Of course there was some jQuery-specific stuff; the first keynote, in fact, was a chat about the state of jQuery and how it was evolving. That in and of itself was a pretty big deal for me, since I am planning FastInviter to be as universally accessible as possible. Following that was a much more general but definitely interesting talk from Lea Verou regarding the state of color and how things will be changing with color in CSS4. Call me a nerd, but I found that really interesting; a lot of the changes seem like they’re going to be way more intuitive for design.
Speaking of design, that was one thing that really changed for me at this conference. Before coming to jQueryTO, I didn’t get very excited about designing webpages. I took a lot of shortcuts using Bootstrap to style things, because it was so easy. Unfortunately, just attending a conference doesn’t make me good at design; however, I’m certainly interested in learning more now. I might switch to something like Semantic UI, though. Since I still don’t feel comfortable designing my own responsive framework, using something that I can build more from the ground up and apply my own color schemes and templating as I go seems like a good plan.
jQueryTO 2014 closed with a really great presentation from Verold’s CEO, Ross McKegney, on Three.js, WebGL, and the future of web design. The things he showed off in terms of where the web is headed were stunning – and his announcement and video of Verold Studio was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I’m so excited to get my hands on it and start playing with all of the stuff it can do.
Of course, I couldn’t take a trip to Toronto without taking the time to have some great food from Canadian restaurants. Dinner on Saturday was at Smoke’s Poutinerie – some of the best poutine in Ontario. We left before dinner on Sunday, but still managed to snag lunch at theWorks Burger Bistro, a chain that looks to be fairly concentrated in Ontario and Quebec. We were all quite impressed with the food there as well; I personally have to recommend the Dead Ringer burger. While these were the only places we were able to visit, I have quite the list of places for next time. I’m planning to visit the city again this April, so hopefully I’ll be able to try some more places then!