A few weeks back I had the awesome opportunity to speak at the jQuery Conference in Boston. A colleague, Boaz Sender, encouraged me to propose a topic, but I couldn’t help wondering, “What could a dojo enthusiast possibly speak about at a jQuery conference?”
Speak about dojo? Uh, no way. That wouldn’t fly.
There were only a few days left before I had to submit the proposal for the talk, so I did what every over-worked coder does: I waited until the night the proposal was due.
I did two revisions before calling it good enough. (I usually like to wait a few days between revisions because it makes it easier for me to judge the content objectively, but that almost never happens.)
At the bottom of my proposal, I added some additional notes:
That oughta alleviate any doubters. I hope.
There was still one major problem, though. I needed a demo. I could show some code snippets on the screen, but without a real demo, it just wouldn’t have the same impact. I thought I’d have to write one. But I knew I’d never make the time and would end up rushing both the presentation and the demo. That’d just make for a sucky experience — and a sucky, stressful week.
First, let’s see if I even get picked.
Two days later I got the email with the subject line: “Your jQuery Boston Conference 2010 talk is accepted!”
A couple of emails, chat conversations, and phone calls later Brian was on the speaker list, too!
This is gonna be EPIC!
And it was. I got a bit nervous in the middle and forgot half of what I wanted to say, but I think I got the major points across. Brian did an amazing demo, and several dozens of people came up to us later and thanked us for the talk. I guess that means it was a success.
Kudos to the jQuery team, to the conference organizers, and to the other speakers. The whole conference was a huge success, imho. I am quite honored to have been able to participate in such an awesome event.
For more about the presentation and OOCSS, check out some of these links:
Brian debuted the exploding mod of the digital clock at the show. (Very cool.)
Brian’s write-up after the event.
Brian, looking more like a GQ model, than a pirate.
Me, looking rather stressed. I think I was saying “yarrrrrrrr”.
Another link to the slides.
Rate me and Brian if you attended the talk!
The github repo for OOCSS.