Archive for December, 2010

Dev vs Dev! Java has a Library That Will do That

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

What does a conversation between a new front end developer and a back end developer sound like? Using XtraNormal, I’ve created a video based on past experience. While this focuses on a Java developer, it is a compilation from ASP and PHP guys as well. If you’re a back end developer you should still see the humor in this. And if you don’t — then you resemble that remark!

If you’ve never seen an XtraNormal video, they don’t move a lot (my wife asked if they were going to fight). They are animated characters having a conversation. I think the humor comes out of the lack of emotion due to the computer generated voices.
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Update: AJAX Framework Injectors

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A few months back, I posted an article on Framework Injection where I showed how to explore a webpage through Firebug. Not having access to the utility functions that you are used to using can keep you from learning what you want. But with the click of a bookmark, you can add your favorite framework to that page. Once loaded in the page, you can use the debugger console to call functions like:
var node = $("myDiv");
or
var nodes = dojo.query("span");
It’s pretty easy and pretty slick!
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Video: Rapid Front End Development using Dojo and Dijit

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In the video, I create a simple application in real-time. I try to keep it fast paced so it stays interesting. The primary focus is on Dojo and widgets that are most widely used in creating web apps. While the app itself that I’m building is a MacGuffin, it’s a pattern that I really believe in and feel is very important. Web apps can be roughed in very quickly, after which details and APIs can be put in place.

You can see the video here.

Presentation: How to get a Job as a Front End Developer

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m posting my presentation from last month’s meeting on how to get a job in the industry. This was a very thought-out presentation, as I felt a need to answer several questions that gets asked of me often – the most predominant of which was “How do I get started?”. This is not a tutorial on how to learn JavaScript, but more of a step by step process in what you should learn and where, and how you would then apply that knowledge to a career or even just side work.

  • Skills and subsets needed to be hirable
  • How and where to learn FED Skills
  • Job search preparation
  • Where to find job openings
  • How to write a resume
  • How to be a good interview

Much of this information applies to other fields as well (though if you’re not interested in Ajax, I’m not sure that you are reading this blog!). How to write a resume in particular has some insights that I’m guessing, based on some of the resumes that I’ve seen, may be of value to a lot of people.

View the presentation.