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The story of the web is a story about freedom. It's a story about information, about breaking down barriers, about creating new ways for people to communicate, to collaborate, and to share their ideas.
It's also a story of missed deadlines, half-baked standards, last-minute decisions, ridiculous business models, and some of the stupidest ideas anybody has ever had in the history of technology. Some of them are nothing more now than an amusing footnote in history... some of them we're still living with, and working around, every single day. And it could easily have been so very, very different.
Join Dylan Beattie for an offbeat and irreverent journey back to the earliest days of the digital frontier, as we look at the ideas and innovations that have shaped the modern web... and then fast-forward to an alternate 2017, where you are all using Netscape Composer to create rich online experiences on our WebTVs, Microsoft Office is a Java applet, CueCats are more popular than fidget-spinners, and the really cool kids are using MSN to hand-code custom avatars in VRML.
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Dylan Beattie is a systems architect, developer, and Microsoft MVP, who has built everything from tiny standalone websites to large-scale distributed systems. He created his first web page in 1992, and he's been building data-driven interactive web applications since the days of Windows NT 4. He's currently the CTO at Skills Matter in London, where he juggles his time between working on their software platform and supporting their conference and community teams. From 2003 to 2018, Dylan worked as webmaster, then IT Manager, and then systems architect at Spotlight (www.spotlight.com), where his first-hand experience of watching an organisation and its codebase evolve over more than a decade provided him with a unique insight into how everything from web standards and API design to Conway's Law and recruitment ends up influencing a company’s code and culture.