Monday 13 September 2010

Speaking on SP2010, jQuery and AJAX at the 1st UK SharePoint Saturday

In a couple of weeks I’ll be speaking at the first ever UK edition of the popular SharePoint Saturday event. It should be a great day with lots of SharePoint folks from around the country and beyond – the speaker list looks great and we even have Joel Oleson (ex-MS IT) and Mark Miller ( flying in from the States. Since the original allocation “sold-out” (in loose terms, the event is free!), capacity has just been extended to 400, so at the time of writing you still have chance to register.

My topic this time is about a transition that I’ve been trying to address for myself recently, and suspect quite a lot of SharePoint developers are thinking about - here’s the blurb:

SharePoint, jQuery and AJAX - a beginner's survival guide

It takes a different approach to build SharePoint apps with a slick AJAX experience - getting rid of those nasty postbacks involves declining some help from .Net and learning new techniques. Whilst the answers often lie with the Client Object Model and jQuery, both are hefty topics so the barrier can be intimidating. This talk aims to boil things down to "3 core techniques to survive by", with step-by-step demos to show the development process. Tips and tricks such as enabling jQuery intellisense, debugging JavaScript and using JSON will be covered. To pull the concepts together, the session will round off with a demo migration of an existing mini-application from postbacks to AJAX. Building experiences that users love is simpler than you think!

I’ll publish the slides here after the talk, but as ever much of the goodness will be in the demos – right now I’m not sure if the event has the facility to record the talks unfortunately. If you’re within reach and are thinking of coming, no doubt the whole day will have great content.

Hope to see you there!

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