Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking at Denver's DeRailed about AngularJS. Fernand (the group's leader) asked me to speak in December, just after I'd finished a European speaking tour. The Modern Java Web Developer talk I created for that tour included a 20-minute AngularJS Deep Dive screencast. I figured it wouldn't be much work to augment the screencast and create an hour long talk, so I agreed.
When I started creating the presentation last week, I decided I didn't want to make the audience watch my screencast as part of the presentation. They could easily do that on their own time. So I wrote, from scratch, a brand new presentation on AngularJS. I tried to include all the things about Angular that I thought were important and useful for me in my learning process. The result is a presentation I'm proud of and enjoyed delivering.
You might notice the presentation has a whole lot of code in it. Normally, when I copy/paste code into a presentation, I use IntelliJ IDEA and everything works. This time, there was something amiss between IDEA 13 and Keynote 6. I tried using IDEA's plugins (namely Copy on steroids and Copy as HTML), but none of them worked. IDEA 12 resulted in the same problem. Then I turned to other solutions. I installed highlight and copied code from the command line. This worked, but the fonts and colors weren't to my liking. Finally, I decided to try another editor: Sublime Text with SublimeHighlight. This worked great and I'm very happy with the results.
Most of my presentations end with a Questions/Contact slide. For this one, I added a few more: people to follow on Twitter, resources to learn from and projects with useful code. Below are a handful of links that greatly enhanced my AngularJS knowledge in the last year.
- Devoxx 2012 - Re-imagining the browser with AngularJS. This is the original video I watched about AngularJS. I learned enough from this one video to start developing my first app for a client. I wrote about it in a four-part series on Developing with AngularJS.
- ng-book: The Complete Book on AngularJS. A great book with all the nitty-gritty Angular details you ever wanted to know.
- David Mosher's Testing Strategies for AngularJS. I stumbled upon this a week ago and it's greatly enhanced my knowledge of how to test AngularJS apps. It also introduced me to Lineman, which I'm thankful for.
- Egghead.io - bit-sized videos of AngularJS knowledge. Very useful for when you want to learn how to do a specific thing quickly.
- AngularJS + REST + Spring Security. This is a sample application from Philip Sorst (ported to Spring Boot by my good friend Josh Long) that shows how to integrate AngularJS with Spring Security for stateless, token-based authentication.
One of the audience members at DeRailed recommended thinkster.io as a good resource too.Thanks to Fernand for inviting me to speak and causing me to write this presentation. Creating it greatly improved my AngularJS knowledge and I learned about some new tools in the process. If you'd like to tap into my wealth of knowledge, I'm available for a new gig in April.