FrontEnd Masters 1 Yr Free For All Code Stars Summit Attendees! ($390 Value)

Posted on March 12th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

Breaking News: All attendees of Code Stars Summit will receive a free 1 year subscription to FrontEnd Masters catalog of online courses ($390 value).  FrontEnd Masters has courses in JavaScript, NodeJS, AngularJS, CSS, UI and others. Two of our Code Stars Summit workshop leaders (Crockford and Weyl) both have courses published on FrontEnd Masters and I’ve linked to those course video previews below.

Why are we offering this now? On my last email promoting Douglas Crockford’s Fun with Functions workshop, Doug asked me include a preview of a 5 hour training video he did for FrontEnd Masters as a sample of what to expect at his workshop.  Many hundreds of you watched that video preview getting the attention of Marc Grabanski, FrontEnd Masters president.  Marc (a past attendee of SV Code Camp) called me and we came up with the plan to give all attendees of Code Stars Summit a free 1 year subscription to FrontEnd Masters.

Douglas Crockford On JavaScript Video Sample

Estelle Wehl CSS In Depth

Below are the three workshops in which we still have space.  Signup now to reserve your space.

Fun With Functions In JavaScript – Douglas Crockford- Friday - This hands-on workshop is about using functions and thinking with functions to take your JavaScript use to another level. This workshop will challenge you to do better and think differently. Are you game? WHAT WILL YOU LEARN Through a graduated series of problems, your knowledge of what is possible with JavaScript will grow exponentially. WHO SHOULD ATTEND Developers, Operations Engineers and Testers and anyone wanting to increase their skill in functions and JavaScript.

AngularJS End-to-End Application Development Workshop.  2 Days With Dan Wahlin – Tuesday & Wednesday - The course starts with an introduction to building Single Page Applications (SPA) and talks about the features AngularJS provides. From there you’ll learn about different aspects of the framework such as views and directives, controllers and routes, as well as factories and services. Along the way, different debugging techniques and tools are discussed, how different AngularJS components can be customized and shared with other components, and different JavaScript patterns that can be applied to applications to make them more maintainable. By the end of the workshop you’ll have walked through the process of building a Single Page Application (SPA) from end-to-end using AngularJS and be ready to apply that knowledge to applications you need to build.

CSS3: What you need to know.  Estelle Weyl – Thursday - Web development without image editing software, IDs or classes? What was impossible 5 years ago is almost simple to do with CSS3. Prototyping with CSS3 has made the development process fun again. Yes, there is new syntax to learn, and different browsers sometimes require slightly different markup, but the power is worth the pain. And, once you understand the syntax, there are tools so CSS3 isn’t a memorization game. Improved development time, reduced maintenance costs, SEO, accessibility and site performance? What more could you ask for?
How about all of it, all in 1 day! In this full day workshop you will learn about the capabilities of CSS3, progressive design principles, time saving techniques, and debugging and development tools. Yes, we’ll cover rounded corners, but this skills-based workshop will cover so much more, including selectors, fonts, media queries, performance, responsive features, background effects, gradients, animations, transitions and transformations.

Thanks again for your support and of course, feel free to email me with any questions.

Peter Kellner

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Code Campers, Win a Device and Help Spread The Word About Code Stars Summit

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by Peter Kellner

The first Code Stars Summit, offering in-depth sessions taught by the very best SV Code Camp speakers, starts soon, and you can help make it a success. All we ask is two things: 1) Tweet one of our workshops including the tag #CodeStarsSummit,  2) Either follow our twitter account or, post about Code Stars Summit to any social media more than two weeks before the event. You’ll automatically be entered to win a cool gadget. In just a few seconds, you’ll be helping get the word out about Code Stars Summit — and who could not use some cool stuff?*
  • IPad Mini
  • Galaxy S4
  • Windows 8 Phone
  • Free Pass To Any 2014 Code Stars Workshop
  • $500 Visa Gift Card Below are sample tweets for each of our workshops ready to go (just click on them and you will be taken to a browser with a readymade tweet you can use or modify).
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Code Stars Summit is all about getting top workshop content for our attendees at reasonable prices and helps make sure that Silicon Valley Code Camp is always free. Please help us make it as successful as Code Camp and, as always, your support is very much appreciated.

Best Regards,

PS: As a special thank you, we are offering a 10% discount to past attendees of Silicon Valley Code Camp.  Just use the Referral Code: SVCCa7x10


PPS: If you are a meetup organizer, please reply to this email.  We have a special promotion for meetups we can discuss offline.

*Winner chosen randomly and has the choice of one of the items on the list

Announcing Code Stars Summit From SVCodeCamp (3/25-28 in SF)

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Hi  Code Camp Attendees,

We are very excited to announce a brand new conference happening in March
titled Code Stars Summit.  The
idea is to bring the best speakers (and beyond) to a workshop only event.
Just deep dives into what those speakers specialize in.  Theme: “When
two days is just not enough” referring to SV Code Camp’s hundreds of 75
minute sessions.   At Code Stars Summit deep dive and learn!  Our
goals are simple:
  • Top Presenters
  • From Code Camp’s Highest Demand Sessions
  • Ultimate Environment For Learning
  • Deep Dives Only
As this is our first year, the plan is to keep it intense and focussed. So
far we have:
We need help getting the word out.  If you know of  any companies
with training needs, please forward this email.  Join the excitement! We
are just getting started.
Happy Holidays!
Peter Kellner
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BIG Schedule changes for Saturday am

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Three Important Changes
Saturday  9:45AM

Day Change:  Mark Miller’s  The Science of A Great UI Part 1 and 2 rescheduled from Saturday morning to Sunday morning
Room Change:  Intro to Relational Database Design & Entity-Relationship Diagrams From PSEC4501 To 1501 (now near registration)

Saturday 11:15AM
Day Change:  Mark Miller’s  The Science of A Great UI Part 1 and 2 rescheduled from Saturday morning to Sunday morning
Room Change:  Exception-Safe Coding in C++ Part I From 3525 to 1501 (now near registration)
Sunday 9:15AM
Our schedules and errata’s are already printed so they will not reflect this.  The changes have been updated on our web as well as our mobile web app.  We will have volunteers helping sort people out as the arrive at the incorrect rooms.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Goods For 2013 Event (Oct 5&6, 2013)

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Silicon Valley Code Camp is almost here; we have 231 presentations and 4,500 registered attendees!  Registration starts at 8:30 AM Saturday morning.  Parking Lots #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6 are paid for by our sponsors so you do not need to pay $3 in those lots.  All other parking at Foothill requires a fee and Foothill police will ticket if you do not have a pass in those lots.  Also, please remember that the beltway around Foothill College is one-way so if you pass us, keep going around the circle and come back.
Follow the arrows on the paths and sidewalks to the registration desk to pick-up your name badge and Saturday Lunch ticket.
We will have printed copies of the schedule, but you can help us out by printing and bringing the following PDF files, they contain the session schedules for both Saturday & Sunday.
Track sessions and information can be found on the web at Tracks
All the same information is available on the full web site at and is posted on our RSS feed at Please remember to provide feedback after each session by visiting the Sessions Page on the web site and choosing Session Evaluation on the right of each session description.
As guest of Foothill for the 8th year in a row, the college has asked us to be particularly careful of the following two things.  1)  There is no eating or drinking in any of the classrooms and 2) In the class rooms that have computers, it is OK to use those computers to browse the internet but not to either disconnect the cables or install any software either from the web or USB.  Thanks for everyone’s cooperation on this.
See you Very Soon!
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator

We Need Days Of Volunteers for Silicon Valley Code Camp!

Posted on September 20th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

SVCC needs your help.  This year’s event is bigger and better than ever and we need more helping hands to make things run smoothly.  Volunteering has so many benefits, the chance to meet and work with others like you, that feeling of goodness knowing you are contributing to our technology event, plus you’re invited to attend the speaker appreciation dinner on Saturday and you’ll get a cool T-shirt.  All this for just a couple hours of your time.

Our procedure this year for volunteering is the same as the past two years.  If you want to volunteer, you need to update your registration/profile page and let us know you are interested in volunteering.  Then, after that, simply go to our “Select a Job” page and pick what suits your schedule and interest.
This registration page requires you to check the box at the bottom to volunteer, as well as put a contact mobile phone number that we can reach you on at the event itself.  Then, after you have updated your registration, go to this page: Volunteer For Job and pick the job(s) you are interested in doing.
Most of the jobs are 1 hour with a 15 minute overlap to train the next volunteer. A few jobs are longer 1.5 hours. We’d really appreciate volunteers who can handle 2 slots (back-to-back on Registration, which would effectively be about 2 hours).
See you Very Soon!
Best Regards,
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator
Mobile Session Viewer And Planner: 
*BTW, our schedule is live! If you have not picked your sessions, please login in and do so asap.
Screen Shot Of What You Need To Update On Your Registration Page
   registration page

233 Sessions Live! Pick Your Sessions To Attend ASAP

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

Our code camp schedule is live!  It’s important that you pick your sessions as soon as possible so we can be sure to put the most popular sessions in the largest rooms.  You now have two ways to choose the sessions you plan on attending. 
The first way, is to use the new sessions page, and while making sure you are logged in, click on the interest button to toggle your interest intent (interested, not interested or planning on attending).  Remember, you can be interested in multiple sessions at any given time slot, but the system will only let you have one session with the intent to attend.  You can of course go to any session you want once you arrive at the event.  We just use these numbers for capacity planning purposes.  The second way to choose sessions is to use the session planner tool which is more a single page JavaScript type app.
Finally, to see your personal schedule (as well as print it), the very popular Session Overview is back.  From this screen, you can see and print all the sessions you have selected.  You can see examples of all these pages below.  As always, thanks for your support of code camp and we look forward to seeing you all in a 17 days!
Best Regards,
Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator
Mobile Session Viewer And Planner:

Record Number of Code Camp Tracks, Quality and Quantity!

Posted on September 5th, 2013 by Peter Kellner

It’s really awesome to see such great tracks coming this year.  It’s a lot of work for the track organizers to pull all these great speakers together, but 100% worth it!  We now have the following tracks up on the site.


C++ and C++11

HTML5 ARIA, Mobile Apps By Intuit Development teams *NEW

Pivotal *NEW

SQL Server Developers and DBAs by PASS *NEW

Windows 8

Windows Phone

And, we still have tracks to come (Sencha, Google, Java, Career,Kids and one more track from the PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) guys).

This year, we have more rooms than ever before with the addition of the new Foothill College Physical Sciences building.  Make sure you tell all your coding friends to come.  It’s going to be epic!

Peter Kellner
Silicon Valley Code Camp Coordinator


First two tracks announced! C++ and Azure

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by Peter Kellner


Email Sent To All Attendees Follows:

Today, we are announcing our first two published tracks,  C++ and Azure.  As in years before, our tracks are specially prepared by industry experts to make sure that the experience you get from attending these tracked sessions is second to none.  Both tracks include world renowned speakers presenting state of the art material.  To see other tracks as we publish them, visit our tracks page.  To hear about them as they are announced, follow us on Twitter @sv_code_camp.


Just a small housekeeping announcement.  We really appreciate (and need) all the volunteers we can get.  Last year we had over 200, each contributing at least 2 hours and becoming the proud owners of the Silicon Valley Code Camp TShirt as well as having the opportunity to attend our speakers, volunteers and sponsors appreciation barbeque dinner Saturday night of code camp weekend at the college.  We would love for you to join our elite crew of volunteers. If you think you might be interested, make sure to login to the code camp site and on your registration or profile page, select the box letting us know you can help.  We will contact you a week or so before the event with more detailed instructions and also let you choose the time slot and job you want to help with.


Things are moving well with only 46 days to go before camp.  Can’t wait to see everyone again.

Alpha 1 of New Silicon Valley Code Camp Mobile App, NEED FEEDBACK!

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by Peter Kellner


Today is our public preview of our new SV Code Camp mobile app.  We need to make sure it is up to the job as we get closer to camp and would really like feedback.  It’s an Web App for mobile that works best on new smart phones, specifically, IOS, Android and Windows 8.  On other phones (Windows 7.5, older IPhones and Android devices it is not very functional).  The URL is really easy.

Aside from doing things like letting you select your session interest on mobile now, you can also view all the sessions by the top tag (category) associated with the session.  At the moment, the mobile app is the only way to view sessions by the top tag.  Try logging in anonymously or with your code camp credentials and pick the sessions you are interested in. To see how it will work with session times and rooms once we assign them, go to the “info” page on the app and change to viewing a previous year, then make sure to go to the “filters” and change the sort to time or room.  And, don’t forget to check out the new “Tag” sort from the filters page also.  That only works for this  year since 2013 is the first year we are introducing the new top tag per session.

For those interested, this app was partially built as a technology demonstration for my 4+ hour Sencha Touch (Mobile JavaScript framework) Plurasight Training video.  If you are interested in know more about Sencha Touch, check it out.  It’s a labor of love.

Below are some screen shots of the new app waiting for you.