The Thick Front-End

**Please note, there is a new guest badging system - please be sure to read below for how this may affect you**


We have an exciting talk coming on 11/19!

The Future of Making Web Apps: The Thick Front-End (Jeff Dickey)

Traditionally web applications have been architected so that the back-end houses all the front-end code. This has resulted in heavy projects that are difficult to manage and scale. This talk will explain a new way to write web applications by treating the front-end as if it were a third-party (such as a mobile client).

This session will have a demonstration on how to build an app in this manner as well as an intro to the open-source application Karma and how it was built.


Can't attend in person?  We'll be livestreaming the main event (starting 6:30p PT) at, and the video will also be available within a week afterward.

6pm - Door opens, Food, Drinks and Socializing
6:30pm - The Future of Making Web Apps: The Thick Front-End (Jeff Dickey)
7:30pm - Q&A, office hours and socializing (Jeff and the AngularJS team)
8:15pm - The End & Bus to Mountain View Caltrain leaves

***New Guest Badging System***

The Google Guest badging system has changed.

We recommended pre-printed badges.  To get a pre-printed badge, please complete the following steps by 12p on Friday 11/15 to ensure one gets created for you:

2)Please provide a full first name and last name (if your profile doesn't publicly show that, you can send us a message with that information)

If a pre-printed badge is not available for you when you arrive, you may create one on-demand, but due to the logistics of this process, please note there may be a long wait and this option will only be available until 6:15pm.  

Getting to the meetup by public transit (from Caltrain)


Look for the Shoreline Shuttle stop (2nd bus shelter in outer circle, near entrance <--use "Satellite" view to see best). You'll be riding in the reverse direction from most commuters, but the shuttle itself goes in a loop. Take the shuttle to stop #7 (Google) and get off at the corner of Charleston and Huff. You'll be a 2 minute walk from the meetup.

Please note, the Caltrain area can be confusing due to all the different shuttles doing dropoff/pickups.  Couple tips:

• Please look for a white shuttle van that looks similar to the one pictured here.

• Shuttle will have a small sign that reads, "Shoreline Caltrain" or "MTV Caltrain"

The relevant stop times are below.  Note that due to traffic, the buses do not always run according to this schedule.  If a bus arrives early, it will wait until the shuttle time to depart, but if it is running late, it will only make a quick stop, so please keep an eye out.

Leaving MTV Caltrain (note, pickup times are approximate)

6:07pm <--note, this arrives to Bldg 46 at approx 6:37p (after the first talk starts - please only take this if you have completed the steps above to get a pre-printed badge, otherwise the on-demand badge service will unfortunately no longer be available)

We'll have a shiny Google bus do a single run (about 8:15pm) to get everyone back to Caltrain in time to catch the 8:49pm Northbound train. The bus will leave from B46, right outside where the meetup is held.

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  • Christina H.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Christina H.

    Hi everyone, the video has been posted to YouTube and is available at:

    November 20, 2013

    • Christina H.

      Please note that there are unfortunately some audio issues during the announcements portion of the video (first 4m 30s) but they cleared up before the main presentation started.

      November 20, 2013

  • Deepjyoti R.


    November 20, 2013

  • Ira H.

    Great meetup. I got a lot out of the talk and good tips and tricks like Pow, RAML, API Hub and agree that browsers can handle it and we should start treating them like it.

    November 19, 2013

  • David M.

    It's true that lots of this talk was recap for people already familiar with Angular. But really, I don't think today's talk was preaching to the Angular choir. Instead, it was a great sales pitch for educating and winning over the B/E teams which us converts have to deal with.

    As the presenter said, we got lots of interesting perspectives to help us fend off Angular/SPA FUD.

    I especially love that you guys stream on youtube as some months I can't make it to MV in time.

    P.S. Always fun to watch the AngularJS core team members discuss new and interesting solutions (animation caching to mask DOM destruction in mobile) to the framework's weak points in real time :)

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I felt like I was already familiarized with a lot of the things that he said, but it reaffirms my beliefs

    November 19, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Great talk. I especially enjoyed the part at the beginning about the rails difficulties. Are there any slides of the talk?

    Also, thanks to the Angular guys who hung out after to explain end to end testing solutions.

    November 19, 2013

  • Jon G

    Good event, good food, liked the Q&A session

    November 19, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Hey, all. I ended up waiting at the caltrain from 5:11pm until about 6:00pm before finally getting a bus here to Google.

    My phone died and if anybody can lend me a micro USB charger, I'd be really appreciative since I'd been planning on Ubering home. I'm siting by the left aisle, in the 3rd row,wearing a gray hoodie.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Mark W.

      Hooray! Love all you bay area people!

      1 · November 19, 2013

  • Patrick D.

    Why not charge a nominal amount so that only those serious would RSVP? Otherwise you've got ~200 people who may or may not attend taking up spots.

    1 · November 18, 2013

    • Christina H.

      Hi Patrick, we've been finding that the RSVPs end up being pretty accurate as we end up being close to capacity, but thanks for the suggestion!

      1 · November 18, 2013

  • Kevin A.

    Yay for streaming! :)

    1 · November 18, 2013

  • Karan C.

    Let me in

    November 18, 2013

  • Kaz C.

    hello wait list.

    November 14, 2013

  • Édouard L.

    Thanks for the live stream !

    November 14, 2013

  • Deepjyoti R.

    Will watch online as I live in the Carolina Coast

    November 14, 2013

  • Tesh T.

    Building my first angular project

    November 13, 2013

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