RE: [webdesign-396] Next Month's Meetup Topic

From: James G.
Sent on: Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:32 AM

I’d seriously consider teaming up with Brad C to dissect a graphic design (his – and he could discuss his methods and/or choices for the final design, etc) into Markup & CSS – we’d certainly need some time to work everything up from scratch, but...


James J. Golden

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Joseph James Frantz
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:19 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [webdesign-396] Next Month's Meetup Topic


Howdy Yall!

Well I think we are all pretty satisfied with our past meetup. It was a lot of fun to meet everyone. During the introduction, Brad C. had mentioned we were looking for volunteers for future presentations. Thus far we've not had any. So, I'm going to step up (I know some view this as a threat cause honestly, who wants to look at and listen to me for an hour?, but I assure you I'm just volunteering, honest!) :D

There are a few topics I'm willing to work on. Each month I'll just keep doing so unless someone else has something for that month. (And I dont want to put all the load on Mr. Eric).

FOSS. Free and Open Source Software. As some of yall have already realized I am a Free Information Advocate. I'm currently on the Joomla Legal team, and assisting where I can with their licensing issues (GNU GPL). That process has taught me a lot more about copyrights, free software, free information, fair use, business possibilities in FOSS, and our own rights than even that which I have known for the past several years. While I am a strong proponent of Free Information, I am an equally strong proponent of respecting others licenses and copyrights (even proprietary ones). Thus I'd be willing to make a presentation on Free Information, its impact on society and businesses, and how we all (including businesses) can benefit from it, and how we can use it to advantage in our websites. (This in particular makes a lot of sense for me to present since I've actually got no websites up ).

MySQL Triggers, User Defined Functions and Stored Procedures. As of version 5, MySQL has implemented these features of most other SQL DBMSes. I make extensive use of all of these in my current applications. What are triggers? Why use Stored Procedures? Are they really more secure? How do I implement them in my own projects? I've heard they are slower than typical SQL statements, is this true? Can I speed them up? What language are stored procedures written in? These, and other questions, along with code samples, would be answered in MySQL Stored Procedure presentation.

Our Website. In a previous email, I announced a meetup to help us set up our website. That email stands on its own so I will let you review it. As a presentation, I could (or someone else could) show what we did, and why. And of course answer questions, get group interaction and suggestions for changes.

Legacy systems. Alright I'm not quite ready for this just yet. But there is a possibility in the future for some kind of presentation on interacting with legacy systems. I'll have to debate that out.

Eek! I'm running out of ideas already. Alright so if we have no volunteers, yall have me for potentially 3 meetups. I suggest everyone prepare themselves, or I could just do so, and wear a mask. That might make it easier to watch:)

If anyone has a preference of one of these topics for our next meetup, please email me or the group.

Kind regards yall
Joseph James Frantz

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