javascript jam

Javascript jam is a fun project tacking along nicely at work. Twice a week, giving folks a chance to try their chops in javascript and learn how it works. Feels a bit bizarre but we’ve tackled turning random website backgrounds pink, implementing a word count validation plugin, and live updates of page text from textarea input events. Is it all leading somewhere? You bet!

I wanted to keep a little piece here for posterity.


For those that are missing an invite… it’s jam every other day! 🙂

You wanted a chance to jam twice a week on javascript projects? You got it.

1–2 pm, Tuesday and Friday, at the StarBoard.
(Is it lunch? Is it professional development? Ask your team lead!)

Twice a week not enough for you?

Try one of these courses. Bring your questions to a jam.

Or play with some live code:

What’s in it for me?

Ten reasons your friends recommend javascript jams!

  1. hands on experience writing javascript
  2. your questions answered (html, css and UI design too)
  3. contribute to the form builder, QA tool and single website experience
  4. invent your own innovative product
  5. practice MVP (there’s only so much we can do in an hour)
  6. aha moments! So that’s how they did that! (bring questions)
  7. increase your geek speak vocabulary with fun terms like closure, foo and immediately invoked function expression
  8. real world practice spelling color the American way
  9. combine your interests: ukulele + javascript = ukegeeks.com/songeditor
  10. everything tastes better with javascript?

Where’s our code?

Keeping it here for now: http://codepen.io/bboyle/tag/jsjam

“I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”
Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire me – and I don’t care for jam.”
“It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.
“Well, I don’t want any to-day, at any rate.”
“You couldn’t have it if you did want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
“It must come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected.
“No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every other day: to-day isn’t any other day, you know.”
“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”

—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam_tomorrow