# Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010 1:23:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, August 1, 2010

This is a 2-part recording of Len Smith's presentation JavaScript is Real Code: SOLID and TDD in the Browser, delivered at the July 21 meeting of the Great Lakes Area .Net User Group (GANG)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Sunday, August 1, 2010 11:35:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:07:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010 12:11:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:35:35 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010 1:46:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:48:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, July 12, 2010

Episode 100

This is a very special 100th episode of Technology and Friends - a show I have been creating for over 18 months. Thank you to all who participated.

Thank you for watching Technology and Friends

Monday, July 12, 2010 10:47:56 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, July 10, 2010

I attended a high school reunion tonight and had a blast.

Maybe it's because we see each other so seldom; maybe it's the festiveness of the occasion; maybe it's our shared history or our diverging paths; but this group seems to get nicer as they get older.

It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since I graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School.

For the event, I made a slideshow of photos that my classmates sent me. Many people told me they enjoyed it, so I will share it here.

You can view the original photos here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 8:15:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, July 9, 2010


You might think that full-color illustrations would make very little difference in a technical book.

But  Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery by Richard York focuses so much on user interfaces that the added color makes the samples more clear. When the author lists code to change the color of a paragraph, the illustration shows the new and old colors to drive home the concept.

York starts with the basics of jQuery – selecting elements on a page and applying styles dynamically – and moves progressively into more advanced topics, such as making Ajax calls and accessing the jQuery API. He devotes about a third of the book to jQueryUI, a library that contains controls designed to build rich, interactive web interfaces without the need for a lot of code.

York explains the challenges inherent in developing applications with Javascript (the need code to different Document Object Models for each browser) and how jQuery addresses this by providing a single programming model that abstracts away the different browser DOMS.

The book is filled with examples, showing the HTML, CSS and jQuery demonstrating each point. You can read/copy these from the book or download them from the Wrox site.

This book is aimed at someone with experience in HTML and CSS, but little to no Javascript or jQuery knowledge. For those just getting started in jQuery this is an easy to follow book where you can learn the concepts and quickly become productive.

Friday, July 9, 2010 5:28:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)