DevDays Vilnius 2018


Sam Bellen

madewithlove, Belgium


Sam Bellen is a Front-end Developer at madewithlove, a small app development company based in Belgium, but with employees all over the world. For his day to day job he’s in charge of creating challenging user interfaces and make applications nice to work with. After office hours he likes to play around with the web-audio API, and other “exotic” browser APIs. One of his side projects is a library to add audio effects to an audio input using JavaScript.


You might not need a native app for this!

A lot of developers seem to go to native (mobile) apps to solve complex problems. The web is evolving at a rapid pace, and for a lot of things we don’t need to go the native way anymore. From recording video to speech recognition, push notifications to getting the battery status, modern browsers host a whole set of APIs which help us achieve these things. Knowing some of these APIs exist might speed up the process of moving to a universal accessible web app or PWA in favour of a big native one.
The talk does not require any previous experience except some basic JavaScript knowledge. It will showcase some well known mobile apps, and explain how you can recreate parts of these apps using the power of a browser. The functionality of each app will be analysed and you’ll go through the steps of recreating some parts using JavaScript, and available browser APIs. As a demonstration, Sam will show some apps recreated in the browser.