jQuery Dev Summit – Oct 2012

As a member of the jQuery team, I was invited to join the first ever jQuery Developer Summit held by the jQuery Foundation in Washington DC, mid October. The summit was taking place on the 15th and 16th at the AOL Campus, followed by a team meeting on the 17th and a board meeting on the 18th.

After a brief morning overview of the major jQuery tools and processes, over 120 team and community members set to work on nearly every aspect of the jQuery projects.

We were divided into 18 teams and focused on everything from triaging and fixing bugs and documentation for jQuery Core, UI, and Mobile, to working on design, implementation and deployment of our entire network of sites, to improving our automated testing and gathering and analysis of metrics on how people use our libraries and websites. I was leading the jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile documentation. Participants came with a range of skills and abilities and we ensured that everyone was able to contribute, and many carried out their first git commands and Github pull requests. My table created 3,000 lines of documentation in those two days, but more importantly 8 people learnt and became familiar with the framework, and were able to contribute to a very successful open source project.

Of course, the hard work was rewarded with fun activities: Bowling on Monday evening for all participants and baseball, softball, golf range, and crazy golf on Wednesday night for team members.

It was amazing to spend four days with the whole jQuery team, and finally meet face to face people I meet on IRC and Google hangouts nearly every evening. Helping Rick Waldron setup his demo of the Johnny-five framework that he developed to control arduino-based robots in JavaScript was fantastic, as was having a surprise visit from Chris Williams and his wii-drone (quadcopter controlled by a wii remote using node.js and Johnny-five). This was extremely inspirational and I hope to convince students to carry out work of this nature for their final year project.

As an official jQuery Content team member, I am now also contributing to the jQuery Learn site, and will be writing teaching content for it which I will be able to use also at the University. Additionally, I am looking at creating an advanced front end development module where I will be able to teach more JavaScript as well as some jQuery core and jQuery UI, which is a technology used by 52.7% of all web sites.

Here’s a picture of the jQuery team, taken at the team meeting on the 17th October at the AOL Campus, Dulles, VA.

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