04 Feb 2011
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The presentations from last year’s jQuery Conference Boston 2010 are now online for you to view. You can click the above picture to watch my introduction to jQuery UI. The material is targeted to someone who hasn’t seen jQuery UI at all or knows very little about it.
I have hosted my slides from the presentation if you are interested.
In addition you can check out most of the other sessions from the jQuery Conference Videos page.
Some of talks the talks that I found particularly interesting were…
03 Feb 2011
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<div><div>These thoughts turned into a series of articles that I posted several months ago on Enterprise jQuery and I have recently pooled the articles into the following presentation.</div></div>
I hope that this presentation will help you prevent some of these mistakes in your projects and to let you know, I’ve made all these mistakes myself :)
</div>At the end of the presentation I list several resources that you might want to dig into and research for yourself.
Slides and Articles
<ul><li>I have hosted the slides from the video. I utilized an HTML5 Presentation tool and the slides are best viewed using either Google Chrome or Firefox. </li><li>The article series this video was based on can be found on Enterprise jQuery</li></ul>Tools
<ul><li>JSLint.com by Douglas Crockford</li></ul>Books
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29 Jan 2011
As many of you are aware late last year the company I worked for went belly up over some shady business they were doing. My job ended the day the FBI and IRS raided our building.
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The fact that I have 3 kids makes finding a quiet place around the house a tad difficult. I didn’t really want to pay for an office space somewhere, so I tried to be creative in where I worked. First I tried family or neighbors close by that worked during the day. Then one day my wife suggested converting half of our Master Bedroom Closet into an office… and that is where I am right now :)
Thankfully the closet already had an air vent otherwise I’d probably suffocate. I did need electricity and an internet connection so, my Father-in-Law wired the electricity and DSL through the Bedroom wall.
The beginnings of my Closet Office were uncomfortable and cumbersome as you can see in this first photo. The computer I had worked on previously was owned by my work and… well, the FBI confiscated that ;) So, I was left with my netbook until I could order my next computer. I bought a picnic table from Wal-Mart as a stop gap solution, but it proved to be too tall and wasted a lot of precious desk space. Also, the fold up chain didn’t cut it. I was drooping in my seat by the end of the day.
My Father-in-Law saw my working conditions and took me to Staples to buy me an appropriate office chair. It is amazing how much a comfortable chain can change your whole day! Ohh and and you can see, my MacBook Pro arrived :)
Next my Father-in-Law said that he could build me a custom desk to fit the small space. He had a bunch of wood left over from a desk he built himself a year or two ago. We took out the bottom clothes rack in half of the closet to install the desk. He used a ledger and a couple of braces to keep it strong without having table legs in the way.
The next step of my Closet Office was to build huge cabinets that stretched to the ceiling with lights underneath. This project took the longest and was a chore to install, but now I have tons of room to store books, pictures, coffee, bills, etc. At this stage of the project we removed the top clothes rack in half the closet.
Note: The MacBook you see below wasn’t mine. A client I worked for was really particular about security and I had to use one of their computers and work over VPN. Thankfully the project is over and I’m able to use my MacBook Pro again.
So, there you have it! As you can tell I own a HUGE thanks to my Father-in-Law for all his hard work.
And if you were wondering…
<ul><li>My office space takes up 5’ 2’’ x 4’ 5’’ of our total 11’ 11’’ x 4’ 5’’ closet space. We keep our clothes in the remaining part. </li><li>I like to call my working space as the “Man Cave” </li><li>And yes, I do come out of the closet every day LOL. As you could probably guess, I get that joke a lot :)</li></ul>