Leveling-Up at Javascript: Understanding the Confusing Bits

This week I presented at cf.Objective() 2014 in Bloomington, MN. As always, the conference was wonderful, the people were great, and the fun was plentiful. I met some new people, and saw lots of old friends.

I presented on Thursday afternoon and had a full room. It felt wonderful to have such a popular session, but I apologize to those who had to stand in the back.

Anyway, here is my slide deck. Please feel free to offer your feedback, positive or negative. If you attended the conference, please do so (for my session and others that yo attended) in the conference mobile app. Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message through my contact form.

Leveling-Up at Javascript: Understanding the Confusing Bits (PDF)

Thank you speakers and attendees for making this cf.Objective() another wonderful event. As a member of the Steering Committee and Content Advisory Board (CAB) I cannot thank you enough for your work, attendance, and your delightful personalities. I look forward to seeing you all again next year at the 10th cf.Objective() conference, May 12-15, 2015 at the Radisson Blu - Mall of America, Bloomington, MN.

See you then!

Jason

Board and Card Games at cf.Objective() 2013 - Birds of a Feather

For the third year in a row we'll be having a Birds of a Feather session on board and card games. Board games have had a recent resurgence thanks to shows like TableTop on the Geek and Sundry network and thanks the game designers that are bringing us fantastic new games almost constantly. Kickstarter, I think has also been a huge helper in bringing new table-top games to the market.

I love board games. They are a great way to have fun and make new friends. EVERYONE is welcome at this BoF. I will be bringing games to share, you are welcome to bring your own as well. I love teaching new games, so if there is something you would like to try, let me know. I plan on staying late, so if I am involved in a game when you arrive, please try me again later or feel free to grab a game and sit down to start looking at the rules.

There will be games for everyone. Some simple, some not. I have games that can be taught in 3 minutes and games that can take hours to play and a lifetime to master. I love them all and want to share that with you.

So please, don't be shy. Come join us on. We will be in whatever the biggest session room is. I believe it will be the same room the keynote is in. Stop in and be social, find a group and grab a game.

Here is what I plan to bring:

I encourage others to bring their favorite games. This BoF is scheduled to run pretty much as late as we want to go. This year I believe the room is being reserved until the wee hours of the morning. So even though on the BoF schedule this BoF is only listed for 2 hour, it will actually run for 5+ hours. Awesome.

Since I cannot, obviously, spend the whole session teaching people to play all of these games, I would LOVE to get some volunteers who know these games or are willing to learn them to sign up to "host" a game. One or two hosts per game would be great. Also, feel free to offer to host your own game of whatever you like.

We'll be in the big room so we can have several games going at once and not bump into each other too much.

Please feel free to add a comment to volunteer to host a game and to add the game you want to bring.

Note: I will also be bringing some very simple pick-up games that take a short time to learn and I'll bring a normal decks of cards. So even if you can't stay the whole time or want to play something simple, please stop in.

These will include:

Last year this was so much fun. Please come join us either right away or after the other BoF sessions. Drop in any time, grab a game and have a blast.

BoFs and Lightning Talks at cf.Objective(). Community-building at its best.

Again this year it seems like no one has an interest in suggesting the Birds of a Feather sessions or proposing Lightning Talks at cf.Objective().

These things are two of my favorite parts of cf.O(). Perhaps you guys are just lazy sacks who can't be troubled to spend a few minutes going to the Engage app to submit ideas or even to vote on your favorite ideas. Or perhaps you don't understand what these are and why you might want to do it.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

A BoF session is NOT another presentation. It is a group of people with a common interest that get together to discuss that interest. It might involve demonstration, group discussions, small group breakout sessions, or any number of other things. It can be an opportunity for someone who is new to a subject to sit down with others who are more experienced to ask questions and seek advice. It could also be an opportunity to socialize instead of sitting in your room watching pay-per-view after the conference.

So far this year, very few BoF ideas have been suggested. I have suggested a couple, one technical and one social. And I have voted on those others that I would like to see at the conference (whether or not I think I would be able to attend the BoF). Now it is time for you to do your part. What BoFs would you like to see at cf.O()? Make suggestions or vote for those you would like to see.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are fun. They can be about any subject, and they can give you the opportunity to speak at a conference like cf.Objective() (For about 6 minutes). If you would like to try your hand public speaking and have some fun doing it, submit a proposal.

Lightning Talks are a simple idea. You get 20 slides for 20 seconds each. They auto-advance. So it is important to have your timing down. That's it. They can be on any subject you like. I have seen fantastic presentations on:

  • Relationships
  • Leadership
  • The history of Volkswagen air-cooled engines
  • Technology Projects at the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • International Adoption
  • Software Development
  • And more

You can do your presentation on whatever you like. Be it Technology, hobby, activist, or whatever.

So get on that. Fame and fortune will follow (probably not).

Board and Card Games at cf.Objective() 2012 - Birds of a Feather

The Birds of a Feather sessions for cf.Objective() were just announced, and my suggestion was accepted. So we'll be having a BoF session on board and card games. We did this last year and it was such a big hit that we're doing it again.

I will be bringing a bunch of games you're welcome to bring some too.

Here is what I plan to bring:

I encourage others to bring their favorite games. Unlike last year, this BoF is scheduled to run pretty much as late as we want to go. Last year we could only schedule two hours (we ended up going for four). This year I believe the room is being reserved until the wee hours of the morning. So even though on the BoF schedule this BoF is only listed for 1 hour, it will actually run for 5+ hours. Awesome.

Since I cannot, obviously, spend the whole session teaching people to play all of these games, I would LOVE to get some volunteers who know these games or are willing to learn them to sign up to "host" a game. One or two hosts per game would be great. Also, feel free to offer to host your own game of whatever you like.

We'll be in the big room so we can have several games going at once and not bump into each other too much. Last year I think we had at least 5 games going in different areas of the room with no problem. We likely had room for more.

Please feel free to add a comment to volunteer to host a game and to add the game you want to bring.

Note: I will also be brining some very simple pick-up games that take a short time to learn and I'll bring a normal decks of cards. So even if you can't stay the whole time or want to play something simple, please stop in.

These will include:

Last year this was so much fun. Please come join us either right away or after the other BoF sessions. Drop in any time, grab a game and have a blast.

Seriously? Come On!!!

So it seems like no one has an interest in the Birds of a Feather sessions or Lightning Talks at cf.Objective. Why the hell not?

This two things are two of my favorite parts of cf.O(). Perhaps you guys are just lazy sacks who can be troubled to spend a few minutes going to the Engage app to submit ideas or even to vote on your favorite ideas. Or perhaps you don't understand what these are and why you might want to do it.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

A BoF session is NOT another presentation. It is a group of people with a common interest that get together to discuss it. It might involve demonstration, group discussions, small group breakout sessions, or any number of other things. It can be an opportunity for someone who is new to a subject to sit down with others who are more experience to ask questions and seek advice. It could also be an opportunity to socialize instead of sitting in your room watching pay-per-view after the conference.

So far this year, very few BoF ideas have been suggested. I have suggested a couple, one technical and one social. And I have voted on those others that I would like to see at the conference (whether or not I think I would be able to attend the BoF). Now it is time for you to do your part. What BoFs would you like to see at cf.O()? Make suggestions or vote for those you would like to see.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are fun. They can be about any subject, and they can give you the opportunity to speak at a conference like cf.Objective() (For about 6 minutes). If you would like to try your hand public speaking and have some fun doing it, submit a proposal.

Lightning Talks are a simple idea. You get 20 slides for 20 seconds each. They auto-advance. So it is important to have your timing down. That's it. They can be on any subject you like. I have seen fantastic presentations on:

  • Relationships
  • Leadership
  • The history of Volkswagen air-cooled engines
  • Technology Projects at the Free Library of Philadelphia
  • International Adoption
  • And more

You can do your presentation on whatever you like. Be it Technology, hobby, activist, or whatever.

So get on that. Fame and fortune will follow.

cf.Objective() 2012 call for speakers and topic suggestions (with voting) now open

Last week our benevolent dictator of the cf.O() Content Advisory Board (CAB) announced that the Call for Speakers and Topic Suggestion application is now open and ready for our submissions. I know I have started adding my suggestions already and have started voting as well. You should too.

As a member of the CAB I can tell you that this application was a HUGE part of the success that cf.O(0 saw last year in brining the attendees a fantastic line-up of sessions. It makes the planning process SOOOOOOOO smooth. Please, take the time to vote. You, the attendees of the conference, are the audience. We care about what you want to see. So if you want to have a hand in planning this stellar event, then get going.

From Bob's Blog:

The Topic Suggestion Survey and the Call for Speakers for next year's cf.Objective() are both now officially open. For more details please check out the announcement at the cf.Objective() site, or if you're keen to get started, visit the Engage app right now to suggest and vote on topics or to propose to speak.

cf.Objective() 2011 Keynote - Something New

This year at cf.Objective() we'll be trying something new with the Keynote address. Specifically, instead of being addressed by Adobe, you will be addressed by members of the community. I am proud to be one of those members, and I will be joined by an amazing group of people.

We'll be talking about several topics, and you are not going to want to miss it.

Oh and we need speakers for the Lightning Talks!!

For those that attended cf.O() last year, you may remember that the Pecha Kucha was a HUGE hit. it was almost as well attended as the keynote address and it was a lot of fun. We are going to do it again this year, but this year we are calling it "Lightning Talks".

These presentations are fun, short, and can be on any topic that you want. If you are interested in presenting a Lightning Talk, go to http://engage.cfobjective.com/ and submit a topic.

Anyone can present a Lightning Talk. You do NOT need to be a cf.Objective() speaker already. This is a great opportunity to get up and try your hand at speaking to a group and having some fun.

And again, it can be on ANY subject. Lightning / PK talks that I have seen in the past include:

  • The Evolution of the Air Cooled Volkswagen - Jim Leether - NCDevCon 2010
  • People-centric software design - Ben Nadel - cf.Objective() 2010
  • Stress Management - Doug hughes - NCDevCon 2010
  • Life can be hard, or life can be easy - Jason Long - NCDevCon 2010
  • 5 Bucks Is Change - Janet Kennedy - NCDevCon 2010

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at cf.Objective() 2011

Call for speakers - cf.Objective()

Hey, in case you didn't notice, the call for speakers for the super-awesome-fantastic-amazing cf.Objective() conference is now open.

you can submit your proposals here:

http://engage.cfobjective.com/

Even if you don't submit a proposal, you should definitely come to cf.Objective(). It is best ColdFusion conference there is. And remember that cf.Objective isn't JUST for advanced/enterprise developers. cf.Objective() is also about becoming an advanced/enterprise developer. So even if you feel like cf.Objective() might be over your head, if you're an experienced developer who wants to take the next step in your learning, cf.Objective() is the place for you!

So get on it!

My Presentation slides from cf.Objective, NCDevCon, and CFUnited

I keep forgetting to do this. Sorry :(

I have given three presentations so far this year, and I will have 2 or three more et before the end of the year. Here are the slides for the first three in both Keynote and PDF formats.

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cf.Objective() preview presentations tomorrow night at Twin Cities CFUG

Tomorrow night at the Twin Cities CFUG meeting, Kurt Wiersma and I will each be presenting one of our cf.Objective() presentations. I think we each have three presentations to give at cf.O(). This is your opportunity to see two of the six early (or at all if you are not going to the conference for some bizarre reason). :)

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