The Fluent Conference with Peter Cooper and Simon St. Laurent

“Its very easy to run an event where you have people literally teaching you what you could learn from a book or a video or whatever. What we need to provide is an experience, so that people can actually make a transformation from where they are now to where they want to be.”

This week of shows on Software Engineering Daily focuses on O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference, a yearly software conference that focuses on the web and the tools used to build modern applications.

Software Engineering Daily is giving away a ticket to The Fluent Conference, which will be held March 8-10 in San Francisco. To be entered in a random drawing for this free ticket, tweet about your favorite episode of Software Engineering Daily between now and February 22nd. Include the hashtag #fluentconf and and tag us @software_daily to make sure we can see your tweet.

In today’s show, Jeff chats with Peter Cooper and Simon St Laurent, the organizers of Fluent. They discuss how the web is transitioning beyond the desktop and how to keep up with ever evolving javascript frameworks. This was also unique chance as well to learn why software conferences are so important.


  • What has changed in the last year, with regards to web technologies?
  • What are the aspects of web development that were true a year ago, that may be even more true today?
  • What do you think about the React Native approach to unify web and mobile platforms?
  • Why are people getting so excited by React?
  • How is React emblematic of the ways that developer preferences are changing?
  • What is the difference between the web platform and the internet?
  • Why is Docker important to the web platform?
  • What is your goal for the Fluent conference?


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