Stefan Baumgartner

Web ops, performance and front-end

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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.

Real user speed index and visually complete

This is a somewhat personal post today. I’m currently in Las Vegas (which would be a story on its own) to speak and attend our company’s Perform conference. Why me, as a mere web developer with no customer contact? First, I do like to bring the developer’s view into the whole mix. Second, I want to see the birth of a new product feature.

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Plumbin' Pipelines with Gulp.js (Workshop)

Now that my book is out, I dug up an old workshop I held almost one and a half years ago in Belgium at Devoxx. Devoxx is a special type of conference, unlike any other conference I’ve ever seen. And speaking at a cinema definitely is one of the things that get stuck with you. Anyways, here’s the 2 hour course (the rest of the show is a little off topic, intentionally), which is about 75% of the Gulp chapters in live coding. Enjoy:

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My most favorite talks in 2016

Let’s make this a tradition! I love to watch conference talks. Be it live or on tape. And just like last year I try to collect the talks that I loved most. I know, since I started organising Script I began seeing conference talks differently. However, those are the ones I put my attendee-hat on. And let’s be honest: A good organiser needs to do that! So enjoy my list of talks I enjoyed most in 2016.

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