After starting out in fine art and moving into graphic design, Alena found her passion for programming over 15 years ago and has never looked back. Alena enjoys community and is excited to introduce people to the wonderful world of PHP and the Portland Tech Community.
When not at her computer, Alena enjoys exploring Portland with her friends and family, including her 3 young children. She also enjoys the Symphony, Cooking, Books, Yarn and Yoga.View all Alena’s courses
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With smartphones, smartwatches and even smart appliances. The internet of things has brought us into a world to rival sci-fi novels. We're no-longer content with a simple search. We want context. We expect our devices to know our locations, preferences, desires and goals. We expect tailored suggestions, reminders and announcements. Most of the time we don't even realize how much our devices or websites are setup to assist us until our connection is broken or we try to use a different device, and all of a sudden our history and setting aren't there and it's so much harder to do or find anything. Users have come to expect so much and it's just getting worse. So what does that mean to you as a programmer? How can you make your own applications "user aware"? It starts with data persistence.
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If you are going to start doing web development you will be thankful that you did a year from today. Raymund Sinlao