May 5th Meeting

Event Details

Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer will be doing a presentation on JQuery in light of their upcoming release of their new book Learning JQuery from Packt Publishing

  • Location: Calvin College, Science Building Room SB382
  • Date: May 5th, 2007
  • Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm


  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm: Networking
  • 12:30pm – 1:15/30pm: JQuery Presentation
  • 1:15/30pm – 2:30pm: Talk shop (optional)

About the Speakers

Karl Swedberg

Karl Swedberg is a web developer at Structure Interactive in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spends much of his time implementing design with a focus on “web standards”—semantic HTML, well-mannered CSS, and unobtrusive JavaScript.

Before his current love affair with web development, Karl worked as a copy editor, a high-school English teacher, and a coffee house owner. His fascination with technology began in the early 1990s when he worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, and it has continued unabated ever Karl’s other obsessions include photography, karate, English grammar, and fatherhood. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Sara, and his two children, Benjamin and Lucia.

Jonathan Chaffer

Jonathan Chaffer is the Chief Technology Officer of Structure Interactive, an interactive agency located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he oversees web development projects using a wide range of technologies, and continues to collaborate on day-to-day programming tasks as well.

In the open-source community, Jonathan has been very active in the Drupal CMS project, which has adopted jQuery as its JavaScript framework of choice. He is the creator of the Content Construction Kit, a popular module for managing structured content on Drupal sites. He is responsible for major overhauls of Drupal’s menu system and developer API reference.

Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jennifer.

  • – official site of the jQuery JavaScript library.
  • – official jQuery documentation wiki.
  • – our jQuery blog offering tutorials and announcements about the jQuery library

What is JQuery?

In the words of jQuery’s principal developer, John Resig, “jQuery is a simple JavaScript library that helps you to write the code that you want to write and really simplifies the interaction between JavaScript and HTML.”

Who should come

Anyone interested in Ruby, Rails, Design Patterns, Testing, Agile Practices or anything else that somehow pertains to ruby and/or software development.

Lunch is available

Pizza, pop and water will be available free of charge to attendees. Donations are welcome.

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