Jan Krutisch: “we're still in the process of finding out what the sweet spot of single page apps might be”
Hi Jan, You’re going to talk about single page apps
I see a lot of people both wanting to build a single page app for all the wrong reasons AND struggling a lot with it. Building rich client applications is always way more complex than more traditional web apps and people have a hard time correctly evaluating the pros and cons. That's why my talk is focused on that evaluation and the reasons for building and, as important, not building a single page app.
So people are just falling for the latest trend?
On the other hand: I don't want to sound like it's generally a bad idea to build a SPA. It really depends on the use case and we're still in the process of finding out what the sweet spot of single page apps might be. One example: The recent changes where Twitter actually removed large parts of their single page app infrastructure and replaced it with more traditional ways of delivering their content.
have you tried solutions for working on mobile platforms with Ruby, like mruby?
Actually no. I would love to take a look at these solutions (also stuff like RubyMotion for iOS), but after listening to a lot of people talk about these things I am relatively sceptical - My choice is to either only do web apps (and you can do a lot more with it than many people are aware of) or use the native way of a platform, and in case of iOS, that means Objective-C. There are cases of course where embedding a language into a product makes a lot of sense (like games, for example), but I never actually encountered them.
You also have another discussion about making music with the web
what else keeps you busy these days?
Currently it's basically three things: Working on mobile and web products for the R&D branch of dpa (german press agency) as a freelancer, writing a book about single page apps (it's in very early stages and I'm trying out self-publishing, take a look at it at thesinglepageapp.com) and then the smaller projects I work on as a contractor/freelancer.
what technologies/projects are worth keeping an eye on?
It will be interesting to see how projects like yeoman.io will reshape our tooling regarding frontend stuff and how we might integrate these things into rails projects without those two worlds falling apart.
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