March 11, 2012

SXSW - HTML 5 APIs, Flipboard couch, Frank Abagnale


Session of the Day:

"The World-Wide Web was developed to be a pool of human knowledge, which would allow collaborators in remote sites to share their ideas and all aspects of a common project…The idea of the Web was prompted by positive experience of a small "home-brew" personal hypertext system used for keeping track of personal information on a distributed project." -- Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web

This idea that Berners-Lee talks about, supports one of the few key aspects of implementing successful HTML5 APIs.

Jen Simmons, freelance designer & consultant and host of The Web Ahead at 5by5, held a talk on HTML5 APIs with topics including WebSocket APIs and Device APIs.

WebSockets, a web technology that provides for truly bidirectional, full-duplex communications channels, have revolutionized in becoming a standardized protocol designed especially to be implemented in web browsers and web servers, but also used by any client or server application. This overcomes the "prehistoric" web page which was static compared to pages in today's technology (as can be seen via Google Docs, Twitter feed, etc.). With today's WebSocket API, developers can now have the ability to combine and merge multiple web pages into a single screen and even between multiple devices. A great example of how this works through device APIs is through Kaazing's Interactive Demo ( of the "Racer" which allows the user to utilize their iOS device as a controller of a race car that is configurable on a computer's browser. Simmons explained that the benefits of a WebSocket API is that it offers real-time updates of content on a single web page, allow multiple users to use a single page and see each others' activity immediately, and also allow a single person to use multiple web windows on multiple devices simultaneously.

The "It" Thing of the Day:

Did you catch the awesome photo session on the red couch in Mashery's Circus Mashimus lounge yesterday? The lounge lucked out with Flipboard's red couch and photo sessions with world class photographer Chad Riley. Riley has worked on shootings with celebrities like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bono, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna. Hope you got your chance to shine as a star! Be sure to check the Flipboard Page or your Twitter account to view your photo with hashtag #redcouch. It will also appear in the SXSW section on Flipboard where you’ll find other news about the festival as well.

Moment of Inspiration for the Day:

We've all seen Leonardo DiCaprio's amazing performance in the blockbuster movie Catch Me If You Can, a film based on Frank Abagnale's most infamous, ex-confidence man. In this moving session, Abagnale tells the story of his life as true as can be, both during the time covered in his well known story, as well as what he's been up to since then. Amidst all the chaos and tech-centric topics that teemed the day's interactive schedule, it was completely refreshing to hear his bit of simple wisdom: "I've done nothing better than to be a good husband and a good father…I have everything because of my wife." After all, at the end of the day, we're all human.