Sessions at UXMad on Thursday 19th July

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  • JavaScript Workshop: Ben Reinhart & Todd Larsen

    by Ben Reinhart and Todd Larsen

    Want to get up to speed on JavaScript, one of the most popular languages on the web? This workshop will introduce you to some of the basics of programming and then move into JavaScript fundamentals and how they apply to jQuery. Once the foundation is laid, we'll begin building a client-side contacts manager app that will expose best practices and why they exist. Time willing, we'll look at bringing even better structure to the contacts app by converting it to Backbone.js. This workshop will arm you with the knowledge to help debug your existing JavaScript code and how to write modular and performant JavaScript in the future.

    • JavaScript Fundamentals
    • Syntax
    • Primitive types
    • functions/arguments/context
    • jQuery Fundamentals
    • Syntax (chaining, etc)
    • Selectors
    • Common methods
    • Performance (caching selectors, .find() vs. others, etc.)
    • Build contacts manager app
    • application for manaing contacts
    • the key concepts here will be not only using jQuery to build a rich client side app, but also architecting it in such a way that we separate concerns and adhere to best programming practices.
    • Iterate on contacts app by refactoring and adding new features
    • Convert contacts app to Backbone.js (time permitting)

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday 19th July

  • Workshop: Guerilla Design and Research Methods

    by Russ U

    This hands-on session will cover a number of low cost, yet powerful research methods to help you make better data-driven design decisions. Russ Unger will provide you with a number of techniques for recruiting research participants, creating better research questions, and what to do with your data once you’ve conducted your research.

    Topics Covered:
    * How to sell guerrilla research into a project from the start
    * How to recruit better participants
    * How to form better research questions
    * A number of inexpensive, quick, but highly effective research methods when time and/or budget are limited
    * Valuable “how-tos” to execute the research

    Questions Answered:
    * How do I get my boss or client to buy into doing research for my project?
    * What is guerrilla research and how is it different than traditional research?
    * What are some guerrilla research methods and what kind of results can I expect?
    * How do I pick the right method(s)?
    * What’s the downside/shortcoming of guerrilla research methods compared to other research methods

    At 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday 19th July