Boston PHP starts Book Group to learn HTML5

Gene Babon, co-organizer of Boston PHP, is starting a new Book Group to learn HTML5It starts January 1st. This follows his successful Learning PHP Book for the courseand Learning  jQuery self-study groups. The format of this virtual self-study group uses the textbook HTML5 Digital Classroom. How does it work? Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, completes the exercises and posts a link to the completed work. Post your questions to the discussion area set up on the Boston PHP Message Board for each chapter to get assistance. Each participant receives a Boston PHP Certificate of Completion upon finishing all chapters and all assignments.

  1. Become a BostonPHP member. Register for HTML5 Brunch.  Simply RSVP: Yes
  2. Purchase a book (the only program cost).  Simply visit the Boston PHP store and order HTML5 Digital Classroom in one of two formats. And get started!

So come join this very popular Boston Meetup group, and take the HTML5 plunge, it’ll be fun. And it’s Free!

Implementing the new

I just discovered a great meetup group “Boston Front End Designers”.  I missed the talk on the design aspect, but came to part 2 “ at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Great talk and the best pizza!

The Boston globe delivers the cutting edge news for the 21st century

Adam Salsman, who lead the technical team from the Boston Globe along with engineers Jesse Weisbeck, Dan Middleton, Ian Cohen and Caz Vonkow talked about the challenges of implementing a responsive design, using local storage, handling advertising in a responsive site, and answering lots of questions.

The Boston Globe has proven you can teach an old dog new tricks. Investing in a total redesign of their site that makes use of the functionality needed to keep subscribers and play nice with all devices. The site went live in September of this year.

The website has a responsive design that adapts to different window sizes, browsers and devices, and it has a built-in Instapaper-type SaveMe feature that saves articles for reading off various devices even on the subway or where you have no connections. The overhaul has incorporated the talents of Boston design firms Filament Group, and Upstatement, as well as a large internal team, and pre-empts the need to build separate apps for each device.

See the video about the building the
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