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The jQuery Summit

Environments for Humans

Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CST)

The jQuery Summit

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About The jQuery Summit

The Summit Series lets you build your skill set without having to leave your computer. Each Summit is a virtual conference—all you need is a computer and internet connection to attend. A new presentation begins at the top of every hour, and attendees can chat with each other and ask questions of the presenters throughout the day.

This Summit is for those who want to incorporate more JavaScript into their designs, whether it’s to create more dynamic user experiences or just to add more functionality and aesthetic appeal. The jQuery Summit is ideal for those who want to deepen their understanding of this powerful JavaScript framework.

Registration for The jQuery Summit is now open! Join us to hear the latest on jQuery from these experts:

  • 9:00 a.m. Javascript for Designers with Dave McFarland
  • 10:00 a.m. jQuery Anti-Patterns for Performance & Compression with Paul Irish
  • 11:00 a.m. Building Robust jQuery Plugins with Jörn Zaefferer
  • 12:00 p.m. Refactoring JQuery with Mike Hostetler
  • 2:00 p.m. Rich Interactivity, Simplified with jQuery UI with Richard Worth
  • 3:00 p.m. Web Interface Essentials with Marc Grabanski
  • 4:00 p.m. RIAs: Building for the Desktop with the Web with Jonathan Snook
  • 5:00 p.m. The State of jQuery with John Resig
All times CT, schedule subject to change. All presentations will be roughly 45 minutes long with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers, then a five-minute break while we get ready for the next speaker. We will break at 1:00 for an hour-long lunch break.

The jQuery Cookbook


Every paid registrant will receive an electronic copy of The jQuery Cookbook, a $27.99 value, courtesy of O’Reilly Media through Safari Books Online!

Also, a portion of the proceeds from every Summit goes to a worthy cause. We are pleased to announce that for The jQuery Summit, this donation will go to jQuery Foundation, dedicated to keeping jQuery open source and free.

Technical Specifications

Supported Platforms: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example.)

Update Flash: Adobe Flash Player Version 10 is also required. (Most browsers already have Flash installed.) Click on this link to install Flash if you need it.

Try It Out:  test your system to ensure it works with the software.

About Our Speakers

John Resig

John Resig is a JavaScript Tool Developer for the Mozilla Corporation and the author of the book Pro JavaScript Techniques. He's also the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library. Currently, John is located in Boston, MA. He's hard at work on his second book, Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja, due in bookstores in 2009.

Online: ejohn.orgtwitter | facebook | flickr

Marc Grabanski

Marc Grabanski is an entrepreneurial web developer out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently runs a consulting corporation and is co-founder of two startup companies. Marc's technical skills are focused towards user interface development, but also span across a wide range of technologies and skill-sets. This enables him to manage resources remotely to implement new ideas with his consulting company, MJG International, LLC.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Mike Hostetler

Mike Hostetler is an inventor, entrepreneur, programmer and proud father. Having worked with web technologies since the mid 1990s, Mike has had extensive experience developing web applications with PHP and Javascript. Currently, Mike works at the helm of A Mountain Top, LLC, a web technology consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. Heavily involved in Open Source, Mike is a member of the jQuery Core team, leads the QCubed PHP5 Framework project, and participates in the Drupal project. When not in front of a computer, Mike enjoys hiking, fly fishing, snowboarding and spending time with his family.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Paul Irish

Paul Irish is a front-end developer, user experience designer, and emerging interactions consultant at Molecular. He’s created rich experiences for clients such as Reebok, Adidas, Boost Mobile, Finish Line, and Paul maintains the HTML5/CSS3 feature detection library Moderinzr, as well as a few popular jQuery plugins, including idleTimer and Infinite Scroll. You can find him tweeting (@paul_irish), helping newbz on the #jquery IRC channel or writing about JavaScript and jQuery at

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Dave McFarland

As an author, educator and Web developer, Dave has been designing and developing Web sites since 1995, when he created his first commercial Web site—an online magazine for communication professionals. He’s been the Web master at the University of California, Berkeley and oversaw a complete CSS-based redesign of

Dave's books include CSS: The Missing Manual, JavaScript: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual, and he's a regular columnist at In addition, Dave has been teaching Web design, development and programming for over 10 years. He currently teaches in the multimedia program at Portland State University.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Christopher Schmitt (your emcee)

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Jonathan Snook

Jonathan Snook moves effortlessly from client-side, front-end work to hardcore server-side challenges, and his fluency in CSS, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL make make him the "turn-to" man for many high-profile clients. Coauthor of Accelerated DOM Scripting and The Art and Science of CSS, he writes regularly for Digital Web and Sitepoint while also maintaining his popular blog at

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Richard Worth

Richard D. Worth is a UI developer in the Washington, DC area. He is one of the lead developers of jQuery UI, a component framework built on top of jQuery, designed to make Rich Internet Applications as simple as jQuery has made Ajax. Richard is also a co-author of the upcoming book 'jQuery Cookbook'.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Jörn Zaefferer

Jörn Zaefferer is a professional software developer from Cologne, Germany. He creates application programming interfaces (APIs), graphical user interfaces (GUIs), software architectures and designs databases, for both web and desktop applications. His work focuses on the Java-platform, while clientside-scripting evolves around jQuery. He started contributing to jQuery in mid-2006, and has since co-created and maintained QUnit, jQuery's unit testing framework; released and maintained a half-dozen of very popular jQuery plugins, and contributed to jQuery books as both author and tech-reviewer. He also is a lead developer for jQuery UI.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

About The Sessions

jQuery Summit sessions run the gamut from beginner through more intermediate/advanced content. Session times coming soon!

Session content and times subject to change.

The State of jQuery with John Resig

The creator of jQuery shares his insight on the past, present, and future of this most popular JavaScript framework.

Web Interface Essentials with Marc Grabanski

How do you decide when to use pure CSS, include jQuery or go as far as hacking the core of an existing jQuery plugin? User interface expert Marc Grabanski will tune your mind to approach building new interfaces by explaining some of the logical thinking and patterns behind how interfaces are developed at his company, MJG International.

jQuery Anti-Patterns for Performance & Compression with Paul Irish

jQuery makes it quite easy for you to write some pretty inefficient code, so we'll discuss how to develop in a terse style but with the best possible performance.

We'll cover: 

  • Why everything you've learned about the context argument is wrong.
  • Optimal code architecture approaches, e.g. Module Pattern, Constructors, Object Literal
  • Why jQuery 1.3 flipped most selector optimization advice on its head
  • Where Sizzle doesn't optimize where you'd think it would
  • How to write jQuery plugins that are blazingly fast

In this session we'll also touch on how to prepare your code for a run through the YUI Compressor. Using real-world examples, we'll reduce the minified size of scripts by 50% using techniques that retain readability and maintainability.

Javascript for Designers with Dave McFarland

If you're a designer who wants to add interactivity and improve the usability of your site, JavaScript is the answer. This powerful scripting language lets you create dynamic navigation menus, improve the usability of forms, and add stunning visual effects to Web pages.

Unfortunately, JavaScript can be intimidating—it's not like HTML or CSS and many designers don't have time to tackle the steep learning curve required to master JavaScript. In this session, you'll learn how sidestep the learning curve normally associate with JavaScript programming, by leveraging the power of jQuery to add interactive effects to your sites, quickly format data tables, improved typography with JavaScript, make Web forms more usable, and use the power of jQuery plugins to quickly and easily build visually stunning image galleries and slide shows.

Refactoring JQuery with Mike Hostetler

One of the benefits of jQuery is with the flexibility that it provides developers with everything from how it selects elements to how events are bound.  This flexibility can also be a curse with larger projects and development teams resulting in multiple approaches to the same problem.

jQuery Refactored delivers a series of patterns and plugins to bring structure and organization to common development tasks and interactions.  Projects large and small will benefit from this talk which is heavily code centric with a number of practical take aways.

RIAs: Building for the Desktop with the Web with Jonathan Snook

This session will take a look at two prominent desktop platforms, AIR and Titanium, and examine some of the pros and cons of developing with that environment. We'll also take a look at ways to speed up development using rich components like jQuery UI and take advantage of the features of HTML5 and CSS3 that can be used right away.

Rich Interactivity, Simplified, with jQuery UI with Richard Worth

jQuery UI, built on top of jQuery, is a complete set of behaviors and components that can be used in building Rich Internet Applications. Behaviors and components included in jQuery UI include drag-and-drop, resizing, mouse-sorting, mouse-selecting (click-select, shift-select, ctrl-select, lasso select), dialogs, sliders, tabs, trees, grids, toolbars and menus.

Each component adheres to a consistent standard across API, design, behavior and theming. This minimizes the surprise and makes learning all of them as easy as learning one. Just as with jQuery, there is a plugin system in jQuery UI that allows users to easily modify/extend existing components, as well as create your own.

jQuery UI is also built with themes and supports custom themes, for consistency with existing sites/applications.

This session covers how jQuery UI is designed and how it leverages the power, flexibility, and expressiveness of the jQuery API. A live demonstration shows you how to use some of the more common jQuery UI behaviors and components to create rich interactivity.

Building Robust jQuery Plugins with Jörn Zaefferer

The goal of this session is to show to how build a robust jQuery plugin, beyond just the coding aspect. Your take-away should be an understanding of the surrounding infrastructure of plugins. 

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When & Where

Online - The HTML5 Workshop Summit is a virtual conference

Thursday, November 19, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CST)

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The Summit Series brings together expert speakers to explore one topic from different angles, all in one day. Each Summit is chock-full of focused, current content that is highly relevant to today’s Web Designers and Developers. And since it’s all online, you save the expense and hassle of travel. See you at the Summit!

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