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Dec 1

Escape the Winter and Learn Dojo in Phoenix

By on December 1, 2014 12:29 pm

Good news everyone!

Now that summer is over, there’s no more heat to complain about! That just leaves, ah yes, the bitter cold. Sure, maybe you’ve been handling it well enough so far by staying busy with holiday planning, but what happens when the New Year comes? Suddenly nobody is “Dreaming of a white…” anything, anymore.

Your best hope is escape. And for that, we have a plan!

Winter Protection Program

Hello there, Brudolph

Pack your bags, leave it all behind and join us in the Phoenix area for sunshine, warm weather and, oh right, hands-on Dojo workshops.

Our expert approach and guided development by Dojo co-founder Dylan Schiemann, together with live code examples and tons of reference material go great with sunscreen and a cool beverage (Margarita, Señoras y Señors?).

Half the cost, twice the temperature

Register by December 31 with promo code HOLIDAY2014 and you’ll save 50%!

Dec 3

A SitePen Christmas Special

By on December 3, 2013 8:00 am

What a great year 2013 has been!

We’re feeling (collectively) like Ebenezer Scrooge in the final chapters of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – except we haven’t been jerks up ’til now and we think working at SitePen is a year-round Christmas vacation, unlike the earlier chapters wherein Scrooge forces poor Mr. Cratchit to work by the heat of a candle. That’s just mean. Anyways, the point is, we’re feeling fairly festive and because of this, we have something special for you!

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Sign up today and get Dojo 101 for FREE

We would like to give you a FREE pass to our Dojo 101: Fundamentals workshop (a $649 value!) when you sign up for Dojo 201: Interfaces or Dojo 202: Architecture. All you have to do is register before December 31, 2013 for any 2014 workshop and enter promo code FREE101!

The simple act of writing this blog is warming the cockles of my heart. I can’t help myself – I want to give more! How about this? The first person to register for 101 and 201 in each city, will get both workshops for FREE!

Come learn with us in 2014! Let us impart our knowledge by giving you the gifts of enlightened web development and broadened horizons!

Sign Up Today!

Mar 28

Top Ways Dojo Can Improve Your Mapping App

By on March 28, 2012 9:29 am

The 2012 ESRI Developer Summit is attended by 1,700 developers, half are attending for the first time and thirty percent are from international locations! Dylan continues to mingle with like-minded Dojo enthusiasts from around the world, including people from the US, Canada, UAE, Japan, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands!  The conversations at ESRI Dev Summit are confirming what we already know – Dojo is worldwide!

Yesterday, Dylan presented Top Ways Dojo Can Improve Your Mapping App to a standing room only crowd!  Using an iPad, iPhone and MacBook Pro to present the talk and demo, Dylan was able to accurately showcase the cross-platform open web capabilities of Dojo.   We’ve posted the presentation and encourage you to take a look. SitePen will answer any questions you have about Dojo and mapping.  Contact us to learn more.

The Summit continues today with lots of great presentations and tonight attendees will be participating in the ESRI Dodgeball tournament, sponsored by SitePen.  Good luck to everyone!

Mar 27

SitePen in Palm Springs for the ESRI Developer Summit

By on March 27, 2012 9:24 am

Dylan arrived in Palm Springs on Saturday with hundreds of other ESRI Partners just in time to participate in the Jim Christoffersen Golf Classic.  The four-player shamble event took place on the south course at the Indian Canyons Golf Resort.  Dylan had the honor of golfing with the founder of ESRI Japan, Chiharu Masaki, and meeting many ESRI partners from around the world.  The five hour event was enjoyed in the almost perfect Palm Springs weather, and Dylan reports that his golf game “wasn’t that bad”.

On Sunday, Dylan was impressed with ESRI’s high quality presentations, excited to learn more about ArcGIS Online, delighted to meet ESRI partners from all around the world, and was treated to dinner and a poolside contortionist show.

Yesterday, 30 attendees jUMP’d into Dojo with Dylan during the pre-summit workshop.  All attendees were treated to Dylan’s Dojo expertise and his usual charismatic, energetic and hands on teaching style.  Dylan tells us that the group asked lots of great questions, had quite a few good laughs, and he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the group to learn Dojo.  As the workshop came to an end, Dylan prepared to spend the next few hours in the exhibit hall at the SitePen booth.  If you weren’t able to attend our workshop at the ESRI conference, and want to jUMP into Dojo, check out our 2012 schedule of workshops.

Because our jUMP workshop and the exhibit hours overlapped, SitePen elected to take a minimalist approach to a booth.  It seemed to be very well received, was appreciated by many attendees and deemed ‘refreshing’ in the sea of other grandiose company marketing displays.  Dylan was able to spend a few hours at the booth demoing Dojo on various devices to a few dozen people, including Jack Dangermond, CEO of ESRI.

Today at 1pm, SitePen will be presenting the Top Ways that Dojo Will Improve your Mapping Application.  We are confident that this brief presentation will be both informative and engaging.  If you’re attending ESRI’s Dev Summit, we would encourage you to drop by and give us a listen.  If you’re not attending the ESRI Dev Summit, and need to know how Dojo will improve your mapping application, never fear.  We will post the presentation on SlideShare later today.

Be sure to follow SitePen on your favorite social network!

Jan 30

Eleven Trends for 2012: The Year of Dojo

By on January 30, 2012 4:35 pm

Most 2012 trend lists include 12 trends. (Get it?  12 in ’12.  Of course you do.).  Because we are not fond of adding unnecessary or filler content (read code), Dylan has come up with 11 trends for 2012.

1.  Mobile

Mobile will gain even more momentum in 2012.  There’s no doubt we will see many new APIs, development tools and capabilities in place to both build and install most any app as a web app rather than using native technology.

2.  AMD

Following on the increasing emergence of microtoolkits in 2010 and 2011, 2012 will be the year everything becomes an AMD module, making it easier for Dojo, jQuery, MooTools and other toolkits to play nicely together.

3.  Builders & Loaders

With so many modules, performance, loading and building will need to be optimized.  Use of package management will become increasingly important.

4… Check out the rest of Dylan’s 11 Trends for 2012! And don’t forget that SitePen’s got your back when it comes to implementing efficient and scalable solutions.  Contact us today!

Oct 17

SitePen. Dojo Skills. Seattle.

By on October 17, 2011 9:22 am

Do you want to learn in depth details to create web applications with Dojo and Dijit?

Join us in Seattle on November 16th for our 2-day Dojo Skills workshop. Dojo Skills emphasizes some of the unique advantages Dojo offers in cross-browser charts and user interface widgets through a powerful development model.

By registering and attending our Dojo Skills workshop, not only will you be on your way to becoming a Dojo Master, you will also receive a FREE SitePen Mini-Boost Support plan – a $300 value (when you register by October 25th)!

Can’t make it to Seattle? Check out our full Dojo workshop schedule through June 2012.

Want to experience our extraordinary SitePen Dojo Support for FREE?  Enter our giveaway.

What the heck is a Mini-Boost Support Plan?

SitePen is on call to rescue you from between that rock and a hard place! Receive invaluable access to our experts and a plethora of web development knowledge including Ajax and the Dojo Toolkit.  Your plan will cover 1 week and 1 hour of support time with a support response time of 1 business day.  The following browsers are supported: Chrome 5+, Firefox 3.5+, IE 6, 7, 8, and Safari 4+.  All support will be handled through our web-based support system. Yes.  This can be yours when you sign up for our Seattle workshop by October 25th.

Oct 6

Dojo. Dontcha know? SitePen. Dojo. Minnesota.

By on October 6, 2011 2:32 am

Join us for our introductory jUMP into Dojo (1 day) or our Dojo Skills (2 days) workshop – or both!- on November 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Oh, and when you register by October 14th, you will receive a FREE SitePen Mini-Boost Support plan – a $300 value!

jUMP into Dojo is the best starting point for any developer wanting to learn about Dojo, Ajax and Rich Internet Application development.  Attendees will receive a rapid introduction to the capabilities of Dojo as well as the experience in applying them to solve real-world problems.

If you are a developer who wants to learn in depth details to create web applications with Dojo and Dijit, this is the perfect workshop for you.  Dojo Skills emphasizes some of the unique advantages Dojo offers in cross-browser charts and user interface widgets through a powerful development model.

What the heck is a Mini-Boost Support Plan?
SitePen is on call to rescue you from between that rock and a hard place! Receive invaluable access to our experts and a plethora of web development knowledge including Ajax and the Dojo Toolkit.  Your plan will cover 1 week and 1 hour of support time with a support response time of 1 business day.  The following browsers are supported: Chrome 5+, Firefox 3.5+, IE 6, 7, 8, and Safari 4+.  All support will be handled through our web-based support system. Yes.  This can be yours when you sign up for our Minnesota workshops by October 14th.
Mar 5

Learning Dojo 1.4

By on March 5, 2010 3:05 am
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There is so much existing information about the Dojo Toolkit that it can be challenging to know where to begin. The following is a Dojo curriculum (I use this term loosely) highlighting community resources and a logical path for self-learning the foundational parts of Dojo.  If you understand the purpose of a variable and function, or you are new to Dojo, then this is for you.

Apr 1

Stocker: Advanced Dojo Made Easy

By on April 1, 2009 4:41 pm

SitePen is excited to announce Stocker, which demonstrates some of the more advanced capabilities of Dojo, including the newly released DataChart, the DataGrid, Data Store, Comet, Persevere, and BorderContainer. SitePen is also offering a one-day workshop where you will learn how to create Stocker yourself, but I’m here to give you a sneak peak of what Stocker is and how it works.

Stocker uses these technologies to emulate a stock monitoring application. We’re using made up data, but that’s actually more interesting. The Persevere server generates new stock items at certain intervals, and then pushes them to the browser with Comet. Then the Data Store updates its items and triggers an onSet notification. The DataGrid and DataChart are both connected to the same store, and are listening to that event. They then update their displays and show the stock items and their latest data.

Stocker

Mar 20

Munich Dojo Workshop

By on March 20, 2009 12:52 pm

SitePen and uxebu are pleased to announce their first joint Dojo workshop in Munich, Germany. Come join some of the co-creators of Dojo on the 7th and 8th of May, 2009 to learn how to build great web sites and applications with Dojo. This new workshop will be an engaging experience for anyone wanting to learn more about Dojo!