Summit Report: Educating bleeding edge PWA developers (Progressive Web App Summit 2016)

Summit Report: Educating bleeding edge PWA developers (Progressive Web App Summit 2016)


ROB DODSON: Hey, folks. What’s up? Welcome back to the
Progressive Web Summit. I’m Rob Dodson,
joined by Sarah Clark. Sarah is a– you’re the program
manager for web training and developer
relations for Google. And one of the big
things that we’ve been talking about
here at the event is this progressive web
app Nanodegree by Udacity. And can you tell
the folks out there who might be unfamiliar
with that kind of stuff, what is the Udacity Nanodegree
and what is included in that? SARAH CLARK: So
Udacity Nanodegree is a credential program. It means you don’t have to
go through a full university and get a full
university degree. Instead, you get a degree in
some very practical topic, like web development. So a year ago, at the last
CDS– Chrome Developer Summit– we announced the Senior
Web Nanodegree program for basically taking it at
current everyday developers, and building up to the
point of being team leads. Now we’re building on top of
that with a progressive web app specialization. The specialization is a
series of short courses. And we’re about to launch
the first two on an Intro to Progressive Web
Apps, and on Web Push. And that will be coming
out within the next couple of weeks. And the other, more advanced,
topics that you’ve seen here, we already have
classes being developed on how to do those things. So somebody’d be able to take
a short series of courses and master all the aspects
of progressive web app development. But even before that, we
already have courses on offline. We already have courses on
pretty much all the big topics that you saw yesterday. ROB DODSON: And one of those
topics being accessibility. And so I can’t– I have to
very shamelessly plug this now. So one of those courses that
we launched the other day was on web accessibility. And the importance
of accessibility, not just for desktop
apps, but making sure that you’re thinking about
it for mobile as well. Can you talk a
little bit about why you think accessibility is
important for developers to consider in their process? SARAH CLARK: So when mobile
devices started coming out, I was teaching a lot of
mobile web development. And one of the things I realized
early is we all get a little disabled often with
our mobile devices. It’s really different
doing something in a bus– with your phone
out, in a noisy environment, and weird light, and
all of that– than it is doing something on a desktop. And so good accessibility
is just good user experience design. You know, if you
build for people that have vision constraints
or audio constraints, well, guess what? Those are the same
constraints we have every day out in the
world with a mobile device. ROB DODSON: Now,
for the sessions that we’re seeing here, if
someone is watching right now, they’re interested in learning
more about this content, right? They want to take a deeper dive. What would their next move be? SARAH CLARK: So, you can
go look at documentation, but also most of the sessions
mention the Udacity course. So you really have a choice. You can do some self-study,
read the docs, watch the videos. Or you can grab a course. They tend to be
reasonably short. You can usually, if
you’re full timing it, do them in a day or two. But they go really
in-depth and are really focused on practical topics. And they’re all free. So come take a look at
what we have at Udacity. And keep an eye on the
announcement emails after this conference. We’ll be announcing new
courses as they come out. ROB DODSON: Right on, Sarah. Thank you so much for
talking with us today. If you’re interested in learning
more about these Udacity courses, we’re going to include
a link, down in the show notes, to the Nanodegree, to
the accessibility course, to all the goodness that
Google is producing over on Udacity right now, as
well as links to the docs, and, of course, links to the
Chrome Developers YouTube channel and the playlist. Looks like we’re
turning out for a break. So we’re going to
get back to things. Thank you all so
much for watching. And keep staying around for day
two of the Progressive Web Apps Summit. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Danny Hutson

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