Roan Kattouw

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Roan Kattouw

Wikimedia Foundation

Biography

Roan has been hacking on MediaWiki since 2007. In 2009, he crossed over to the dark side and became a frontend developer (he’s one of those “children” who started frontend development when jQuery already existed). Since then, he has attempted to make the dark side a little bit less evil by working on ResourceLoader (a JS/CSS loading system for MediaWiki) and VisualEditor (a next-generation editor for wiki pages).

Sessions for this user

* Tales from the Trenches: Battling Browser Bugs for "Fun" and (Non-)Profit

Web development used to be HARD. You basically had to rewrite your code for every new browser you wanted to support. But with modern browsers and libraries like jQuery, those dark days are over. Or are they? We pushed the limits of what the web can do while building VisualEditor (the new editor for Wikipedia) and found plenty of hilarious, insane, amazing and horrifying bugs in browsers even in 2014. All we needed to do was poke around in some unusual places.
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Roan Kattouw