Provided you have not just crawled out from under a rock somewhere, you will know that Web Development is scorching hot right now. It has always been really, but the pace at which innovation is moving is staggering.

I have never been so busy, working with companies of all shapes and sizes, to supply them with strong Front End Developers. I speak with the best front end developers every day, and because of this, I do try to stay up to date with my own knowledge of the latest technologies. I don’t want to miss a beat, but it is hard to keep up. This can be challenging, not least for me, but also for experienced developers. But its an exciting challenge…

I came across an article in Smashing Magazine based around; becoming a better front end engineer in 2013.

In it, it offers a curated list of some excellent front end talks.

Just as time spent by developers in up skilling and learning about new trends, is time well invested, the same goes for me. The more honed my own knowledge is, the more I will understand my clients needs, and my candidates ambitions. A lot of watching there, but I will be listening to one a day, to and from work on the train. Even if most of it goes over my head, its worth exploring.

The Talks include;

                                BASELINE

HAVE A STRATEGY FOR STAYING UP TO DATE

How to Stay Up to Date on Web Stuff, by Chris Coyier

MAKE SURE YOUR BASELINE FOR DEVELOPMENT IS CURRENT

A New Baseline for Front-End Developers, Rebecca Murphey

UNDERSTAND HOW BROWSERS WORK BEHIND THE SCENES

So, You Want to Be a Front-End Engineer, David Mosher (Video)

KNOW WHAT THE WEB PLATFORM NOW HAS TO OFFER

The Web Can Do That!?, Eric Bidelman (Video)

WORKFLOW

FOR WEB APP DEVELOPERS

Tooling for the Modern Web App Developer, Addy Osmani

FOR WEB DESIGNERS

A Modern Web Designer’s Workflow, Chris Coyier (Video)

FOR MOBILE WEB DEVELOPERS

Mobile Web Developers Toolbelt, Pete Le Page (Video)

FOR DEBUGGING

Secrets of the Chrome DevTools, Patrick Dubroy (Video)

                                              THE FUTURE

CSS

The CSS of Tomorrow, Peter Gasston

JAVASCRIPT

The Future of JavaScript, Dave Herman

WEB APPLICATIONS

Web Components and the Future of Web App Development, Eric Bidelman

CSS

STATE OF THE ART

All the New CSS Hawtness, Darcy Clarke

MODULARITY

Your CSS Is a Mess, Jonathan Snook

PRE-PROCESSORS

CSS Pre-Processors, Bermon Painter

DOCUMENTATION

A Better Future With KSS, Kyle Neath

                              JAVASCRIPT

THE IMPORTANCE OF CODE STYLE

Maintainable JavaScript, Nicholas Zakas

A MODERN LARGE-SCALE APP STACK

SoundCloud’s Stack, Nick Fisher

RETHINKING APPLICATION STRUCTURE

Re-Imagining the Browser With AngularJS, Igor Minar

INTERNATIONALIZATION AND I18N

Entschuldigen you, parlez vouz JavaScript, Sebastian Golasch (Video)

PATTERNS AND PRINCIPLES

The Plight of Pinocchio, Brandon Keepers

WHEN TO LAZY LOAD SCRIPTS

How Late Is Later?, Massimiliano Marcon

                                   MOBILE

BUILDING TOUCH-BASED INTERFACES

Creating Responsive HTML5 Touch Interfaces, Stephen Woods (Video | Audio)

THE CHALLENGE WITH SCROLLING

Embracing Touch: Cross-Platform Scrolling, Mark Dalgleish (Video)

NATIVE, HTML5 AND HYBRID APPS

Native, HTML5 and Hybrid Mobile Development, Eran Zinman

PERFORMANCE, DISTRIBUTION AND FACEBOOK ON HTML5

On the Future of Mobile Web Apps, Simon Cross

TOOLS FOR MOBILE DEBUGGING

Mobile Debugging, Remy Sharp

RESPONSIVE DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Responsive Web Design: Clever Tips and Techniques, Vitaly Friedman

                                               WEB APPS

OFFLINE WEB APPS

Offline Rules, Andrew Betts (Video)

STATE OF THE ART

Building Web Apps of the Future: Tomorrow, Today and Yesterday, Paul Kinlan (Audio)

CLIENT-SIDE STORAGE

Storage in the Browser, Andrew Betts

APPLICATION CACHE

Application Cache: Douchebag, Jake Archibald (Video)

                                       Performance

CSS

High-Performance CSS, Paul Irish

GitHub’s CSS Performance, Jon Rohan

AVOIDING JANK

Jank-Free: In Pursuit of Smooth Web Apps, Tom Wiltzius

WEB

Building Faster Websites, Ilya Grigorik

JAVASCRIPT

Breaking the JavaScript Speed Limit With V8, Daniel Clifford

                                                       TESTING

UNDERSTANDING CODE SMELLS

Why Our Code Smells, Brandon Keepers (Video)

CURRENT STATE OF THE ART

JavaScript Testing: The Holy Grail, Adam Hawkins (Video)

IMPROVING THE TESTABILITY OF YOUR CODE

Writing Testable JavaScript, Rebecca Murphey (Audio)