Ken Jones Expert Profile
Ken is recognized world-wide as a Tcl/Tk expert. He is co-author of Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk, 4th ed. and Tcl and the Tk Toolkit, 2nd ed., which are regarded as the authoritative resources for the Tcl/Tk language. Ken was lead instructor at Scriptics, where he worked with John Ousterhout, the creator of Tcl, and other key developers of the Tcl language including Jeff Hobbs and Brent Welch.
Ken also worked for companies including Borland, Silicon Graphics, and Sybase where he specialized in products for creating graphical user interfaces and for providing database connectivity. Ken enjoys learning new programming languages, and has worked in almost a dozen over the course of his career. (He fondly recalls some projects in FORTH.) Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Economics from Regents College in New York and a Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University.
Ken's presentation from Android Open 2011:
[top] Student Testimonials
Most excellent course!
I think the class was excellent.
Great overall course for Android development. Not going to make me an expert overnight, but definitely pointed me in the right direction to get up and running. Great Job Ken! You know your stuff.
Great Course!...the Instructor Ken is so much prepared, kind, polite, always available to answer to all questions...and he is a GREAT person!
Ken is truly an amazing instructor. He is not only knowledgeable but he makes the class fun. To my surprise, after 8 hours of training I feel refreshed instead of tired. Facilities and the training setup is also excellent.
I was impressed by Ken's deep knowledge of the Android API's and core functionality. He is clearly familiar with many aspects of the device. Ken was easy to understand and follow throughout the training. I have programmed Android for several months and Ken was able to help bring clarity to the work that I have already done. Thanks!
Great course. I wish you did a follow on course. As for topics for that, just allow participants to email you their topics & problems.
Ken Jones is an excellent presenter who presents technical topics in a way that keeps your interest. He also did a great job fully-explaining concepts.
Ken probably saved me hours of debugging by explaining a lot of undocumented Android sdk details.
Ken kept the class light and interesting. He was very responsive to student questions, and was anxious to ensure understanding.
Overall, the lessons were very helpful and the material (Android book) proved to be an excellent learning resource. The instructor did encourage our feedback continuously, his delivery was generally superb, and his depth of knowledge was impressive.
This course was great. Ken was excellent. As someone without a developer background it was a bit difficult for me to keep up with the concepts at times, despite taking a Java for Android preparatory class beforehand. However, I feel well prepared to continue to learning Android and the Java development language. Thanks!
This course was very informative. It took 1 project and incorporated the main parts of Android and the instructor made it easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Android development. Its better than reading books!!
Can't wait to try out my new skills!
I came into this class with no knowledge & my expectations for myself were *very low*... However I am walking away with a lot more than I bargained for... I actually know something & will hopefully be able to apply it, even if it is just understanding the stack traces better & help writing up better bug reports. I definitely am glad I attended this class & will recommend it to my peers. Ken was both a dynamic & creative instructor & never lost site of the fact that we are people & could only take so much information at one time!! His training was wonderful & his humor helped us all get through 5 full days, that could have been painful if not done well.
Great class, Ken did a great job teaching the subject matter. I am happy with what I've learned and hope to get a start on an app soon.
I really like the course. I learned all of the major components to android development and would definitely recommend this course.
Ken is highly knowledgeable in the subject area and gave very concise explanations. His teaching style kept me engaged and gave me all the tools I'll need to continue learning android development. I also picked up a ton of best practices. Overall I found the course to be exactly what I needed!
Excellent class, thank you!
Ken is very professional and has the patience of a saint. His knowledge of the material is excellent and his willingness to answer questions made the course very enjoyable. I would also like to mention the facility was good and I liked that it was close to the train station. I highly recommend this course.
Ken went above and beyond to ensure that our environment was functioning correctly and spent time outside of class developing demo apps to answer our questions. He demonstrated unlimlited patience and persistence in helping us whenever we fell behind or got stuck on the lesson.
On a practical level, it solidified a lot of floating ideas in my head into a system of parts that fit together. His presentation of the process and how the application components reside in the process was very helpful. I feel confident that I can now makes applications that are robust and long-running.
This was an excellent Android training experience. It was exactly the right mix of hands-on training and discussion. Ken is very engaging and knowledgeable. I appreciated his comments and suggestions alongside the training material.
... Great course, Ken Jones is [an] excellent [instructor] and [he] was able to find out any issue that we could encounter so far developing Android apps
Ken Jones knows his stuff. I asked a question one morning, and the answer included two prewritten sample applications illustrating exactly my question. His pacing is excellent, and the way he steps through things encourages good habits. He not only taught about android, but also how to continue learning about the subject.
I rarely had such an excellent presentation/course seen in the past - on all aspects! The presenter and his thorough knowledge on the theme together with his presentation skills but also the material handed out
I really thought the instructor was excellent. He kept the students focused on his lecture and answered all questions. His communication and presentation skills were very good.
Ken did a great job of explaining the material and covering topics of interest.
it's fast, but liked it. lots of material and L10N/I18N topic as well.
The attendees came into the class with very mixed expectations about the scope, but Ken did a good job of trying to address both beginner and advanced topics in a limited amount of time. Was very impressed at his willingness to put in extra work and adapt the course to our needs on the fly!