ONE Conference 2012: Learning the latest in web development and business

On Wednesday five Liipers spoke at the ONE Schweiz Conference in the Messe Zürich.

Kicking off the “Development and Design” track as the first talk in the morning, Gerhard Andrey, Christian Stocker and David Buchmann presented the most important web technologies and topics to watch for.

The ten topics for web developers to consider:

1. Serverside Javascript like node.js bring one common language to the frontend and the backend. With that most of the code is recycled. As a bonus feature Javascript servers work event driven which boosts performance of interaction rich frontends.

2. HTML5 has been around for some time and many APIs are available for expanding the browser. Yet, developers still meet some “troubles” in certain areas (e.g. Local Storage). But you can work around many of those spots with the help oflibraries like jQuery or YUI.

3. Maps OpenStreetMap in combination with OpenLayers Leaflet is a very powerful alternative to Google Maps. Liip has released advanced applications like http://plaene.uzh.ch with custom graphics.

4. Semantic Web: With RDFa, Apache Stanbol and more capable content editors the building blocks are here, and the reference data is out there for more semantic web applications. Liip demonstrated with the Symfony Content Editor the technology successfully.

5. NoSQL / Big Data: As an alternative to relational data bases NoSQL promises better scalability in decentralized cloud situations. NoSQL solutions like MongoDB or CouchDB should definitely be a tool in every web developers toolbox.

6. Content Repositories / PHPCR: PHP meets corporate Java based content repositories (JCR). Through PHPCR your web application is ready to connect to hierarchic file systems with big amounts of data. Liip pushes the development of PHPCR and advocates it’s usage in more and more CMSs.

7. NIWEA: The Browser wins again when it comes to the mobile web, because it has won before on the desktop. The stack of web technologies paired with frameworks for mobile development like PhoneGap and Sencha Touch can do for many more devices like smartphones and tablets what apps can do only developed specifically for one platform.

8. Distribution: Companies that want to go free from the dominant players in the app distribution market will increasingly choose the mobile web as an alternative. That is true for media publishers and also for game developers.

9. Mobile Payment: Not many of the existing models were a big success so far. We are hoping for debit solutions that eliminate the hassle with credit cards for the end user .

10. Open Government Data: When data owned by the public is made available to the public, new ways of participation for citizens and new data journalism is possible. The potential of such applications has been demonstrated in the Make.Opendata hackdays.

This wide field of expertise presented by Liip may have sparked many an idea in the developers in the audience. The slides of this talk can be viewed here: