Recent Presentations from appendTo

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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:

  1. Stare blankly at the monitor
  2. Build something, anything (even something that already exists, just to accomplish something)
  3. Expand the app with new ideas
  4. Find users
  5. Ask for help
  6. Repeat
  7. Repeat again
  8. Raw talent doesn’t matter
  9. Great ideas evolve
  10. You don’t need knowledge, you need to know how to find knowledge
  11. Code quality doesn’t matter if it works
  12. Sometimes good enough is good enough


Front-end Design Conference

Doug Neiner

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.

Did you hear Scott or Doug talks? We would love to hear your feedback. Don’t forget that you can see Scott, Doug and even Elijah Manor give talks at the upcoming jQuery Conference in Boston on October 1-2.