ChicagoRuby: Downtown- Two Talks: HTML5 WebSockets & Contributing to Open Source

  • July 6, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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1st Talk: HTML5 WebSockets by
Chris Powers Web applications have always been limited by HTTP's request/response model as servers have been unable to 'push' data directly to a browser. Building highly interactive, multi-user Web applications has been very difficult without true bi-directional communication supporting apps like chat clients, multiplayer games or collaborative apps like Google Wave. The work around solutions tend to be bloated and inefficient, or rely on 3rd party software like Adobe Flash. With the advent of HTML 5, however, the perfect new solution is now available to developers: HTML 5 WebSockets. Finally, persistent TCP connections between server and browers is supported natively, blowing away our previous notions of what a browser is capable of. Chris Powers will be taking us through an overview of how HTML 5 WebSockets work and demo some of its applications. He will demonstrate how WebSockets can be implemented on both the server and client sides, and how you can be up and running in 10 minutes with the help of the Pusher service ( Bring your laptops, because the second half of the talk will be devoted to writing some code and experiencing the power of WebSockets first-hand.
2nd Talk: Entry Point: Find your gateway drug, and how to take your first steps in contributing to open source software by
Blake Smith We’ve all been on the fence before: we find a really cool open source project that we use and want to get involved with, but don’t know how to get started. Fear gets in the way, or we just get overwhelmed with the large task of getting familiar with a code base or dealing with unwelcoming maintainers. To grow our community we need to encourage more people who are on the outside to come to the inside. Just like test driven development, we need to start small and take short steps. With a focus on fun, Blake Smith will be sharing his ideas on overcoming fear and finding your ‘gateway drug’ that will get you hooked on open source, and keep you wanting to contribute and grow the community.
After most downtown meetings we head over to Elephant & Castle (185 N. Wabash) for refreshments & fellowship. Join us for a few minutes if you have time.
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  • Justin L.

    Chris totally dogfooded his presentation, letting users connect to his presentation with WebSockets, and then pointing to an example project to tinker with during a long Q&A session.

    Blake put together a solid presentation and delivered it well. One can really tell he is passionate about his topic.

    July 13, 2010

  • Gabriel S.

    Excellent, thouroughly prepared talk on HTML5 WebSockets. Learned a good deal.

    July 9, 2010

  • Rob L.

    Excellent ...
    * potential for web sockets is bright (c'mon Apple, get 'em in the iOS!), good intro the technology by Chris
    * loved Blake's spirit and enthusiasm! Great thoughts on mentorship and being inclusive in open source projects. Loved his idea of looking at the first commit of a project for inspiration.

    July 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed Blake's talk about building the Ruby community through open source contributions.

    July 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative, fun. Looking forward to the hack night.

    July 7, 2010

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