Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

List of articles

My most favourite books in 2017

I started taking reading seriously again in 2017. I had highs where I read about 10 books a month (phew), and also lows where I haven’t touched a page for a couple of months. Now with having both a toddler and a Kindle*, I gladly spend night again guarding the crib while reading both fiction and non-fiction. And oh, did I read a lot of non-fiction this year. There were some amazing books, and I want to share with you the ones that I found the most compelling.

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The Best Request Is No Request, Revisited

I had the incredible privilege to work with the fine folks at A List Apart on a text concerning resource bundling in the age of HTTP/2. Using the powers of the new protocol is something that keeps my head busy for quite some time now, and I had to write down my findings. Aaron and Jeremy from ALA were kind enough to accept this piece and work with me on it. It’s been a very thorough process, but it strengthens my belief that an editor’s work can’t be valued enough. Thanks for all your help in getting this one out!

I hope you enjoy reading The Best Request Is No Request, Revisited as much as I enjoyed writing it. And if you stop by, please pay some attention to the awesome artwork by Dougal McPherson.

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Not so hidden figures - Organizing ScriptConf

I met Laura from Travis Foundation a couple of years ago at a conference in Austria, and we had some good time and nice chats together. It’s not easy to keep always in touch with everyone you meet a conference, but thankfully Laura and I managed to cross paths mutliple times in the last few years. I was also delighted to work with her on bringing diversity tickets to Script’17. After attending Script’17, she asked me to write about my experiences in organizing and getting such a wonderful line-up on stage. Laura was super patient, as it took me about six months to finally get the piece done. But here it is, finally! Check out Not so hidden figures - organizing ScriptConf over at Travis Foundation!

My podcast journey to ScriptCast

I love podcasting. I started back in 2009 and hosted a literature podcast for roughly two years. That’s where I made my first steps in producing non-written content and had lots of fun! I fiddled around doing interviews, chats, specials and audio dramas. Trying to read certain passages of books and added some sound effects to make those passages more interesting. Best thing was buying a semi-professional equipment and record public readings from authors directly from the mixer.

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Grid layout, grid layout everywhere!

One of the great things about Microsoft Edge is that as a developer, you always know what to expect from an upcoming version. Communication is key! The platform status page gives you a by feature list of the current development status, and the Edge user voice allows you to actively influence the developers’ backlog!

I used this privilege to cast my three votes to the “Update CSS Grid” feature request. IE 10 was one of the first browsers to implement the CSS Grid specification. This specification comes from a time where Microsoft pushed the web platform hard to be a fully competitive platform for app development. And for that, it needed a proper layout mechanism. Hello, grid layouts! The original spec was pretty early and has been improved over the years. The new specification has reached candidate recommendation and has been since implement in … well, all major desktop browsers! The only one missing was Edge, until last week, when I got a notification from the Microsoft Edge Developer User Voice:

Grid landed in Edge preview

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#scriptconf and #devone

About two years ago, Sebastian and I had our first chats about having a JavaScript conference in our town of Linz. And this January, we made our vision reality and launched ScriptConf, a conference about JavaScript. Giving it the (quite bold) tagline “The conference this city needs”, we wanted to make JavaScript more popular in Linz, while having a great time with an amazing community.

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Object streams in Node.js

I’m really good friends with the people at Rising Stack in Budapest. I had lots of fun when they invited me to JSConf Budapest back in May, and enjoy every time they show up here in Linz! I’m also looking forward to see them again when Peter will talk at the upcoming Devone conference. So it’s clear that I was more than eager to produce a guest post for their Rising Stack community. Even though I was so eager, it took me roughly 3 months to produce an article based on my recent book “Front-End tooling”. Nevertheless, I thought that my guide to object streams turned out pretty good! I hope you enjoy it!

Guest post in "Human and the machine": Get the gist

Back in the day I was an avid reader of The pastry box. You can imagine how super happy I was when Alex, the project’s creator asked me to contribute to his new project Human and the machine. It’s all about productivity, in all shapes and forms imaginable. I wrote about “getting the gist”, and how I manage to stay up to date without having to become an expert myself. Contributing was a wonderful experience, thanks again to Alex for having me and for this great opportunity!

I was a guest on the Perfbytes podcast

The Perfbytes crew was live at this year’s Perform conference, interviewing crew, attendees and speakers. I had the chance to have a few minutes with them talking about the Visually Complete metric and what it means for Real User Monitoring. Being a podcaster since 2009, it was funny for me doing an interview live from the other side of the microphone. But an experience I fully enjoyed, also mostly due to Mark’s excellent interviewing skills. I should do more live podcasts! If you like, give it a listen at Spreaker. It’s a long show, my part starts roughly at 37 minutes. And keep in mind that I was super jetlagged. Thanks Mark and Brian for having me!

This was Script'17

Sebastian and I gathered together a list of links and lots of coverage to our conference we held in January. Lots of great blogs, podcasts, images and tweets, including a few words from our side. We had so much fun organising the conference and a wonderful time being there. Thanks to everybody for coming.