Webinar: History API with Syd Lawrence

Update 2011-08-19: We had intended to record this webinar and make it available for those who couldn’t attend. Due to a convergence of technical difficulties, the recording was not successful. Apologies for failing on that promise. You can see Syd’s slides and a recording of a similar talk Syd gave at the Heart & Sole conference earlier this year.

On Thursday, August 18th at 16:00 UTC, the latest installment of the MDN webinar series will be presented by Syd Lawrence, on the topic of using the History API to make AJAX sites more friendly. The History API is also the topic for the August DevDerby and this week’s Ask MDN session on Twitter (which Syd will also be helping out with). So you can get your head full of History API know-how, whip up an amazing History API demo, and submit it for the DevDerby!

Syd Lawrence is a freelance front-end web developer, living in Winchester UK, who speaks at a variety of conferences and is also a part-time lecturer at Winchester University in digital media development.

This is the third MDN webinar, and our third experiment in webinar technology. This time around, we’re using BigBlueButton, an open-source web-conferencing system (thanks to our friends at Blindside Networks). It was used for the Knight-Mozilla News (MoJo) Learning Lab in July, and worked pretty well for that. Since it’s open source, if there’s something about it you don’t like, you can do something about it.

Add this event to your calendar:

To join the webinar:

  1. Go to the BigBlueButton server for Mozilla.
  2. For Full Name, enter your name.
  3. Select “Mozilla Developer Network” in the Room list.
  4. For Password, enter MDNHacks.

Note: Big Blue Button uses Flash, so make sure you have the latest version installed, especially if you are running Mac OS X Lion.


  1. RTPMatt

    Awesome, I am quite excited about this.

    August 12th, 2011 at 12:07

  2. Benjamin Lupton

    Sweet. Sounds like it will a good summary of these three articles:

    Will it be available for download?

    August 14th, 2011 at 22:47

    1. Janet Swisher

      Benjamin, thanks for sharing those articles!

      We plan to record the webinar and make it available afterward.

      August 15th, 2011 at 09:42

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