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Slides from Multipack Presents – WAI-ARIA Intro

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Thanks to everybody who came along to the inaugural Multipack Presents. My slides of ARIA are below.

Thanks to my fellow presenters Bruce and Stuart for entertaining talks on HTML 5 and Javascript! And to Campaign Monitor for the sponsorship (great pizza)!

Talking of ARIA : Multipack Presents

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

On the 21st of February at the offices of One Black Bear, I’ll be part of Multipack Presents.

Along with Bruce and Stuart, I’ll be talking about emerging standards. In my case it’ll be WAI ARIA, emerging techniques for improving the accessibility of Javascript-based Rich Internet Applications.

PHP West Midlands and Symfony

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

This Tuesday I broke from my normal evening routine and headed to Harborne to the offices of PSL Connect. I went to investigate PHP West Midlands and to hear a talk on the Symfony Framework by Darren Beale of Siftware. He’d some along to Multipack on Saturday, so it seemed fair to return the favour and do some cross-group networking.

Overall I was very pleased with the excursion.  Darren is an entertaining speaker. The talk was a solid broad-strokes introduction to Symfony, which left me with a flavour of the thing and enough insights to compare it with others (I’ve a passing familiarity with CakeCodeigniter and PHP WAX). I do wonder if he shouldn’t have mentioned its reputation for being config-file-city early on, as that was one of the things that stuck with me watching the demo. That and a slight concern at its generating of Javascript. Needless to say I’ll be adding it to my list of things to experiment with… Right behind IE 8 and the iPhone SDK.

We finished off with a quick pint and general pub chat.

The PHPWM guys seem a friendly bunch (and provided pizza and crisps!) I narrowly avoided purchasing a cuddly elePHPant, which my wife is no doubt happy about, as we have enough tat already.