Progressive Enhancement and ExpressionEngine

This past week was a bit of a whirlwind as Kelly and I flew to DC for a few meetings and then to NYC for the ExpressionEngine CodeIgniter Conference. We had a blast at the conference, meeting new people, seeing old friends, and eating a ton of great food. While we were there, we got name-dropped by the affable EllisLab CEO, Leslie Comacho in his keynote address for our work on the forthcoming native rich text editor for ExpressionEngine and we also met up with the always charming Jeremy Keith (and the lovely Jessica Spengler) to hatch some R4G plans that will be unveiled in the next week or so.

The best part for me, though, was getting to talk about progressive enhancement. The conference organizer, Robert Eerhart, gave me an hour to advocate on behalf of users and I made the most of that time by delving into the ways and means of progressive enhancement and how it can be accomplished in ExpessionEngine (and, to a lesser extent, CodeIgniter). I got tons of great questions from the audience and had many lively discussions after stepping off the stage as well. It was really nice to see so many people getting excited about a topic about which I’m incredibly passionate.

I’ve posted my slides to SlideShare. If you were able to make the presentation, these will hopefully help jog your memory when it comes to the techniques I discussed, but if you couldn’t make the show, they’re also up for your enjoyment.

I’d like to thank everyone who made EECI2011 so amazing and I’d like to give a special thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of my book while we were there. And if you missed out on getting a copy, you can pick one up over on the Easy Readers site. I’ll be happy to sign it for you if you reply to the receipt email and let the team know you missed out on picking up a copy at the event.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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