TBCon 2003


TBCon 2003 - The BEST TBCon yet!

Thank you Jeff and Chris from Platte Canyon for a great time...and of course, a tremendous educational experience!!!

Click here for more information on the conference so that you don't miss it next year!

For more on TBCon2002, check out my TBCon 2002 page

TBCon 2003 Sessions

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Peter Jackson

Getting More From ToolBook's DHTML 

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JavaScript Primer

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ToolBookDeveloper Tools to Enrich Your Training and Speed Development

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Robin McDermott

A ToolBook Makeover

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More Lessons from Camp Hard Knocks: 25 Tips for DHTML Deployment

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EspritLMS: Deliver, Track, and Control Your Web-Based Training

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TBCon 2003 Workshop

This year Robin McDermott and I also did a Pre-Conference Workshop: 

Rapid and Robust Development Through Good Development Practices for Native and DHTML ToolBook Projects

It was well received by all of the participants and we hope to be able to do a similar but updated workshop again at next year's TBCon!


Conference Sessions

Getting More From ToolBook's DHTML  Download More From DHMTL Materials

If you are comfortable with OpenScript, but are now deploying ToolBook programs to the web, you probably feel limited and confined using the actions editor.  But, actually there are lots of things you can do to get more from ToolBook DHTML than is readily apparent in the actions editor.  In this session you will learn some tricks using advanced actions, method actions, java script, and VB Script.  In many cases these techniques will be demonstrated using free tools that enable even non-programmers can use to go beyond the existing action system capabilities.  If you want to learn more about writing JavaScript check out:  JavaScript Primer.

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JavaScript Primer  Download JavaScript Primer Materials

You've heard the term and maybe even tried a little code. But now you want to learn more about the standard for client-side web programming: JavaScript. This session will show you the syntax, teach you how to write functions and event handlers, and demonstrate loops and related concepts. This session will be kept quite basic and is intended for folks who have never written javascript or are just starting to dabble with it.  To learn more about specific applications of javascript in ToolBook check out: Getting more from ToolBook DHTML.

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Product Showcase: ToolBookDeveloper Tools to Enrich Your Training and Speed Development  Download ShowCase Materials

Learn how some easy to implement and inexpensive tools can give your courses a professional edge. Peter Jackson will demonstrate some of his most popular tools including the Taquin Object, the Graphics Pre-Loader, the PopText and AudioPlayer Widgets and will discuss how they can be used to enhance your ToolBook Projects (native and dhtml). In addition, Peter will also show how his Copy Protection and Student Log Management Systems can be used with native ToolBook projects to protect your intellectual property and give your customers an easy to use learning Management Systems for maintaining and tracking all of your ToolBook courses. To learn more about the tools prior to the conference go to

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Robin McDermott's Conference Sessions

A ToolBook Makeover  Download ToolBook MakeOver Materials

Learn how to cut the fat and excess calories in your ToolBook projects without losing any of the “flavor.” If your courses don't run as well as you think that they should, if your system keeps crashing during development, if you are tired of doing rework fixing mistakes, then maybe your ToolBook projects need a makeover. In this session we will look at a typical intermediate ToolBook developer’s project and analyze it in terms of what can be done to make it a better running program without compromising functionality. The result is a more stable ToolBook project, developed in a fraction of the time with a substantial reduction in errors and rework.

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More Lessons from Camp Hard Knocks: 25 Tips for DHTML Deployment  Download 25 Tips Materials

We (the ToolBook community) have come a long way in the past year in terms of DHTML deployment. Those of us who felt like pioneers just a few short months ago, now feel like we have a pretty good handle on ToolBook DHTML deployment. We hate it when we hear people say that ToolBook is not the right tool for the web because we are proving that it is. This session is updated from my session last year on the trials and tribulations that my company went through converting from Native ToolBook to DHTML. A lot has happened in a year and I have a lot more to share that we have had the `pleasure` of learning the hard way. These tips will definitely help people just getting started with ToolBook DHTML and will serve as a great refresher for those who are already knee deep into it.

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ESPRIT LMS and PowerPoint StoryBoarding System  Download Showcase Materials

Two showcases for the `price` of one! In this showcase you will get a first hand look at two powerful products that make it easy to develop and deliver e-learning using ToolBook. First, ESPRIT Learning Management System (formerly WebLMS) is a powerful Learning Management System that will allow you to easily manage your web-based training courses at an affordable cost. It is perfect for ToolBook developers who offer off-the-shelf and customized web-based courses as well as small and mid-sized organizations that need to be able to manage in-house developed WBT, track learner activity, and cross charge cost centers. Second, in this session we will also demonstrate a new tool that will give your SMEs a powerful, yet easy-to-use storyboard using a WYSIWYG program that practically everyone knows how to use: Powerpoint! But, the best part is that you can take the storyboard and convert it into a fully editable and customizable ToolBook with one click of a button. No more copying and pasting - think of the time you will save! Bring an existing powerpoint storyboard with you and we will convert it for free when you attend this session.

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TBCon 2003 Workshop

Rapid and Robust Development Through Good Development Practices for Native and DHTML ToolBook Projects 

(on Sunday Morning - Co-Presented by Peter Jackson and Robin McDermott)

Do you wish you could develop TB courses in a fraction of the time that they are currently taking you and at the same time, significantly reduces errors and rework? Experienced ToolBook developers have a very structured development process that includes a disciplined and meaningful naming scheme, efficient use of objects, and automation of routine tasks that eliminates the opportunity for errors. Two years ago Resource Engineering began implementing these types of good development practices and the payout has been a much more efficient development process where we can build toolbook projects in a tenth the time that they used to take, with a 75% reduction in rework, and books that are much more robust with substantially improved stability on our end-users systems (which means less tech support). In this session you will be challenged to rethink your current development process to improve future projects, but we will also look at what you can do with existing projects to make them work better.

In this workshop you will learn:

How to assess and measure development time

  • Estimating current development time
  • Measuring development time
  • Analyzing development time

Basic good development practices such as

  • Reducing the number of backgrounds
  • Naming objects and pages with a meaningful naming scheme
  • Media players on the background
  • Reusing graphics

How to rework an existing project so that it conforms to these good practices

  • How to easily combine backgrounds
  • Scripts to automate naming of pages and objects and other tasks that would take forever to do manually

How to start a new project off on the right foot

  • Developing a meaningful naming scheme
  • Organizing your project, media, and other tools so that they are easy to access and keep track of
  • Automating routine tasks
  • Good development practices for development teams - when you have to share the development sandbox with others.

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