JavaScript DevExpress Webinar on 2-Feb-2011

The fine people at DevExpress are letting me present a Webinar covering the Good C# Habits can Encourage Bad JavaScript Habits series that I wrote on the Enterprise jQuery website.

The Webinar will take place on Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 12:00pm CST (other time zones).
<blockquote>This happens to be the same talk that I submitted as a proposed topic to the Mix11 conference. I would appreciate if you could vote for my session to be included in the conference line-up. Thanks!</blockquote>The session is considered beginning as it covered introduction level JavaScript concepts that may not be known by a typical C# developer. The talk will last about an hour, but it may go a little over with questions and answers.

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Tech Tweets New Home and New Name

Based on some feedback from my friends and for some personal reasons I have moved Tech Tweets to another blog.

Here are some of the good things about it…
<ul><li>I’ve changed the name of “Tech Tweets” to Web Dev Tweets since the term is more accurate and also fits in the naming convention of this site.
</li></ul><ul><li>You can subscribe to either Web Dev Tweets (RSS) and/or Web Dev .NET (RSS) separately via their own RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>The Web Dev Tweets round-up posts no longer drown out my non-round-up posts on this blog</li></ul>
I hope you find these changes helpful & that you find the tweets & roundup posts helpful as well.

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HTML5 Powered Google Chrome Extension

You may or may not have updated your HTML5 website with the official logo, but now there is an HTML5 Powered Google Chrome extension that will show the logo in your navigation bar if the site uses the HTML5 doctype.

The current version (v1.0) only detects the doctype, but I have started a new version that will detect which features of HTML5 are supported and will display those icons when the logo is clicked.

Note: I know there is some heated debate over the new HTML5 logo, but I thought it would be nice to easily identify sites that use HTML5 and with the next release see which of these newer features these sites utilize.

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Mix11 Open Call Session Voting

The voting for the Open Call sessions for the Mix11 Conference has begun again this year and I’m honored that my session made the cut this year.

According to their voting page there are 206 sessions that made it to this stage of the selection process.

You can view all of the sessions on Mix’s updated Open Call page and you are allowed to vote up to 10 sessions.

The session that I submitted this year is…

<blockquote>Good C# Habits can Encourage Bad JavaScript Habits 

Elijah Manor

It seems that far too many people come to jQuery thinking that their previous C# knowledge will help them be successful at client-side scripting. In many cases, you can be successful with this approach, however, the more JavaScript you write you will inevitably find yourself uncovering strange bugs because you didn’t take time to learn JavaScript properly.

This session is targeted for developers that use jQuery, but haven’t invested adequate time to learn some of the foundational JavaScript concepts that differ from C#. If you would like to avoid some of these common mistakes when moving from C#, then please join me as I try to explain some of the differences.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in this session are:
<ul><li>Having Variables & Functions in Global Scope</li><li>Not Declaring Arrays & Objects Correctly</li><li>Not Understanding False-y Values</li><li>Not Testing & Setting Default Values Correctly</li><li>Using the Wrong Comparison Operators</li><li>Not Using the for…in Statement Correctly</li><li>Misunderstanding Scope in JavaScript</li><li>Not Knowing Variable and Function Hoisting</li><li>Not Using Closures Correctly or at All</li></ul></blockquote><blockquote>Since jQuery is a library that is built with JavaScript and used alongside JavaScript, it is important that you, as a developer, understand what you are doing. jQuery helps alleviate many of the DOM frustrations that you may have, but you should still take time to be proficient as a JavaScript developer. By doing so, it will increase your jQuery code quality, make it more efficient, and easier to maintain. </blockquote>If you find my session interesting please vote for my session (even if you can’t personally made the event… it will be recorded for playback on their website after the conference).

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jQuery UI Introduction Slides

Yesterday I presented at the jQuery Boston Conference 2010. I’ve never attended a jQuery Conference before, so this was an awesome experience all around.
Each year, there is a jQuery UI Introduction talk and this year I was privileged to present the material.
<ul><li>Slides – The web presentation is best viewed with Google Chrome</li></ul>In order to spice up the content some, I included some bacon demos using the draggable, droppable, and resize interactions. I hope to add more bacon slides in the near future ;)

If you were able to attend my talk, I would appreciate it if you could rate my presentation at SpeakerRate.

My slides are based on the Ruby Slide Show Gem tool and uses a modified version of the HTML5 Rocks template that was used to generate the HTML5 Rocks Presentation.

I use embedded jsFiddle in my examples to view and execute all of my code example. You can launch the full jsFiddle from within the slides to view, edit, run, and share the code.

I want to thank the jQuery Team for allowing me to speak this year and a special shout out to Leah Silber, Ralph Whitbeck, and the others that put tons of hours into putting this event together.

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