality is such that it feels that you are in the conference room watching the videos in person. It may seem like a small point, but if you've ever watched a conference or user group video where the picture was grainy, the sound was off, or the slides were not clear, you'll appreciate the importance of good production values. Kudos to O'Reilly.

        The content is fantastic and strikes a balance between emerging technologies/frameworks and plain old JavaScript. Technologies such as backbone.js, coffeescript, SpineJS, Bootstrap.js, ClojureScript, etc. etc. are discussed in varying degrees of detail and these are nicely complemented with talks regarding optimizing JavaScript code.

        I still have a bunch left to watch, but so far my top 3 talks have been:

        Both of Steve Souders talks

        The first is a keynote and the second a ~40 minute talk on high performance snippets including an excellent snippet on how to make synchronous and potentially blocking scripts asynchronous. Steve is a renowned author and a great speaker who keeps the audience constantly engaged. Though these shorts (especially the keynote) were short, I learned a lot – specifically when it comes to determining a website's wakes link. I'd love to see Mr. Souders do a full workshop next year!

        Sarah Mei's Backbone.js workshop

        Sarah works for Pivotal Labs and gave a workshop (4 videos totaling over 2.5 hours) on backbone. As a backbone novice I found this to be a really interesting and thorough introduction to the topic.

        Elliott Sprehn's - Rendering Screenshots on the Web with JavaScript

        I wasn't expecting to get much out of this talk. I knew nothing about Google Feedback prior to this conference, but it blew my mind. Not only because the technology – the ability to take screenshots via JavaScript – is so cool, but because the speaker did such a great job in explaining the trials and tribulations of developing such functionality. I recently reviewed The Tangled Web and could empathize (or at least understand) the frustrations that Mr. Sprehn outlined when dealing with the many peccadillos that make such an undertaking so difficult. What was also really cool was the speakers openness to sharing his knowledge and his pointers to projects like Html2canvas (which incidentally led me to the awesome feedback.js).

        Stack Overviews

        One feature of the conference was the inclusion of overviews of well known web companies' (including Trello, Just.Me, SoundCloud,…) JavaScript stacks. I didn't think this would resonate with me but I got hooked after watching Kris Rasmussen's overview of the Asana stack – an application that I used daily and whose complexity I never fully appreciated. These are nice bite-sized videos that give some great insights into what other companies are doing

        Complaints

        I haven no massive complaints about these videos. I was disappointed to see that the production quality of the ClojureScript video isn't quite up to par with the other titles (much of the time you can't see the the slides that are being discussed), but given the quantity of videos, I'd forgive one such transgression. I'd also have loved to see a talk or two by Douglas Crockford, but that's less of a complaint than a suggestion for next year. I also didn't get much from the Startup Showcase videos, but at a minute a piece they are easily ignored and I wouldn't begrudge anyone from a minute of plugging their fledgling business so again, not really a complaint.

        Summary (tl;dr;)

        So, let's address the cost. $400 is expensive, relative to the cost of purchasing books or other materials. But it is inexpensive relative to the cost of going to such a conference (I believe fluentconf ran at about ~$1200), let alone the necessary travel and accommodation costs. You also get to see all conference tracks – choosing one talk over another is the bane of conference goers everywhere – which makes it even more worthwhile. If you're in the market for JavaScript material and can afford this bundle, buy it – you won't regret it. I can't recommend it highly enough!

         
        5.0

        Second chance to attend the fluentconf

        By sandyboy55

        from St Louis, MO

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          Comments about oreilly Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation:

          I think this is the first time that O'Reilly has held a JavaScript & Beyond conference totally focused on JavaScript based technologies. The video compilation is an excellent collection of presentations from the stalwarts who have defined and shaped the JavaScript industry.

          If you can make time for 54 hours or even half of that, you would come out technically stronger and make an impressive impact at your workplace. I was amazed at some of the presenters' in-depth knowledge and command of the technology while appreciating the simplicity in presenting the concepts. I have watched about half of this compilation and I am going to watch the other half including keynotes. I have already started making an impact at work with the knowledge gained from these videos. I feel more empowered to talk about concepts at work since they are now clear.

          If you missed attending the conference in person, this is the next best thing and there is no doubt about it. It's totally worth the money even if you watch half of the videos.

           
          5.0

          Broad content in many Javascript aspects

          By yAnyO

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              Comments about oreilly Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation:

              It's a great event with a roadmap from Javascript creator Brendan Erich in his keynote. Don't Just Feed The Trolls was a great session also.

              It would be nicer is the sessions are also categorized base on the level of the audience (Beginner, Intermediate, Advance) but is a great event overall.

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