#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 20 - 22 Nov 2011

Jake Archibald

Jake spent 4 years working at the BBC writing low level JavaScript that catered for their strict accessibility and browser support requirements. He authored and maintained the corporation’s Standards and Guidelines on JavaScript, and sat on their working groups for accessibility, markup and download performance.

After the BBC, Jake reacquired a love of CSS and HTML, and gained a love of Django at creative agency theTeam, building sites and apps for clients such as eBay, Sony, Canonical, and released SpriteCow, which uses modern clientside technologies to process spritesheets. Jake has recently moved to Lanyrd to do more frontendery things.

Outside of the web, Jake is a keen photographer and motorsport fan.

Reusable Code, for good or for awesome!

What sets reusable JavaScript apart from other JavaScript? How can we make our code developer-friendly, fast, robust & compatible?

The API is make-or-break when it comes to reusable code. It's the API that lets other developers use your application, if it's difficult to use then they won't get the most out of what you've written.

We'll analyse existing APIs, looking at where they fail and where they succeed, looking at what patterns they use and how users react to them.

By looking at the wins and fails in the real world, we can discover what makes code a pleasure to use and reuse.