We’ve been busy the past couple of months giving a couple of great presentations at local meetups and front-end conferences. Scott González and Doug Neiner recently gave separate talks on topics ranging from “How I Got Started as a Coder and How You Can Too” and “jQuery: Nuts, Bolts and Bling”.
Esri Dev Meet Up in Raleigh
Scott González Keynote Speaker
Scott gave the keynote address at the Esri Dev Meet Up in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 14, 2011. His talk was titled “How I Got Started as a Coder and How You Can Too”. A write up of Scott’s talk was summed up like this:
- Stare blankly at the monitor
- Build something, anything (even something that already exists, just to accomplish something)
- Expand the app with new ideas
- Find users
- Ask for help
- Repeat again
- Raw talent doesn’t matter
- Great ideas evolve
- You don’t need knowledge, you need to know how to find knowledge
- Code quality doesn’t matter if it works
- Sometimes good enough is good enough
Front-end Design Conference
Doug was a featured speaker at the Front-end Design Conference along with Ethan Marcotte (Responsive Web Design), Ryan Singer (37Signals), Chris Coyier (CSS Tricks) and some other great speakers. He gave a talk titled “jQuery: Nuts, Bolts and Bling” on July 22, 2011. The talk was given to an audience of designers and developers whose skill level varied drastically, ranging from those who have never used jQuery to those very proficient at jQuery. Doug walked them through getting started with jQuery, some useful tricks and then lead them through a session of live coding to showcase some more advance techniques.
The illustration of Doug was created by Ricardo Gimenes for the Front-end Design Conference web site.