On April 16th and 17th, 2011, the jQuery Project held its jQuery Conference at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus Conference Center in Mountain View, CA with a great showing of about 500 members of the jQuery community in attendance. Eight members of appendTo attended the conference and of those three gave talks on a wide range of jQuery related topics.
Introduction to jQuery UI by Andrew Wirick
Andrew gave the Introduction to jQuery UI talk on April 16th. An abstract of his talk follows: “jQuery UI provides abstractions for low-level interaction and animation, advanced effects and high-level themeable widgets. We’ll discuss basic usage of these effects, interactions, and widgets and get a feel for the similarities across the API. We’ll touch on what makes the API pattern powerful and how you can use it to create and test your own abstractions using the UI widget factory.”
Andrew is the head of our training division, find out how Andrew and his team can customize a training session for you and your team on jQuery UI in our Training section.
Prototyping and Unit Testing with Mockjax, mockJSON, and Amplify
by Elijah Manor
Elijah gave a talk on using the jQuery Plugins, Mockjax, mockJSON and Amplify while unit testing and prototyping. Here is the talk abstract: “The front-end and back-end of your application inevitably progress at different speeds. In order for each layer to develop independently it is optimal if the front-end piece can work regardless of the back-end, which is where the Mockjax plugin or the Amplify Request component comes in. These tools can intercept and simulate ajax requests made with jQuery with minimal effort and impact to your code. Another tool that works well with these tools is mockJSON which provides a random data templating feature. This can be very handy when you want to mock a JSON response from a AJAX call, but instead of manually building the response you can build a template to do it for you.
As you are developing, Mockjax or Amplify Request can also be used to help Unit Test your front-end code. You can setup a static mock responses to your requests and then Unit Test your Ajax success and fail event handlers.”
For more information on Mockjax see the Enterprise jQuery article, “Mock Your Ajax Requests with Mockjax for Rapid Development”. You can find out more about Amplify and mockJSON on their respective web sites.
Presentational jQuery by Doug Neiner
Doug presented on how to write jQuery for the presentation level. His talk abstract provides more information: ”Many jQuery users were introduced to the library when they needed to make something “slide up” or “move around” on the page. Regardless of how far you have come in your use of jQuery since then, animation and CSS changes still have a very big and often overlooked role in providing feedback to the user. Even experienced developers make mistakes in their use of the CSS and animation methods when they don’t understand how to balance CSS, jQuery and user expectations. Mistakes in this area can often lead to sluggish performance and broken interfaces.”
If you attended the conference we would love to hear your feedback about any of our talks.