Is it time to bring your team up to speed with Ajax, Open Source, and the real technologies of the web? Or perhaps you want to increase your marketability in a tough economy. Or maybe you’re looking to allocate a small portion of your company budget to continuing education. Whatever the reason, SitePen’s Getting Started With Dojo workshop may be just what you’re looking for!

We’re planning to hold an open Dojo workshop in January. Here’s the tentative information:

Course: Getting Started with Dojo!
Date: January 26-29, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT daily
Location: Online
Price: $499 (USD)
Skill Level: Background in Programming

Course Description

Ajax and Web 2.0 development are easy to learn but take significant effort to master. SitePen’s workshop accelerates the process by teaching you the essential knowledge and best practices needed to quickly become more productive with Dojo, the most widely used Ajax toolkit in enterprise application development.

From the outset, you will receive a plethora of information starting with an introduction to JavaScript and Dojo fundamentals, taking novice JavaScript developers and exposing them to the concepts and practices used by expert web developers throughout the technical community.

Next, we tackle Dojo in more depth, covering a wide range of popular and advanced Dojo techniques for building great web applications. We’ll focus in detail on techniques that are core to all developers (Ajax, Events, DOM, Widgets, Performance) and immerse you in the latest and greatest of web application development.

Though 16 hours isn’t enough time to cover every feature in the Dojo Toolkit, we will show you all of the great extras that Dojo has to offer. At the end of the course, armed with your knowledge of the core Dojo features and all of the extras, you’ll know how to best leverage Dojo on your project.

Throughout the workshop you will be guided through best practices and approaches for using Dojo, offering insight gained through years of building web apps and creating the Dojo Toolkit. Our activities revolve around Sensei, a beautiful RSS reader application created by SitePen exclusively for our training. Sensei offers students the chance to hack on a well-designed, feature-rich application to help them learn much more than they could with non-linear examples.

By the end of this comprehensive workshop, you will have experienced and learned:

• How to set up a Dojo application and use the Dojo Toolkit
• The Core Dojo APIs and proper selection of APIs essential to development goals
• Performance optimization and efficient debugging techniques
• Secrets of expert developers in pragmatic and effective web development

Bonus! Immediately following the workshop, you will receive a complimentary 1-week pass to Ask the Experts by SitePen Support to ensure that none of your questions go unanswered!