Monday, August 12, 2013

Chowda Chat | Jen Kramer

Chowda Chat is a periodic Beantown Web installment that features a conversation with an influential member of the Web technology community.

The purpose of Chowda Chat is to provide Web technology professionals with information to help advance their careers. The format involves three questions and responses followed by one final thought.

Today's Chowda Chat presents the insights of Jen Kramer, speaker, author, instructor, curriculum developer.

You are an instructor at  What are the technology topics you focus on?

"I started making videos with back in 2008. I was at their headquarters in California last week recording titles #15 and #16, with #17 coming up at the end of the month. While I can't tell you what I'm recording now, most of my released titles focus on Joomla and on responsive design frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation."

There is a rumor that you are writing a technology book?  Are there any updates you would like to share with our audience at this time?

 "I am writing my third book, "Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours".  It will be published by Pearson, probably sometime early next year.  I'll be focusing on Bootstrap 3 in the book."

You are a featured speaker at the upcoming Northeast PHP Conference in Cambridge (August 16 - 18).  Tell us about your presentations.

"I'm doing a three-hour workshop at the conference, "Up and Running with Bootstrap". Attendees will get a great overview of Bootstrap very quickly. We'll look at the grid system, navigation systems, a bit of styling, and some of the built-in JavaScript functions. It's a hands-on workshop, so bring your laptop and be ready to code!"

"I'll also be presenting a talk on Sunday afternoon comparing Bootstrap and Foundation. On the surface, these two frameworks seem to solve the same problems. However, they are actually very different frameworks that serve different target audiences in different ways. I'll be addressing those differences in my talk."

Final Thought

"Teaching is a passion for me! I just had an article about teaching HTML to new web design students on Smashing Magazine, and I'll be teaching a class on multimedia at Harvard Extension this fall. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at Northeast PHP!"
The three-day Northeast PHP Conference begins Friday, August 16, 2013 in Cambridge, MA.  Tickets are still available.

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