appendTo Brings a jQuery Curriculum to the Enterprise
"We've turned down a lot [of companies] before we [appendTo] formally organized in order to ensure that the Software Conservancy came first," said Hostetler. The companies that have called on appendTo want standardization and training around jQuery so they can take full advantage of what Hostetler calls "the little library that could." "They want to get as much distance out of what they have in jQuery, and that's accomplished through staff training," said Hostetler. He says jQuery fits into a very unique space for a web development projects - a crossover between a programmer and an interactive designer. "People who understand the programming and the interactive design, and can do it well, are difficult to find," said Hostetler. appendTo wants to provide training in the design/programming field so that companies can fill those positions. Hostetler says they can teach web developers the best practices of building a jQuery-based website and help people connect the programming-side and the designer-side.
DZone asked Hostetler why he chose the name, "appendTo". He said, "There's a story behind that," and told us that he'd be posting an explanation on the site soon. In jQuery, appendTo( selector ) is a manipulation that appends all of the matched elements to another, specified, set of elements. The name could be linked to that operation.
More details about appendTo's training and support plans will be announced at the beginning of next year. appendTo is also drafting a set of guiding principles that will be posted on their website explaining how the company plans to integrate with the community and operate. Hostetler says the principles will be "a tool for the community to keep us accountable." The jQuery creator, John Resig, recently joined appendTo's board of advisers.