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Enhance your apps with jQuery

I will teach you all about using jQuery to enhance your apps and make them easy to use and more engaging and fun. I will keep it simple, so you will walk away with the tools and skills on how to add jQuery to your site. Forget all the other JavaScript frameworks - jQuery is the only one you need!
Bring your laptops! After the talk, we'll do some jQuery exercises together and you'll be writing jQuery by the end of the evening! A brief outline of what we'll cover


  • What is jQuery

  • Demo of some neat stuff that jQuery can do

  • Where to get it, and how to add to your website.

  • Syntax

  • Progressive Enhancement ( what it is, why it's important )

  • Ajax

  • Plugins - What they are (with examples) - How to use them - How they make jQuery more powerful

  • Practical uses for jQuery ( how you can use it, and how I use it everyday )

  • Documentation and Where to find help online

  • jQuery Exercises - We'll write some code together

I'm excited about this last part and will make sure we have plenty of time for it. You will see how easy it is when we write some jQuery together. I'll give out a bunch of exercises and we can do them together. I find it's the best way to learn a new language. Some examples of what we'll go over:

  • Creating professional looking touches in minutes

  • Selecting and manipulating DOM elements

  • Adding custom functionality to links and buttons

  • Integrating jQuery UI

  • Plugins ( how to find, some examples.)

  • Progressive Enhancement

  • AJAX

If you've been curious about jQuery then this is for you. I will teach you all the basics and work with you on real life practical examples so you can use it on your next project. You won't want to miss this event!
About me (Andrew Drane) I am Senior Web Developer at BetterLesson, a startup company in Cambridge. We have a web platform where teachers can build and share their curriculum. I work with both front and back end development, and write the majority of jQuery and Javascript. Before that, I was a freelance web development consultant for 4 years, building sites of all types from online wine retail, recipes and finding interesting ingredients, to online biographies.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for Andrew's great presentation. Rich content & well prepared. Nice job!

    April 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very informative. I look forwards to many more meetings.

    April 9, 2010

  • Matt M.

    This was an excellent presentation. It was well prepared and well delivered. Nice job Andrew!

    April 8, 2010

  • Merlin C.

    I thought the event was well organized. You can tell the presenter invested some time into the slide presentation, and it showed. The slides were very helpful, and easy to follow. The presenter also was clear and intuitive with his explanations.

    April 8, 2010

  • Bobby C.

    This was an excellent presentation for people who have at least a little experience with regular JavaScript and want to get started with jQuery.

    Andrew clearly put a lot of effort into developing the slides for this and showing everyone how simple it is to get started with jQuery. The slides are available online and the very helpful cheat sheet he provided is also available online (Just Google jQuery 1.4 cheat sheet, it should be the first result)

    I would be very excited to see a more advanced jQuery presentation in the future. Great job, Andrew!

    April 8, 2010

  • Peter

    The presentation of material was comprehensive and very clear. Coming into the meeting I already had some familiarity with the library but I learned some new things. Awesome job, Andrew!

    April 8, 2010

  • Adam S.

    Liked the hands on aspect to it. It's rare to ever go to a talk that someone thought abut making a lab for.

    April 8, 2010

  • P T W.

    Loved that the talk slides were animated with jQuery and all the live demos in the slides.

    April 8, 2010

  • P T W.

    Good talk. Really gave us a nice taste of what you can do with jQuery. I really liked the way you used jQuery to animate your slides and all the live demos in the talk.

    April 8, 2010

  • Connie H.

    So very many helpful examples and code to take away and examine. Thanks very much to Andrew!

    April 8, 2010

  • Mark M.

    Good presentation. Sometimes difficult to hear with that many people there. Maybe I was just sitting too far back. Good discussion. I think a total jQuery neophyte would have been lost. But it was a great refresher for me after having not used it for several months.

    April 8, 2010

  • Thom C.

    Great job, Andrew. You helped me get my feet wet with jQuery. I'll take it from here. Peace. Thom

    April 8, 2010

  • Michael B.

    Even though I was not able to attend, I have already heard so many great comments on Andrew's presentation. I know Andrew worked very hard to put together a great presentation with practical examples and sample code. Please take a moment to tell us what you thought of the event.

    April 8, 2010

  • Andrew D.

    Thanks for the great response! I had a lot of fun presenting, and meeting everyone afterwards. I'll keep the slides up on my site: http://adrane.com/phpjquery/

    April 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    A good beginning ... I think I shall have a long torrid affair with jquery ...(I'm a flash developer by trade)

    April 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Despite some off topic questions, I thought it was a very good presentation!

    April 7, 2010

  • Eric B.

    Great intro and presentation. Really happy I made it out for this one.

    April 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for having this event!
    I will let you know how it changes my life.

    April 7, 2010

  • Jeff D.

    Definitely the most valuable meetup I've attended. Andrew was extremely well prepared and the information was very useful. I'm excited to take my jQuery to the next level after what I learned tonight.

    April 7, 2010

  • Michael B.

    Don't be late! There is a Red Sox Game that night - so plan accordingly.

    April 6, 2010

  • Rick

    Unfortunately, even though I RSVP'ed to this I'm not going to make it as I'll be attending the Boston jQuery Group's event. Paul Irish will be sharing 10 things he learned from the jQuery source: http://meetups.jquery.com/group/jqueryboston

    April 6, 2010

  • Michael B.

    We realize this meetup conflicts the same day and time as the Boston jQuery meetup happening at Bocoup Loft. However, since our meetup is for beginners, and the jQuery meetup is for more advanced, we decided not to change it.

    March 30, 2010

  • Nan H.

    I can't wait to learn this, I have studied jquery since it was mentioned in a PHP meeting yeas ago, but I need someone to get me started!

    March 29, 2010

  • Michael B.

    For the latest info on this Meetup visit the Discussion Board.

    March 29, 2010

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