jQuery Chicago Roundup!

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With just over a month until we set forth for the Windy City for the first jQuery Conference in Chicago, the moment’s opportune to bring you up to speed on what we’ve got in store for you this September!

Whatchu Talkin’ Bout?

Our speakers and talks are the highlight of any jQuery conference; our lineup in Chicago is no exception. We aim to cover a broad selection of subjects from across the realm of web development, from our jQuery Foundation projects like jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile (so we’ll be having talks from project leads Dave Methvin, Scott González, and Alex Schmitz) to the new frontiers where JavaScript now treads (so we’ve got Lisa Deluca talking about using Arduino and Cordova together, and Micah Ransdell talking about Netflix’s adoption of Node.js). We know you want to know more about the future of the open web platform, and that’s why we’re happy to have folks like John K. Paul to go over coming changes to the language in ECMAScript 6, and TJ VanToll and Kevin Hakanson to discuss new browser APIs for form validation and cryptography.

A lot of you come to conferences to learn practical things you can take home with you, and that’s why we’re excited about sessions from (among others) Brian Arnold and Cory Gackenheimer on debugging techniques and Phil Dutson on the process of building a jQuery plugin.  We know, however, that there’s a lot more to releasing code than, well, writing code, and we’re happy to have Kassandra Perch, Alex Sexton, and Kelly Andrews joining us to talk about how to choose and use tools to ship and support the projects we work on. And we know some of you travel to conferences for the fun and games, and we’re thrilled to have Sara Gorecki and Bodil Stokke on hand to talk about building games with web technology.

This is just a handful of the speakers and subjects that’ll be on our Chicago stage(s), and we invite you to take a few minutes to check out our entire program to see what else is on the docket!

Can You Hack It At #jqcon?

Of course you can! In Chicago, however, we’re partnering with MaxCDN, DigitalOcean, and MediaTemple to officially encourage you to do so! We’ve got a wealth of data about how folks use the jQuery CDN at code.jquery.com, and it’s up to you to help us understand it. The hackathon starts the night before the conference on September 11th, and you’re free to use any medium you see fit to play with the data, whether it’s a web application or a robot. Our sponsors have stepped up to reward three participants with bountiful rewards, so we hope you join us to team up, explore, and build!

Coming Home to Roost

We’re partnering with Bocoup for the second time this year to extend our trip to Chicago with Roost, a two-day intensive class on building modern web applications taught by Ashley Williams, Ben Alman, Irene Ros, and Mike Pennisi. Roost is targeted at developers who already know JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, and CSS, and are looking to understand how to develop a better workflow for building, testing, and maintaining their applications and incorporate technologies like Backbone, RequireJS, Stylus, and more. You can check out the full training curriculum and schedule to find out exactly what’s planned.

Accommodations

Both jQuery Conference and Roost are taking place at the Sheraton Chicago in the heart of the city, so the hotel’s a convenient place to stay for the purposes of both your edification and your vacation. We’re only able to offer a discounted rate of $269 per night until August 15th, so make sure to make your reservation in our room block as soon as you can! Staying in our room block is a really helpful way you can help the jQuery Foundation fulfill some of the large financial commitment we’ve made by setting up shop in Chicago.

Brought To You By

Our sponsors and foundation members make a huge difference in our ability to host an awesome jQuery Conference for the community, and we’re happy to take a moment to thank them right here! So here’s a big THANKS to Diamond sponsors WordPress and IBM, Platinum sponsor MediaTemple, Gold sponsors MaxCDN, Bocoup, BrowserStack, Mandrill & DigitalOcean, and Silver sponsors Pebble & Accenture. (We’re still welcoming sponsors – if you’d like to have your company be a part of #jqcon, please reach out!)

Student Discount

We’re glad to be able to offer a discount to current students interested in attending jQuery Conference or Roost. Please get in touch with us for more information on how you can save $150 on tickets to one event, or $200 on a combination ticket. We know the discount is modest, but this is only the second time we’ve been able to offer a student discount of any kind, and we hope it helps. Please be advised that if you use this discount, you’ll need to show a valid student ID at registration.

Join Us

The summer’s been flying by and we can’t believe we’re only five weeks out, and we hope you’ll consider joining us on our trip (or that you’ve already booked your ticket!). Check out the conference site for more on our program and speakers, lodging, and to buy your tickets. If you have any questions, always feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter or via e-mail.

jQuery Chicago Pebble Giveaway and Filing Extension

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As we announced at the end of jQuery San Diego in February, we’re excited that the next stop for #jqcon is Chicago! In case you missed the news, we’ll be setting up shop in the City That Never Sleeps Isn’t Windy on September 12th & 13th, 2014. We’re partnering again with Bocoup to make it a four-day affair, bringing you Roost on September 11th & 12th.

Speaker Filing Extension

While we can’t do anything about today’s deadline for those of us in the US to file our tax returns, we can offer our own form of amnesty: a two-week-plus extension of our Call for Speakers until the end of April! If you got swamped in receipts – or anything else – and thought you’d missed your chance to submit, breathe a sigh of relief, and if you didn’t know the call was even open, this should hopefully provide you enough time to come up with a solid talk proposal. (And if you already have submitted, thanks!)

We’re experimenting a bit with our time slot construction in Chicago, so if you have a talk that you feel needs to go deep into technical material and run for 45 minutes or an hour, or want to lead a more hands-on-workshop type of session for even longer, we’re eager to hear about it and encourage you to to get in touch with questions about your ideas at [email protected] or on the #jquery-content channel on Freenode.

Join Us

Our early bird tickets have been going fast and will likely be gone before our original early-bird cutoff of May 31st, so if you’re aiming to keep another 50 bucks in your deep-dish pizza budget, you’ll want to act sooner than later!

The conference will be right downtown at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and we’re able to offer attendees of both jQuery Chicago and Roost a discounted rate if you register as part of our room block.

Join Us…Together!

We’ve always held that jQuery is better with friends, and if you’ve got colleagues you want to attend with or send to the conference, we have group packages available that include sponsorships and discounts. Get in touch with us for a prospectus and to figure out how to get your team to Chicago!

A “Rocky” Start

Pebble logo If the prospect of jQuery’s first foray into the Old Northwest wasn’t exciting enough, we’re psyched to inform you that we’ll be giving away classic Pebble devices throughout ticket sales. We’ll take a random draw of people who’ve bought tickets each month and select 2-3 folks who’ll receive a Pebble from us (and the kind folks at Pebble who’ve donated the devices) at the conference in September. The sooner you buy, the better your odds, so what are you waiting for? This post is over anyway!

jQuery San Diego is in Three Weeks From Today – Go!

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As I sit here in New York City in the wake of a nor’easter that just hammered the, uh, Northeast, it’s hard not for me to be excited for the next jQuery Conference, which is just three short weeks away in sunny San Diego, California. So excited, in fact, that I wanted to take a couple minutes to bring you up to speed on what we’ve got in store for you the week of February 10th!

That’s What I’m Talking About

If you missed our announcements over at @jqcon over the past few weeks, we’ve rolled out a great lineup of speakers, who will be presenting on an array of subjects covering jQuery and beyond. We’ll be hosting our first-ever guest keynotes, as we proudly welcome chat.meatspac.es creatorbro herself, Edna Piranha, who’ll share both the history and the future of the web’s first ephemeral, WebRTC-powered, animated-GIF-generating chat service, and Scott Hanselman, who’ll discuss JavaScript’s impact on application architecture and its growing appeal as a compilation target. As usual, project leads Dave Methvin and Scott González will start off each day with keynotes updating you on what’s new in jQuery, jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile development.

We’re back to our familiar two-track lineup, and this time we’ve curated them in order to help you get a well-rounded look at JavaScript and front-end development tools and techniques that you can go back home and use. As always, you’re of course free to pick and choose between talks in both tracks.

First up is our Fundamentals track. With talks ranging from debugging and scope to the basics of testing (and automating that testing), the Fundamentals track is meant to help introduce and reinforce common and emerging concepts and practices that are integral to building successful web apps today. It’s far from a refresher course, however, and also includes subjects like how to secure client side apps, responsive design, and how to organize jQuery and JavaScript applications to keep them lean and mean.

Next door, we’ll have our Code For Thought track, a wide-ranging exploration of a breadth of topics related to the ever-changing world of web application development with JavaScript. We’ll talk about how jQuery 2.0 and its modular build system make jQuery an even more viable candidate for even low-bandwidth situations, and how you can apply performance improvements in jQuery Mobile 1.4 to your own applications. We’ll spend plenty of time looking at newer technologies, including Firefox OS, new HTML5 speech APIs, and Node.js. And we’ll dive deep, discussing advanced subjects like implementing code coverage analysis, building your own tools, writing third-party JavaScript apps, and why jQuery is still an incredibly useful tool even as the browser landscape has improved over the last few years.

With over 30 talks, this is only a sampling of the speakers and subjects on offer. We’re sure jQuery San Diego will have more than a little bit of something for everyone; head on over to review the whole program to see the full abstracts for all of our sessions.

The Roost Boost

This year, we’re partnering with Bocoup to extend the festivities, bringing you a pre-conference training event in the form of Roost, a two-day intensive course on crafting modern web applications taught by Ben Alman, Irene Ros, Mike Pennisi, and Bob Holt. Roost is targeted at developers who already know JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, and CSS, and are looking to understand how to develop a better workflow for building, testing, and maintaining their applications and incorporate technologies like Backbone, RequireJS, Stylus, and more. You can check out the full training curriculum and schedule to find out exactly what’s planned.

We Like, We Like To Party

We’re happy to announce that we’re hosting a conference party at Fiesta de Reyes after the first day of talks, February 12. Located just a trolley ride away from the conference in the heart of San Diego’s Old Town, it’s a great spot and we’re looking forward to having a few hours to relax with the community – food and drinks are on us!

Brought To You By

We’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to the sponsors who are stepping up to help us put together a great jQuery Conference: Diamond sponsor WordPress, Platinum sponsor MaxCDN, Gold sponsors Bocoup & BrowserStack, and Silver sponsors WalmartLabs & New Relic. Thanks! (We’re still welcoming sponsors – if you’d like to have your company be a part of #jqcon, please get in touch!)

Student Discount

We’re glad to be able to offer a discount to current students. Anyone from kindergarten right on up through graduate school may use coupon code jqstudentSD14 to save $100 off a ticket to jQuery San Diego or a combo ticket to jQCon and Roost. Though we know the discount is modest, this is the first time we’ve been able to offer a student discount of any kind, so we hope it helps. Please be advised that if you use this discount, you’ll need to show a valid student ID at registration.

I Read This Whole Blog Post, What’s In It For Me?

Fifty bucks! No joke – register now for jQuery Conference, Roost, or both using discount code jqblog50 to save an $50 on your ticket!

We’ve been working hard to make our trip to the west coast the best #jqcon yet, and hope you’ll be able to be part of the whole week. Check out the conference site for more on our program and speakers, lodging, and to buy your tickets. If you have any questions, always feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter or via e-mail.

jQuery UK 2014

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jQuery UK is back for 2014!

The jQuery Foundation is pleased to announce that the third annual jQuery UK will take place on May 16, 2014 in Oxford, UK. This event is organised by White October Events.

jQuery UK is the UK’s largest front-end developer conference. Over one day and three tracks,  pioneers of the world’s favourite JavaScript framework and wider industry experts will deliver technical content to inspire front-end and full stack developers to do more in the browser and beyond.

Confirmed speakers include Tilde co-founder and jQuery Board member Yehuda Katz, CSS expert Lea Verou, and the author of this very blog post (and jQuery developer relations lead), Adam J. Sontag.

There are also four hands-on workshops taking place the day before the conference. Choose from:

  • Advanced jQuery Techniques
  • Web Developers Toolbox
  • jQuery UI Foundations
  • Diving into AngularJS

Space for these workshops is strictly limited, so book early to secure your spot!

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are on sale until January 31, for £130 + VAT or until they sell out. Full price tickets will be available for £175 + VAT.

To book tickets or sign up for updates, visit jqueryuk.com. You can also track jQuery UK on lanyrd.com and follow @jquk for updates.

jQuery Conference Set to Roost in San Diego

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With 2013 rapidly drawing to a close, we’re excited to announce that jQuery’s first stop in 2014 will be in lovely San Diego, California on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13! It’s our first trip to San Diego, and we’re hoping you’ll join us at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center to beat the winter doldrums for a week that will be chock-full of jQuery, JavaScript, and front-end development, and how the latest and greatest relates to what you do every day.

The early bird gets the worm – and saves fifty bucks – so get your tickets now!

Call for Speakers

As always, we’re looking for great speakers to help us make jQuery San Diego into a conference that’s both edifying and entertaining. In the same way that jQuery is but one of the many tools that front-end developers use regularly, jQuery Conference is an opportunity to present and learn about the many technologies and practices that help us build web apps today. In other words, we’re eager to hear proposals about HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, testing, tooling, deploying, mobile, responsive design, and pretty much anything else relevant to front-end engineering today. (Of course, proposals about jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile are happily welcomed as well.)

Our call for speakers is open from now through November 10, 2013, and we’re hoping to hear from speakers with a diverse range of experience as conference speakers, web developers, and people! If you have any questions about speaking at jQuery San Diego, please get in touch with us on Twitter @jqcon or via e-mail at content at jquery dot org.

Level Up With Roost

For San Diego’s pre-conference training, we’re partnering with Bocoup to bring you Roost, a two-day training conference that’s a great opportunity to increase your skills with many aspects of web development, including jQuery & JavaScript, HTML & CSS, unit testing, and more. If you’re a beginning-to-intermediate web developer looking to make the most of your trip and warm up before jQuery Conference, Roost’s two days of practical guidance on February 10-11 make a great complement to your week.

Roost and jQuery Conference will both be at the Town and Country Resort, with individual tickets available for each event, as well as a discounted combination ticket to both events.

That’s All…For Now

Tickets for jQuery Conference and Roost are on sale now, and supplies of early bird tickets are limited! We can’t wait to start reviewing your proposals and announce the speaker lineup, but until then, follow @jqcon for news and updates! We’re also looking for sponsors to team up with us and help make our time in San Diego as awesome as possible, so if your company wants to get involved, get in touch with us for a sponsorship packet and more information.

jQuery Austin Speaker Lineup

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With just over a month until jQuery Austin starts, I wanted to take a few minutes to point out the highlight of our conference program: our talks! With a single-track conference, it’s our job to select individual talks that will appeal to the entire conference audience. At the same time, we want to make sure we cover a broad range of subjects related to jQuery and front-end engineering so that every attendee can take home something that will make a difference in their day-to-day development. Those were our goals with our Call for Papers, and we hope you’ll agree our 20 selections fit the bill.

jQuery

One of the main focuses of #jqcon is to bring you the latest on what’s going on in the jQuery libraries, and there’s no one better for that than keynote speakers Dave Methvin and Scott González, development leads for jQuery and jQuery UI. Dave will be talking about more than just recent changes to jQuery core; he’ll be delving into how to diagnose what does (and doesn’t) cause performance woes in modern web apps. And with the jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile projects merging, you’ll want to be sure to hear Scott tell what the future has in store.

As increased modularity comes to jQuery, Timmy Willison will describe how and why we’re making the switch to AMD in core, and how to leverage these forthcoming changes in your apps. Julian Aubourg is going to take a dive into Deferreds and Promises, which have been proven to be a useful tool for managing asynchronous code, even since before their incorporation into jQuery a few years ago.

Mobile

We’re excited to have a number of talks on taming the burgeoning beast that is mobile development. Alex Schmitz will be reviewing the results of the Mobile team’s serious look at the performance of jQuery Mobile for the upcoming 1.4 release, and outline new features that have been added with performance in mind, and Asta Gindulyte will examine how to use jQuery Mobile across a wide variety of screen sizes, from phones right on up to televisions.

Figuring out how to serve the right images to your application’s users across devices and bandwidths has been one of the more interesting discussions in web development for the last year or two, and that’s why we’ve brought Christopher Schmitt to help you make sense of it all. Building applications that work offline is another challenge, and Seth Hallem will explain how to persist, search, update, and display data in HTML5 mobile apps.

Application Development

Debugging is the constant task of software development, and Brian Arnold will be walking us through the constantly-improving tools that can help improve your skills in this dark art. Sometimes, apps appear to work fine until they get into the hands of users who require a screenreader, so Jörn Zaefferer will be giving a primer on the important subject of how to make your web application accessible to all users.

Client-side MVC frameworks are certainly all the rage these days; after having talks on Backbone and Ember at jQuery Portland, we’re thrilled to bring AngularJS into the mix, with Burke Holland bringing you up to speed on directives, one of the framework’s coolest features. If you’ve been using MVC frameworks, one question that you’ve likely wrangled with is where to draw the line between reusable UI widgets and custom application code – which just happens to be one of the subjects Richard Lindsey will be presenting in his discussion of the jQuery UI Widget Factory.

Front-End Ops

Web applications are continuously becoming more JavaScript-centric, bringing increased rigor to the client-side. Grunt has taken off as a popular tool for building and minifying code, and Aaron Stacy‘s talk will explore how to use this JS task runner for even more. Many more developers are recognizing the importance of writing unit tests, and Travis Tidwell will be in Austin to help you incorporate running tests into your deployment process with PhantomJS.

All the technology in the world doesn’t change the fact that web applications are still written by human beings, and Monika Piotrowicz will analyze how we can improve our workflows to better accommodate all the different people who are involved and perhaps even build better products! The jQuery Foundation itself is one organization where we’ve made significant changes to how we work in order to get more developers involved in the project, and Anne-Gaelle Colom will be on hand to detail her experiences as she’s grown to become the Documentation lead for jQuery Mobile.

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The open web platform continues to evolve and bring with it exciting new possibilities for what we can do in the browser. Jenn Schiffer will enlighten you on the canvas tag and how it can let you use your coding abilities to be creative and make art, and Vlad Filippov will bring this discussion into a full three dimensions as he shows off voxel.js, a WebGL-based toolkit for creating Minecraft-like worlds and interactive visualizations.

If you’ve got pockets and a phone that vibrates, then you’re surely aware of the utility of push notifications, and Kris Borchers will explain the finer points of their journey to the web platform. Web Components are another emerging spec that have the potential to change how we develop and share reusable widgets, and Juan Pablo Buritica will illuminate the current state of affairs and show tools that will let developers get started writing more modular code today.

Join Us

With so much in store, we hope you’ll head deep in the heart of Texas with us on September 10 and 11! Head on over to the conference site to read more about the program and buy your tickets today. In fact, we’re celebrating the renaissance of our RSS feed with $25 off coupon for anyone who uses the coupon code JQBLOG until we run out of tickets!

If you’re able to attend #jqcon, you’ll probably want to stay within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center in our room blocks at the Hyatt Place and Radisson hotels, especially if you want to be able to explore downtown Austin and rub elbows with your fellow attendees.

If you have any questions, always feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter or via e-mail. If not…see you there!

jQuery Heads to Austin

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This year, we’re happy to be able to resume our tradition of throwing two jQuery Conferences and announce that we’re headed for the first time to Austin, Texas! jQuery Austin is set for Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 at the Austin Convention Center, and we’re planning to host a discussion of the latest developments in jQuery, as well as other tools and techniques from around the world of front end development.

Call for Proposals

We’re looking for speakers who can bring a broad array of perspectives on subjects that cross the spectrum of technologies that are used in tandem with jQuery every day. We love listening to ideas about jQuery, jQuery UI, and jQuery Mobile, but we know there’s a lot more out there. JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, mobile, testing, deployment, and growing as a developer are all subjects jQuery users are eager to hear more about, so if you’ve got something you want to share with the community, we’d love to hear from you.

Our Call for Proposals will be open through July 14th, so we’re hoping to hear from you soon! We’re returning to a single-track format for jQuery Austin, so we’re expecting to have to make some tough decisions once we’ve reviewed the proposals; nevertheless, the only way to be considered is to submit in the first place!

Pre-Conference Training

If you’re looking to understand how to become a better developer and leverage newer features in jQuery, Bocoup‘s jQuery Essentials course on Monday, September 9 is just such an opportunity. The class is taught by Query plugin auteur extraordinaire and Grunt creator Ben Alman, and it’s a great chance to bone up on your skills before the conference begins.

Tickets and Accommodations

Tickets are on sale now, with early-bird pricing available through July 16. You can buy a single ticket for both events, or you can choose to attend only the conference or the training.

We’ve reserved blocks of rooms at the nearby Hyatt Place and Radisson hotels, both of which will leave you just steps from the convention center and downtown Austin.

See You There!

We’re thrilled to be adding some southwestern flavor to #jqcon. The city offers a great backdrop for a few days of learning and connecting with the of the jQuery community while enjoying the BBQ and music. As the saying* goes, “You’ll always remember an Austin September!” Follow @jqcon for news and updates as we have them, we look forward to having you join us in Austin! In the meantime, consider submitting a talk and polishing your cowboy boots!

* This is not actually a saying.

Live From Portland, It’s jQuery!

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Later this week, jQuery Conference is returning stateside for the first time in 2013, and we’re excited to announce another first: inspired by the mighty Willamette River running through Portland, we’re bringing you our first-ever live stream! No matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to take in both days of #jqcon and the pre-conference Bocoup training. Doing a live stream comes with its own challenges and complexities, so we are selling tickets for each stream, and wanted to take a moment to walk you through your options.

Conference Live Stream

A ticket for the conference live stream costs $149, which entitles you to both tracks on June 13th and 14th. However, jQuery Foundation members get free tickets to the live stream. Membership in the foundation is as little as $100 annually (and you get a t-shirt!), so now’s a great time to join the foundation, show your support for jQuery and learn a whole lot! If a bunch of folks at your company would all like to attend, we’re also selling Group tickets for $749.

Training Live Stream

In addition, live streaming tickets are available for the one-day Bocoup trainings on June 12th for $299, with an additional $50 discount for jQuery Foundation members. You can choose to attend either the Advanced jQuery or Front-end Fundamentals classes. Group tickets are available for $999.

How It Works

Once you buy your live stream tickets, the morning of each event you’ll receive an e-mail with your unique link to the stream. Click on it! (Or simulate a mouse click using the whole document.createEvent song and dance, if you’re so inclined.)

Odds and Ends

We still have a few late-bird tickets remaining, and we’ve just announced we’ll be hosting a party on June 13th thanks to our friends at Jive Software, so if you’re still on the fence, hopefully you just fell off (gently)! Whether you’re joining us in person or on the stream, we’re looking forward to three days of fun and learning, and hope you are too.

As always, follow @jqcon for detailed conference updates, and join us in the #jqcon channel on Freenode to chat with fellow attendees around the room, and around the world.

jQuery Portland Update

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With just over a month remaining until the jQuery Foundation heads to the Pacific Northwest for jQuery Portland, the first U.S. jQuery Conference of 2013, we thought we’d take a moment to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been preparing for when we set up camp on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 at the Oregon Convention Center.

What’s In Store

We had such a great response to our Call For Papers that picking “only” 31 talks was a real challenge! Our goal was to put together a program that has something for developers with all levels of experience across the entire spectrum of front-end development, and we’re really proud of the results (and our amazing speakers, most of whom are presenting at their first jQuery conference). We’ve put together a Twitter list of all our speakers if you want to connect with them in advance.

If you’re out for the latest and greatest, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of your time in Track A, where we’ll be covering (amongst other things) how and when to use native HTML5 and CSS3 solutions to problems often solved with jQuery, mobile and A/B testing strategies, new technologies like WebRTC and Web Components, as well as future plans for selectors and indeed, JavaScript itself.

Track B, on the other hand, is a great place to shore up your foundations and learn where to take your next steps as a developer. We’ll be covering a whole lot, including JavaScript fundamentals, code organization, unit testing, single page applications (and the frameworks often used to build them), Node.js, and avoiding the kinds of small mistakes that can turn into big problems later.

Of course, you’re free to go to whichever sessions you like in either track, and there’s a lot more on offer, including a few sessions on how to learn and teach yourself and your colleagues, as well as keynotes from project leads on the latest developments in the jQuery ecosystem. Take a look at the full program to see all the talks and read the full abstracts.

Tickets & Accommodations

We’ll be selling regular conference tickets until the end of May, at which point we’ll only be selling “late-bird” tickets, which will cost $50 more, so if you’re planning to join us in Portland, you’ll probably want to act now before the price goes up!

jQuery Foundation members will always be able to buy a ticket for the discounted price of $399, so now’s a great time consider joining the jQuery Foundation to show your support and save a bit as well!

There are still hotel rooms available in our room block at the DoubleTree Portland, but the group rate of $144 per night is only guaranteed for reservations made by May 27th.

If you’re looking to bone up on your jQuery skills before the conference begins, we’ve teamed up with Bocoup to hold beginner and advanced training classes on Wednesday, June 12, for which separate tickets (and similar membership discounts) are available.

Sponsors

We’re happy to have the support of the sponsors who have already joined us to help bring jQuery Portland to life, including Splunk, Intel, AppNexus, Automattic, Infragistics, Act-On Software, and Bocoup.

There are still ways to get involved in making jQuery Portland even better, so take a look at our prospectus and get in touch if you (or your company) are interested.

See You There?

We’re really excited about the way jQuery Portland is shaping up and believe that there’s a little bit of something for everyone. (Everyone who reads the jQuery blog, that is!) Follow @jqcon on Twitter for more updates, and hopefully, we’ll see you in a month!

Try jQuery Interactive Course

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Reading documentation, blogs, and forums are useful ways to learn how to use jQuery, but there is ultimately no substitute for actually writing code. That’s why we’ve been collaborating with Code School to create Try jQuery, a brand new introductory course with video and interactive examples to make it easier to take those first steps. Try jQuery Course Badge

Try jQuery walks you through the most fundamental building blocks of jQuery, from actually getting the library into your page to selecting, manipulating, and creating DOM elements, and reacting to user input. The entire experience takes place in the browser, so there’s live feedback on your code as you complete the exercises and learn the basics.

The course takes about three hours to complete, but you can take it all at your own pace. Best of all, Try jQuery is completely free! If you’d like to save your progress and earn badges, you can sign up with Code School.

We’re really glad to be able to provide new jQuery users with an easy way to get started. So if you’re looking to understand how to use jQuery — or know someone else who is — we hope Try jQuery helps get you in gear!

Should you encounter any trouble with the course, please contact Code School. If you’d like want to provide feedback on Try jQuery, you can get in touch with us at content at jquery dot com, and you can also reach out to Code School.