Self Improvement

Posted on September 28th, 2011 by Chris

Boston SkylineI like JavaScript, and I like jQuery, and I am always interested in improving my skills with those tools. So when I found out that jQuery’s latest conference was going to be held in Boston, less than an hour’s drive from where I live, and that a good friend of mine was going to be presenting, it only made sense to sign up!

I haven’t been to a ton of web conventions in the past couple of years, due in part to living in the middle of the country. It seems like most conventions take place on the coasts. A few years back, I did go to An Event Apart in Boston, and it was fantastic; I learned an incredible amount, and had a really good time doing it. The things I picked up at that conference were immediately useful in the day-to-day web work I was doing at the time. I’m very much hoping that this jQuery conference will be like that. A few of the seminars I’m really looking forward to include:

  • Attributes and Properties in jQuery – Timmy Willison (always looking to expand my knowledge of basic jQuery operation)
  • Plugin Authoring Best Practices – Ben Alman (I’m starting to reuse code and might want to write a plugin eventually)
  • Grow a spine.js – August “Kai” Kaiser (Interested in more info on anything MVC related)
  • Optimizing Animations on Canvas – Glenn Barnett (Just started playing around with canvas. Also I’ve known the guy since high school!)

I’ll probably post some tweets from the conference under the @DartPublishing Twitter account, so if you don’t already follow us and are curious to hear what’s going on, now’s a good time!

Oh, by the way, a big update is coming to BlogShouts soon. We’ve been a bit quiet on that front while working for one of our clients, but stuff is still happening!


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