DojoConf 2011 Recap

Sep 28, 2011

The first ever DojoConf held in Washington DC was a huge success. I unfortunately missed about a quarter of the conference due to sleep. I dumped a lot of hours into my presentation about “The Art of Developing Nano Widgets” and it must have been worth it because everybody said they liked my talk.

So, what is a nano widget? It’s a lightweight widget that only has the code you use. If you use some tabs on your site, why would you need all that extra code for handling widget destruction, tabs on the bottom, IE6/7 support, child layouts, high contrast accessibility, and so on?

For this presentation, I created a new Dojo library called nano that currently contains a lightweight lightbox, tab container, and accordion container. You can find the code in my GitHub repo:

Here’s my slides. NOTE: slides require Chrome or Safari.

DojoConf had a great turnout and was very well organized thanks to the hard work of Chris Williams (@voodootikigod), Laura Williams (@lwilliams, and the remaining unsung heros. There was some good swag including a little Lego minifig branded with the Dojo logo thanks to LifeImage.

There were many good talks that I listened to. I really enjoyed Mike Wilcox’s presentation about Dojo and HTML5. In short, Dojo plays well with HTML5 forms, SVG, offline storage, and web sockets, but fails with things like semantic tags, audio, and video. There’s definitely room for improvement.

Luis Montes gave a great talk about HTML5 Game Development and Dojo (slides require use a modern browser). He talks about rendering graphics using a canvas element and physics with Box2D. Along the way, he’s describing how to leverage Dojo to make things such as object oriented game objects, server communication, and event handling.

Rebecca Murphey gave a really interesting talk about Building Large Apps using Dojo. She talks about they used Dojo to build Toura, a mobile content creation system. The big take away here is don’t build big apps, build several small apps and glue them together. Break up everything into components and use Dojo’s excellent event system to wire those components up.

On the last night of DojoConf, a group of us moved the after-after party back to hotel to close out what was a great conference!

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