The Web Ahead
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A weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android, and more. Hosted by Jen Simmons.
||The Web Ahead 61: Making Your Stuff Make Sense with Jeff Eaton||Architecting how content is structured, collected, and presented are three distinct aspects of designing a web project. Jeff Eaton joins Jen Simmons to talk about how to think through it all.||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 60: Web Annotations with Doug Schepers||There's a movement to create an annotation system for the web, one that might end up as a new web standard & feature in every browser. Learn what annotations on the web would mean with guest Doug Schepers.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 59: Web RTC with Henrik Joreteg||Web RTC brings real-time communication to the web — peer-to-peer connections that can transfer data, video and audio between web users almost instantaneously. Henrik Joreteg joins Jen Simmons to explain how it works and what it means.||11/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 58: CSS Innovation with Lea Verou||Lea Verou joins Jen Simmons to talk about CSS, and tell us all about things we can do with CSS today that you might not know about already.||10/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 57: Content Structure with Steve Fisher||Web designer Steve Fisher joins Jen Simmons to talk about designing content structure, and his process for working with clients to best define the essence of a site's message.||10/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 56: The Nature of the Web with Jeremy Keith||Wonder-developer Jeremy Keith joins Jen Simmons to talk about comments on websites, the birth of the web, progressive enhancement, control and much more.||9/16/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 55: Design Research with Erika Hall||What is design research, why is it valuable, and how can you work research into the planning of your project? Erika Hall, author of the new book Just Enough Research, joins Jen Simmons to explain.||9/4/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 54: Jekyll and CMS-less websites with Young Hahn and Dave Cole||After many years of using Content Management Systems that store content in a database, there's a movement to store content in files instead. Jekyll and other tools, including github, are springing up to create a new ecosystem of file-based tools. Young Ha||6/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 53: CSS Animations with Val Head||CSS has three powerful specifications that can be used to animate things on the page: CSS Transitions, Transforms, and Animations. Designer and author Val Head joins Jen Simmons to explain how they work.||6/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 52: eBooks with NellieMcKesson||Electronic book formats are changing. EPUB3 and HTML5 are providing tools to create new forms of books, with richer experiences. Nellie McKesson joins Jen Simmons to explain where digital books have been, and where they are going.||4/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 51: Rendering Engines, Vendor Prefixes & Chrome Blink||Chrome recently announced they will replacing the webkit rendering engine with a new one, named Blink. What's up with that? To find out, Chris Wilson and Paul Irish join Jen Simmons to explain rendering engines and vendor prefixes.||4/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 50: Web Platform Docs||After years of many independent sites documenting and teaching web development, the W3C and a consortium of browser makers and companies have come together to create a central resource for information about web technologies — Web Platform Docs. Peter Lu||3/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 49: CSS Layouts with Rachel Andrew||Page layout on the web has been constrained for many years by the available technologies. But new technologies that are coming in CSS3 — flexbox, grid layout, regions, & more — promise for an interesting future. Rachel Andrew joins Jen Simmons to exp||2/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 48: Danny Sullivan||Danny Sullivan joins Eric Meyer to reminisce about the early days of web search, directories versus crawlers, the panoply of search engines in the mid-1990s, page counts as serious bragging rights, the brief period when there were search engines that only||2/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 47: Jen Robbins||Jen Robbins talks about the very early days of web design, O'Reilly, GNN, wrestling with the technology and more.||1/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 46: Tantek Çelik||Tantek Çelik talks about creating Internet Explorer 5 for Mac, doctype switching, a bit about semantic data formats, and much more.||12/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 45: Web Design with Andy Clarke||Designer, speaker and author Andy Clarke joins Jen Simmons to talk about the process of web design. Andy starts with a rant about online criticism, and goes on to talk about techniques, tools and more.||12/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 44: Tom Bruce||Tom Bruce talks about the very earliest days of the web, writing the first Windows web browser, inventing 'marquee', and taking a road trip to NCSA with Tim Berners-Lee.||11/28/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 43: Chris Wilson||Chris Wilson joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons to talk about the origins of the Mosaic Browser and his work on Internet Explorer 3 and 4.||11/15/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 41: Molly Holzschlag||Molly Holzschlag discusses the early days of BBSes, Gopher, and the text-only web. Accessibility, the blink tags, the Web Standard Project, how Microsoft started embracing web standards and much more.||11/2/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 40: Git with John Albin Wilkins||What is Git? How does it work? How do you use it? John Albin Wilkins joins Jen Simmons to explain the incredibly popular version control system.||10/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 39: Dave Shea||Dave Shea, creator of The CSS Zen Garden, talks about web design ten years ago, the move to CSS-based layouts and more.||10/17/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 38: Game Console Browsers with Anna Debenham||Web browsers on game consoles are starting to gain traction. How might you want to adjust your website to work on these devices?||10/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 37: Steven Champeon||Steven Champeon talks about predecessors to HTML, the webdesign-L online community, the birth of the web standards project, and how he coined the term "progressive enhancement".||10/4/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 36: Sass with Scott Kellum||Sass and Compass, two tools for writing CSS more easily, are fast becoming very popular. Scott Kellum joins Jen Simmons to talk what they offer and how to get started.||9/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 35: John Allsopp||John Allsopp joins Eric Meyer and Jen Simmons for this first episode in our “web behind” series — a look back at where the web came from and the people who created it.||9/21/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 34: The Web Behind||A special announcement from Jen Simmons and Eric Meyer.||9/11/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 33: Back to Basics with Jen Robbins||The web at it's basics is HTML and CSS. If you want to learn these fundamentals, where do you start? Jen Robbins joins Jen Simmons to lay out a road map.||9/6/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 32: Web Audio with Chris Wilson||Chris Wilson explains the complex power of the Web Audio API.||8/28/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 31: Canvas with Rob Hawkes||The Canvas element in HTML5 opens up a whole new world of opportunity. Rob Hawkes explains.||8/21/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 30: Typography with Richard Rutter||Web typography has taken off in the last few years. What is possible now? How do we create beautiful and functional type on the web? Richard Rutter joins Jen Simmons to explain.||8/14/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 29: Smart Responsive Web Design Implementation with Scott Jehl||How should we best implement complex responsive web designs to load quickly and meet the needs of a wide range of devices? Scott Jehl talks about Filament Group's discoveries of best practices.||8/7/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 28: Design process with Samantha Warren||Creator of Style Tiles, Samantha Warren, joins Jen Simmons to talk about workflows, design processes, and how ideas about our tools can help us all design websites for the modern age.||8/3/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 27: Content with Kristina Halvorson||How do we get good content on the web? Kristina Halvorson joins Jen Simmons to talk about the discipline of content strategy, where it came from and where it's going.||7/27/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 26: Servers with Josh Koenig||Servers — what is going on with the infrastructure that runs the web? Server stacks have changed a lot in the past 20 years. Josh Keonig explains what's up.||7/20/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 25: Responsive Images with Mat Marquis||What's the best way to handle responsive images? Mat Marquis joins Jen Simmons to sort it all out.||7/4/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 24: Jobs the Web Does with Horace Dediu||How can we understand the business of the web? Horace Dediu joins Jen to talk about the web through the lens of disruption theory, discussing innovation and jobs to be done.||6/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 23: Maps with Alex Barth||Alex Barth joins to talk all about maps — open maps, open data, Apple maps, new tools and the future of mapping on the web.||6/22/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 22: Apples and TVs with Jason Grigsby||How did Apple's announcements this week impact web design & development? And what's coming with TVs? Jason Grigsby joins to share his in-depth research on web-enabled TVs.||6/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 21: Process & Tools with Paul Irish||Paul Irish joins Jen Simmons to discuss work process, tools and best-practices.||3/23/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 20: Content Everywhere with Lyza Gardner||Lyza Danger Gardner talk about how CMSes provide — or fail to provide — a platform for publishing content everywhere. How can we design & build a website that will publish everywhere and last long term?||3/16/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 19: Internet in Your Pocket with Luke Wroblewski||Luke Wroblewski joins Jen Simmons to talk about mobile, mobile first, mobile web — but what is mobile really anyway? How is it that these devices are changing our lives?||3/8/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 18: CSS with Eric Meyer||CSS is central to the web. What happening with it these days? Author and expert Eric Meyer joins Jen Simmons to talk about the past, present and future of Cascading Style Sheets.||3/2/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 17: Mobile Devices with Peter-Paul Koch||Mobile device researcher and expert PPK joins Jen Simmons to explain the mobile device landscape. What will we do trying to make websites for all these phones?||2/24/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 16: Mobile Capabilities with Jason Grigsby||Mobile web strategist and author Jason Grigsby joins to discuss mobile phones on the web, old design patterns, new possibilities and more, including site performance and web television.||2/15/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 15: Browser Support and Polyfills with Divya Manian||When is it safe to implement all this cool new technology on your web project? Divya Manian joins to talk about progressive enhancement, polyfills, collaboration, tools for developers, and the evolution of web browsers.||2/1/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 14: File API with Arun Ranganathan||File API spec maintainer Arun Ranganthan joins to explain what new file handling capabilities will be coming to browsers soon. They also talk about the drag & drop API, open standards, and how the sausage gets made.||1/18/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 13: Education with Dan Benjamin||Dan Benjamin joins Jen Simmons to talk about how to keep up with the changing technologies of the web. Where do we learn?||1/12/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 12: Michael Verdi on Video||An all-you-can eat historical and technical look at web video. What's up with HTML5 and these competing codecs? How can you use video today? Where are things going in the future?||12/20/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 11: Josh Clark on Touch||How best to design for a touch screen? How are interfaces changing with the multitude of devices at our touch? Author, speaker, consultant and expert Josh Clark explains his insights into touch design.||12/13/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 10: Aarron Walter on Human Connection||How can you design something meaningful? Something that provides delight and connects people? Designer Aarron Walter joins Jen to talk about designing for emotion, what makes a great team, what it's like to get constant critical feedback, and more.||12/9/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 9: Mark Boulton on Grids||All about grid systems for the web — why and how. What makes a grid great? How do you create your own? What about responsive web design? Expert Mark Boulton explains.||11/30/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 8: Sarah Parmenter on iOS Design||Sarah Parmenter joins to talk about iOS design, web design, tools for design and more.||11/23/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 7: Jonathan Stark on Mobile||Jonathan Stark joins Jen Simmons to talk about web apps vs. native apps, when to use which mobile technology, how to plan a good mobile experience, touch events, and more.||11/15/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 6: Karen McGrane on Web Strategy||Karen McGrane talks about planning systems of flexible web content that can be used in a variety of places. And about the need for better content entry workflows.||10/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 5: Peter Lubbers on Web Socket||Peter joins Jen again to talk about the magic of Web Socket, and about SPDY & the Amazon Kindle Fire.||10/12/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 4: Pat Aufderheide on Fair Use & Copyright||Fair Use expert Pat Aufderheide joins Jen Simmons to explain when you can use other people's copyrighted material in your work.||10/7/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 3: Jeremy Keith on Everything Web||Jeremy Keith joins Jen to talk about Mobilewood, future-friendlying websites, responsive design techniques, digital preservation, html5 semantics, Firefox 7, and much more.||9/28/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 2: Ethan Marcotte on Responsive Web||Ethan Marcotte joins Jen Simmons for a conversation about responsive web design, tools, the process of designing a web site, mobile first, what the future may hold and more.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Web Ahead 1: Peter Lubbers on HTML5||HTML5 expert Peter Lubbers joins Jen Simmons on the inaugural episode of The Web Ahead to talk about what the heck HTML5, web apps, local storage, offline caching, and web databases are.||9/12/11||Free||View In iTunes|
One of the best web design podcasts out there.
Jen is a fantastic interviewer, you can tell she has really done her homework before the show. She asks questions that lead her guests into what they enjoy talking about. The end result is a conversation that is very natural and digs really deep into the show's topic.
Returning 5by5 To Its Roots
The range, depth, and quality of the whole 5by5 arsenal is impressive. My only one yearning as 5by5 exploded in popularity and offerings is that it no longer really had a podcast that focussed on the roots of what got it started - Web Development. Enter "The Web Ahead".
When you can list guests like Ethan Marcotte and Jeremy Keith in your first 3 shows you know the show's content is high quality. Its host, Jen Simmons, is respected, knowledgeable and just downright good company to sit (drive,walk, whatever) and listen to the stuff that web developers love.
My new favorite informative podcast
I haven't heard Jen's other podcasts, but this one is off to a terrific start! I found the first episode so interesting that I ordered the guest's html5 book right away.
Jen seems to be a genius at asking great questions and illustrating them with real world down to earth examples. She really helped me understand what the problems are, and how these new tools can address them. I've been working at a pretty basic level building websites and web apps. I'm optimistic that Jen and her guests can help me get to the next level.
It also doesn't hurt that Jen sounds like a great person. I enjoyed her "company" via the podcast!