October 21 to 23, 2011

UC Berkeley, California

A culmination of the brightest Drupal minds in the technology hub of the world


Internet basics: How the web works

We're in an amazing time with technology empowering people and cultures to grow, communicate and collaborate at truly incredible speeds. Where can we go and what can we do with the tools of the web? Let's look back on where we've come from and how the web works so we can more forward better and faster (stronger).

This will be an overview of the methods of the web for beginners or those looking to "fill in the gaps". We'll cover topics such as:

  • HTTP requests, responses, and methods
  • Connected but differentiated: hyperlinks and markup
  • Client and browser relationships: maintaining state
  • The move from a static to dynamic to social web
  • Don't wait, asynchronous requests and caching (if there's time)

While this is mostly an overview, we'll dive into technical terms and concepts where appropriate but this won't be a 100% syntactically correct presentation, we'll have to simplify to cover it all in time (I also don't know everything of course, so audience participation is encouraged!)

About Ben Jeavons: A long-time Drupal contributor and passionate about the web, Ben is member of the Drupal Security Team and works on automated security tools for Drupal sites at Acquia. He's presented at BADCamp twice before, as well as many DrupalCons.


Schedule info

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