My Bootstrap Presentation from HTML5 Denver
Last year, I worked on a huge redesign of Taleo's UI with HTML5, Twitter Bootstrap and CSS3. Management thought it would take 6-9 months and my colleague (Vladimir Bazarsky) and I finished it in just over 3 months. Yes, we encountered many, many cross-browser compatibility issues in the process. While in QA, we found and fixed over 750 issues. This was no small feat since the app was over 2 million lines of code and contained 1700 JSPs.
After writing about working with Bootstrap, I was contacted by my good friends, David Geary and Scott Davis to speak at the HTML5 Denver Users Group. Scott was very persuasive with his words (a.k.a. lots of trash-talking) and I chuckled as I read one of the best emails I've ever received. I replied that his strategy worked, I'd come up with a excellent topic and agreed to speak in April.
Much of the Bootstrap content comes from Dan Vega. He built a Bootstrap presentation last August using the HTML5 slide template for Google I/O 2012 and put it on GitHub. In an email to the Bootstrap mailing list, he wrote "feel free to use the slide deck if you plan on telling others about this awesome product" and that's exactly what I did.
I updated all the statistics, added my redesign story, included a few slides on Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS and beautified it with Trish's Photos. I've published the result on GitHub and encourage you to fork it.
Speaking at HTML5 Denver was a real treat. The venue, Casselman's, was awesome. It has a huge room with a proper stage, sound system and lighting. If you've done something cool with HTML5 lately, I encourage you to signup for a 10-minute lightning talk next month.
Not only was the venue great, but the cold Guinness while speaking was delicious. It was also a nice networking opportunity. I met several folks afterwards and talked about what's next for me. My contract with Taleo/Oracle ends May 31st, hence the reason "Free Agent" is listed on my LinkedIn profile. I've got a few good opportunities so far, but nothing that I've agreed to yet. I expect negotiations to heat up in the coming weeks, so please let me know if you'd like a seat at the bargaining table.
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