#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 27 - 29 May 2013

Chris Heilmann

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla. Chris wrote and contributed to four books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.

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Fixing the mobile web

The mobile web got a bad reputation by now. Over-inflated promises, partnered with platforms that didn't allow HTML5 apps to access what they need and non-enthusiastic copy attempts of native apps made it seem like a hack and not worth exploring further. In reality the mobile web is the platform to bet on - if you care about reach and sustainability of your product.

In this talk Chris Heilmann shows how Firefox OS gives the mobile web the boost it needs and why it makes sense to bet on HTML5 and brush up what you already publish instead of betting on a new platform.