Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Pointerless Web with Nicholas Zakas

Interesting free event below with local food, craft beers, and a great topic for those in tech (probably at least half of us). To register, just click here.


  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
    6:30 PM To 
  • 2161 North 1st Street, San JoseCA (map)
    PayPal Town Hall is at PayPal HQ and faces North First St. Park anywhere!

Not everyone uses a computer in the same way… yet many developers tend to build web experiences as if they do.

Nicholas Zakas is a renowned engineer, known for his leadership in front end architecture, including performance and maintainability.

Come hear Nicholas’ story and explore:
  • How people navigate the web without using a mouse
  • How the web is inherently accessible and how web developers make it less so
  • How spatial navigation is changing the way keyboard users navigate the web

Special host for the evening: Victor Tsaran, Head of Accessibility, PayPal

As always, this event will feature:
  • delicious, free food from a San Jose-based restaurant,
  • craft beer tasting and
  • an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with the brightest TechXplorers in the South Bay!

RSVP now to get your seat.

@ 6:24PM: Delicious Food & Craft Beer Tasting
@ 7:21PM: Nicholas Zakas' Pointerless Web
@ 8:03PM: Questions & Answers with Nicholas Zakas and Victor Tsaran

How to find us: Town Hall is at PayPal HQ, facing North First Street.
Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA.
Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like.

Please RSVP for you and your guests to make check-in speedy.
Please also bring a valid ID.

About Nicholas Zakas:
Nicholas C. Zakas is a front-end consultant, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly athttp://www.nczonline.net/ and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.

About Victor Tsaran:
Victor leads the Accessibility Team at PayPal. The team is responsible for ensuring that users with disabilities can effectively utilize PayPal's products and services, both on mobile and desktop devices. Prior to PayPal, Victor oversaw the implementation of the company-wide accessibility activities on the technical side for Yahoo! In addition to his job responsibilities, Victor has a passion for jazz guitar and participates in various open source projects, the most known of which is JSonar, the software which enables visually impaired musicians around the world to use Cakewalk Sonar, the world’s leading music recording application for Windows.

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