Desert Code Camp April 2014 Recap

This past weekend was the Desert Code Camp and I just wanted to give a quick recap. It was my first time attending one of these while also my first time presenting.

My Talk

I’ll start this off by going over my talk which was titled ‘Creating Maps Using the ESRI JavaScript API‘. The slides can be found here. I used reveal.js so if you want to view them locally, you will need Node.js.

This was my first time doing a presentation that was longer than 15 minutes which I believe showed through on how much content I had to present. I also felt unprepared in the fact that I had never been to one of these camps, so I didn’t know the caliber of presentations the attendees were expecting.

With all that said, I feel the presentation went well. Had a great handful of people attend and met some interesting new people which is a major upside of presenting these topics. I hope to improve this talk and give it again and maybe you’ll see more talks from me in the future.

The Camp

I can’t say I have any real criticisms for the event. For being totally free, the sessions were quality, the provided food was quality, and the event seemed to run without a hitch. At the speaker dinner which happened the Friday before the event, it was mentioned that there would be around 800 attendees and that this is the 3rd biggest code camp in the country.

If you’re into development, dev ops, or tech in general, I definitely recommend checking it out in the Fall.

jQuery Bootstrap Token Chooser

While working on a website recently, I was looking around for a sort of token chooser similar to how Evernote does it tags, or Gmail with selecting recipients.

Gmail Token Chooser

Gmail’s token implementation.

With that in mind, I would like to introduce you to a jQuery plugin I wrote: the jQuery Bootstrap Token Chooser plugin (still working on the name :P). Built on top of jQuery 1.11/2 and Bootstrap 3, it will fit in quite well with any Bootstrap 3 based site you have. I am still working fully documenting the whole plugin as it is still in its early versions.

jQuery Bootstrap Token Chooser

My custom token chooser using jQuery and Bootstrap.

The plugin can be found on Github. Any contributions are welcome.

Goals for 2014

I haven’t really put a ton of thought into these but this is just a short list of some goals I would like to accomplish for 2014:

  • Become proficient in Vim
  • Learn proper unit testing and TDD relating to mostly .Net, but Ruby/Rails as well.
  • Reach a new level in my career (don’t know what that will be but I’ll know it when it happens).
  • Go on an actual vacation, not to Illinois.

I’ll add more as I come across them over the year.

Google Chrome’s Empty Cache and Hard Reload

I just wanted to share something that I only discovered about Google Chrome just yesterday. When developing the City of Scottsdale Maps on Chrome, we would always have issues testing in Chrome because of scripts and AJAX requests becoming cached. To get around that, I would do the press F5 a lotmethod to force Chrome to maybe retrieve those assets again.

Although, Chrome does have a simple way to clear the cache and refresh the page. Just hold down the refresh button in Chrome and a menu drops down. It has, Normal ReloadHard Reload, and Empty Cache and Hard Reload. That third one is the gem.

I’m sure everyone already knew about it, but I felt compared to share it anyways. Especially since I didn’t know about it.