And that was a good thing.
A year ago, in my JSCamp 2018 recap, I listed some of the best talks. You might notice that most of them were “technical”. That’s totally expected, right?
This year, however, things were a bit different.
So here’s the trend we noticed:
Then, Sean Larkin shed some light on his role of advocating performance in a huge company. Microsoft; you might have heard of them before. So he was talking about (his) users’ experience: they happen to be developers, but they are his users after all.
Garance Flore discussed accessibility in common UI patterns (unfolding menus, consecutive modals). So, again, she tried to teach us ways of showing empathy to whoever is using the keyboard to navigate our apps.
Even Shawn Wang, from Netlify, explained to us how web development evolved to provide a better development experience. The goal?To let us focus on delivering.
Talking about delivering efficiently. In what could’ve been a simple showcase of Svelte, Rich Harris’ talk turned out to be an ethical-based, thought-provoking lecture about how to do more and write less. I can’t recommend it enough.
Finally, Henri Helvetica nailed a retrospective of the web. He urged us to remember things we shamefully forgot: collaboration, inclusiveness, accessibility.
Do you see the trend, there? I even highlighted several words. Connect the dots.
It felt great.
By the way, I love single-track conferences. No more “am I choosing the right talk?” thoughts. No more “Where should I go next?“. Quality over quantity. One less thing to worry about. We could call it atendee experience (see what I did there?).