This week, the jQuery Foundation is holding it's innaguaral non-coastal jQuery Conference. The first official jQuery Conference that's not taking place very near an ocean of some sort. And what better place to combine the latest in web technologies with land locked geography than the lovely city of Austin, TX.
jQuery Conferences are unique in their format. One track for all attendees. Each session is limited to 30 minutes with 10 minutes in between for fielding questions and getting the next presenter setup. The venue for the Austin conference is the hulking Austin Convention Center, which is ground zero for the slightly epic SXSW Conference that happens every year in Austin.
The best time to visit the registration desk is right after the keynote starts. No line!
There were a large variety of sessions touching just about every topic of web development. Presentations ranged from using the Chrome Dev Tools to debug app performance, to techniques for handling images on responsive sites.
Single track sessions taking place in the auditorium
I delivered a session on working with AngularJS Directives. This session is of course based on our work on the Angular Kendo UI project, as well as an article that I wrote for ADC while trying to learn Angular myself. AngularJS continues to excite and interest people in a way that I haven't really seen any framework do before. Any framework that is, but jQuery.
Kendo UI of course was a big sponsor for this jQuery event. This year we sponsored the after party from 7 - 11 PM on the first day. The entire upstairs of Buffalo Billiards was rented, featuring 8 pool tables, 3 ping-pong tables and an incredible selection of drinks and appetizers. The party was packed for almost the entire four hours, and the best part was that all conference attendeess were welcome!
The Kendo UI After Party is in full swing at Buffalo Billiards
We capatalized on the after party scene to run a top secret project that we've had in the works for quite some time. The gracious attendeess at the jQuery Conference helped out as well and we can't wait to share this with you. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks to find out what Brandon is so excited for in this picture...
Burke Holland is a web developer living in Nashville, TN and was the Director of Developer Relations at Progress. He enjoys working with and meeting developers who are building mobile apps with jQuery / HTML5 and loves to hack on social API's. Burke worked for Progress as a Developer Advocate focusing on Kendo UI.