Submitted Talks for Raleigh and Richmond Code Camp

Code camp season is starting back up, and I’m making it a goal.  This year I sat down and came up with some new sessions.  My “What is this WPF Thing?” talk was good, and I got a lot of great responses from it, but I’ve outgrown it.

We have two Code Camps coming to the area.  First is Raleigh Code Camp, which is September 19th, 2009.  Second is Richmond Code Camp, which is on October 3rd, 2009. 

I had two subjects I really wanted to try to discuss during Code Camp season.  First of all was jQuery.  I’ve been working with jQuery for the past several months, and it has dramatically changed the way I look at web development.  Every person I’ve shown jQuery to has been blown away by how easy it’s been to get complex things to work on a webpage.  So I’m developing a talk called “jQuery From The Ground Up”, where I will take jQuery newbies and walk them through the awesomeness that is jQuery.

Secondly, I wanted to talk about developer community.  Being a user group leader, I’m constantly on the look for ways to grow my local community.  That’s why I wanted to develop a talk focused around getting involved in the community.  People typically don’t know what kind of opportunities are available in their area.  My goal is to try enlighten them and get them more involved.

Here are the abstracts I’m submitting:

Living In The Developer Community

Congratulations!  You’ve taken the first step.  You’re attending a developer event, be it a code camp or a user group meeting.  What you might not realize is that you’ve entered a community that can completely change your professional life!  In this talk, Kevin Griffin will discuss how to get more involved in your local developer communities, and how to build personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime.  We'll talk about levels of community involvement, and where you fall in the grand scheme. Come with your questions, comments, and personal experiences. Together we can help grow the community into more than what it is now.

jQuery From The Ground Up

Web 2.0 has taken over; there is no doubt about it.  However, many developers are being left in the dust.  Amazing technologies such as jQuery allow developers to easily add flair to their web applications.  In this presentation, Kevin Griffin will guide you through the world of jQuery.  Starting from the bottom, we will discuss what is possible with jQuery, how do you obtain and setup jQuery in your projects, and then actually putting jQuery to work.  This presentation is designed for developers with no experience with jQuery (or Javascript in general).  An understanding of HTML and CSS is recommended.


So hopefully we’ll see you all out at the Code Camps.  It’s guaranteed to be a good time!

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