A few years ago, Seth and I worked on establishing a Sioux Falls .NET User Group (DNUG) meetings to coincide with some of the Mitchell DNUG meetings. The meetings were quite successful when we had them, but they were pretty inconvenient for some of the Mitchell attendees.
Over the last few months, apparently Seth had been working with some of the guys from the Mitchell DNUG to restart a Sioux Falls user group, and the first meeting was tonight. After previously attending the SD Geeks meetings earlier this year, this meeting hands-down blew them out of the water. It was a real presentation, showing real content. No fluff, no product pitch. Just a fun technology with some demonstrations, and some good conversation.
The presentation was called “jQuery 101” and was presented by Rod Paddock of CodeBetter.com. I hadn’t really had much exposure to jQuery, but after the meeting I have to admit — it’s pretty awesome. Nothing really difficult or crazy, just really useful and handy.
Rod had mentioned that he was going to post his presentation slides and sample code online, but I was able to find them in advance from his previous jQuery 101 presentation at another User Group meeting. So if you’re interested, you can download both:
The presentation really makes me hope we continue to have Sioux Falls DNUG meetings, as I really don’t want to travel to Mitchell for them. The attendance was decent for a first meeting — I guess we’ll find out more at the next conference, which should hopefully be in August sometime.