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August 02
Come to my Client Side Development Workshop at Dev Intersection 2013!

Ready to be looked at with jealousy by those .NET developers who need to deploy code to a SharePoint server to get work done? Ready to have hoards of adoring users love you for making that button animate when their mouse moves over it? Are you tired of saying “I need two weeks to get that done!” and instead say “Yeah, sure, give me 5 minutes!”?? All this and more can be yours!!! 

Are you ready to jump on the Client Side Development bandwagon yet?

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be doing a full day Introduction to Client Side Development workshop at Dev Intersection 2013 on Thursday October 31st in Las Vegas! My goal for this workshop is to give you the tools you will need to be able to sit down in front of a computer and start getting work done in SharePoint.

My course outline is not finalized yet, but my current working draft is:

  1. Why Client Side Development
    1. The Good
    2. The Bad
  2. JavaScript / jQuery / CSS Primer
    1. Commonly used methods
    2. Understanding the DOM
    3. Working with Events
  3. Interacting with SharePoint
    1. SPServices
    2. CSOM
    3. REST
  4. Using Third Party Libraries
    1. Visual
    2. Productivity
  5. Debugging / Overcoming Common issues
    1. Tools (hint, we WON’T be spending a lot of our time in Visual Studio)
    2. Tips/tricks
  6. Creating your first SharePoint Hosted App

If you plan to attend and want to see any specific topics covered, just let me know and I will be sure to address it! After all, this workshop is about you guys, not me… I’m just the eye candy.

In addition to the full day workshop I’ll be doing two sessions:

How to make your life easier writing and debugging client side scripts.

Client Side Development is officially an essential skill for all SharePoint developers, however with the lack of traditional compliers and debugging processes, many developers quickly grow frustrated and resent the Client Side Development experience. There is hope though, in this session attendees will:

  • Lean do's and don'ts for being an effective Client Side Developer
  • Learn simple tricks that make developing and debugging JavaScript easier
  • Be introduced to tools and plugins that can help bring JavaScript development closer to traditional managed code development

Lazy Client Side Dev – Getting the most out of third party scripts

One of the bright spots for Client Side Development is the large number of options of plugin libraries that can bring your Client Side Applications to the next level in SharePoint and give the users the visuals and usability they crave. Critical knowledge for the modern SharePoint Developer is to know about various plugin options that are "SharePoint Friendly".

In this session attendees will:

  • Be introduced to several powerful Client Side Libraries that work will with SharePoint
  • Learn tips for choosing the right library for their needs
  • Understand options for storing data as objects in JavaScript in a manner that various libraries need?

These two sessions are based off of sections 4 and 5 from my workshop. So if you are attending my workshop you don’t NEED to attend the sessions, of if you wanted to attend the sessions you could duck out of the workshop a little early if you wanted.  What a deal!

But wait! There’s more!

So, Dev Intersection on October 27th-31st is about SOOO much more than client side development and coming to see content from a hack like me. There are some really amazing sessions planned throughout the conference and just take a look at this all-star speaker line up!!

I’m still trying to figure out how I got in!!

But wait!!!! There’s MORE!!??!

So, in addition to:

  • 200+ in-depth sessions
  • 100+ Microsoft & industry experts
  • Interactive Q&A * Hackathons
  • Co-location with <anglebrackets/> open source conference
  • Open Spaces * Guitar Jam * WIT
  • Simply Apps track
  • Cool evening parties

You can also get a FREE Xbox One or Surface Pro when you register for the “Show Package”


If you register using my last name “RACKLEY” as a discount code you can save an additional $50 off registration.


These guys even went to the effort to put together a formal letter you can send you boss making your case for attending the conference.


Do you really need another excuse to attend??

Okay… here’s one final reason…

If you do register and plan to attend my workshop, send me a message. I’ll make sure to have a USB drive waiting for you with all of my workshop slides and example code for you to play with.

That’s it.. I got nothing more.. if you don’t go register right now you must be dead inside…   Winking smile

Regardless, be sure to follow all the action on Twitter using the hastags #devintersection and #spintersection


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