LucidLife.co: A Case Study in Responsive Web Development

Andrew Donald will be coming in with Sharif Aly to discuss their latest project in multi-device web development. Andrew Donald has been a UI Architect & Web Application Engineer in the media industry for over 15 years. Some of his handy work can be seen on Rogers, ChumFM and the Space & Comedy Network Channels. Over the last several years, he has become specialized in building responsive web solutions for large scale sites and holds a wealth of knowledge in circumventing the difficulties of responsive web design and development.

This event is going to be focused for the beginner to intermediate skill level as we’re focusing on building a foundation, design techniques, tools of the trade, and object oriented UI.

There is a 5$ cover charge for the event however, I have a special treat for you this month for food. I’m going to be meeting with the owner of a brand new pop-up shop Abokichi. If you haven’t ever tried an Onigiri, go check her out. I seriously can’t get enough of these little bundles of flavour. First time I went, I ended up having about 7 of them.

If you have any musician friends that you feel might be a good fit, I am still looking for a spotlight artist for this event, send all recommendations to [masked].

I will be attempting to stream the event, if the locale is unable to provide internet, RogersBuzz has provided us with a back-up LTE stick if we need it to ensure that we can let all of you watch remotely. With that said, I’ll be giving out several things this month to attendees including a book donated by O’Reilly as well as the awesome KendoUI shirts that people can’t get enough of, tickets to up-coming events, and much more to only those that are at the event so it’s still strongly recommended that you try to make it out.

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  • dowattie

    i really enjoyed this! first meetup, looking forward to the next!

    July 28, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Thank you for the evening. Speakers definitely needed at the back. The talk should have only focused on responsive design, as the title suggested it would, not also on the business side of the site's development. Code and other visuals were way too small to read from the back. The visuals should be available on our phones, tablets and laptops during the presentation. May I suggest that the presentation be vetted before the event to ensure it will be on topic, clear and well organized. Some of us out here might volunteer to do that.

    1 · July 26, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      Great suggestion! Would you like to head up that for a fall event? As for the visuals on your devices, I love the idea and would be interested to follow up with you on that too. Perhaps a local network setup with HTML based RTC peerConnection?

      July 26, 2013

    • Paul A.

      Matthew, please contact me directly to discuss making both ideas happen.

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the talk. However, I agree I would've liked it to be more focused. I think half of the useful information I walked away with was from the QnA period. A lightning talk would've been perfect.

    July 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      After googling lightning talk lol, it js not the word I was looking for.. Half presentation/Half QnA driven talk.

      July 26, 2013

  • Crispin B.

    The speaker was ok but I had hoped to gain more insight into their design/ux/dev/qa process and how they overcame the challenges typically associated with developing for multiple resolutions/devices.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Jonathan C.

    I'm (rapidly) transitioning from 10+ years deep in the Flash experience world. This presentation was really helpful for myself. Talks like this help me build a vocabulary of things to learn and research and get up to speed on.

    Thank you for all the work and effort here Matthew.

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Henri H.

    Crowed yes but expected. But I would suggest an addition set of speakers (or even one) to get the sound to travel to the back of the room. Snacks were yummy. Great time. Did I hear transcripts would be made avail?

    July 26, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      Good to know about the speakers. I have a set I generally bring but there were some there already. I try to make sure that everybody can hear but it was difficult for that style of room. Videos are encoding now and will be posted later today. Head up though, we had an audio problem there too which I explain at the beginning of the clips.

      July 26, 2013

  • Phil O.

    Interesting presentation. Just an observation, but in my opinion the CSS was not in line with today's best practices. Very deeply nested CSS selectors can result in a performance hit and have maintainability issues.

    2 · July 26, 2013

  • Aman M.

    Space was a bit crowded, but a great presentation overall. Thank you again!

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Joel B.

    interesting presentation about how to use responsive development and some of the techniques employed to get their project running

    July 26, 2013

  • Miyuki

    Hi. Is there space for 2 more?

    1 · July 25, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      I’ve just opened up 5 more spots for people as I believe we have had some cancellations.

      July 25, 2013

  • Henri H.

    odd. I rsvp'd and tried to paypal, forgot my password and after resetting it, everything went sideways. wondering if I took the last spot or not.

    July 25, 2013

    • Henri H.

      forget it. all sorted. thx.

      1 · July 25, 2013

  • Christa

    Is there space for one more???

    July 24, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      We’ve had a couple of drop outs due to company parties, if you can make it out, please do but I ask that you bring $5 to make it fair for those who had paid. The money goes directly to the food costs, not to me.

      July 25, 2013

  • Rup J.

    Event seems full, but I'll swing by and see if I can get in...lol

    Rup

    July 24, 2013

  • Alfred L.

    may I walk in

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there,

    I've never been to a programming meetup that has a cover charge. Just wondering about the rationale, why is it so?

    July 19, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      Thanks for the kind works Roberto, that means a lot that you feel these events are on par with those. Thank you. And for reference for everybody, the average costs per person with food an drinks is about $6 to $9 (depending on the food). The remaining is covered by the sponsors we have. If anybody really wants to know how much goes into running an event both in the setup, the during and the after, please reach out as I would be happy to get you involved.

      July 23, 2013

    • Aaron F.

      $5 is a steal.

      July 24, 2013

  • Jogi

    @mathew any chance i could pay at the event ?

    July 24, 2013

  • Caroline M.

    Regrettably am not going to be able to make it, and it sounds like it will be a great presentation. Wishing it great success!

    July 23, 2013

  • mark

    crap, company party the same night. going to have to miss it.

    July 18, 2013

  • Yu-Hsia H.

    Hi, My name is Daria, new in Toronto and just start learning web development.

    July 18, 2013

  • Jerome L.

    Company party on that night. Have fun!

    July 15, 2013

  • Jason H

    i'll have to wait for the location before i can commit.

    but i'm interested to learn about lucidlife.co's responsive framework.

    thanks,
    jason.

    July 11, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      I’m going to go into Bitmaker Labs. They’ve offered their space for the event but I want to see it before confirming. If you don’t know who they are, check them out: http://bitmakerlabs.c...­

      2 · July 11, 2013

  • Aidan F.

    Can't never can get enough Responsive Design!

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Matthew P.

      Contact me offline Aidan, I’ve got an un-related question for you regarding responsive.

      July 11, 2013

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