jQuery Conference 2012

Last Friday saw the first ever jQuery conference held in Europe – at Saïd Business School in Oxford to be exact. Web Applications UK was a proud sponsor of this important event.

Some of our team attended what the organisers called, ‘an inspiring day of talks from the pioneers of the World’s favourite JavaScript framework.’

For those of you who don’t know, jQuery is a fast JavaScript library that is used widely across the web to allow users to build anything from drop down menus, to instant searching. The conference aimed to increase attendee’s knowledge of jQuery by showing them what using it can bring to web applications.

Jeff, Peter, Rob L and John travelled down for the day and said how informative the conference was. Paul Irish, a front-end developer and user experience designer was a particular highlight. His talk focused on the challenges a web app developer faces when scaling the experience to please users, while simultaneously scaling the application code to provide speed, modularity, and power. It proved to be both a helpful and entertaining presentation from the member of both Google Chrome’s Developer Relations team and jQuery Developer Relations team.

Another highlight was the fact that quite a few people won a Blackberry Playbook. Sorry John – just unlucky there I think. At least you weren’t being stared at by a Nelson Mandela statue for part of the day like Jeff! Here’s Nelson on stage:

We were delighted to be a supporter of the conference; giving us the opportunity to be part of such a significant day in front of over 300 web developers from around the country and Europe. Hopefully more events like this will now take place outside of America. The team had a great time welcoming a jQuery event to the UK which made braving the snow travelling down to Oxford worth it!

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