Refresh Austin: Hiring JS devs & Choosing the right framework

  • Feb 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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BIG NEWS! We're moving back to Buffalo Billiards. The move was driven by the overwhelming feedback of our Refreshers. Now we'll again be able to offer a full bar and an open kitchen plus plenty of room just for chatting. 

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to Capital Factory. We appreciate their support for the past year and a half, and we look forward to working together in the future.

Now, on with this month's topics... 

How to hire JavaScript developers (hint: JavaScript !== jQuery)
Presented by Wiley Bennett and Mike Freitag of Compare Metrics and Andrew Templeton (@andrwtmplton) of Bright Channel

What do you need to know in order to attract and evaluate developers in a competitive market? Wiley, Mike and Andrew will cover common pitfalls of the recruiting process and discuss productive interview strategies.

Choosing the right framework [panel] 
Featuring Josh Butts (@jimbojsb), Jeff Felchner (@jfelchner), Garann Means (@garannm) and Travis Swicegood (@tswicegood); Moderated by Cecy Correa (@cecycorrea)

There are a lot of web frameworks out there. So how do you choose the right one for you? Panelists will talk about pros and cons of Express (Node), Rails (Ruby), Zend Framework (PHP) and Django (Python) to help you decide which to learn.

Big thanks to RetailMeNot (@RetailMeNot) for sponsoring!

New to Refresh? Welcome! A couple quick things to get you started: Every meetup begins with a "looking for work" or "looking to hire" segment. The talks and resulting questions are always great, but if you have more to say (or just can't make it) chime in and follow along on Twitter at #refreshaustin


All job-related posts should be made to the Refresh Austin Jobs list at!forum/refresh-austin-jobs.

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  • Ryan Joy (.

    Just a reminder to everyone coming out tonight that we'll be at Buffalo Billiards (6th & Brazos, 2nd floor). Come out for great content & better conversations. Thanks again to RetailMeNot for sponsoring tonight's event!

    February 11, 2014

  • Patrick D.

    And.. great timing because I am actively searching for a JavaScript developer!

    2 · February 10, 2014

  • Ryan Joy (.

    I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night! This looks like it's going to be a great discussion.

    February 10, 2014

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