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There and Back Again: A Microsoft Dev's Journey to the Web Front End

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November 9, 2013 4:15 AM

Augustana College

Augustana College

As a Microsoft ASP.NET (and ASP.NET MVC) developer, our involvement in a page's lifecycle more or less ended as soon as the constructed HTML left the server. We send it on its merry way and wait for the next request within our safe hideout in the server room. If you wanted rich interaction on the client, you sent it a Silverlight package. But the world has changed. Silverlight is dead. So how do we interact with the users on the client side? So many of us have Microsoft tunnel-vision and are oblivious (or un-concerned) about the massive collection of really cool client-side libraries that have come to the forefront of web development lately. jQuery is great, but it's not all there is. In this session, I will take you on a survey of various client-side libraries that are commonly used for front-end development: Microsoft server-side developers typically shy away from learning anything with "JS" tacked on to the end - but I'm here to show you that there is nothing to fear. In fact, you can do some pretty amazing things, and it's not as hard as you think.

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