Sept 12th in DC: JavaScript Master Class!

First things first: Thanks for your input, folks. You’ve helped us shape the class… and by expressing interest (however tentative), you helped me feel brave enough to do it. 🙂

JavaScript is White Hot, with Few Experts

JavaScript has been the up & coming language for the past 3 years, even more so than Ruby. JavaScript has the potential to be the most universal, cross-platform language in the future.

But despite all the hype, JavaScript experts are few and far between. Those who are expert-level can do amazing things and earn a lot more doing it.

And if you don’t know what the experts know, and you spend your days doing JavaScript, you’re undoubtedly experiencing a great many lost opportunities (except for wailing and gnashing of teeth. Those opportunities are everywhere.)

So. Do you want to become one of those experts?

Hell, who doesn’t want to be awesome and earn more?

You’ll Learn A Shi—Poop Ton

Make no mistake, it’s going to be an intense day. Which is why we’ll be providing coffee and other little pick-me-ups of the edible variety.

From 9am to 6pm (if everyone can last that long), it’s going to be All JavaScript, All The Time. We’re gonna talk advanced language features. We’re gonna talk best practices. We’re gonna help you shape the clay-ey lump of potential that is JavaScript into a beautiful vase. (But no creepy Patrick Swayze hands, we promise.)

You’ll learn how the browser engines work, and how page layout really happens, and why that matters to you. We’ll teach you how to make the DOM your bitch, instead of the other way around—which, let’s be honest, is the usual state of affairs.

And that’s just before lunch.

After lunch, it’ll be a smorgasboard of tools, techniques and tribulations, or something else that begins with a T. Unit testing, performance, code management, architecture, deployment… these things are on the menu.

Plus, of course, plenty of delicious Q&A with yours truly and Thomas Fuchs. (Who, I’m sure I need not remind you, is a Prototype core member and the creator of Scriptaculous.)

(Our) Talk is Cheap

This full day educational extravaganza would normally run you a cool $425.

But if you’re an early bird kinda person—registering before August 26th—you can snag a seat at only $380.

Better yet, since you are clearly a cherished reader o’ mine, join my Advanced Discount List and save a further $30.

Meaning you can experience an entire full-frontal assault of JavaScript Experience Points for a ridiculously low $350. That’s $75 less than less on-the-ball, unconnected people.

And that includes a copy of our book JavaScript Performance Rocks! and the DOM Monster profiling tool (which we’ll discuss in class).

When? Where? What? How?!

All these questions and more answered over at Jumpstart Lab, our organizer & host for the day.

Jumpstart Lab is the company founded by our friend Jeff Casimir, a fabulous teacher with a passion for tech. Be sure to check out his other, extremely reasonably priced courses on Ruby, Rails and Robotics on the sidebar!

Didn’t you mention a discount?

Yes, indeed I did. Sign up for my Advanced Discount List below and you’ll be able to save an extra $30 off the early bird price.

I will email you personally with the discount code when you sign up, so you don’t have to worry about the course selling out before I email everyone at once.

Even if you can’t attend our course for whatever reason, you really want to be on this list because it’s the only place for discounts on our book and other future goodies. And believe me, most of the other stuff in our pipeline is not geography-dependent. Even if you’re not in the DC area, or even the USA, there will be goodies for you.

Sign up here:

It goes without saying: I won’t spam you. So far the list has been active for 6 mos and I’ve sent one email. I know how much it means that you trust me with your email address. Nuff said.


This is the first time I’ve done this kinda thing. I taught a half-day class on JavaScript: The Language to a sold-out house at OSCON; and a full-day workshop on interaction design at Webstock in New Zealand, and of course I helped Jeff Casimir (Jumpstart Lab dude!) with Workshop for Good way back when.

But I’ve never created a course and then sold it directly.

So I’d like to hear from you about what you think.


  1. Jeff Casimir says:

    I guess this means I should actually learn some JavaScript between now and September 12 so I’m not just the unlock the doors, get the coffee guy 🙂

  2. @jeff everyone has to play a role and if you are the "get the coffee guy", in my book, you play the most important one.

  3. Sarah Bray says:

    DANG IT! I want to do this, but timing…erggh. I’m going to be hanging in Colorado that weekend.

    Oh well. I’d just be helping Jeff with the coffee anyway. 🙂

  4. Any plans of doing this in Europe or do I really have to send the guys to DC?

  5. I really want to do this! Wonder if I can convince my co. to send me.

  6. Luca says:

    I really want to do this! I live in Switzerland, any plan for a EU version?

    You’re great!

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