Writing jQuery Widgets

This blog is far too quiet. I'm still doing coding. Lots of it in fact, but I'm also doing presentations to the other developers on a regular basis about new topics and tests, so I'm not generating lots of documents for external consumption. Except for this presentation.

This is pretty much a reskinning of info from the jQuery website; The Home Depot isn't actively using Widgets so its not going to be of use internally for a while.

Hit "Download" below to download a PPTX presentation covering the basics of jQuery Widget development.


StarupBus Alumni Team: SkillMeUp

For those of you that don't know, I'm participating in StartupBus this week, in the Alumni competition. My team, SkillMeUp has finished pitching for the semi-semi-finals at the amazing Rackspace facility in San Antonio, and we're feeling confident that we're going to go big over the next few days.

I know that we wouldn't have done as well without the additional developer resources provided by Elance; they were able to keep up the pace while we slept and brought skills to the team to which wouldn't have otherwise had access. SkillMeUp shows you the next step in pursuing the career of your dreams and helps you get there, and so I also want to thank Tecnologico De Monterrey for helping us bridge the gap as we establish partnerships with companies that provide training to those who are pursuing their career goals.

Also a shout out to my team: Will Mitchell and Kyle Eschenroeder, Kevin Stotz, and Romiro Fidalgo who came all the way from Mexico. We're going to rock this, and make bank.

And no, none of them paid me to say this... our sponsers and my team mates really are that cool.


A few things I found interesting at the UGA Art Museum

A few things I found interesting at the UGA Art Museum.


Another interesting bit of branding

Another interesting bit of branding, this time at the Buddha Bar in Athens Ga.


StartupBus 2012: BumperCrop takes Runner Up!

I got to attend StartupBus for the first time this year and had a blast. Not only did my team (who founded BumperCrop) take home Runner Up against over 50 teams from the United States and Mexico, I made connections with people that I hope will be good friends for the rest of my life. I strongly recommend this experience to designers, developers, and business people of all stripes. Go to StartupBus to learn more and sign up.


SOPA Protests

Google's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012Today a portion of the web did something that I don't think we've seen before; website "black outs" and other activities to raise awareness for a legal issue. No matter your thoughts on SOPA I find it fascinating to see activism on this scale on-line; this isn't just a few fringe sites saying "legalize it" or "bring our troops home" this is major, major players in our web-economy taking a stand on a political issue. Given that most of these sites will be back to normal tomorrow, I'm going to try to capture screen shots of at least a few of the participating websites.


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Jon Hartmann, July 2011

I'm Jon Hartmann and I'm a Javascript fanatic, UX/UI evangelist and former ColdFusion master. I blog about mysterious error messages, user interface design questions, and all things baffling and irksome about programming for the web.

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