Seminar suggestions for the JA-SIG Spring 2008 Conference

Colin Clark colin.clark at
Fri Jan 11 22:22:55 UTC 2008

Hi Paul,

I've been bouncing around the idea of a technical, hands-on DHTML  
programming seminar for the JA-SIG conference. It's just an idea at  
this stage, and I'd have to gauge interest and resources within the  
community before committing to it.

The goal of the seminar would be to provide an overview of "modern"  
JavaScript programming practices: how to write DHTML code that will  
play nice in a portal, is accessible, and leverages the unique  
strengths of the language. Ideally, we'd provide hands-on programming  
exercises to go with it.

So consider this my draft proposal for a Fluid technical seminar. Keep  
in mind I'm terrible at coming up with titles. :)

Title: Web 2.0 Programming Techniques in a Portal Environment
Description: This session will provide developers with a hands-on  
understanding of modern JavaScript and DHTML programming techniques  
within the complex environment of a portal. We'll cover:
  * Unique features of the JavaScript programming language
  * How to use the jQuery and Fluid toolkits
  * Techniques for avoiding collisions with other JavaScript code  
running in the portal
  * How to make your DHTML code more accessible
Length: Half-day seminar, pre-conference
Proposed Presenter: Members of the Fluid community

So then, my next question to the Fluid community is, who's interested  
in collaborating on this seminar with me?

Just an idea,


On 10-Jan-08, at 5:56 PM, Paul Zablosky wrote:

> Following up on my posting about the upcoming JA-SIG Spring 2008  
> Conference, I'm soliciting suggestions for half-day seminars and  
> tutorials to take place at the beginning and end of the event..
> The conference will take place April 27-30 at the Crowne Plaza  
> Hotel, St. Paul, MN. There will be participation from several higher  
> education community source projects, including uPortal, Fedora,  
> Internet2, Kuali, Sakai, and -- of course -- Fluid.
> We're hoping to have at least one Fluid-specific seminar, or one  
> that relates closely to Fluid goals, principles, technologies, or  
> techniques.
> If you'd like to see the sorts of topics that have been addressed in  
> the past, take a look at the 2007 Sunday and Wednesday seminars at  
> the JA-SIG 2007 Conference in Denver -- or any of the previous JA- 
> SIG conferences.  Topics can be deeply technical or of broad general  
> interest, but the approach is usually tutorial.  They can be aimed  
> at any group within the participating communities, but there's a  
> huge benefit when they cross community boundaries.  Topics that  
> require a full day for presentation can be spread across two half- 
> day sessions (morning and afternoon on Sunday, usually).
> There is an extra fee charged to seminar attendees, but the  
> presenter is rewarded with free registration to the conference.
> If you have an idea for a topic or a presenter you'd like to see,  
> please let me know right away.  (The planning committee is in the  
> process of finalizing the schedule.  I apologize for the short  
> notice.)  If possible, please include the following information:
> 	• Title - a phrase or one sentence summary
> 	• Description - approximately 4 - 5 sentences describing what an  
> attendee would expect to hear about; (graphics can also be included)
> 	• Length - whether you expect the session to be a half-day or full- 
> day seminar
> 	• Pre or Post - whether you would rather see the seminar on Sunday  
> (pre-conference) or on Wednesday (post-conference)
> 	• Proposed presenter
> There are so many interesting threads of interest, ideas,  
> techniques, and disciplines in the Fluid project, that I'm confident  
> there are some really great seminars just waiting to be given.    
> Please post your suggestions to this list, or send them to me  
> directly.
> Paul
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Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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