Yesterday, I gave a talk about HTML5/Flex at Ignite Sydney. I signed up for the talk both because I wanted an excuse to research HTML5 more and because the format seemed like a challenge. Each person gets 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds each, with no leeway at all. It means that you have to be able to squeeze what you want to say in 15 seconds, but not squeeze too hard as you'll be left with an awkward 2 seconds of silence (trust me, 2 seconds is still awkward!). I prepared more for this 5 minute talk than I've prepared for any talk before, including spending 2 days researching Flex and HTML5, and a day sneaking in and out of conference rooms to rehearse my talk.
Anyway, in the end, it was a great experience, and I only messed up the final 5 words of the talk (end strong, oops). The other speakers were also awesome, particularly Kieran's talk about failures, Jason's talk about lean programming (with lots of stick figures), and MayMay's talk about gender and technology. I'm looking forward to seeing the talks at the next Ignite Sydney in May, and not having to be one of the damn-nerve-wracked speakers at it. :)
The slides are embedded below, and there'll be a Youtube video up in a few days. Since my talk involved alot of pre-research, I figured it'd be useful to list links relevant to each slides below. I hope this talk inspires others to research these technologies more, and for those interested in seeing HTML5 grow (or change), I encourage you to contribute to the WHATWG HTML5 mailing lists.. or just follow them on twitter! (@whatwg).
Flex & AJAX: Friends or Foes?, Slideshare: RIA Meets Desktop, Slideshare: Flash, Flex, AIR: A Brief Survey
HTML5 Spec: The Menu Element