I just returned from three busy days spent in the San Francisco Bay Area and thought I’d report back for those of you that follow what I do.
First, I can happily say that unlike [intlink id=”3212″ type=”post”]my trip to Istanbul[/intlink], I had no dramatic travel mishaps, getting there or back. Whohoo! In fact, on the flight from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, I was able to get a fair bit of work done and do some reading. On the redeye back, I was even able to get some mediocre sleep, which, for me, is good. If you’re going to be frustrated when things go poorly (i.e., 49 hours to get to Istanbul), you ought to be appreciative when they go right.
The course I was there for was geared towards designers and developers, helping instructors in those areas get familiar with key concepts and tools. The premise of that course is that employers are now expecting potential employees to have skills in both development and design, and thus the instructors need to be able to provide that range of information. For the first two days, people from Adobe discussed their software solutions (I wasn’t there for that part). During my two days, I walked through the aforementioned topics.
- Responsive Web Design
- Mobile-First Responsive Web Design
- Creating separate desktop and mobile Web sites
Then I introduced and demonstrated jQuery Mobile. Which, like jQuery, is pretty awesome.
On Wednesday there was a social event for speakers and attendees, which was great, but I didn’t get to talk to enough people. Had a wonderful time with a couple of the participants, though.
On Thursday night, after I was done with my part of the training, I went out with a friend of mine (and co-author of three of my books) and his girlfriend. Great to see Marc again and meet his delightful girlfriend.
Friday was a bonus day I booked in order to see my publisher and some friends. In a surprising turn of events, I ran over to the headquarters of Stripe, a great payment system. It turns out that the CEO of Stripe read my first PHP book many years ago. I found this out by accident, as I was just using Stripe for a client. I had a very nice meeting with the people behind Stripe, and plan on writing about Stripe a lot more in the future. Good people, good product.
After meeting at Stripe, I headed across the bay to have lunch with a couple of people at my publisher, Peachpit Press. My brilliant editor, and the marketing guru, helped give me some tips to be a better, and better selling, writer. No new books are planned right now, but I’m sure we’ll come up with something for next year.
Then it was off to Cupertino, to meet a friend of mine that works at Apple. The Apple headquarters has its own store, with some items you can’t find elsewhere. Geeky, but good, souvenirs!
After a day of running all over the bay, I hit the airport for an 11pm flight home. Arrived home the next morning, safe and sound, although a little tired.
My thanks to everyone that made the trip so great. I have no more trips planned on the horizon, which is good, because I still need to finish this “PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide” book!