Day 1 : First Official jQuery Conference in India – Bangalore

jQuery Conference, Bangalore
Bangalore, India

         jQuery Foundation in conjunction with AgileFAQs, hosted the first ever official jQuery Conference in Bangalore, India. The event, spread over two days (24th and 25th July) was well attended with over 300 Developers, Testers, Freelancers, CEO’s of Start-ups, Open Source contributors, JavaScript & jQuery enthusiasts from 5 countries. The conference saw presentations and talks on host of JavaScript technologies and tools from the management of the jQuery Foundation as well as some amazing JavaScript enthusiasts. Apart from Kris Borchers – Executive Director, the jQuery Foundation was represented by Dave Methvin – President, and Scott Gonsalez – the jQuery UI Lead.

Dave Methvin
Dave Methvin
Kris Borchers
Scott Gonzalez
Other than HCL Tech, the event saw participation of employees from several multinational companies such as Adobe Systems, Cognizant Technology Solutions,  IBM, Informatica, SAP Labs, Time Inc., TCS, Yahoo! name a few.

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Understanding JSON (JavaScript Object Notation)

JSON or the JavaScript Object Notation, as we know, is one of the highly popular data-interchange format along with XML, YAML, RDF etc. Its popularity is mainly due to its syntactical similarities with the JavaScript and it being human readable. Often, we find it difficult to clearly distinguish between JSON and its JavaScript counterpart – A simple JavaScript Object. In this article, I will try to distinguish the fundamental differences between the two.

Firstly, let me define a simple literal object in JavaScript. It looks like this, in its simplest form:-

var jsObj =

       "firstName" : "John" ,
       "lastName" : "Michael"

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Most useful tools for a web developer

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln

Likewise, any web developer needs to be aware of the tools which aids in faster and better web development. In this article, I wish to introduce few tools which I found to be immensely helpful for any budding web developer to have it in their arsenal.

  • Editors :- To start with, a developer needs an editor, a tool in which development happens and where the developer spends most part of the time. So, it is only wise that developers choose the right editor. Although, it takes time to get comfortable using any editor, it is worth the effort to try out different editors and choose one which is helpful the most. The choices vary from developers to developers and it is best left to the individual to make a choice.

I started with Notepad++ but eventually found Sublime Text to be the one suitable for me. These two seems to be the most popular choices, but I have seen my friends use other alternatives such as Eclipse and Aptana, which are popular too.

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JavaScript – Simple, Intuitive & Promising

Web development is an area of immense interest to me. Having been in this field for over 3 years now, I look back at the time I ventured into this field for the first time during my college days for some academic project. As with any newbie, I started with HTML and CSS with an intention to design a simple login page. Designing a “Login Page” is akin to writing a “Hello World” program.

It started off pretty well and I was able to get the login page designed in no time. Once I got the hold on HTML & CSS, my curiosity increased manifold and now I wanted to add a “Home Page” which is to be shown once the login details are successfully authenticated. I was hence introduced to JavaScript and backend programming with PHP.

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